I know CEDIA awaits us as do reviews of the Sony BDP-550 vs. Panasonic BD55 vs. Samsung BDP-2500. Nothing will replace "hands-on" reviews of each of these forthcoming Blu-ray players but based on specs, the companies' Blu-ray history to date, the companies' reputation (for solid build, innovation, etc.) which of these would YOU choose? (I'm only interested in Profile 2.0 players as these players should suggest.)
I don't care if I spend $299 or $599 I just want to get the best player in that price range. (I won't be dropping $2,000 on the high-end Sony, Pioneer, Denon, et. al.) Superior analog audio output to my non-HDMI receiver is critical as is a superior picture, firmware upgradability, logical controls, special controller chips (is this Samsung HQV "all that"?), etc.
I may ping you all again once these players are actually in your hands/homes but could use your input and guidance based on what you know now.
Thanks in advance all!