Originally Posted by b00bie
I don't know whether or not I will go for the HD DVD's. I LOVE HD TV and have three HD displays in my house, but as an early adopter of HD two of my displays do not have DVI or HDMI interfaces and my projector which does have DVI can only do 720P. The thought of having to replace my changers, DVDM's and displays seems very daunting. Also right now I distribute my DVD output throughout the house and that would also mean a revamp to that whole system It would be a real challenge to convince the better half of the need for such an expenditure when everything is "working just fine".
I'm making a bet now: Even if HD-DVD (in the generic sense, i.e., either the Toshiba or the Sony Blu-ray format) comes out, it's going to be quite a while before the available titles begins to even approach what's out there already on DVD. And, while HD is clearly "better" than DVD, there's really nothing objectionable about good DVD playback, even on the most high end systems.
I know the route I'll take, which is to keep my current DVDs and changers, and to add whichever of the HD-DVD formats emerges. If it's a disc that I'm unlikely to watch again (even if I already own it), I won't bother with getting the HD version. If it's a disc that I will watch, well, with over 1000 DVDs, I guess I'll have a few duplicates. It will probably be a while, even after the HD hardware gets released, before Sony gets around to adding a HD-DVD megachanger (they were the first and have been the only real constant in the megachangers), so, while we'll enjoy the great transfers and (hopefully) the superior audio, we're going to be returning to the early days of single disc players, and we're going to be missing the glitzy interfaces that we came to love with the Entres and the Escient units.
Let's face it, on top of the enjoyment we get in playing with our grown men's toys, there's a sense of the stamp-collector or coin collector in our little diversions; it's a guy thing, and it keeps us interested. That's worth a little something as we while away the time (as Mark Twain would have put it), so we allow ourselves a bit of impracticality in our guilty pleasures.
People used to gather on the neighborhood porch to discuss the subject of the day. The internet has just changed the porch a bit. But at least we're talking.