Well my A-35 arrived about 1.5 hours ago and Houston we have some problems.
I thought something was wrong as it took forever to get beyond the welcome screen. I mean a long time. The setup menu was rather quick though.
Put in 300...the TrueHD sound felt a big stronger for lack of a better word but without a direct a/b this is purely subjective. But about 45 seconds into the film it freezes up and then says Error Code and numbers. Ejected the disc and tried again and this time it wouldn't load. Kept making this noise like the drive was messed up. Certainly louder than the XA-1 drive. I had to unplug, replug it in to get the disc out. Tried Transformers....and right after the menu, it gives me another error code.
I will try and update the FW as mine is 1.0. Maybe that will help but the drive sounding loud and clunky has me suspicious.
While the 1st Gen XA-1 was/is certainly slow it is a beautiful machine. Well built and elegant. This new A-35 is rather, well, cheap feeling.
Having my new Onkyo THX receiver doing the decoding is certainly a reason to 'upgrade' players but all things being equal, they are Night & Day in regards to build quality. Night and Day.
Maybe the FW update will help....
Don't mean to be a downer as I did read the great review from Ultimate A/V. Tom Norton is a tough cookie and he loved it so I'm sure what I got is not the norm.