Originally Posted by kelpie
Hi dpak2005. IMHO, you need to compare apples-to-apples when you discuss cost. Think of the announced/planned/rumored features of the Samsung. They're aiming at the market of buyers that need or want Blu-ray and HD DVD players that:
- can both internally decode the Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master Audio lossless formats and pass them via bitstream in more than 2 channel output for both HD DVD and Blu-ray discs (after firmware update?)
- include 7.1 analog audio outputs for each format
- provide Profile 1.1 features on the Blu-ray side (after firmware update?)
- output in 1080p/24 for both formats
- include Reon-equivalent upscaling for DVD's
- take up only 16.9 X 3.1 x 12.8" of shelf space
- what did I leave off?
Can you name any
$99 HD DVD player and $399 Blu-ray player combo that can do all of that? It wouldn't be a smart move at all
to buy a player that doesn't do what you want/need it to do, would it?
If you met ALL of those specifications, then yes I guess I'd agree with you, but who really does? Ok I'm pretty typical, but I own an HDMI receiver, so I don't care about the analog outs, and TrueHD works without a problem over PCM to my receiver. I don't care about the 1080p 24, because I own a 768p 50" Panasonic plasma, but even if I owned a 1080p HDTV you lose absolutely ZERO detail on film sources with a 1080i input. 1080p is no better for film sources than 1080i. You don't need Reon on BOTH, just one, because the only thing that's good for is upscaling, so you only need 1 out of the 2 to have Reon, and I'd make that the BR player, and take the $99 A2 for HD-DVD. Shelf space is a non issue for me as well, because it's all going in a cabinet. So honestly, atleast for me, none of your points matter much.