I've just come back from a quite enlightening demo of the new Sony tip top SACD/DVD player. I dragged my 9000 in to do a side by side eyeball (very excited, I've been waiting for the update to the 9000 for a while now) To say I was underwhelmed would be an understatement. OK it's £300 cheaper than the 9000 was at launch (£1000 vs £1300) but it's just not as good The image through an AE300 (I tried to recreate my home setup as best I could) was very sharp just like the 9000 but it seemed to be slightly flat.. sort of lacking in depth. Both were then connected to a Leowe 32" (not sure of the model but pure white "jetsons" style one!) and I had a side by side look. With Fifth Element in the trays, the 9000 came out top again (in almost all areas I could tell) Needless to say I kept my card in my pocket and shuffled off home a little gutted.. after mr AV salesman tried to sell me a 757 and an A1 instead! After 2 odd years of tinkering I expected a lot more. It didn't even look or feel like it should for £1000.