Great question. I am primarily an audiophile, but want more High-Def content and don't want to uprgade my hdmi 1.2 receiver. I was really wanting this player and watching these threads closely until the owners manual stated the 5000 would be limited to 2ch dolby trueHD. When I read that, I bailed and came up with a surprising plan-B. I decided to get my high def fix by adding HD premium movie packages to my satellite account and also adding an external hard-drive to my satellite DVR. While the HD feed is probably not as stunning as I'd get with HD-DVD/BluRay, my TV de-interlaces really well, so quality is really good. I am satisfied for now to be getting lots of movies in HD. Many are as yet unavailable on disk. I record and then archive them to the external hard-disk. This has been surprisingly convenient. Now I feel content to wait for dual-formats to mature awhile. I like my Oppo 981 so well, I might sit out on a player until Oppo moves into the High Def fold.