Johnla: Your comparison with Gary and JVB Digital or MSB Technology isnt an accurate one because:
A. They do not post on this site
B. They are companies that offer a service without comment or opinion
C. They make no suggestion that SDI is better or worse then HDMI
D. They are not forming a "powerbuy" to AVS members
E. They did not post a review with screenshots for comparison
I will repost what has been said throughout this thread, if Gary would have just offered his services without comment then no one would be on his back. If he just refrained from comment then many SDI owners could and would have posted in the thread about their players. To post dozens of times mentioning an upcoming powerbuy, then post a new sticky thread about the powerbuy, then post photos showing why HIS modded player is better than all other modded players AND better than ANY HDMI player..well that opens up a whole new can of worms.
But, he did what he did and a dozen or so of us said "ok, put your money where your mouth is". No one in this thread claims that SDI WONT be better, we just want to have an independent review not performed by the players vendor to determine for ourselves. We didnt make that challenge to JVB Digital or MSB Technology because they didnt jump through hoops BEGGING us to buy their product or CRAMMING down our throats the obvious improvements in picture quality from SDI over HDMI.
Only after we went around Gary to get a player, rather than your suggestion of paying $600 without proof, warrantee or ability to get a refund, did he then realize that this is gonna go down with or without him. The backpeddling and damage control begins with parameters that a 120 inch screen with front projection system will be the only display device capable of revealing these differences, only using HIS modded player because other mods may be inferior, only using an Oppo 891 because that is superior to all other SDI players he has modded and so on.
I offered to buy one provided he would accept it back if it was proven to be inferior and he said NO. I offered to pay for Mdrews unit to be modded so it could be shipped to me and still be protected by Paypal and he again said "NO" even after Mdrew agreed to this and was willing to contact Paypal to indemnify Gary, and again this too was unacceptable.
I understand Gary is a long standing member with thousands of posts, hundreds of satisified customers and an honest man. Can you understand that AVS members want to see a review/comparison between todays 480i HDMI players with the already proven 480 SDI players to determine if a digital signal like HDMI is still inferior to the SDI signal? Previous shootouts compared SDI to S video and analog component video not to HDMI. Can you also understand that anything a vendor states when comparing their product with all other products will be questioned and subject to scrutiny? Is it so unheard of and unusual for us to want someone other than Gary to show screenshots and give opinion on the merits of one over the other?
In the end, Gary may have been unfairly singled out in this thread and that is unfortunate but, he is the only member on this forum that profits from modding SDI players so I think that questioning the improvements of SDI over HDMI is something that would be better left to anyone that doesnt benefit from SDI being superior. Perhaps in the end it will be proven to be but, because Gary has bent over backwards to keep this from happening further reinforces mine and others opinion that there is something to hide or perhaps SDI mods are no longer needed with todays digital HDMI 480 players like they were years ago when only analog was available.
If that proves to be the case, who do you think stands to lose? Think about that.