Originally Posted by luismanrara
I have always liked and owned Sony products. They almost always come up with formats that outperform the competition. be it Beta, or SACD, etc. I have also always loved the picture quality of their tv sets.
I honestly thought that Sony being the main bluray proponent would deliver at least reference discs on the new format to showcase what they have been saying would be the superior format. Since their player is not out yet I am still giving them the benefit of the doubt. I am waiting for the Sony player to come out, and if it does not perform at least as good as HD-DVD I am calling it bluray quits and I am getting an HD-dvd player. I will always back up the best picture and sound quality format like I did with Beta, laserdiscs, and SACD, and it does not worry me a bit to be in the minority.
No offense, but do you ENJOY throwing away your hard earned $$$?
Sony screwed up Beta by failing to share royalties with everyone else. They are attempting to remedy the situation with Blu-ray, though the licensing fees are almost twice those of HD DVD.
Laserdisc was great, but the technology was invented in the 1960's. The problem was that the discs were ungodly expensive ($125 for a movie, I think not) and prone to warping and laser rot.
SACD was a solid format, but Sony chose to divide the market and ended up KILLING what should have been a replacement for the venerable Compact Disc.
What else has Sony created that has been "innovative"? Ahh, UMD (high licensing fees = death), Memory Stick (nice, but overpriced... again because of licensing fees), ATRAC3 (wanna-be MP3 replacement), MiniDisc, and so on.
I will say that Sony always made excellent TV's. They have had winners with the WalkMan, DiscMan, PlayStation, and made some excellent PDA's. Their computers are solid, though they ALWAYS cut corners (i.e. video card) and their receivers blow chunks.
Blu-ray has the POTENTIAL to offer better picture quality (audio isn't any better than HD DVD), though Sony needs to get those 50gig discs out and start using a modern video codec. I have both players and am stating quite plainly that the Blu-ray player is going back in the next week or two. It's not worth $1000 when you can get HD DVD for half the price.