I met w/a client this week and his screensaver was the original USS Enterprise, and conversation spun off into Star Wars and the various transfers/versions and how the "faces" LDs have a good unmolested version w/great sound.
He was into LD and mentioned that just this week Pioneer finally stopped making multiplayers that supported LD.
From there we starting talking players and I found it interesting to revisit a format that for a while was "it".
Looks like the best ones out there offer component video and optical audio.
If I found a new component shelf/tv stand, I'd really consider one of these again, for fun.