For standalone, the Apex AD-1500. You can usually find it on Amazon.com, for around $70 to $90. The picture is excellent, never had a problem, bought two of them. The best part, you can download software from certain sites for this model (flash the bios kind of a thing) that allows you to tape VHS movies from your DVDs, for educational purposes of course.
It plays just about every format, including Music CDs, ripped DVDs, you name it. At one time I read on Cnet.com it was the hottest selling dvd player on ebay. Check it out..
A top of the line Pioneer will do great, for either. A nice 16x slot load or a nice standalone, they are quality components, I'm all about Pioneer for everything. Audio wise they blow **** ass sony away.
Ep, glad to see you come back and tidy up...did want to ask a one day favor, I want to enhance my resume , was hoping you could make me administrator for a day, if so, take me right off since I won't be here to do anything, and don't know the slightest about the board, but it would be nice putting "served administrator osnn", if can do, THANKS