Note: This is an update to a recent article posted here A mere four months ago when HD-DVD players started appearing on store shelves, I vowed in many posts within this forum that I would not involve myself with a format war. ...and you know, it always starts that way. You put your foot down, set your mind to it, and then something changes it all. Those damn early adopters! Day after day I read posts on this forum from those who were among the first to buy HD-DVD players. Amazing thing was, not a bad remark in any of the early reviews that I read. Since the Toshiba players were being sold for a mere $500, it wasn't a really difficult choice to go out and take the chance on at least one of the two formats battling it out for your loyalty. As my initial review clearly points out, I fell in love with HD-DVD at first glance. Looking back on that article, I was wrong about something....HD-DVD does look significantly better than standard DVD. It only took me a little while longer to figure that out because I wasn't optimizing the format to its full potential by running the player through component inputs on an older display. This week, my entire viewing experience dramatically changed.... I just purchased a new HD display....and I have to tell you, it did not cost me a lot of money. Right now, you can buy the MD6580 65" HP display capable of true 1080p output for less than $3,000. This television has been rated amongst the best displays of last year and for the price, you won't find anything nearly as tech-ready for the new HD formats. Though the Toshiba players are only outputting 1080i, the difference of watching HD-DVD on a new HDMI display is miles ahead of watching on an older television with just component inputs. I had relatives over today for a big family reunion. I sat them all in front of my new HP display. They couldn't believe the picture they were wayching. I got comments like, "This looks so real you can touch the scenery" to "This looks better than anything you see in the movies"..... ...and there's a lot of truth in those statements. On a properly equipped display, the picture you get from HD-DVD looks better than what you see on a movie screen. Last night as I watched Chronicles of Riddick, I was in a hypnotic trance. It didn't matter what was going on the screen -- all that mattered was that I was watching an image that was brilliantly vivid, unlike anything my eyes had seen before. ...and there's something else I should tell you what the Toshiba HD-A1 and a display with HDMI does.... Upconvert! All your standard definition DVDs now in your collection will look more brilliant than ever before! When connected to HDMI, the Toshiba player upconverts your DVDs to 1080i. Your standard DVDs now look very close to high definition quality. The point I am making is this.... Many people are still sitting on the fence waiting this format war out. That's fine. Those who wait will be spending less to get into this format next year, and perhaps, have a clearer picture as to which of the two formats is going to succeed. However.... Some of us just fall into the same upgrade mode by accident. We vow not to get involved. Next, we hear all these positive reviews about a new format -- and I know how many of you I personally converted to HD-DVD through my review. Then, we read more articles from those who have HDMI displays and the benefits of playing HD-DVD through them. Next thing you know, there's a new television being delivered to your home. In my case, the moment I sat on my couch and watched my first HD-DVD title on my new display and saw how much better my standard DVDs now looked, I knew that the expense was worth it! So let me leave you with a few things to think about.... It will cost you $500 to buy a HD-DVD player. That's peanuts for a new technology like this. It will cost you under $3K for a new display like the HP 65" (there's a 58" available, too). A stand will cost you an extra $500-$600. By the time you are done, you'll be set back a little over $4K, but will have dramatically increased your Home Theater viewing experience. That my friends, is priceless!