I have the Veritas DT saw, and really like it, and is comparable to Lie-Nielsen's older DT saw. LN came up with a line of tapered blade saws (not to be confused with their progressive pitch saws). I bought their crosscut saw, which is a very nice, but I also tried out the new DT saw, and was amazed at the difference. They definitely made it worth the extra $50 over the Veritas.
Trevor: For the price point you are looking at, I would look at some of the Dozuki & Ryoba saws that are out there. You can get a saw that cuts well with a very thin kerf.