Wow - you're on a roll! I hope once work calms down I'll be able to get my PS3 setup to do the same.
BTW, I thought it wasn't possible to rollback the FW to the proper level for ripping SACD's once it had been upgraded? I understood that Sony wanted to prevent folks from doing so?
Yes, this is a common misunderstanding. If the PS3 hardware is one of the correct units, but the software has been advanced past 3.55, it CANNOT be rolled back simply with a software modification. And it is more complicated than just flashing the firmware. Two nand chips have to be removed from the motherboard and read in a nand programmer then modified and reflashed with the modified nand then resoldered to the motherboard. I found someone who does this for $100. So if you find a cheap PS3 that is past 3.55, and it is one of the correct units, it CAN be taken back to 3.55.
There are lots of post 3.55 units out there that are going for a decent price.