I finally got to play a bit last night after the family retired to the bedrooms. I popped in North by Northwest to check out basic PQ, and it looks good. Don't forget I'm using an old CRT, so my expectations are archaic. I'll be checking out many more DVDs when I can. I'm particularly interested to see how it handles classic B&W films; also Star Trek DS9 episodes, many of which exhibited horrible artifacts on the old machine.
Next to music: I tried two favorite RBs: old Bernstein/Copland, then Kate Bush's Hounds of Love. I was really knocked out by both. When I got to Hounds, I had intended to sample 30 seconds or so of each track, but I enjoyed it so much, I stopped to listen for much longer. The difference on RB from the old Sony is dramatic. I also sampled my only DVD-A (Brain Salad Surgery), which sounded better than the DVD track I could use before, but that's no comparison. This morning I tried my hybrid Peter Gabriel Security. It, too, sounded better than before. I was particularly interested in problems the old machine developed w/ the SACD layer of this disc: it would freeze at certain points for about 30 seconds, then resume. The 59 handled the disc w/ no errors, so it either tracks better or the old machine's laser had gotten misaligned.