Hiya, I am seriously considering dumping off my panny dmr-e55 and replacing it with the JVC for the following reason: Panny is slooooooooooow, takes a good 20 seconds just to power on, the cd draw eject seems to be controlled by a jamaican smoking some pot and then it takes another 20 seconds or so for it to decide what sort of disc it now has in it, then ANOTHER 20 seconds to play the dam thing! It only has optical out which is another ball ache as I don't have enough optical ins on my amp so had to buy an optical --> coax converter which is far from ideal. Since getting the panny I find its causing lipsync problems when viewing sky thru it, never happended on my Pioneer player, sky is fine if I go direct to the telly. It wont even play VCDs which is another pain as I convert my camcorder to this format. There are some other niggles but I am really fed up with it and can't see me lasting much longer with it so better to sell it soon than end up with a smoldering pile of twisted metal courtesy of Mr Hammer and a size 11 boot! Soooo....the jvc stands out as it has dvd-ram PLUS it can play VCDs. It has component output, twin SCARTS (Albeit none RGB thru) but thats not really a major concern to me as I sky+ box is connected from RGB direct to telly and VCR SCART to recorder, I could always buy an RGB --> S-Vid converter if I really wanted but not really bothered at this time. My question is tho, to users who have one, is it like the panny in anyway eg. slow to power on, slow to load etc. Also, does anyone know of any reviews on this product as I have had no joy in finding any as yet. Appreciate any input people can give on this PS. Anyone want to buy a 3 month old e55?