DV-09- excellent on video, and for the used prices they are going for now, a bargain IMO.
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Prices on used DVD players (as well as pre/pros) fall very drastically as new technology is introduced. Although the DV47 is a very nice player (I've got one), I'd definitely opt for a used one to save a lot of money. I think I saw a DV09 last year when I bought the 47, and it was almost as good visually. (The one I saw was definitely an earlier Pioneer Elite, and I think it was an '09.)
I just got a Pioneer Elite DV37 for $159 from PCMall.com. I believe that it is the successor model to the DV09 (I might be wrong). The picture quality is quite good. It is refurbished, but I have had no problems with it and PCMall seems to be a reliable internet seller. They also sell the DV47a and 47ai for under $500.
I too have had problems with the layer change problem....as well as some difficulty with jumps in CD playback. Luckily, I had my unit modified by Dan Wright to improve SACD playback..and I'm using it as an SACD player only.
The Chroma upsampling error really bugs me, so I moved to a Denon 2900 for DVDs