Will Meridian make an HD DVD player?
My bet is - YES.
Bob Stuart, Meridian's co-founder, was SPECIFICALLY not answering questions about new formats at their CEDIA press conference which is a VERY new role for them to play as Meridian was behind the MLP lossless packing that was in DVD-Audio.
With some of the studio moves and their hat in both rings with MLP, I expect Meridian to sit this one out for a while and wouldn't personally hold out for one of their players when you can get a good player today for $300 to $500.
What I can say is: a $500 player isn't going to solve jitter issues or have as solid a build quality as something made by Meridian. There are some physical advantages to making something ROCK SOLID.
Jerry Del Colliano