I too have BD-30 before I got my Denon 4010. I do have 5308 (AVC-A1HD in this part of the world).
The picture quality and sound quality of the 4010 compared to BD-30 is like day and night. I've also compared the sound of the Pioneer 07FD (LX71) and 4010 at my home, no comparison as well (4010 is more dynamic, more engulfing surround). 07FD sounds flat, and BD-30 is lacking just about everything in sound.
I do not listen to SACD, it is a format that is going to fade away, so no need to start collecting SACDs and DVDAs. There are some bluray audio discs and they sound far better than either format (24/192). In fact, Denon gave me a bluray sampler when I bought my 4010, and it has some pretty good bluray audio tracks on there.
As for player slowness, yes, the operation is rather slow (ie: pressing Setup button takes a few secs before you get to the setup screen). But power on can be fast if you set it to quick power up. It'll power up in 5 secs but will consume more power when placed in standby.
Denon Link 4 definitely rocks, and will make everything sound better.
My other bluray/media player is the HDI Dune Prime 3.0 player. This is a cheap US$400 BD/media player. To my surprise, the sound is not far behind the 4010. It is better than BD-30 or 07FD. But the firmware needs some work, it is not bug free.
Originally Posted by pentium7
Need some help here. We put together a very expensive (for us) HT 2 yrs ago, consisting of the Denon AVP & POA (HT) & 5308 (bedroom) bought the Focal Electra BE speakers and a Velodyne 1812 Signature.
We got the BD-30 Panasonic I think as a temporary bluray fix until we found a nice universal player and were hoping to eventually find a HDDVD, Bluray, DVDA, SACD player from denon with the denon link.
We do not own any SACD or DVDA except for SACD Pink Floyd DSOTM but had been thinking of starting to collect them to listen to high end music. We are very much into bluray movies and watch almost every bluray release that interests us in the slightest.