Originally Posted by IntoTheBlu
HD-DVD supports PCM, but rarely use it because of their disc space inefficiency. Even Transformers was limited to Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1 Surround only, no TrueHD, no PCM.
As far as I've heard, there's already an approved 50G HD-DVD disc format, so that advantage will soon be history.
Originally Posted by IntoTheBlu
Toshiba has crap customer service. I had a Toshiba dvd recorder die within months of purchase and they expected me to pay for their crap to be fixed. And fyi I did use it correctly. All other products I've bought have lasted years. People are more inclined to buy products from Samsung, Panasonic, Sharp, and especially Sony. Sony has a huge fanbase.
I have a Toshiba SD DVD player that's about 7 years old and never had any issues with it. "People are more inclined to buy products from ..."? Let's go out on the street and do interviews asking "Hey, who would you rather buy from, Toshiba, or Samsung?" Do you honestly think the masses would have an opinion about that? Come on, that's just silly. Sony, maybe, because of the brand image. But the image I have of Sony is what keeps me from supporting them. They are always trying to force proprietary formats onto consumers (memory sticks and mini-discs, anyone?), and are ALWAYS OVERPRICED! (Priced a Vaio lately? Are you going to tell me a Vaio PC --made with the same components as other brands-- deserves to be priced at a huge premium?) This doesn't mean they don't make good products. But other companies do, too.
Sony thinks their s*it don't stink, and wants to charge a huge premium for equipment that's matched or exceeded by other brands. I put them in the Bose category for that reason.
Here's where I feel you can't go wrong with HD-DVD right now. Toshiba has priced these units much lower than comparable Blu-Ray players. If I buy an HD-DVD player now for $200 vs. a PS3 for $500 (or even 400), and two years from now Blu-Ray emerges as the so-called "winner", there will no doubt be much cheaper Blu-Ray machines available at that time. So, my cost for transitioning --if need be-- would still most likely be at the least revenue-neutral with the cost of PS3's today. I don't buy DVD's. I rent, so no worries there. Plus, the HD-DVD player (A2) has outstanding upsampling, so it wouldn't be worthless. This scenario is worst-case, of course, and doesn't even factor in the state of play if HD-DVD becomes the de facto standard.
Let's face it, by the time this "war" is over, optical discs might be supplanted as a preferred medium for movie distribution.
I'm always amazed at people shilling for companies like they are some kind of sports teams. Why would anyone care whether Sony "wins" a format war? It's so absurd. I'm looking at things pragmatically. If Sony didn't have such a ridiculous pricing structure, I'd be more than happy to support them. Any clear-thinking person would have to agree that these competing formats both provide excellent vehicles for HD movie viewing. Toshiba's managed to do it at a much lower price point. Sony supporters will say "but they're selling them at a loss". I've got news for ya, Sony is taking horrendous losses on the PS3 alone right now. See here: http://www.shacknews.com/onearticle.x/49638