I got the rp-56 open box for 129 last week at CC, no remote, but I havnet had a real problem with that yet. I really like it...video and audio quality is very good....and its progressive scan. I can't comment on it cause i dont have an HDTV. I hope ot try it out on my parents when i go home from school. But overall it hink its pretty good
I recently picked up the Toshiba SD4700. I am very pleased so far, and I haven't tried out DVD-Audio yet.
When I was trying to decide what to get (see this thread) I was considering the Panasonic RP56, the JVC S60, the Toshiba SD4700, and the Sony NS700P. I had buyer's remorse before I had bought anything. I think at $250, you should be happy with whatever you decide to buy.