Hey guys...I was dithering on whether to purchase this unit, but I just went to Crutchfield and saw that they dropped the price again - the unit is now selling for $450, still with free shipping. I tried to use a coupon code for $20 more, but I'm not sure it worked - awkward system they have for those.
Anyhow, thanks to all of you for your informative commentary. What ultimately pushed me to get this is that my HD-A20 can't bitstream TrueHD to my Onkyo 605, coupled with the need for a Blu-Ray player, and this forum helped me confirm that with the firmware update, I'll be able to do that.
Plus I really wanted to see/hear Master and Commander in Blu-Ray / DTS-MA when it comes out in a little over a week.
Once again, thanks everyone.