Originally Posted by Chitown1211
The guy your quoting was just saying how you can buy two Full Functioning standalones for $400 less. Are you saying BR fans are just more apt to overpay for hardware ? Why would anyone buy this combo player for hundreds more than two WORKING standalones ?
To be fair, the two standalone players must be able to do 1080i, 1080p, 1080p/24fps, TrueHD, DD+, LPCM etc. over HDMI and decocoded on the analog outputs, ability to switch between the two analogs on the standalones (no Y connectors, that's cheating). If you're HDMI input starved (I am) you'll need an HDMI switcher.
One thing that the LG can't do is HDi so you'll have to place your own value on that.
So, where does that leave us for what is selling right now. Hmmm...
HD = Tosh Xa2 @ $800.00
Lets go for a low end BR, say the Philip BD9000 @$600.00 (actually I would chose something better like the Sony standalone but then the price point for comparison becomes rediculous.)
Already at $1400. Toss in the audio switch and HDMI switch for $300 (being really generous here) you're at $1700.00
LG seems like a bargain to me.
I know I'm stretching it somewhat buts lets do apples to apples.
Many of you own HDMI capabable receivers (that's not me, stuck with analogs for now).
Many of us don't care about 24fps because our sets can't do it (that's me).
Many don't care about lossless sound at all (not me).
Many don't care about 1080P since our sets only accept 1080i (that's me).
So, if you're at the lower and of the HT setup, then two of the cheaper standalones can be had for less than the LG but you will not be getting the same benefits as the LG can provide. I like this unit because it gives my yet another way to integerate both HD DVD and Blu Ray into my existing system. Good legacy support and for new setups, it is definitely worth looking into.