I was looking forward to this new player from Sony as according to HCC it's the new reference model. (So I assume it's taking over from the S7700). Two things about it are putting me off. The first is the case. I don't think it looks as good as a sliding front panel. The second is that it can't do CD-R. This is a tad annoying. I know it's high end and CD Players can do this but still. Has anyone had the good fortune to see one in action, or does anyone have any comments about the above points? Apparently it does progressive scan for NTSC. Not that that helps a lot of us without the correct monitor to get this. Dave.