A Good DVD player with HDMI output and upscalling is around $100. Panny,Sony,Toshiba, etc.
With a $800 dollar budget don't get a HTIB!!! Buy a seprate $300 AV reciver and a $500 5.1 speaker system.
There are many very good AV recivers in the $300 price range. HK, Dennon, JVC, Pinoneer, etc.
As for speakers, JBL, Klisph, Polk Audio, Boston Acoustics, Inifity, Etc.
Take some of your CDs to the store and spend a couple of hours JUST listing to speakers, NO video just listen! John
P.S. Have you tried a cleaning CD on your DVD player?
I'm looking for a new DVD player or a HTIB. The DVD player I currently have is extremely sensitive to scratches on DVDs (I once had a DVD which kept "skipping" on my player but my friend's player had no problem with it). Are there particular brands or features I should look for (or avoid) if I want a player that's not as sensitive? The player I have is several years old---are newer players generally less sensitive about scratches? I'm looking for either an inexpensive (less than $200) player or a mid-range (less than $800) HTIB.
Thanks in advance.