I know this is a sleepy forum, but I bought this in Jan 2010 based on a comment in the AVSforum about availability at a rock-bottom price --and I've pretty much been happy with the unit -- with one exception. I've noticed when playing some Netflix dvds, that the yamaha occasionally seems to freeze up or go dark -- at first I thought it might be overly sensitive to surface damage on the media, or perhaps reacting to dust bunnies and stalling... but now I think it may be an HDMI handshake issue that is being triggered. I also have a DVD recorder connected to the same tv, and a cable box, so I'm wondering if one of the copy protection circuits is kicking in, even though I 'm only playing, not copying the disc. If I pull the HDMI cable and then reinsert, the tv can see the video (which had previously gone dark). If you turn off the unit and then turn it back, it' s more trouble to resume the movie at the same spot, so lately, pulling the HDMI and reseating it is my first step. Anyone else having similar experiences? Do you think it's a cable issue, a handshake issue, or a machine compatibility playback issue?
Other than that, it's been great and I dont use it to play commercial loaner dvds often, so it's definitely not a deal breaker. I certainly have gotten my money's worth with this and for audio, it's been excellent.