It seems Joerod is liking the "beta" player, and from my understanding will be a bit below $1,000.
My only concern with the Oppo, is it uses the same chip as the DVDO EDGE (which I plan on getting, soon), so I'm not sure I would/could benefit from using the same chip in two different components.
Joerod, how well does the S5000 respond to your EDGE? I see you posted pictures in the EDGE thread. I hear some players respond well to external processors, while others don't. I like the 51FD, but the new chipset has me on edge, so I think I will pass, for the time being.