As promised i'll post some thoughts on the two players bear in mind this is just "my" findings on my own setup,others may have different results/opinions etc which is fine by me. Both players have great build quality no worries there,91 is heavier though.Nice finish on both machines. No noise from the players during operation/playback,disc tray open/close both nice and smooth.Better remote on the Pioneer,backlight on Sony remote. From standby to disc opening or player options screen both are near enough the same and speedwise it's very acceptable.Both quite snappy through menu screens,good response from remote. Loading discs the Sony was the quickest. Options wise both players have a ton of settings and adjustments which can be applied to the picture you could tweak away forever really. LX91 and the 5000ES both have Deep Colour (upsampling) which is put to great use. Both players have there own unique features of course,HD Enhancer on the 5000 and "on the fly" resolution change with the 91,Pioneer has a good display (disc info) feature as well. Region free DVD can be done easily enough on both players.No (memory) Resume for DVD on both players but stopped position can be resumed if player is turned off but not if disc is ejected.Layer change? 91 3 sec/max 5000 1 sec/max...on average 0.5 sec. No Source Direct on the 5000 (91 yes) but 480i/576i is there as an option. DVD playback. Both players failed the 2.2 detection film detail (speedway) test, the 91 did very well on the 2.2 cadence (restaurant) test though,more here. The Sony can give a very good image with DVD content (NTSC is best)clean,sharp and detailed given a good disc,i rank the 5000 along side my XE1 in overall PQ maybe a touch higher when you take into account the Sonys picture adjustments what can be applied. The LX91 is step up over the 5000 regarding DVD though on all levels,much more of a solid looking picture with added depth and detail,less noise to the image as well.PAL is not perfect but it is still VERY good Blade 2 was the best i've seen it and even beat my 983 in presentation. NTSC movies can be played back @ 1080p/24 this is flawless as far as i can tell,with very smooth motion and SUPERB images,easily the players "main" strength with DVD.....top notch. So,the 5000 has very good DVD playback the LX91 has excellent DVD playback,in my opinion of course. I'm bitstreaming over HDMI to my Onkyo 876 and audio wise there's no difference in quality or volume with DD/DTS between the two players. HD audio comparison. After some extensive testing plus a couple of friends over to get their opinions as well i can't really hear any difference between the two players with bitstreaming the same track over HDMI.....both excellent. Quite easy to compare on a few movies as i have 2 copies each of Casino Royale,Batman Begins,Spiderman 3,Cars,Ratatouille,Iron Man,Cast Away,Crank,Hairspray,Wall.E and Black Hawk Down....same movie in each player and then it's just one button push to change. So,on "my" setup i (we) couldn't detect any change to the soundtracks regarding quality,detail and certainly volume.They just sounded SO similiar it was very VERY obvious to tell. Cheers. BD Video. Ok,i 've done enough testing now so i'm confident enough to post my findings (as asked) on the two players regarding BD PQ please bear in mind this is just "my" opinion and others may see more or less (?) differences that me,and have different kit etc...yada yada yada. First off,no real difference with sharpness,detail and colour (or Pop) between the two on my setup BUT what did show now and again was an increased sense of depth to the picture and "overall" image clarity subtle yes but i wll try and explain what i actually saw.... Lost season 4 menu screen (freighter) via the 5000 the picture was clear,sharp and 3D looking,switch to the 91 the image was the same but stretched out even further into the distance so to speak,it looked more inviting.....more real? into the jungle couple of scenes here where the actual surroundings (foilage,trees etc) just looked more spread out,like a path going through the picture....a sense of being there? Resident Evil Extinction ( stop laughing i love it) nice shot at the start there's room with a table and some other junk (secret trapdoor opens) 5000 great image for the disc anyway,but on the 91 the same scene (room) just had a more of a spacious look to it...a definite "uplift" to the image. Casino Royale i noticed some improvements here as well,again with increased image depth to the picture,i must stress what i saw (am seeing) is indeed subtle there was never any real WOW moments as such but some nice one's all the same. Also,my two friends and wife couldn't see a damn bit of difference between the two players but then that's to be expected i guess because you have to be a bit of geek really to be into all this AV stuff....it's a bit mad. Well there you go,i found the LX91 to have slightly better BD PQ than the 5000ES "much" better DVD and the same audio wise over HDMI. The Pioneer is also about £600 more than the Sony so it's not a VS thread as such just a gentle comparison that's all. Both players are excellent to be honest,very clean,sharp images with Blu-ray in my opinion the 91 has the slight edge but then it's more cash as well. I'm still keeping the 5000 because i love it but will look into getting the 91 as this one i have is not actually mine. Zero issues to date with the 5000,no disc issues so far on the 91,tell a lie slight lip sync on Res Evil which i corrected via players audio adjust and all was well. Have fun. EDIT: More thoughts after living with both players a bit longer. Disc load times. From close to menu screen using chapter skip to get there. LX91: Resident Evil Extinction > 2:12 Kung Fu Panda > 2:01 Rambo > 1:42 Casino Royale > 1:01 5000ES: Resident Evil Extinction > 1:18 Kung Fu Panda > 1:50 Rambo > 1:12 Casino Royale > 0:40.