Originally Posted by fa8362
Because DVD is good enough and more than 80% of US households already have a DVD player.
Dual format players for SACD/DVD-A did NOT resolve that war. The formats both failed (ok they cling to life on the internet - don't flame me). Unless there is ONE replacement for DVDs and the studio's STOP making DVDs the war will remain a war and BD and HD-DVD are going to put us back in the same position we are today with dual audio formats that appeal to audiophiles.
Dual format players appeal to videophiles and only videophiles. The improvement over a quality upscaling DVD player on an average size set (42 inches or below - and heck on 50" from the average viewing distance is NOT appreciable). Same way DVD-A on a standard receiver or lesser HTIB is not appreciable. Yea its better but who can HEAR on tin can one driver 3.5" cone speakers and the 80WPC 6" "subwoofer" in Joe6Pack's home theater room?
Here's how it plays out:
Joe 6 Pack - I can find anything on DVD and with a $29.95 player I have one for
every room. Wait DVD is cracked to I can copy the DVDs to my hearts content for free... YEA! Joe6Pack 2 - you got that new Lord of the Rings disc - can I borrow it?? WINK WINK? I'll get it back to ya later this week. I have to go to the store to buy a pack of DVD-Rs - na I'll splurge on the dual layers so I can get it all. Love those bonus features ya know. Nothing better than trailers...
Audio/Videophiles: The best only the best will do since we hear/see the difference. Searching for DVD-A, searching for HDCD, searching for SACD... Ah found one, wait two... OOOO they have 20 at that store... but can I get Thriller on DVD-A? No, oh well I guess I have to wait for it on DVD-A and just stick with my CD for now.
Audiophile Man to Wife - Honey the Lexus plays DVD-A but not SACD - can you bring the Thriller CD, no better yet get me the i-Pod... 384k MP3/AAC will work fine for the car with the road noise.
Does any car on the market now play SACD in an OEM head unit? Why didn't the dual players take over that market? They should be all the rage. What about HTIB - any have dual format CD/DVD-A/DVD-V/SACD drives?
See where this is going??? Dual Format players are doomed for failure just like SACD and DVD-A. I have a Pioneer DV59-AVi that plays both. I have less than 20 SACD/DVD-A disks. How many CDs do I still buy - lots and lots. The Dual format player is a feature that got me interested in the formats - given the lack of discs it never converted me.
Just sit outside a Best Buy at Christmas - see those Elite/ES/Denon DVD players flying off the self with Joe6Pack in tow? Hell no. Give em a $20.99 Brokesonic up-converting or progressive scan near HD DVD that I can shove on top of the TV with composite cables in the box.
Ok, and the final laugh - you guys think Sony is going to support a dual drive player? HA HA HA.
SONY sells. LG - well LG is LG (dosen't it mean Lucky Goldstar?). Now that's a fine component I want on my rack.
Quick head count - how many here own an LG product? (I think I have one of their microwaves in my office....)