Originally Posted by Chris Campbell
1. The way I see it, this is really the only
feature (given HDMI output) that really differentiates the stand alones and the Xbox add-on. Naturally picture quality and sound are my top priorities, but I see those as acceptable among the entire crop of HD players already. The only thing that sets the stand alones apart is scaling performance, which I can address with a separate faster DVD player to kill two birds with one stone.
i could be wrong, but don't believe the XBOX 360 (even the premium) supports bitstreaming the advanced audio codecs. currently that is the only way you will get DTS-HD MA audio, which seem to be the standard hi-def audio option on the upcoming New Line releases. this is, at least, one A/V quality consideration that gives the standalones (specifically the XA2 and the A35) a significant edge.
2. So you're saying that load times are slower (if not you, then someone else) because of the interactivity features, and yet here you say that they're slower since they offer improved performance where it "really matters". Yet you deemed my indifference to these interactivity features not germane to this discussion. Hmm.
i'm saying that load times are slower because of the overall performance that hi-def players offer, including but not limited to interactivity. interactivity is certainly not the sole
reason for longer load times and it cannot somehow be separated out. your lack of desire for interactivity is not germane, because it is part of the spec for both hi-def formats in spite of your indifference.
The bottom line here is that you may expect to pay a penalty for the increase in performance, but I can tell you that J6P is not going to expect or want this.
they may not want it (and frankly, that's mostly your own baseless opinion, unless you've done a scientific survey), but i believe they will also learn to live with it, just as they do many quirks with many technologies that are commonplace today. that's my own baseless opinion, so i guess we're at a push here.
Here's a hypothetical: in 50-60 years we will undoubtedly have seen several more generations of A/V media come and go, and in each of those generations we see a little more performance at the cost of speed. After 50-60 years, will it still be acceptable to wait 10+ minutes every time you turn on your media player? Hyperbole, granted, but it illustrates my point.
this much hypothetical hyperbole does not even warrant a response.
3. Your projector analogy is not valid. Projectors are not a technology seeking to entirely replace direct view televisions. Nor will they ever replace them entirely.
the analogy was in response to your statement that hi-def players are an "upgrade" technology. perhaps you meant a "replacement" technology.
Lastly, I'm sorry to the HD crowd if I touched a nerve. I simply wish to withdraw my question at this point (having had it answered long ago). What I find a little tough to swallow, however, is that I get such vehement objection when I ask a question regarding an opinion that I have about a performance parameter that's not quite up to par yet. Why such anger that I'm not 100% satisfied as you are? You ask for reasons. I gave you reasons. These were not good enough and it was even implied that I was childish for my gross level of impatience. Why so much vitriol?
please don't mistake my disagreement with anger or vitriol. i'm not angry in the least. i simply disagree with you. personally, i didn't object to your original question at all. if you look back at the thread, i specifically felt compelled to respond to your "surprise" that there are people who just don't care that much about the load times. that kind of statement is nothing but an invite for a "vehement" response from those who are satisfied.