Originally Posted by Richard Paul
The S300 was actually a second generation Blu-ray player from Sony and their first generation player was the BDP-S1 which cost $1000.
Which doesn't change the fact that the S300 was available for same price as S500 for some time now. I think at best you could describe the BD prices as stagnating. I have no doubt that in 6-9 months Sony will have a BD700 which is BD 2.0 and prices exactly the same as BD300 & BD500 were.
Rather than a complete spec (like DVD)
Maybe, but it will be a BD-Live player that delivers 7.1 channel internal decoding for both Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD MA. Technically speaking a stand alone HD DVD player would be inferior to it in several ways but in terms of just audio decoding what is the cheapest stand alone HD DVD player that can decode 7.1 channel DTS-HD MA?
You keep bringing up HD DVD. Even if HD DVD never existed having profiles and planned obsolescence of hardware so soon after launch is simply a crappy deal for consumers. No ifs, ands or buts about it.
Take a poll of 1000 J6P and ask them if they think the idea that BD players are "incomplete" is a good idea or bad idea. Guess what it will be overwhelmingly "bad idea". The idea that you seem to think there is some way to defend profiles I find sad.
so you can attack Blu-ray all you want but you are going to insult anyone who disagrees with you? It just seems to me that someone who makes statements such as "Cry me a river", "some people are such fanboys ", "You feel like a big kid now", "many of the people (like you)", and "Grow up" is not even trying to have a mature discussion.
1) Not attacking BD. In 2 years this won't matter anyways. Despite what BDA says about BD 2.0 being "optional" by 2010 100% of players will be 2.0. It will simply be cheaper, avoid consumer confusion, returns, and bad PR
2) If you still think having profiles and obsolete hardware benefits anyone other than the CE companies then quite frankly sir YOU ARE A FANBOY.
3)Imagine there is no HD DVD. It never existed. Now imagine two scenarios. One complete BD sepc (nothing optional). One profile and optional decoders like today. Which is better for the consumer? It is a simple question. Don't think to hard on it. If you think profiles are better than YOU ARE A FANBOY.