I'm think I'm about ready to bike the bullet and get either a Samsung BD-P1000 or a Toshiba HD-A1 or the RCA HD DVD player. I can get the Samsung for around $200 more than the others. But my main dilemma is choosing which format, and perhaps this isn't the best time to be getting a new HD player but I really want one before Xmas! And from what I've gathered, here are the +'s and -'s to each (standalone players only): Blu-ray: + more available title selection? (not sure about this) + more studios backing the format at this time + better playback and responsiveness - more expensive HW and SW overall - early title releases don't have the best mastering/encoding - SD upconversion not as good as HD DVD HD DVD: + less expensive HW and SW overall + better SD upconversion + CD playing capability + overall better PQ among the available HD DVD title releases? - not as much studio backing - slower and not as good handling Perhaps info on my main HT equipment might help: - Pioneer PDP-5050HD 50" 1080i/720p plasma (with HDMI). - Pioneer Elite VSX-80TXV receiver (HDMI switching only and 7.1 multi-channel analog audio inputs). I guess I'm just trying to get a feel for what others who have bought a standalone HD player have done with the same decision process?