no endless cycles, SupremeCheddar. You simply pick up something that you can afford, that meets your needs for now and that's relatively mature and proven. Wait for all the DL horror stories, compatibility issues to be fixed, media prices to drop considerably, burn speeds to increase and then you go out and buy one. The cutting edge is so-called because it cuts :g Should be no pressure to upgrade until you see some results and dirt cheap pricing, IMO. Blu Ray? Who knows when that will be affordable. 5 years? By then it should itself have gone through its own refinements.