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post #61 of 71 Old 04-12-2006, 11:09 AM
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looks a damn sight better than the toshiba box thats for sure :)
For double the price it really should.

I am format agnostic at this time. However, I can say I am a big fan of both Toshiba and Sony.

It does strike me as interesting that the BD players are so expensive compared to the HD-DVD players. As far as I can discern this could mean one of two things:

1. The members of the BD group, don't see HD-DVD as a threat and don't care much about price perception.
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2. It really does cost alot more to make BD players, etc and they simply CAN'T get the price down until the technology matures.

Either scenario makes for interesting discussion.

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Earz, N2blu and others,

Do you guys have a stake in the outcome of the HD formats or are you sporting billboards for Sony et al. Just a light hearted question?
I'd love to get paid but my posts are simply based on my preference for BD. OTOH, I'm on the verge of ordering an HD DVD player and supporting both formats. What I'm waiting for are some HD DVD movies of interest to me to be released.
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Back to topic, I4U has received a final picture of the Panasonic player, atop a matching Panasonic receiver:
That is a beautiful looking set. I don't recall ever seeing a receiver with so little buttons visable. Looks very nice indeed.
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It does strike me as interesting that the BD players are so expensive compared to the HD-DVD players.
Only in the US really and only so far with two players from one company. Toshiba's announcements in other regions have the players more in line with BD pricing. Not over 1k, but much closer to what they did at DVD launch with 799 and 999. The undercutting of the price for their 1st gen model is a plan to get in first and to try and gain marketshare. The $500 most people spend there is money that now won't be spent on a BD player.
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1. The members of the BD group, don't see HD-DVD as a threat and don't care much about price perception.
or,

2. It really does cost alot more to make BD players, etc and they simply CAN'T get the price down until the technology matures.
3. BD companies cannot discount their players but put price tags considering costs, unlike Toshiba, who is enjoying a huge amount of money from Microsoft as the HD DVD format promotion fee available for the HD DVD products for US market which deflected HP toward HD DVD last year. Since the hardware configuration of Toshiba player shows its highly costly components based on high-end laptop PC based design, I strongly doubt, as of now, a HD DVD player can be built in half of cost of a BD player. I suspect that the Toshiba player costs more than BD players utilizing Sigma's SoC based platform.
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3. BD companies cannot discount their players but put price tags considering costs, unlike Toshiba, who is enjoying a huge amount of money from Microsoft as the HD DVD format promotion fee available for the HD DVD products for US market which deflected HP toward HD DVD last year. Since the hardware configuration of Toshiba player shows its highly costly components based on high-end laptop PC based design, I strongly doubt, as of now, a HD DVD player can be built in half of cost of a BD player. I suspect that the Toshiba player costs more than BD players utilizing Sigma's SoC based platform.
Ooo, look at what he just said... ;)

Now seriously, great post. I'm glad someone has the guts to say it out loud.

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So who else is really interested in this player besides myself:)

This is the player i'm the most interested in to be my main player out of all the HD players i have seen and heard about.
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So who else is really interested in this player besides myself:)

This is the player i'm the most interested in to be my main player out of all the HD players i have seen and heard about.
Depends on actual specs and pricing as compared to the other players.

If its the only stand alone player with hdmi 1.3 for instance remains to be seen with the Pioneer Elite and Sony player being delayed until August.
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I'm just interested because Panasonic was always known for it's quality dvd players in the past same can be said for Pioneer.
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hmmm it's too much money if it is sold at 1500 msrp
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hmmm it's too much money if it is sold at 1500 msrp
Agreed. These BD player need to compete with HD DVD's $500 price point and they need to do it sooner rather than later.
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