Nothing too new to report here, yet, in regards to what's already been posted.
I went to a Best Buy today and bought the player, and even though they had the titles available, they wouldn't sell them to me until the 18th. So I went to BB #2 that's about 20 minutes further south, and they had them, and would sell them to me. They only had Last Samurai and Phantom available, so I picked up Last Samurai.
I've been having the slight "green blob" issue with my Sony 60" SXRD and Tweeter's been great about it. They've got a set in their store that they're checking for me and I went to look at it today, it has no issue, so they're going to swap it with me. This is what I'll be hooking my HD-A1 up to. For now, I can still get an idea of the PQ even on my current set, since the issue isn't too horrendous. It can take a 1080i signal and displays 1080p, btw.
I have the OPPO 971H that's been doing all the upconverting of my current SD DVD's. Been very, very pleased with it, although I need a 50ms audio delay to compensate for sync when outputting 1080i. Have had no issues with macroblocking at all. I'll compare the upconverting quality of the OPPO to the HD-A1.
To be honest, I have no interest in testing component output vs HDMI. HDMI on all hardware I've ever tested with this set has always had better PQ than component for me when resolutions being sent were equal. Just my experience.
My receiver is an RCA RT-2280 (don't laugh) and I'll be sending the sound out via coax and optical to start, but am interested in the DD vs DD+ I can get via 5.1 analog as well.