Originally Posted by erkq
Oh, OK... then it's NOT the same guts as the XA2. It must have a different drive? The XA2 doesn't have 2 lenses as far as I know.
Ha ha ha. Will you please stop reaching to sound right on this? Of course the transports for the two players are different, but that in no way shape or form affects the quality of the playback, you know, the part people are actually interested in. The most significant components to playback performance is the video processeor and the DACs, which are the same on the XA2 and the 5000.
So if you want an HD DVD player that outputs 1080/24p, bitstreams high resolution audio, and upscales DVD's excellently (using the same video chip as XA2) you are not restricted to the XA2 and A35. The 5000 does all of the same things, plus plays Blu Rays.