Originally Posted by jmpage2
There are folks that agree with you, and obviously folks who don't, since most of the better BD players completely sold out during the holiday selling season even in a crappy economy.
That's more about marketing (or more specifically, the number of homes with high-def TVs in them now) than anything else.
You are also comparing apples to oranges in saying that because DVD starts up very quickly that BD should work the same way only a few years after the very first players were demoed at CES.
A few years in computer time is an eternity, and the fact that BR players are just now becoming affordable (but with such poor performance) supports what I've said. BR is too complex for its own good.
DVD essentially is just booting up a "boot strap" that tells it how to read a disc and gives it the instructions it needs to do things like access menus. BD is booting a very complicated Java environment that allows for advanced features, network connectivity, etc. It's simply not going to be as quick.
That's exactly my point. It's too damned slow and too damned complex. Whether you like it or not, the standard was set by DVD.
What would make BD players as "snappy" as DVD players are very high powered components. This is one of the reasons the PS3 is very quick and responsive.
Well, when the 350 first came out, it cost as much as a PS3 and didn't have all the bells and whistles of a video console. So, why should it be so much slower than the PS3? Where are the "high powered components" in the 350? Oh, right, the $400 350 is the "entry level" player (the 550 not even being available at the time I bought it.)
If you find that BD is too slow then wait it out, faster players will inevitably come, through no other reason than Moore's law which indicates we will see CPU speed double (at the same price point) about every 18 months. You will find that many of us aren't willing to "wait it out" though when BD offers the best AV experience ever offered in the home.
I wouldn't be here if I had "waited it out", now would I? As someone else on this thread noted, I spent $400 on a dog-slow BR player that doesn't provide the same navigational functionality as a $50 DVD player. From the looks of it, I will probably have to upgrade this player sooner than I would like because of that. Frankly, I am rather disappointed by the 350 and by Sony.
Anyway, enough ranting for one day.