Originally Posted by GrtGrfx
Thanks to everyone for their comments, which overwhelmingly lean towards Blu-Ray being appreciably-superior even on a 720P TV.
Now the real cookie-crumbler...is it worth spending $2,000 for a high-end player, or will a $400 Panasonic or Sony player provide the same goosebumps as the premier offerings from Denon or Meridian? Off we go...!
From what I have heard and read - video wise the low end players are probably very close to the high end and HDMI output would give about the same in audio.
Analog video and audio would be probably be much better on the high end machines, you do get what you pay for sometimes but you have to decide if the premium is worth the extra expense. If you just won the lottery I would say go with that new Pioneer at $2000, but be prepared to upgrade everything else you have to take advantage of it's features. In 6 months something better and cheaper will be available, but only do it if you won the lottery.