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My decision regarding Blu and HD

by Rollbar / January 11, 2008 11:20 PM PST

This isn?t for everyone I know but I haven?t seen anyone else suggest this as a solution so thought I?d opine. lol

I love movies, always have. So once I had my 1080p TV, there wasn?t much question I?d be shopping for a DVD player that would play HiDef.

Watching the Blu-HD battle (more like a cold war; both sides scramble for real-estate *movie studios*), I decided to go Blu-Ray, (based on some perception that BD would be the likely survivor). Bought the PS3. Then went shopping for movies in Blu. That?s where my strategy went down the toilet.

Easily half, maybe more, of my favorites turned out to be in HD-DVD. I stewed over that for a while and finally decided the solution was to buy an HD-DVD to add to the system. I don?t know how soon the cold war will last but both sides seem to be dug in. Meanwhile my favorites continue to be produced in one format or the other.

Set up the Toshiba HD-A35 last night and watched a movie. Though I didn?t think the picture was quite as sharp as the Blu-Ray disks I?ve seen, it was still phenomenal. Also, it might have been that particular movie? I need to see several more before I can determine if one format is really better that the other, (which I doubt).

So here?s my rationalization. Now I can continue to buy hi def movies in whatever format they are released on and play them on one player or the other. Whichever format goes away, I can still play those movies on the corresponding player indefinitely. I won?t need to just toss out one player the moment the format is decided. Eventually, without support, I?ll retire it but that might be several years down the road.

I?m 57 years old, so my frame of reference is different. Just like buying plants for around the house, I less interested in buying fledgling plants even understanding they will grow after a few years?. I want a plant closer to full size now,(within reason)and am willing to pay the difference in cost. I don?t want to wait for a resolution to the format conflict, I want to watch my movies now.

Make sense? Probably does not to young readers who have the patience to wait to save $400. To me, the $400 is well spent and actually forgotten one the movie starts to play, (Honey, lets make some popcorn and watch a movie.)


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BluRay/HD/other options
by ali110ali / January 11, 2008 11:27 PM PST

I also have made a decision on BluRay/HD (after much research). Neither! I bought a Denon 1930CI for $200 and don't regret it for one second.

The 2 minute wait alone for a DVD menu on either BluRay or HD to appear pretty much made up my mind. I'll buy one of the new format players in one or two years when the practical aspects of the technology catch up with the audio/video capability.

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2 minute wait?
by Rollbar / January 12, 2008 12:07 AM PST

Both the playstation and A35 spool up as fast as, (or nearly) the Oppo DVD player I have. Not sure what you are talking about.

Maybe corrected in the firmware update?

But I do agree that standard DVDs do look surprisingly good upconverted with the Oppo.


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im with Gary
by jostenmeat / January 12, 2008 3:07 AM PST

TWO minutes? wthell, lol. My Panasonic DMP-BD30 is quick enough. By the time I find the disc I want to watch, its already good to go. My guess is 15 seconds, but I really don't know. Sometimes it feels faster than that even.

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