Melissa J. Perenson does the honors at PCWorld:
HD DVD movie players are no longer your only high-def DVD living-room option: Samsung has shipped its $1000 BD-P1000, the first living-room player that uses rival format Blu-ray, and Sony Pictures and Lions Gate have released high-def Blu-ray movies to complement it.
Which type is better? We found little difference in image quality, but you’ll get a more elegant player with the Samsung Blu-ray device. However, it costs twice as much as one of Toshiba’s HD DVD players.
We put the Samsung player through its paces and compared it with two HD DVD models from Toshiba, the $499 HD-A1 and the $799 HD-XA1.
More by following the link, but it’s a little tough to do a head-to-head comparison since so far there are no movies available in both formats. I also found disturbing Perenson’s reports of display artifacts cropping up in certain titles in either format. She recommends reading user reviews of specific high definition DVD titles before buying to avoid disappointment. Taking all the factors into consideration, perhaps the best advice is:
The high-def DVD format war is far from over, and a slew of new hardware is due in the fall and winter.