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Old 02-27-07, 03:24 PM
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$599 Sony BD player by mid-year, $299-$399 players by year end

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Hopefully this means the firmware for the BDP-S1 will continue to be maintained since the BDP-S300 is supposed to be relatively the same box.

I have a feeling this can only help Blu-Ray since even though the PS3 is available at the same price point, the BDP-S300 may be discounted sooner. I think I've see the BDP-S1 advertised at least at $899 if not lower online down from the $999 list.

Isn't HD-DVD due for a $300 player sooner though? The A20?

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Old 02-27-07, 03:26 PM
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The A-2 is apparently going to be dropped in price over the next few days. We'll see what happens then.
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Old 02-27-07, 03:57 PM
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awesome price! I'll order 10 of them for each family members so they can start enjoying HD.
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Old 02-27-07, 04:45 PM
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Blu-Ray is ever so slowly getting into my price range.
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Originally Posted by Engel07
awesome price! I'll order 10 of them for each family members so they can start enjoying HD.

Fuck did you just win Powerball or are you Bill Gates?
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^^

i wondered the same. haha.
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Old 02-27-07, 05:07 PM
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awesome price! I'll order 10 of them for each family members so they can start enjoying HD.
Ummm......can I be in your family????
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Old 02-27-07, 05:48 PM
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As I've mentioned before, '07 is the critical year for both. A high-def player for $300 is pretty damn cheap. I think this Christmas season we'll get some great deals from both sides.
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I think if Blu-ray gets down to this price range, there's really no reason for it not to win with the studio and manufacturer support behind them.
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Universal Pictures announcing support for blu-ray would be the final nail in the coffin for HD-DVD
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Old 02-27-07, 08:22 PM
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Or HD DVD getting players out for under $300 would really help too. If Sony is able to have a player for $300 this Christmas, I expect Toshiba to be even lower.

Universal will release HD DVD only this year. Sorry. There is no final nail in the coffin this early in the game, especially when software sales are so minimal.
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Old 02-27-07, 08:50 PM
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I think this Christmas season we'll get some great deals from both sides.
Yep, that's when I'm jumping in. $400 is my price point I think.
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Yep, that's when I'm jumping in. $400 is my price point I think.
For which format? The Toshiba HD-A2 can be had for under $400 now.
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Originally Posted by UncleCaveman
Universal Pictures announcing support for blu-ray would be the final nail in the coffin for HD-DVD
Well, duh. Thanks for that obvious statement.
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Originally Posted by digitalfreaknyc
The A-2 is apparently going to be dropped in price over the next few days. We'll see what happens then.
Its been $400 at a few places for the past few weeks. When this $600 BR player arrives im sure a $300 HD player will be available as well. Again, BR at TWICE the price.
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Old 02-27-07, 10:30 PM
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Its been $400 at a few places for the past few weeks. When this $600 BR player arrives im sure a $300 HD player will be available as well. Again, BR at TWICE the price.
You're comparing apples and oranges here. The $599 Sony player outputs 1080p and supports HDMI 1.3, so it's more on par with the A20 which is also coming out at $599.
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Old 02-27-07, 10:38 PM
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Originally Posted by GizmoDVD
Its been $400 at a few places for the past few weeks. When this $600 BR player arrives im sure a $300 HD player will be available as well. Again, BR at TWICE the price.
It's been less than $400 since the beginning. That's nothing new.
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Originally Posted by Truffaut Fan
You're comparing apples and oranges here. The $599 Sony player outputs 1080p and supports HDMI 1.3, so it's more on par with the A20 which is also coming out at $599.
Your comparing something thats coming out in April (A20) with something coming out maybe in June...or July...or August...who knows, its Sony. They delayed there own BR player many months. By the time the NEW Sony BR player arrives I expect the A20 to be a bit cheaper. Even then, how many people even care if it can't output 1080p? Most people buying it cheap won't have a TV capable of using it anyway. Keep in mind a large population of BR owners (PS3 owners) are still using composite cables provided by Sony for their machine.
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Originally Posted by digitalfreaknyc
It's been less than $400 since the beginning. That's nothing new.
WE know that. The average person thinks Best Buy is the true price for something and it can't be had cheaper. I just got mine from ValueElectronics for $400 shipped free, tax free, with 2 movies + 3 more from Toshiba.
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Originally Posted by Truffaut Fan
You're comparing apples and oranges here. The $599 Sony player outputs 1080p and supports HDMI 1.3, so it's more on par with the A20 which is also coming out at $599.
It's been awhile since it was discussed here, but the notion that 1080p output is better than 1080i output is nothing more than sales hype. A 1080p display is able to de-interlace 1080i output from an HD disc player with no loss in information, no interpolation needed. Both disc formats are encoded in 1080p.

