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Is it worth it?

by vanteal / August 14, 2007 5:46 AM PDT

I just bought my first 42 inch plasma t.v. (TH-42px75u)..And I was debating on either getting a blue-ray or HD player.. or saving the money and getting a DVD up converter player..HD and Blue-ray players are so expensive and I'd have to start buying the more expensive disk's.. And not to mention that titles are limited right now on both ends..And not every title is on both formats.. With DVD up conversion It's my understanding that I'll get much better picture (up to 1080P) without spending hundreds on a hd/blue-ray player..I've never seen an up converted picture before..So I was wondering in everyone else's opinion is it worth saving the money and just buying a decent up conversion player?.. I've been using my xbox 360 to play dvd's on my new tv thus far and I was impressed right from the get go..However I hear the xbox360 does not convert dvd's and it's apparently unhealthy for the system to play games and movies together..:::shrugs:: that's just what I've heard...

Ok so yea.. Sorry for such a long post on a simple question..Please give me you're best input guys..


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I'd wait until Christmas
by kcfvegas / August 14, 2007 6:56 AM PDT
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I understand the dilemma that you're facing, but I recommend that you do what I'm doing, and that is wait until Christmas. I've read from several sources that there is going to be a price war between HD and Blu-Ray, and that prices are going to drop a lot. I never heard that playing DVDs through your XBOX is bad for it. If it was, they wouldn't have built it to play them. Bottom line, why buy an up converting one now, when in three months you may be able to buy the real thing, that will also up convert your existing DVDs.

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Well, an excellent upscaling dvd player already costs
by jostenmeat / August 14, 2007 8:14 AM PDT
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hundreds of dollars. Isn't the Oppo 981 the most affordable 1080p upscaling player at $230 before shipping? I imagine by the end of the year, just 70 dollars more might just give you native 1080p @24fps with on-board HD decoders for TrueHD and DTS-HD HR. I do not have fingers crossed for MA. Some of these BD players are said to upscale quite well. I've heard of persons who didn't expect their new BD toy to upscale so well (not the reason they bought it) and since have dumped their old dvd player.

If you do spring for a dvd player, I highly recommend Denon. Their remotes suck however. They go from about $150 to over 1k depending on model.

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Maybe try this.
by C_519 / August 14, 2007 8:33 AM PDT
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You could get the HD-DVD drive for 179.99 plus 5 free HD movies. You can still play regular DVDs on HD-DVD players and I think BLU-RAY, so you don't have to purchase the more expensive DVDs.

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(NT) I meant to say the Xbox 360 HD-DVD
by C_519 / August 14, 2007 8:54 AM PDT
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