I'm not so much concerned about the price of the players. I'd rather pay more for quality but I want to be sure I'm buying something that won't be obsolete in a year or two. (If I had any interest in any games for the PS3 I'd probably buy one and wait for something better to come along.)
My real objection is to the price of the media. I probably own around 300 DVDs and the vast majority were $15 or less. The only times I've spent more than $20 on a disc was because it was something from Criterion or something I really wanted.
Since I've never seen or heard a BD, I'm okay with my upscaled DVDs. I can get a lot more DVDs for a C-note than BDs.
Maybe there is something to the economy of scale. SACDs are pretty much a niche format now but they are not double the price of CDs, usually. Since SACDs use DVD media, there are probably more stampers running for them. If demand picks up, maybe there will be more stampers running for BDs. I wish they would try to grow the market faster so the media prices would come down.
I did not look at any tube preamps for the same reason that Car and Driver is not reporting on buggy whips. - David A. Rich, PhD
The audiophile reviewer will pick the most warped sound as his reference for sonic purity. - GranteedEV
Receiver: Marantz SR8002 Speakers: Paradigm Studio 20, Studio CC-490, Studio 10 Subwoofer: HSU VTF-3 Mk3 Sources: Oppo BDP-93, Xbox360 TV: Panasonic TC-P50V10