I wanted to post my experiences because this board has been so hugely helpful in my decision process. I was an electrical engineering major, so I am really into this.
1. New A35 arrived yesterday (a day early!), so I hooked it up last night to Panasonic 58PZ750U with component video. Bourne Identity looked pretty amazing. HDMI cable arrives today.
2. Used Active ISO burner to upgrade firmware to 1.1 / 1.1, burned at 4x on CD-R with no problems. Took 15 minutes or so.
3. Made the eaprogramming "break-in" on 4x on a DVD-R using Active ISO, which I run when I am home. (Guess that's not strictly an A35 issue).
4. No price talk, but today (2 days after I ordered), my A35 vendor (a large online book dealer) dropped its price by 15%, so I received an email from priceprotectr.com notifying me of the price drop, and I called the vendor and they agreed to refund the amount of the price drop. (Thanks, fellow board members!)
I have a Marantz SR 7000 receiver (from 2001), DTS and Dolby capable. Should I: (i) run the audio from the A35 through the SR7000 via optical; or (ii) run the audio out the A35 5.1 outputs directly to my speakers and skip the receiver? I don't want to buy a new HD Audio receiver. Which should sound better?
When I don't use the HDMI cable, what resolution am I seeing if the player is set to "up to 1080p/24"? My TV does not handle 24fps input. Isn't that dependent upon whether the HD DVD is set to allow the player to pass 1080 signals over component, rather than a function of the player itself?
I've seen the discussions on here about the inability of the A35 to handle 1080p/60. In a leap of faith, I bought the player anyway hoping that will be fixed in a firmware upgrade. In the meantime, what will happen if I play film DVD's at 1080p/24 on my TV, which supposedly cannot handle that signal? Will it just display flickering or static? Basically, what I'm saying is how do I squeeze maximum performance out of my setup?