Well Guys n Gals....I made the
decision--and it was a difficult one for me!
I read much (but not all) of the 'sticky' threads on Toshiba (HD-DVD camp) plus the Panasonic, Samsung, Pioneer, and the SONY I bought on eBay Friday! Did I make a wise decision? Dunno yet. But I did make a basically INFORMED one.
If there is anything I need to know when it arrives & I am setting it up, please advise. Not sure when it will ship but I have an e-mail "into" the seller--asking when it will ship (hopefully today) along w/a tracking number!
I changed my mind (even back n forth) several times before finally just hitting the BUY-IT-NOW button on Friday afternoon! I started first looking a Samsung, but changed my mind after seeing it at Best Buy compared to the Sony! Then I thought I wanted the Sony. Then I read more about Toshiba, and thought, I can live with it for half the price of the Sony. But, I made another trip to BEst Buy and they had two--yes, count 'em two A2's in stock, but the salesman indicated blu-ray was much crisper (even tho' I couldn't compare quality of video as no unit on display). But, they had one of the A2's sitting on the shelf and after I inspected it, it seems kinda chinsily-built (if that's a word), so damn! What to do?
I researched Panasonic and liked everything I read about it, including the fact it plays CDs but price and availability got me. I could find them available for $1,200-$1,300 several places but didn't wanna pay that much for it. The ones I found for $999 were not in stock & I guess I want one now--so hence the Sony, which does look very-well built. Heavy & attractive AND available for $800 on eBay, so I just did it, as Nike says!
Again, if there is anything I need to know either just before, or during, or immediately after initial set-up, please advise. Lastly, altho' everyone's taste in movies varies, as does my own, is there a "special" blu-ray movie that is better that all the others for realizing most vivid colors, etc.
The absolute best DVD I've watched (and especially listened to) for testing and showing off my Onkyo sound system is the crash scene in Final Destination 2. I just watched it again this weekend after moving my widescreen & sound-system to our new house. That crash scene still rocks! It always takes my breath away cranked up and pouring out diff sounds thru 6-1 spkr system and 150-watt woofer! Let me just say, "Damn!"
Thanks in Advance for any forthcoming helpful hints on my soon-arriving Sony!