So the solution to my problem was simple after all, thx to the help from another AVS member who literally tried everything under the sun before suggesting I try another computer in my house.. so I downloaded u torrent and winrar to my laptop (it was my PC that would hang at 'connecting to peers', but only for the Ref 2 discs, all other torrents, incl Ref 1, worked perfectly on my PC) and all the Ref 2 discs downloaded perfectly on my laptop
One thing I have to say.. that Pulse server room scene is absolutely insane..
Glad we figured out a solution Erik. --Pulse is awesome! I had to turn the volume down--didn't want to damage the sub lol