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Old 02-12-2008   #211
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You see that's the problem, in HD DVD, you have nothing. So yes it is being stubborn, sure you paid less for the product that has no future but that's just it BD is going somewhere and HD DVD an all but dead format.
All you say may be true, but all I want is the following:

-At least bitstreaming support for all advanced audio codecs

-An ethernet connection for firmware upgrades and potential 2.0 compliance

-Proper LFE levels for PCM over HDMI, which the Panasonic players, seemingly the best on the market, do not currently offer

-A price point of under $300

If HD DVD had to go away, I would have preferred it stay around until the war spurred Blu-ray to deliver these features at this price point. So far, it hasn't happened.

I am an HD DVD supporter. I do not hate Blu-ray, and I do feel my expectations are reasonable. Realistically, in what time frame do you think the right Blu-ray player will be there for me?
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Old 02-12-2008   #212
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Approximately 3 days after Warners made their announcement I went out and bought the Panasonic BD-30! I had already bought a Toshiba HD30 (yes the price point lured me into it first) and had been happy with both the HD DVD movies and the player! I must say since I own both, and have titles on both formats, I do like the fact that the Blu-ray has Dolby Tru HD and DTS-MA. Bye bye HD DVD.

I think the same people complaining about the price would have no problem spending the same dollars they'd spend on a Blu-Ray player on something else non audio/video if it were really a priority to them? Just my 2 cents. I admit, I chose the wrong format in the begining but had only bought 9 HD DVD discs before switching to Blu-ray.
My XA2 bitstreams both of those formats just fine. By the way every hddvd player will decode True HD internally since True HD is a mandatory part of the spec unlike bluray where it is optional. A slew of bluray players will not decode True HD or advanced audio codecs to include your Panny BD-30, Sony 300, etc. It will bitstream them yes, but so will my XA2 and the A35.

On a side note I just got The Brave One today. It is amazing how pristine a picture Warner and VC1 can put out on a disc with such limited bandwidth and capacity. bluray.com just gave it 4.5 stars for PQ.

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All you say may be true, but all I want is the following:

Realistically, in what time frame do you think the right Blu-ray player will be there for me?
I personally think by Oct/Nov we will see all that in a $300.00 player if not sooner.
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I personally think by Oct/Nov we will see all that in a $300.00 player if not sooner.
I am getting a bluray player this summer so take no offense. You will never in your wildest dreams see a 2.0 compliant $299 bluray player this year period. If we are lucky we might see a 1.1 compliant player for that price, but I doubt it. More than likely a black friday special only.
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I am getting a bluray player this summer so take no offense. You will never in your wildest dreams see a 2.0 compliant $299 bluray player this year period. If we are lucky we might see a 1.1 compliant player for that price, but I doubt it. More than likely a black friday special only.
There's a chance you may be able to get a super BD player for 299.99 if PS3 lowers their price and I know you don't want a game machine but if they did drop the price it would be pretty quickly that other SAP would catch up . Also with third tier brands shipping next quarter, that will drive prices down as well. I truly think again by Oct/Nov Samsung or Panasonic will have a player available at the $300.00 mark.
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I am getting a bluray player this summer so take no offense. You will never in your wildest dreams see a 2.0 compliant $299 bluray player this year period. If we are lucky we might see a 1.1 compliant player for that price, but I doubt it. More than likely a black friday special only.
If rumors are true there will be a $299 PS3 by the Xmas shopping season & it will be Profile 2.0.

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akbungle was just a little quicker than me but I agree with what he said.

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