Originally Posted by k1davis
The Denon 2500 is designed to be a "transport" only. All it does is send digital data out to be decoded by your receiver & TV. But that hardly makes any sense when they're charging more than you'd have to pay for players that do everything
like this new Panny is supposed to.
I don't see the value in these expensive players. I'm really looking forward to them being released so I can read authoritative reviews of them.
I fully agree with you. I just bought a new Denon AVR, so honestly, I'm looking for a stand alone player that will just send the audio directly out. But for the money, it the 2500 seemed pretty pricey considering thats all it does, and once it hits the market, it still isn't (and can never) meet the current profile that's been released. And you can buy $400 players that have more functionality.
I use my PS3 right now for Blu-Ray, and the picture looks amazing through my 60" Sony SXRD. Denon is supposed to have some really nice processing hardware, but how much "better" does it get? Worth $1000 better? I guess you'd have to do a A/B audition to confirm something like that. But reviews on the Panny 30 has great video, so that's where my interest of the 50 comes in.
Personally, thinking from the hardware manufacturers standpoint, I'd be pretty ticked at Sony and their lack of standardization of the blu-ray format. It's only been out for around 2 years, and they have went through 3 different profiles, each which renders players built before incompatible with new functionality. Has to be really frustrating for them (and expensive!) Makes it REALLY hard for them to drop prices on new units, when they can't even recoup development costs on past units, because they are being obsoleted.