Went over to BB this weekend with $150 in gift cards. Wasn't particularly looking for anything. Decided to look at HD players, saw the A3, A30 and A35 and a couple of Blu-ray players. Wasn't going to do it, wanted analog outs for lossless...decided not to buy because I wanted to upgrade the pre-pro next...walked away...but didn't leave the store...my mistake. Thoughts bubbled and so I jumped. My gut said Blu-Ray so I picked up the Sony for $270 after some haggling and 7 disks.
I usually do some research on players, but not this time. I've got to say I'm pretty pleased. 1080P and lossless audio are a nice upgrade and I didn't have to wait for the $700 player to drop down in price. I like the fit and finish, SQ and PQ. It is a bear to wait for load times, but no perceptible layer change issues at all. I don't believe it upscales DVDs as well as the Oppo and I already miss DVD A and SACD (which should have been included...it's a Sony for godsake). I'm going to keep the Oppo as a player, but have a question. Can I Y cable the analog inputs into my HK and keep both players hooked up...or do I need to hook one then the other? I would think I can Y it.
Anyway, I'm happy...made the decision, right or wrong and it seems to be a good one.