I started off Red (A1) and added some expensive blu (Bd10). Played some games (PS3) and was wooed by the slick 2nd gen red (Xa2) with upscaling to boot.
I'd like to be purple but the it has been difficult adding the right kind of blu.
Xa2 has done everything it's been asked to do (for that matter so can the a1 minus the 1080p part). My only interest might be in having more storage and wifi to make better use of the web-enabled features. That way it is not a chore to free up space all of the time and the trailers can be in HD like you can download on your pc, x360 (720p) and ps3 (up to 1080p).
DTS-HD MA has been the Achilles Heel. Adding bitstream meant a new receiver and a new player (at this time) and there is the uncertainty of BD profiles going forward that make me cautious. Sadly, its not as if you get no sound with the DTS core, but you just don't get that full-featured appreciation. Try FF:RoSS for the scene over China!
Right now the xa2 and bd30 are slim enough that they only take up one shelf space which works fine, but this requires the updated amp and some settings gymnastics to switch between audio formats for extras. (If I have to switch back to in-player processing for Dolby TrueHD to watch HME, what is the benefit of passing the bitstream?). It is nice to have dts-hd ma, but if you want to play some secondary audio you downmix the feature soundtrack. Extras aren't the be-all-and-end-all for me, but if you wanted to watch IME for a cool action scene that you just watched, or here director's commentary it is not a seamless transition to pop-out watch the extra and get back to watching the movie. You have to be prepared to watch the whole movie in the 'enhanced mode.'
Would a universal Sammy solve the problem? Perhaps if everything is decoded and mixed internally for output over analog or HDMI multichannel, and had a workable upgrade path to keep profiles current. All of this with only one rack space would be nice. However, by the time anyone gets a hand on one of these to answer any questions we may be only a couple of weeks away from CES and the "next round" with even more announcements.
After uprgrading players, and receivers would this be money out the window if PS3 added decoded DTS-HD MA for output through HDMI? I've read so much on this ability/lack of ability that I'm not sure if it is possible only bitstream or passed decoded, but if it had the capability today it would be a lot easier to put this to bed for a while.
So, in the meantime the red side has been a steady performer (Miami Vice and Hollywoodland we will leave out) it has been difficult to 'settle in' with just how much blue and what shade.
Oh, to be blissfully unaware!
Maybe I should start Day Trading to relax a little.