Here are a bunch of replies rolled into one. Just picked my 09 up Sat. Listenup where I purchased the player had Pioneer guests from Japan which included sales and engineers. They have no plans on droping blu ray or their Elite audio equipment. They also have decided sacd and dvd-a is pretty much dead. Again being killed by Sony's rediculous licensing fees as one of the sales persons working for Listenup informed me. He used to work for Mark Levinson. Pioneer is definitely entertaining the next format in music, BD.
As for LD I used to have one also. My experience from watching the Abyss. In the fire scene the fire sounded so real it was unbelievable. Watching it again on dvd there has been no comparison. LD beat out dvd in audio. I will have to see if the movie is available on BD to see how the same scene sounds.
Set up my 09 and watched a scene from Screamers where the rocks at the beginning of the movie come down behind the guy. BD definitely better by a large margin. The rocks sounded 3 dimensional as if you were actually there hearing it for real. WOW!
Glad there are some of you out there going through all the extensive testing, but for me seeing and hearing is believing. The 09 is for real.