The two players in contention for top spot are the Panasonic UB9000 and the Pioneer LX-500. I know this is a forum about the Panasonic, anyone has experience with both? I really do not think that one will sound that much better than the other, or the image of one will be that much better than the other. Either one will be a good experience.
However, features, options, support, built quality, connections, etc. are things that can be compared. To me, not having the analog 7.1 output of the Oppos and Panasonic is a negative of the Pioneer because I have quite a few Bluray discs, and I believe that the DACs in these players is better than on most AV Processors.
Any thoughts or suggestions?