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Saw the new models at CES last month. The Panny rep said their top o'the line model would MSRP under $500, possibly under $400. The players had two HDMI outputs: 1.4 and 1.3 (the former can be connected to a 3-D capable display while the latter can be run to legacy audio gear). The connections can be used individually or together (they're both active simultaneously).
The rep boasted that the players boot up in less than half a second. To demonstrate, he went to a player that was off and pressed the Eject buttom. Sure enough, the drawer opened instantly. I immediately pushed the Off button, but it took about 8 seconds of pressing for the player to turn off. I asked him why it took so long, and he sheepishly admitted that it was still booting up. So much for the instant boot-up.
OK, so it's just the drawer opens in half a second. Takes a few more seconds before it's ready to play a disc. Still faster than anything else out there, including my Oppo.