I was tempted to order one from CircuitCity.com last night since I had a 10% off coupon, though I decided not go go through with it due to the fact that I have no idea when the thing will actually ship.
During lunch I decided to stop at a metro-Atlanta big box retailer (who will remain nameless) and what do you know? They have one Samsung Blu-ray player sitting on a high shelf (about 9 feet off the ground) above their TV's.
I paced around wondering if I should ask one of the sales guys to get it down for me, though I was concerned that they would say "We can't sell that until such-and-such-a-date"
So, I waited until the 3 sales guys were out of sight, boosted myself up using the base that the TV's were displayed on, and just BARELY slid the player down. Fortunately, I was nimble enough not to drop the thing or fall on my face.
Concerned that a manager or rep would notice the player and stop me, I held it on the side so the plain white bottom faced outward. I made a quick lap around the dvd players and movies hoping to find ANY Blu-ray title, though there weren't any out. I quickly proceeded to the front only to find 1 line open and a half-dozen people in line. I set the player down as not to reveal what it was (white bottom facing out, top facing the cash registers), waited an agonizing 5 minutes (thankfully they opened two more lines), paid, and walked to my car quickly but calmly.
I checked over my shoulder to make sure no one was chasing me... fortunately, they weren't. The player now sits in the trunk of my car and I have another 4 agonizing hours of work, then 40minutes of traffic, before I can hook it up.
Since I have a HD-A1, I am thinking about posting a quick video review/comparison on YouTube. Anyone interested?