When the formats first came out, I saw (with my own eyes) that HD-DVDs tended to look either better or much better than BRs. Phantom of the Opera and King Kong were jaw dropping and every BR I saw (granted... on that troubled Samsung player) looked grainy and unnatural. What's more, the difference between the BR demo discs (which looked sensational) and the consumer software was unmissable.
I started reading the HD-DVD forum (where there is tremendous BR bashing) a few months ago, and it seemed quite clear to me that HD-DVD was the better format out of the gate.
Now, I still haven't purchased an HD player, and I get the sense that the gap may be narrowing. My number one priority is HD PQ, followed closely by SD-DVD upconversion (where it still appears clear that the Tosh XA2 dominates). The price difference is not important to me.
If I were reading this forum, rathern than that one, would I be convinced that BR is the way to go? Does everyone here feel like, in terms of HD PQ, BRs have caught up with or surpassed HD-DVDs? Does anyone here feel like a BR player can compete with the Tosh XA2 for SD upconversion?
Thanks for the opinions. Hopefully this honest inquiry into whether I'm being close minded about BR won't ignite any flames.
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