Windows Legacy OS forum

General discussion

Are ad-on DVD applications significantly better than OEM?

Thanks very much for your time, this isn't really a problem just a quest for an unbiased answer. Are pricey add-ons like Win DVD7 Platinum or Power DVD 7 significantlty better than the HP DVD Player or Media Center. This is a new HP Media Center PC with DVI and Digital Audio. The display is a 30" hi-def monitor/TV combo and the audio runs through a 1000 watt Pioneer Home Theatre. Performance is excellent already, can it get better?

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Are ad-on DVD applications significantly better than OEM?
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Are ad-on DVD applications significantly better than OEM?
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
Unbiased answer

In reply to: Are ad-on DVD applications significantly better than OEM?

If the performance is already excellent why take a chance with something that could possibly mess it up?.

Collapse -

In reply to: Are ad-on DVD applications significantly better than OEM?

It all depends on what sort of things you value on this front, and then, how much you value them.

In terms of picture quality on an LCD display, there's no real comparing of SVGA and DVI. DVI is the clear winner since it's a digital connection system, so there's no need for any signal conversions, where unavoidable quality loss occurs.

On the audio front, the same is true. If you're using analog connections now, you will find a big improvement in audio quality if you go with a SPDIF passthrough setup. Particularly if you have a 5.1 speaker setup. There's no comparing upmixed stereo to true 5.1 discreet channeling. The clarity of the LFE channel alone will do wonders for sound quality.

Now, the question is, how much money these things are worth to you, which is something only you can answer. It's also not something that requires an all new computer. You could just replace the video card with one that supports DVI and the sound card with one that has SPDIF output.

In my personal opinion, if you already have a 30" TV and home theater system, then you strike me as the sort of person who would consider it worth the money to have these things, but it doesn't require a whole new computer.

Collapse -
I am using spdif output to Pioneer receiver

In reply to: Depends

Thanks for the post, I am utilizing the spdif out as well DVI-D as I ordered the upgrade sound card and Video card on the PC and it is a 2 week old Media Center PC. This model has the Media Center as well as the HP DVD player, but I was told that the Win or Power DVD decoders have a much broader spectrum of configurations than the OEM, but until I see something really spectacular, I think I'll save the money and space on the hard drive. thx

Collapse -
In that case

In reply to: I am using spdif output to Pioneer receiver

Yes, save your money. One DVD player is pretty much the same as the next, and the HP player is probably set to respond to the keys on the remote that came with the system, whereas any other program would have to be configured manually, if it was even possible.

Popular Forums

Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
Laptops 21,181 discussions
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
Phones 17,137 discussions
Security 31,287 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
Windows 10 2,657 discussions


This one tip will help you sleep better tonight

A few seconds are all you need to get a better night's rest.