I can only smile knowingly as I read the last few pages of this thread. I've been there. I've been a first mover on new products too often. With all due respect, the hype comes from the way we feed off of each other like this:
The realta is the best ever!
Best Blu-Ray picture ever!
Better than the Panny!
I drove 150 miles to get the only 3800 in (pick a state)!
My dealer says four 3800's just got off the boat and Sam the customs agent is checking them in as I type!
I got one, I got one!
It's the best BD player ever!!!
See what I mean? I've fallen prey to that type of members hype too often. Most recently with the Onkyo 805 so I'm not sitting in judgment. Hopefully I've learned to sit still and wait for the bugs to be found...because there will be bugs.
By the way, how many people posting on this thread actually own the player? Three, four? How many on this thread are really thinking about buying the player? Ten, eleven? I don't know the exact numbers but not too many.