Well, i just got myself a 3910 and couldn't be happier...I had an H/K DVD22 which was starting to die on me (kept freezing up on me and layer changes seemed to become more and more apparent for some reason) I was hoping it would last until Christmas and I'd then jump to either BluRay or HD-DVD...well, that idea went out the window. I initially got the LG 511. Great picture and audio, but HATE the slot loading design. Took it back and got the last NS70 Sony Circuit City had....again, great picture and audio, but I still had that urge to find out when the more expensive Denon's could do. So I took the Sony with me and did a side by side with the Sony, a 2910, and a 3910. Both the Denon's offered considerably sharper image quality, however, the 2910 seemed washed out in comparison to the Sony. I decided on the 3910 after discovering it was running through component at 480i while the Sony was upconverting to 720p...and yet the Denon still destroyed it in image quality. The 3910 now sits in my entertainment center while the Sony was given to my parents. I no longer have the bug to upgrade and probably won't even look at the new formats for several years due to the image quality on this player. I got a break on this model due to it being in the guy's shop for a while (seems to be one of the first ones...build date is June 2004!!), however, after seeing some of the prices others are grabbing these at I was kicking myself but in the long run, I won't care...I've got the excellent image from an excellent player. I've applied all the updates and I don't see black dots next to the S/N, but it does seem to pass BTB when doing the THX calibration test.