Wow. this forum section still has life in it LOL
I have been a little disappointed in the 3rd gen players (A30. A35). It seemed that just about every movie I played would freeze after about an hour or so.
My A20 was rock solid on disk playback. Only issue was the TOTAL lack of audio after some time (HDMI, SPDF, and yes even Analog). If It is unplugged for awhile, it would work fine. Never did much about it (sadly, it is in my garage with ALOT of other gear)
I picked up a XA2 off ebay last year. been perfect for the 5 or so movies I have played. Only issue, it is a little noisy (would gladly trade a little fan noise for frozen playback anyday). Actually expecting my 2nd XA2 any day now to replace my A35.
My XA1 gets very little use, hooked up in my kids room. They played Fast and Furious last week and it played fine. They are always complaining about the 2 minutes till they can load a disk from power on. I do LOVE the high end looks of it though.
Good luck on your mission to replace your player