I received it last Friday. Appart from a funny burned smell, nothing seemed wrong with it and it operated just fine (I only watched short scenes from a few of my DVD's). Yesterday, I read a lot about the RP82 and some complains of owners about their unit not being able to handle scratched or dirty disks well. I rented Shallow Hal in Blockbuster, hoping it would be scratched and dirty to put the player to test. The disk turned out to have several prominent scratches so it was a good test subject. After 86 minutes of play time, the disk reached scene where there was gross pixelization. I went back to the scene several times, and it did it every time. Then, when the credits started showing up, there was an even more severe sputter which also reflected on the audio. This was also repeatable. I tried the same scenes on my old Pioneer DV333 and it didn't even flinch. Not even once. I was really dissapointed to confirm what some others had experienced. Now I'm wondering if there is a problem with some units or if it is a characteristic of the player itself. Is anyone else having this problem with rental or scratched/dirty DVD's? I'll rent some more DVD's before the initial 30 day return period expires but I'm already uneasy. If this is something that happens once in a full moon, I'll live with it in exchange for the good de-interlacing (I still haven't tried its progressive signal because I have not yet received my 53wx52). But if it is going to happen on every movie, this is unacceptable.