I'm very lucky to be able to say that price isn't a primary concern. Sure, I don't want to pay over the odds or bet on the wrong horse, but I'll pay out for what is going to do the job.
I'm half tempted to jump into Blu-Ray right now and hold out on those HD-DVD titles, but the idea of a combi, for what a good high-end BR would cost anyhoo, is very attractive, as is the promise of just one deck rather than two, as Rand says.
However...the switch from Paramount/DreamWorks DOES raise some questions as to which way the format war will swing over Christmas, which could well be worth holding out for. My thinking is that those without PlayStation 3s will be looking to plug that gap before they go buy an HD unit, so buying the PS3 solves both problems in one go for those into games <I>and</I> movies.
We're also looking at going for a new all-in-one DVD Recorder this month, with hard drive, VHS (it's worth it for me!), HD upscaling, digital TV and multi-region playback all built in (the snazzy Panasonic). Again, the idea is to shift two/three units and get them down to one. A couple of friends have models in this range and are very happy, so I'm about to buy.
While cost isn't a major issue, I don't think I can push to a new DVD-R deck <I>and</I> an HD unit, whatever format, <I>and</I> my usual standard disc buys, already on the heavy side at year's end. Since the DVD-R is probably more of a concern for me right now, I'll go for that in November and more than likely go for one of the Samsung combis in the New Year, once any bugs have been ironed out.
If there had been no format war, I'd have been in there early, just as I was buying LDs and DVDs before I had players at the time. But with everything else (and looking to <I>possibly</I> carry out a complete upgrade of my home theater kit when we move next year), this has slid down to being something I'm tracking rather than actively ready to jump into. I <I>am</I> tempted to start collecting BR discs though, so that tells you which way I'm leaning...!
There, in writing that all out, I just justified my plans! Now time to go and break it to Jen...