1. I am definitely curious if an LG 370 owners can run a few load tests on the discs I have tested - Pirates 1, Dark Knight, and Casino Royale. Cnet did not brag on the LG 370's speed, which leads me to believe that load times might not be identical (they did praise the LG 390 for its speed, which was very similar to the JVC).
2. I think it is safe to say that this player shares a lot of bones with the LG players - probably the body of the 370. It also appears to share the body of the NAD player. IR codes are similar, but the LG IR codes do NOT control the JVC.
3. My synthetic testing showed this player performs better than the LG 390 at deinterlacing both film and video sources. Real world quality is way too subjective a test to really make much commentary worth putting stock in. That said, JoeRod, BakerWi and I all agreed this player is a real dark horse and we all own or have owned a nice medley of medium to high end components. There is no other player that performs as well as the JVC than the Oppo on synthetic deinterlacing tests. I tested color accuracy with the DVE callibration disc and the player is accurate in colors and does not clip whites and blacks.
4. PQ of both BD and SD are better on other players - the Pioneer 320/51 for example. That said, I think most folks will find this player delivers incredible speed, function and performance for a very economical price. To me, it's the perfect player for first time BD adopters or folks who want a good picture, quick load times, and reliable playback and need to keep the pennies in the piggie jar. It is not for true videophiles - the lack of tweaking menus and the undimmable blue lights alone disqualify this player from really serious usage.
5. I believe it's a better value than the Panasonic DMP BD60K, but only in that it offers faster operation, freeze-less operation, and excellent deinterlacing. The panasonic has some distinct advantages over the JVC and was my previous top pick for budget players. I think most folks would have to look for differences between with two in image quality, save the jaggies I experienced with my 55 and 35.