So compatibility with the BDP-1, ripping yes (albeit slow), just simple playback I doubt it greatly. A BDP-1 would also be able to make use of the BOT's internal storage. Supported media formats, audio cd's yes, audio from a DVD movie is also very likely. DVD-A I will have to look into but could be a possibility, I'm not sure about encryption or drm. Blu-ray audio is also a maybe, depends on what open source solutions are available really. Using a bluray drive in the BOT just leaves more possibilities available and ensures maximum possible growth in our software, kind of like how we put a ton of processing power into the BDP-2. The unit is over powered for the existing firmware, but it gives us tons of resources to expand the firmware (ie buffer an entire cd into main memory for a great playback experience). As for why we don't have an output to a DAC, well the BOT one doesn't contain a processor, so you need the BDP to read the data and output it to a DAC. No hou don't have to rip to internal storage, you cN send it right off to your NAS. As I mentioned earlier in the year there is all lot in the works at Bryston right now. I think I have covered everything that i can cover until I get a chance to speak with James further.