I was able to pick one up at BBY. This is my first HD DVD player. I'm watching Riddick right now and am very happy.
Regarding the loudness/quietness of the A2. I happen to have the player only about 4 or 5 feet from me while watching. I have never noticed the sound of my standard DVD player during quite portions of a movie. I do, however, notice the sound coming from the A2. It's not terribly loud or anything, but I do notice it. Is it possible my A2 is louder than it should be? Or is it reasonable to expect this HD DVD player to be somewhat louder than my old standard Toshiba DVD player?