Color me humbled. I have been actively seeking a "this is it, I am wowed" DVD player, and naturally assumed that I must look to the hottest, newest players in the $1,000+ price range. Thus I sallied forth and DVD-hoed with players from Denon (the much maligned and also revered 3800) Sony ES (the newfangled '999ES) Marantz(the "multiple personality" DV-8300), Pioneer (the Haley Joel Osment-apporved 47ai), and Arcam (the startospherically-priced DV27). After auditioning all of these players against my Toshiba 5700, I was not impressed enough to keep any of them, especially the hugely disappointing, almost unmanageable Arcam unit. I noticed a lot of you were gung-ho for the Panasonic RP82, and on the additional recommendation of a friend. I decided to try this bargain-priced unit. My oh my but was I impressed with this little silver-faced marvel! Finally (and for only about $200) here was the noticeable improvement I was looking for, but figured was out of my reach given the number of players that found a temporary home in my A/V rack. Images are cleaner, crisper, and more dimensional than any of the above players. "Monsters, Inc." popped off the screen. "Moulin Rouge" was an explosion of trippy color. And "Attack of the Clones" made me want to sell my soul to Lucas himself. I basically sat on my couch slack-jawed as movie after movie regaled me with what I regard as pretty darn near close to perfection. The sound was aces too, though I have yet to give this winner the CD workout. Even if that disappoints, I have a dedicated CD player I already love, and the PQ on this is so superb that I have no room to complain. The only other player I have seen that comes close to this is the Kenwood Sovereign DV-5700. But that's $600 more, and I have a sneaky suspicion Kenwood will be replacing this unit next year with the newest Faroudja chipset. Plus the slow-loading changer aspect didn't thrill me--the Panny is fast, smooth as silk, and comparatively quiet. Thanks to all fellow RP82 owners who posted about this player. This forum is truly an excellent source to share valuable information and experience!