Both the PS3 that you mention, and also the Toshiba HD-EP35 are very good HD players (Blu-ray and HD-DVD respectively) are very good value for money (both £200 to £300 roughly), and do a pretty good job upscaling standard-def DVDs aswell. The PS3 probably does upscale better than your old Samsung. However, I do believe that there is good reason to not rush to buy an HD player seeing as the format war is far from over, and both formats still seem to be ironing out glitches. Despite the PS3 and Toshiba HD-EP35 being good at upscaling standard-def, they won't be as good as a standalone deck, and seeing as DVDs will be with us for a long time yet, as well as the fact that you probably already have quite an extensive collection of DVDs, it's a really good idea to spend your money on a really good DVD player that will make the most out of all your DVDs, upscaling them (and doing this well) to near high-def quality. For this reason I would strongly suggest that you go for the Denon DVD-1940 which is listed at £250, perfectly suiting your budget, but available online for under £200 which would leave you with £50 to spend on a top quality HDMI cable. This player will certainly deliver massively improved picture and sound quality compared to your Samsung. Definately check it out. Don't rule out the PS3 or Toshiba though - it's just that I really do believe that the Denon would be a much more shrewd purchase, all things considered. I hope I have been of some help to you Paul.