I think there is a larger issue occurring here and it makes every technology consumer upset.
As an example lets say you purchased one of the best best $2000 receivers last year. Now with HDMI 1.4, these owners are understandably upset when they realize the low resale price. Those of us who had been burned before wisely put major upgrade plans on hold after HDMI 1.4 was announced. However now is the time to buy.
You seem misinformed as a $2K AVR/prepro with HDMI 1.3 will work fine with a HDMI 1.4 BR player if it has dual HDMI outputs. That would have you sending one 1.4 output to your 3D capable display and one to your 1.3 capable AVR/prepro. Well looking at the Samsung BD-C6800 it does not have twin outputs
. It appears that in order to get dual outputs in the Samsung line you have to jump up to the BD-C7900 so the bargain is not really there. I'm not upset in the least as the resale of my Onkyo 886 1.3 prepro is at a premium and I can get what I paid for it or more actually. Plus I have absolutely no interest in 3D Bluray at this time, just another gimmick IMO
In upgrading to Blu-ray 3D, I discovered that Samsung's 1.4 HDMI chips sound and look better than the 1.3 (or even 1.4) competition. This is a partial answer as to why their LCD displays are so clear and sharp. Combine this with their new digital Crystal amplifiers (yes Samsung makes receivers now) and you have the new reference standard for 2010. Pioneers 2009 1.3 receivers with ICE amplifiers cost over $2K, the 2010 Samsung 700 is $400.
That is your opinion and your opinion alone. As has been asked earlier for you to back up what you are saying with reviews that state the new Samsund BR players do what you claim they do. Other than that your opinions carry absolutely no credit IMO
. The Pioneer SC-35 lists for $1600.00 so you do not have to spend over $2K to get ICE power in a Pioneer AVR.
You also might want to do a little research into ICE power based modules. There is a wide range of modules and price ranges.http://www.icepower.bang-olufsen.com...er/ASX2_SERIES
I would assume the ICE power modules (if in fact they are ICE modules) in Samsungs AVR would be on the lower end of their offerings
. You seem quite knowledgable in Samsungs products what ICE modules are in the HW-C700B?
So the pleasant 2010 surprise is, consumers can, for the first time, pay mid-fi prices for the highest levels of performance. This trend comes at the right time, as it helps alleviate our declining American standard of living.
Again this is obviously your very biased opinion
. Oh joy Samsung is going to take the US out of its economic tailspin and alleviate everyones standard of living. Talk about sipping from the Samsung fountain of KoolAid
The bottom line is for new customers, superior upscaling, 2D and 3D performance with superior HDMI 1.4 chips is available for $200. Last year's admission cost $500. Now is that progress? Proof that true capitalism and real competition breed innovation. All at reasonable prices.**
Have another blast of that KoolAid will ya
** Another perspective is this is Samsung putting its pawn on top!
That would be a "Pawn Shop" as your Samsung BD-C6800 will not be worth much once the 90 day warranty runs out
As well as after the next line of "ground breaking/cost of living alleviating" line of Bluray players are announced it will be worth even less.
But in the mean time anyone that bought any of the Oppo players will enjoy high resale values. Just one look at Audiogon and you will see used BDP-80, 83 and 83SE players selling very quickly and at prices close to MSRP. That is because of the quality offered and the exceptional service from Oppo. You will not see anywhere near the level of service from Samsung that you will find from Oppo. So enjoy your "state of the art" Samsung and I will enjoy the performance of my lowly Oppo BDP-83SE