I for one Fatparrot can hardly wait to have a thread debate on the cost/value of these new formats. He, he, he. Cheers!
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After dealing with Sony as a salesman, I bet the delays are due to their smug and stubborn attitude. We knew JVC, Onkyo, Panasonic, etc reps by name and saw them at least twice a year. We saw the Sony rep once in the more than three years I was in the business. they just assume that they are the best and know what is best for the world of electronics.
After six long years of the SACD/DVD-A war, audiophiles look with weary eyes towards the next contest.
The result of the trench fighting has been the ascendance of neither, a long period of most waiting on embracing the victor and holding on to CD all the while, the attention now cast to the next latest and greatest (BluRay vs HD-DVD) and ultimately, the reemergence of vinyl in the very group they have targeted most. Along the way, the industry has been wounded severely by lower technology methods adopted by the young and hip, who the traditional methods have already fully lost and have historically fueled the music business.
From where I sti, it's going to be painful to watch another senseless war of attrition.
The opposing camps have been meeting to avoid a war, but it looks like there will be a war. I don't think anyone can say at this point who will emerge on top. Both sides have big movie studios in their camp promising to provide the content. Recently, Fox and Lion's Gate joined the BluRay camp. The potentially BIG advantage that BluRay has is that there will be a pretty big group of initial adopters -- those buying a Play Station III will have BluRay capability.
This whole sqabble makes me sick because I've seen BluRay and the picture is fantastic. I saw a Sony demo using the Qualia 006 rear projection set, a set that I own. I am sure HD DVD is equally good. We need one unified standard; I would be a willing adopter if that were to happen.
Competition is a wonderful thing; however, i often wish there was a committee that from time to time had the power to make "the final decision" regarding new formats. ever since digital technology has taken off, we've seen the demise of dat, dcc, mini-disc, the floppy; i just looked through $100's of dollars of older computer cd's the other day that are now worthless, and i'm sure others can come up with a myriad of other examples. i have a couple of reel-to-reel tape recorders that sound outstanding, but may soon be impossible to get parts or tape for- a monumental shame. there's nothing wrong with progress, but watching companies ditch so much time, effort, and money after losing out to an almost identical format, not to mention the wasteful nature of the whole mess for consumers, is inexcusable. did the country have to go through this when consumer television entered the market? and didn't everyone get the same channels to watch (for free no less)? "progress" may soon become a relative term rather than hard fact...