Joe, I totally agree with you...however, where do you draw the line? What made you decide to buy what you bought? Obviously the AVR does make a difference, as it does a multitude of things. I have a $1200 AVR. What price for an all in one is justified to match my AVR? At this point i'm ready to dump the oppo and find an "all in one". You raise some good points, I just wish some people like RAF would chime in. What justifies the purchase? I notice that items like the sony 550 and panasonic 35 are popular for the average consumer that can't afford $2K BD players, but what you are saying is that the quality is the same?? Do you understand my point and why this is so confusing? I would just like to hear from some other people that can help clarify something: Why do people buy seperates? Or is it only the big spenders that do so? With a budget of $600, will I ever be able to hear a difference in stereo playback through an "all in one"...compared to a stand alone CD player of the same price?