Originally Posted by jwv651
Buy both formats and enjoy it all.
This makes sense for some people. There are some good reasons why it doesn't, and why a person should choose the format that will likely "win":
1. If you're going to take advantage of the enhanced sound from the high def formats, you either have to use HDMI or analog outs from the player. I don't know how common it is to have multiple HDMI inputs which handle audio. I know it's pretty rare for a receiver to multiple sets of analog inputs. So multiple players is a problem.
2. Some people don't have space in the rack for multiple players. I myself would have to take something out to make room for another one, and there's nothing I want to lose in my setup.
3. This is a subtle point, one which is often missed: Yes, you can sustain both formats in your collection and yes, your player doesn't suddenly stop working when one side stops producing. But when that happens, you now have a whole collection of movies in a format that will become more obsolete by the day. What if there had been two dvd formats originally, and the other format died after a couple years? That format would not be able to take advantage of all kinds of improvements, like HDMI connections, upconversion, 300 or 400 disc jukebox changers, or even progressive scan. Since nobody would be producing any new players, for that format, there would be no enhancements. You would have a whole collection of movies that you wished could be played on a dvd. The same thing will happen, IMO most likely with HD-DVD, when the war is over. That's why $300 players don't entice me - I still would have to invest in the movies for that format, and I just don't want to do that.
Good luck with your decision.