Seems to me these anticipation threads reveal one truth, and that is that most of us suffer from at least a mild form of OCD. (myself included)
This tangent on layer change times adds perspective. Get a stopwatch out and measure, 0.1 or 0.15 seconds? And a need of a list of discs to measure said timings.
In the what is it now, 11.5 years that DVD has been around, I have owned more players than I can remember. The biggest pause with layer change might have been about 0.95 seconds.
Load times for BD discs is a real issue.
I have no doubt that the oppo BDP-83 will be stellar. And include just about all on the wish list, well piano rolls is a stretch
My real concern is about the health of the BD format. If the price of software and hardware, but especially software, does not come down to close to DVD levels and if more titles are not released both new and catalog we may see another format death.
For those of us enjoying what the 983 does (and employing a back up for BD), the wait for the answer will not be so difficult.