Of more interest in whether the new Sony model is equivalent to or superior to the various Tosh HD DVD models is what sort of audio options it will have. Analog out? Ability to decode lossless audio formats (other than PCM)? Also, will it handle BD-J?

If it can do those things and the street prices get under $400 I might be interested in getting this player. And I might recommend it to my neighbor who has been waiting for second gen BD players to come out.
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If a $299 drive is possible, why can they not lower the price on the PS3 by years end?
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Originally Posted by gimmepilotwings
If a $299 drive is possible, why can they not lower the price on the PS3 by years end?
Perhaps they will. However, Sony is already believed to be losing hundreds of dollars on each PS3 it sells. It will take some time before volume production allows them to lower the price and make a profit on each machine. The reason for selling at a loss is to get an installed base of game machines and make money on software (games and BDs).

A game machine probably has greater intrinsic hardware costs than a stand-alone Blu-ray Disc player. Nevertheless, by the end of the year I'd be surprised if Sony doesn't lower the price of the PS3.
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Its been $400 at a few places for the past few weeks. When this $600 BR player arrives im sure a $300 HD player will be available as well. Again, BR at TWICE the price.

You are not even close to making a fair comparison. First, as another poster already said, the Sony is more comparable with the A20. Second, you are comparing MSRP of the Sony with baragin basement pricing for the A2. The current Sony MSRP of $999 can be had for:

$750 here:http://www2.butterflyphoto.com/shop/...layers-_-BDPS1

$767 here:http://www.abesofmaine.com/viewprodu...dps1&l=MySimon

and $799 at a whole bunch of places like here:http://www.jr.com/JRProductPage.proc...feed.SON+BDPS1

If you are going to be making price comparions with the A2 it needs to be $499 vs $599. I have no doubt there will be an official price reduction on the Toshiba between now and then, but by making these kind of comparisons it really looks like you are trying to mislead people because I know you knew the Sony can be had for much cheaper than the $999 MSRP. I would guess the new Sony model will be available for $450 or so shortly after it comes out.

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You are not even close to making a fair comparison. First, as another poster already said, the Sony is more comparable with the A20. Second, you are comparing MSRP of the Sony with baragin basement pricing for the A2. The current Sony MSRP of $999 can be had for:

$750 here:http://www2.butterflyphoto.com/shop/...layers-_-BDPS1

$767 here:http://www.abesofmaine.com/viewprodu...dps1&l=MySimon

and $799 at a whole bunch of places like here:http://www.jr.com/JRProductPage.proc...feed.SON+BDPS1

If you are going to be making price comparions with the A2 it needs to be $499 vs $599. I have no doubt there will be an official price reduction on the Toshiba between now and then, but by making these kind of comparisons it really looks like you are trying to mislead people because I know you knew the Sony can be had for much cheaper than the $999 MSRP. I would guess the new Sony model will be available for $450 or so shortly after it comes out.
Correct. Any comparisons should be MSRP vs. MSRP or lowest price vs. lowest price. I've seen some outlandish examples of this in the past, such as comparing a refurbished A1 at $350 vs. $1000 for Sony BD player.
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Old 03-03-07, 11:55 AM
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This announcement has ended my plans to buy an HD-DVD player later this year. I'll now wait until I can buy a good BD player (one capable of passing raw 1080p/24 plus the HD audio formats) for ~$400. That may be late this year or early next, but it's only a matter of time at this point. Just like it's only a matter of time before Universal goes format neutral.
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