Pros Networking a huge plus
Cons No Dual video outputs for 3D projection etc.
Summary With disc capacity increasing so much this year, it's surprising to see movies still being shot with single lens (2D cameras) Sure high def is great and I welcome it, but seriously, people wonder why no one goes to the theater anymore, it's pretty sad when you can get a better experience at home then in the theater.
Most of these new High Definition players coming out are little more then a PC with a Disk on key operating system and all the functionality stripped out.
Kudos to Pioneer for at least bringing some of the technology through, however I don't understand why these boxes aren’t more of a multi-function device (such as an HD recorder) with Network streaming to your PC and internet browser etc... They would cost little (if anything) more...
Why movies aren’t being shot with two camera's for 3D presentation in the theater is beyond me. Once this realization is met, and the process begins, playback at home could be done in either format with both "perspectives" stored on the disc. a simple dual projector with polar filters and silver screen would allow for 3D home videos, a simpler process of RGB processing could allow for lower quality red/blue glasses 3D, etc etc etc.. to long to get into but you know where I'm going....Updated
thinner substrate does not mean easier to scratch, it means higher optical precision, so scratches do less damage if and when they occur.
Pros blu ray is amazing ,1080p output, wireless and home network
Cons hell expensive
Summary the blu-ray is a sony developed and backed by sony hence realy has to be amazin and it is. pioneer has really come wid a bang its got 1080p output which is AMAZING and it can also stream music and video.
Pros it is high definition
Cons price price price price
Summary review of comparable Toshiba player at a much cheaper price lists a "con" that HD DVD may lose format war, no similar comemnt for Panasonic blue-ray player, has CNET already declared a victor or what? To be fair this con should be for all HD format players.
Pros Picture Quality
Cons Price ... maybe???
Summary This is one amazing unit. I have made several visits to a local Pioneer dealer to se this unit in action. When coupled with the Pioneer Elite FHD1 50" Plasma it produces a picture 2nd to none ... sharpest images, most accurate colors and best skin tones ever! Expensive ... yes ... worth it ... oh yah!
Pros More capacity, but so what?
Cons Too expensive now, too expensive later...
Summary How can Blu-Ray win? Really?
Blu-Ray discs will be easier to scratch than HD-DVD. Will not be as compatible with older DVD discs (they say it will, but it won't). And will start out, and most likely continue, with a 100% higher price point than HD-DVD. Plus, Blu-Ray has more capacity, but that won't be used by 99.99% of any movies released.
So, why bother with Blu-Ray? Why would I risk my software and movie collection on a medium that is easier to destroy? Why would I pay twice as much for content I can get elsewhere for less?
Sorry, Blu-Ray makes no sense.