I try to stay off the bleeding edge of technology. john
First let me iterate that when i say this I am talking about name brand merchandise, not the terrible cyberhome, axent or advent garbage. Typically a company has a research dept. that comes up with new pieces for its latest device it is implemented into its "high end" merchandise first to recoup research costs, it then moves down the line to all of its products...so when an early adopter pays 1500 for a sony DVD player(as one unfortunate poster stated), chances are it will be a standard part in the future. This is a typical business model from cars to health care prescriptions.