Thanks for the feedback guys! It seems like I should get Panasonic or Oppo. I do have plenty of space for the player to breath and because it freezes up in the exact same spot, I don't think it is overheating. My theory is that it sometimes has trouble buffering during the layer change, but I'm not sure. It had an issue where it would freeze up after a certain amount of time on a few of the Rocky blu-rays, which I could avoid if I periodically paused it. I also thought this seemed like a buffer issue. Anyway I'm done with Sony for now. Back in 99 Sony was the only player I could find which didn't have glitches left and right with various disks. That's why I stuck with them so long even if the players didn't last that long.
Also, did I make a good choice on the TV? Amazon reviews were mostly very positive. I've read that plasmas are favored by HT enthusiasts and wanted to get one before they are discontinued. And I read a question someone posted about priming plasma TV's because they are more vulnerable to burning in of images during the first 200 hours. Is it true that I should leave it on for 8 or so days and If so I would appreciate any advice on how to avoid any stationary images that could get burned in.
You don't have to worry about burn in on a modern plasma, image retention can happen but that goes away, just make sure your contrast is set correctly and sharpness is set very low, indeed on a Panasonic plasma and watching HD content you should set sharpness at zero, if i was you i'd buy the Spears and Munsil 2nd edition disc from Amazon and do a simple calibration of the set.
Get the Panasonic 230 model, the 330 model does have twin HDMI outputs and 4K upscaling, they are the only differences i can see, you don't need 4K upscaling as you don't have a 4K television.
Edited by FoxyMulder, November 28 2013 - 11:49 AM.