First, I am very impressed by Paul and his dedication to get the info to the form! The amount of response, and the rate in which he is answering questions are amazing. I think this thread is now well over 440 postings and, I bet, third to half is Paul responding to question...Bravo!
So I got mine from Onecall also. Got it yesterday (picked it up at the FedEx station). It is hooked up to Panny commercial 50 plasma (6UY) via DVI blade. While I do not calibrate the combination other than with my own eyes (after all, I'm the one watching it
, this unit is most impressive. Frankly, after a disappointing experience with Denon 1910 in early September, I was expecting alot less. For some reasons, I had HCDP handshake problem with Denon and the PQ was only marginally better than my existing 480p player (Panny DVR DMR-80H) via component. Naturally I returned the unit with the intent to buy either the Sony or Panny about now.
After reading several concerns with HDMI>DVI adaptor, I can report that I absolutely see no ill effects, clipping or any noise (using MonsterCable adaptor ~$30). The HDCP handshake still takes a moment - long enough that I had to remove Gefin 2-to-1 switcher out of the loop. I had originally planned to share the DVI blade with my D* (Sony HD-300) tuner but I when back to RGB input for that.
So the most impressive part of the PQ is the depth and texture of image that comes across various DVDs. After playing around for awhile, my sense is that 1080i is marginally better than 720p on my screen. The edges are slightly more smoother in 1080i. As for Macroblocking - well its not bothersome for me at all. What I can say about the image quality is that, compared to some of the movies carried by HDNet, this player can play most DVD good as, or almost good as HD feed on my panel. My sense is that this is a function of source material than anything else.
I tested the player with various movie types - CGI only (Dinosoure, Toy Story2), CGI-based animation (Tarzan, Lion King), CGI-live action mix (Starwars Ep2, LOTR Twin Towers). Amazing amounts of details came out in scense that I had not seen (at least noticed) on my other player. Source material on Toy Story2 in particular showed more macroblocking and posterization against solid color background scenes (maybe higher compression).
Since I just enjoy good looking pictures on the screen, I won't try to be technical about my impression. Besides, Paul has done a wonderful job of that. It is fair to say that I am fully satisfied until the Blu-Ray/HD-DVD or what have you comes along with plenty of HD contents on the market.