Originally Posted by David Susilo
of course not, but looking at the rendering (and the photo of Elite VSX-53 receiver), the Elite now look cheap, no better than the non-Elite version with plastic faux brushed aluminium look.
I own a DV-58AV and a DV-49AV. Both of these players have their goods and their bads. The DV-58AV is slightly buggy, but it has a soundproof disc mechanism, HDMI 1.3 with HDMI control, and that Elite touch and appearance to the front panel. The DV-49AV, sold as an Elite, does not have that Elite touch and appearance to the front panel, HDMI 1.3 with HDMI control, nor a soundproof disc mechanism, but it's bugfree as far as I've noticed. So if I had to pick between the goods and the evils of the two players, I wouldn't be able to do so because there are things that I like and dislike about both players.
To get back on topic, as long as I like what I see in the PDF, I'll probibly be getting the American version of the BDP-LX55. I'll bet that when these three players are released in America, they will be named as follows: BDP-140, BDP-440, and BDP-53FD. Normally, they'd call the BDP-440 the BDP-51FD over here, but they already gave a player that model number back in 2008.