I was really annoyed with the A2 at first. I’m coming from a 4 year old Toshiba DVD player that may be the single best piece of technology I’ve ever owned and used (simply because it had so many features and worked so well for so long). I could press the eject button when the player was off and it would IMMEDIATELY eject, even as the player was booting. It started up in less than 10 seconds and was playing the DVD by 15 seconds.
I just got used to instant gratification.
However, the A2 has definitely grown on me…I’m used to how it works now and try to plan things around the power-up cycle. For instance, I’ll hit the play/power button and then go to fill up my cup of water. By the time I get back, it’s usually well on its way toward playing or getting to the menu.
I’ve also just gotten used to it in general, so the longer boot time doesn’t bother me anymore. I still wish it ejected immediately when the eject button was pushed, but I’ll live.