I posted this over at AVSForums, but thought I would repost it here for those of you who are looking for info on this player. I just picked up this player last night to replace a ~3 year old Sony DVP-NS300P 5 disc carousel. I recently upgraded to a Sony 32HS420 HD monitor, and was still using my old non-progressive model since the TV handed interlaced film quite well. I have been on the fence about getting an upconverting player, but it just seems like the technology is too new and each player out there has compromises, and I just think it would be better to wait a little while longer, especially considering I have a CRT monitor and supposedly upconverting players dont really get to shine on CRTs. Anywhoo...heres my impressions of the 875 compared to my old 300. 1. As others have said, the loading mechanism is painfully slow. Whereas my old player would begin displaying video within 2-3 seconds of loading a disc, this one seems to take at least 2-3 times longer. I haven't actually timed it, but it is significantly slower. 2. I hate the display on the unit (the thing that displays the time and status of the player, not the video output). My DVD player happens to sit at the bottom of my equipment rack, which puts it about a foot and a half off the ground, and because the actual display is recessed about an inch or two behind the plastic panel, you can't even see the display from my sitting position. I literally have to bend over to be able to see it. And even still, because it is behind a plastic panel, it can look a bit distorted unless you are looking straight at it. I find this an incredibly annoying thing, and this might be a dealbreaker for me, if I cant get over and decide to live with it. 3. I've heard others mention that the LEDs are distractingly bright. There is a dimmer you can activate through the setup menu which helps quite a bit, but then it also dims the main display, which makes it even harder to read (on top of the issues I complained about in number 2). The LEDs are tolerable, but I just think that Sony's approach to the physical setup is a huge step backward from my 3 year old player which had a normal display and no superbright LEDs. 4. OKay, now for the good news. Being as I am comparing a modern progressive scan player with a 12-bit/108MHz video DAC compared to a non-progressive scan 10-bit/52 MHz (I believe) unit, the picture is noticeably better. I was actually impressed with the smoothness offered by the new player. I watched MGM's Antitrust last night, which in my opinion is a very colorful movie with good picture quality and no edge enhancement on the disc. The image is very filmlike, and this player seems to handle MPEG compression a lot better as I didnt see a single artifact whereas my old player would pass those on to the TV quite drastically (especially during title sequences). The exceptional smoothness might be perceived by some people as a lack of detail, but I honestly feel as though this player displays video as it was meant to be seen. There is no artificial softening of the picture. If you don't like the filmlike smoothness, there are actually two sharpness settings you can turn on within the player's setup which adds a small amount (but very tolerable) of edge enhancement to your display. 5. In addition to number 4, I like the additional controls that the player offers you to tweak the video. For whatever reason, my particular TV happens to have a hard time with black levels, and when I calibrate my TV (using VE) for DVD playback, my other video sources are way too bright. So I always had a bit of a compromise in my setup which makes non DVD sources just a little too bright, and DVD just a little too dark...that way, neither would be drastically off. However, with this new player, I am able to slightly bump up black levels and tweak colors to make DVD playback much closer to how I like it, without sacrificing the output from my Replay, VCR, or Xbox. 6. In terms of sound, I am still using the digital coax output as I did on the old player. I didn't notice any improvement or change whatsoever...which is a good thing because I never had any complaints with my old setup. BTW - I am using a Sony STRDE845 Dolby/DTS 5.1 receiver hooked up to a complete JBL Southridge setup. 7. I briefly played with the MP3/JPG playback and don't see it as a feature I would use too often since I have XBox Media Center on my XBox, and that is piped through my network, so I already have that functionality within my HT. However, I have seen some very lackluster MP3 support from some cheap Chinese brand players and I would say the Sony is a bit easier to use...although I feel this is still one thing that vendors aren't putting enough effort into to make it user friendly. 8. I do not have any SACDs so I cant comment on this, but I might have to pick up a title or two to try it out. Thats about it so far. I really cant stand the display, the LEDs are tolerable in dim mode, and the player loads discs very slowly. I have no complaints about the remote. The setup of the player is simple enough, it offers a decent amount of features to tweak your setup, and the video output is very good in my opinion. Overall, I think this is a good player with a nice suite of features for the price. If you want a good progressive scan 5-disc player with SACD support, you really cant go wrong for $130. If anyone has any followup questions, I will do my best to answer them.