I had apex regular ( non-progressive ) dvd-player for two years .
Had no problem with it .
Now , i thought it 's time to upgrade .
So , i bought apex ad-2600 in november ' 03 from amazon .
It 's running great for all the dvds i have and rented .
I have a dvd burner .
Apex ad-2600 runs all the dvd media including dvd + r/rw and dvd-r / rw ( unlike sony or panasonic - one supports only + r/rw and another supports - r/rw ) .
I think , apex is the best dvd player you can get for the price .
Some of my friends had well branded dvd-players but they keep complaining that sometime it stucks and sucks !
Most of them are already switched to apex and they are happy .
If you are skeptical about trying apex .
Take my words and give it a try .
Hopefully you wo n't regret .