Samuel, Remarkable post and a great read. I respect someone like yourself who puts so much effort into researching products. I still don't own a Blu-Ray player, and probably will not purchase one this year for the exact reasons that you and most other members have reported in this and other Internet forums. It comes as no surprise that you were not blown away by Blu-Ray when viewing it against HD-DVD. This is basically the same type of reaction that has been reported time and time again. All of us still hope that Blu-Ray camp pulls themselves out of this rut that they now find themselves in. In the meantime, it's great to read yet another well-praised review for HD-DVD. ...by the way, let me personally welcome you to our forum. It's great to have an enthusiast like yourself amongst us. We hope you will continue to post your many tech experiences with us.