I chose the Sony DVP-SR500H ($60) over the Memorex MVD2047 because I believed that Sony brand will provide me with at least 1 year of service vs. the few months that is the "typical standard" nowadays with cheap DVD players. The Sony costs 50% more but it's really only $20 more.
Recommend this product?
The metal casing (and the batteries included!) made very good initial impression on me. However... When I inserted the first DVD to watch, the Sony DVP-SR500H **froze** and refused to even eject the rented DVD. I ended up having to unplug the Sony DVP-SR500H from 110V power in order to "reset" its behavior. I managed to eventually watch the movie, but the disappointment was already there: I know that non-brand DVD players are supposed to behave erratically like that, but I didn't expect it from Sony.
Also, note that the upconversion is available through the HDMI output only! That is, if you have a system/project that only accepts component connectors, you can only go up to 480p! This is a serious limitation and one wonders why pay $60 for functionality that you can receive from a $30 Curtis DVD1041.
I actually watched only one movie with this player, then decided to return it to the store from which I bought it (K-Mart).