The fact that it actually plays HD DVDS pretty darn well should have been an option IMO.
Folks that aren't aware of this player are missing out, including BD only folks.
Not perfect, but none are, and it's better than most it seems...............
I'd put it against the BD30 for BD without a wink.... except it would smoke it in SD UpConversion............
So it really wouldn't be fair.
Did I fail to mention it plays HD DVD's as well?
Why waste $ on more cheap stuff, it's like challenging a dragon with a pocket knife.