Okay, I have a relative who works for a Pioneer affiliate and can get me a unit for under $500 (and no, sorry I can't field requests for purchases for you guys ). I have a Panny RP91 player currently that I wish did better flag detection and had less combing artifact. I also like the fact that the 59AVi does DVD-A and SACD as I only have one set of 5.1 inputs this would allow me to stop switching back and forth between my two current players (Sony SACD changer which would be moved back to the bedroom). So my question is: for $500 is the 59AVi as unbeatable as it sounds? Any weaknesses? I don't have HDMI or iLink yet, but may in the future. Would its picture be better through component than my RP91? Will it do its 1080i upconversion through component or HDMI only? Thanks!