Originally Posted by Rob Tomlin
Very interesting post. You talk about being "practical" as one of the reasons that you will wait until Blu-ray players are $200 before buying one. Yet, you tell us that you have a full front projector setup, but you only use it 2-4 hours per week "at most".
Is that "practical"?
I would say it is not practical to have a nice setup like that if you aren't going to get much use out of it.
For me it is very
My wife and I typically like to watch only one or two movies a week (frankly there haven't been that many new releases this past year we've found appealing) however, when we do want to watch movies at home we want to have the "big screen" experience.
If we wanted to watch movies more often then that, I'd allocate more money towards this "hobby" but as it stands we are very satisfied with our miniature theater and the quality of our movie-watching experience.
Frankly, I have the money to have built an entire addition onto the house and could have invested $70k - $120k to have created a "true" 12 seat home theater, but since my Houston home is currently appraised at $200k, that would have been an idiotic expenditure and exercise in "over-improving" my home.
Especially when you take into account the limited amount of time my wife and I would spend enjoying it.
Or to put it another way...
Some people enjoy lounging in a small 10'x20' swimming pool on a hot day. For a person like that, building an Olympic-sized pool would be a waste of money and resources.
Of course, I suppose that to an Olympic swimming coach, anyone who builds anything less than an Olympic pool might be considered "cheap" as well.
(And I didn't "tell" you that I have a front projector setup, I do in fact have one. Click the link in my signature to see the build process and equipment list if you are skeptical.)
When you can already get Blu-ray players for $379.00 or less, I would say that people who will never buy a Blu-ray player unless/until they are $200 (to save $179 or less) are cheap given that they are apparently willing to wait a year or more for this to happen.
The only players that I have seen at that price point have been Samsung models. And frankly with all the complaints I have seen on this board over "slow load times", "lock-ups", and simply not being able to play certain Blu-Ray disks, I am very leery about purchasing one of their machines.
The $399 PS3 would be an option but I would prefer a player with analog audio outputs. However, right now as the only internet-connectible, potentially 2.0 compliant player available, I am still giving it a serious look.