HD DVD = No content, is a stupid generalization. If you are interested, make a list of titles that you would like to watch and see which format has more for you.
The total number of HD disks that will play in any given HD DVD or BD player is very close. Those who believe HD DVD = no content are being brainwashed for sure. Just like those believing the war is over!
They best cure for brain washing is check out both for yourself and make up your own mind. The truth when it comes to AV is what you prefer. It is a personal taste.
The BDA is resorting to 2 primary tactics - 1. Spreading FUD that the format war is over and that BDA has won - not true! 2. All the content is on BD and HD DVD is far behind when it comes to content - again not true. The conent gap isn't as great as many believe. Take out the filler titles and see what you end up with.
Also, as far as whether SD upconvertion is acceptable or not. Check it out for yourself. You be the judge of whether it is something that works for you. Remember, you'll need a good SD player for a long time since HD formats have less than 1% of DVD.
As for should you pick an HD DVD player like the XA2 that does great SD upconversion, comparable to a similarly priced Denon SD Player only, that again is something for you to judge. I believe that the XA2 as a standalone SD DVD player would be worth it's price, the added ability to play HD DVD is an excellent bonus. So, for me the XA2 is really a risk free purchase in terms of the format war.
I don't believe Robert is misleading anybody. All he is doing is inviting people to his shop to judge for themselves. If you prefer, check it out on your own set up or somewhere else. But the fact remains, before you believe any hype from anyone, try and verify the results for yourself. We have different standards and requirements and that dictates acceptable price -value.
Believe in yourself. Trust your own judgment and you'll be fine