Originally Posted by Ken Ross
I would love for someone to explain to me why Panasonic can come out with a player that can do all the audio codecs (and do them properly
) for a price of $500 when these dual format players can't do it at twice the price.
Additionally, these players have had more developmental time than the Panasonic did. So is this just a question of smarter engineers at Panasonic?
The 2 channel limitation is insane. Just who do LG and Samsung think are their target demographics here? This isn't the $100 HD-DVD player market that John Q. Walmart is going to pick-up with the latest edition of Larry the CableGuy's stand up routine.
This is the $800-1000 AVphile playground. These people are GOING to have the correct system. I dont' care if it's .01% of the general public who has the proper gear- you're NOT going to sell 100,000 units at this price point ANYWHERE. So if it's your flagship, then have the damn performance REFLECT that.
I expect it from LG, but I'll be really, really disappointed if we get the shaft from Samsung. I will withhold final judgement until someone has a physical unit in hand and can actually report. But I'm sure as heck NOT going to pre-order at this point.