Honestly, the emergency DVD thread began as a joke because of the daily repeat questions from new visitors who failed to notice their player or question in another thread topics.
Gradually, folks provided links as newer players were more widely discussed. I still add new links as people sugget them, so if you end up with any new links for the 1st post, feel free to mention them and I will add them.
While this thread still serves as a nice way to more easily link to player discussions, reading & searching the forum is the best way to get to the bottom of your question.
There never has and probably never will be a player which fits everyone's needs or circumstance.
I am still using the OPPO 971H, while I wait for the HD format wars to settle as well as for the HD-DVD and Blu-Ray formats to work out their bugs.
If I were buying today, I would still give the OPPO 971H consideration and I look forward to hearing more about their new 981H model.
Personally, I was never impressed with the newer Pansonic players, despite being very happy with both the RP-82 and RP-91 models.
Again I suggest you set aside a few hours to dig through the various threads and get to the bottom of that people are saying about the main players being discussed.