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Will blu-ray players play a regular dvd ?

by philray45 / April 26, 2011 9:52 PM PDT

maybe a dumb question-but will blu-ray players work on a regular dvd ?

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Best Answer chosen by philray45

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and the answer is:
by devo2u / April 29, 2011 2:21 PM PDT

Yes, blu-ray players will play standard Video DVD's, not to mention audio CD's as well.

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(NT) Yup.
by Coryphaeus / April 26, 2011 11:09 PM PDT
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But to check the spec. to be sure.
by ahtoi / April 27, 2011 2:00 AM PDT

Generally speaking, not only will a DBPlayer plays dvd but will also up-converse as well, which means the dvd video will look better.

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correct answer but..
by skyken2000 / April 29, 2011 11:24 AM PDT

It will up convert. I( got this explanation from another part of CNET:
1. Just what does an upconverting player do?The elevator pitch behind upconverting (or upscaling) DVD players is that they can make your standard-definition DVDs look like they're in HD--or at least look more HD-like. However, as any critical consumer knows, there's often a big gap between marketing lingo and reality, especially when you're talking about using a microchip (or two) and fancy software algorithms to magically turn one thing into something it isn't.

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Up-conversion in a nutshell
by gingaskunk / April 29, 2011 12:57 PM PDT
In reply to: correct answer but..

Here is a basic idea of what up-conversion does.

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Comparing SD and HD discs
by Dan Filice / April 29, 2011 2:44 PM PDT

I have several movies in both SD and BR disc formats, and I've spent a lot of time doing A-B comparisons when played on the same TV. While up converting regular DVD does look better than it does in 480p, the true BR high def disc blows it away. Nothing compares to having full 1080p.

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Reread my answer
by skyken2000 / April 30, 2011 12:11 AM PDT

I did not go into a detailed explanation because Executive editor, CNET Reviews, By David Carnoy wrote an in depth explanation and I thought it would be re-inventing the wheel to add more than a cursory explanation so that it is succinct.

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by Flatworm / April 29, 2011 11:32 PM PDT

Yes, all of them do. All of them always have, from the first Sony released on the market.

One thing, though... There is a very real difference in the quality of the upconversion that they do of SD-DVDs. Some of them look almost like an SD broadcast television picture; others provide output that apparently is very close to real HD to the point that some more casual viewers (or viewers with poor eyesight) won't even notice a difference.

I'm waiting (to replace my current player) for one that decodes and plays AVIs from a data CD or DVD.

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