Re: I've got to admin, Sony's got brainwashing down perfect!
I have the HD-A1 and its a fantastic player. Its built like a tank and has outstanding picture quality in both HD and upscaling. Standard DVD players with similar upscaling cost twice as much.
Yeah, it takes a while to load but that has been reduced significantly in the 2nd gen which is available now for less than $250 (HD-A2). However, long load times do not make the HD-A1 a 'POS', it is simply one of the few CONs the device has.
Also, the HD-XA2 (~$550) does indeed smoke the X360 addon in image quality because it has a Silicon Optix Reon-VX video processor chip integrated for both HD DVD and SD upscaling which is much better than the software processing offered by the 360.
We're all in it together.
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