- VHS vs. Beta
- DAT (Digital Audio Tape)
- Trinitron Monitors (never could get use to the lines)
- SACD (Sony) vs. DVD-Audio (Consortium)
- MultiMedia Compact Disk (MMCD - Sony) vs. Super Density disc (SD - Toshiba)
Are we seeing a pattern here yet?
Is there going to be a time where Sony will play in the sandbox nicely with others?
Given the company's history, there is very little doubt that Johnny is always going to try to keep that toy to himself.
It is unfortunate, because we lose. All of us.
Instead of having a plethora of manufacturers producing the stand-alone HD players and optical drives for PC/Laptop, we have one manufacturer producing one type of product and others producing another type of product.
Then there is the whole rigmarole behind which movie studio will back which HD disc format.
So, after our home DVD player tanked, we decided to weigh in on the battle with our pocketbook. And, we chose HD DVD.
There are many sides to this story, with who believes which product is better and why we should support it. For the last couple of weeks or so, I made sure to ask every representative at the various electronic stores I visited as well as doing some online research to see which would be the best choice.
In the process, there have been some very clear answers with good information, and a few passionate ones with less information. All in all, things came out fairly balanced.
Blu-ray does seem to have a bit of a technology edge, but the biggest factor: economics - that is the wallet - will win and that is where I believe HD DVD will come out ahead.
It seems pretty clear that when an HD DVD player at $250CA and a Blu-ray player at $500CA sit close together on a shelf, people will purchase the HD DVD player.
Most people, as many have mentioned to me in person as well as online, just want to watch a movie and do not really care of one disc can hold more data or has a bit more protection from scratches.
For many of us who have been burned in Sony based format wars before, the decision is fairly clear: Anything but Sony.
Some good information links:
- Blu-ray vs. HD DVD: The Format Wars (A little dated but has some good info to start from)
- CNET's Quick gude: HD DVD vs. Blu-ray (A little dated but still being updated)
- The High Definition DVD FAQ (Good explanations of the tech and circumstances)
- Blue-ray Disc Site (Promotional Site)
- HD DVD - The Look and Sound of Perfect (Promotional Site)
While the Acer is not a 120hz (wikipedia on HD Blur) capable, the image clarity and detail was simply amazing.
In the market for an LCD television? Some things to watch out for:
- 1920 x 1080 (not 1366 x 768) for true 1080P High Definition resolutions
- 5-8ms grey to grey
- 120hz capable for HD motion blur reduction
- HDMI 1.2+ (wikipedia)
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