Jeeze guys, I didn't want this to turn into a "my di@# is bigger than yours" contest. And I'm sure the PS3 may be just as good or even better. All I'm saying is this additional feature is a great bonus.
I'll admit part of my re-discovery of quality music is partly a result of the HD-A1'a ability to play CD's. Part of it is my unfortunate gravitation to MP3's over the years. I think it's a great feature.
Unlike most folks, I try to keep my AV. equip down to a minimum. My tv hangs on a wall with nothing but in wall speakers. I use the built in CableCard as my tuner. The only other equip. I have is contained in an in-wall rack that consists of an audio receiver, the HD-A1 and a Symbio HD PVR. 1 Harmony remote, and no wires to clutter things up. Simple yet effective.
Oh, BTW, I'm a fat shi*, so I bet my gravitational field is bigger than yours