so might slightly illogical penchant for all things onkyo led me to pick up a dv bd606 at frys yesterday for $450 (gulp). I have the hd dv805 and really wanted to justify the money and complete manufacturer symmetry with it and my 906. Long story short, I just got back from returning it to frys.
I compared it to the four other blu ray capable devices i own: Samsung BDP2550, Panasonic DMP BD35, LG BH200, and PS3.
First the design: I found it very bland and the front of it to have nearly a retro vcr feel. That said, it does not look that different from my hd dv805. The remote is thick and bulky - looks cheap and has a striking resemblance to one for a toshiba dvd recorder I got for under $100.
Second the performance: I found blu ray performance was very good. Similar to Panasonic and PS3, but color did not seem as good as my Samsung 2550. Load times were not noticeably quicker - the Panny won this race on three blu rays. Audio on TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio was good. Similar to all three. I struggled to hear the difference (I was bitstreaming to my 906). As for dvd upconversion, the Onkyo was the worst of all four. The Samsung's reon chip looked the best in color and detail. The onkyo was washed and felt there was noise where it was not visible on others.
Why it went back to Frys: I am in agreement with Carbo; this is a decent player, but with its feature set (no internal decoding; only profile 1.1; and mediocre SD upconversion), it cannot justify a $450 pricetag. No question. The Samsung 2550 is equal in blu ray performance, better at SD upconversion, is profile 2.0 AND can stream HD netflix and pandora internet radio for $350. I got my Panasonic 35 for $225 and it outperforms the Onkyo and is technically more future-proofed.
I think Onkyo made a great player for when they should have released it - mid 2007!!!