Yesterday, the WD TV Live finally died for good after the last firmware upgrade (plays for two songs and then hangs). Even backing the firmware out to the earliest version available still did not remedy the problem. So it was either wait for another firmware upgrade or toss the beast and get something better (anybody want to buy a used third generation WD TV Live?).
So stay tuned for the newest addition to our system and we'll see if all of this hubub can be observed from a subjective - but intimately familiar - point of view. This should prove to be interesting.
Also, see the simple FRED diode modification to the BDP-105 here.
Yours for higher fidelity,