I recently purchased my first Blu-Ray disk
, knowing full-well I had no Blu-Ray player. But I wanted to grab it, since I'm not sure if I'll be able to get it later. It's a concert released from the Netherlands, and I had to import it (not released at all in USA or NA). I had already imported a region 0 and PAL format 2-DVD set of that concert, but I have an all-region and PAL compatible DVD player, so that was no problem.
Since I love the concert so much, I wanted to prepare for the day when I was able to watch it in all its hi-def glory, so I went ahead and imported the Blu-Ray version too, at great expense, just in case it's discontinued before I'm able to afford a Blu-Ray player and/or TV.
So I've got this BluRay disk sitting here (which comes with a bonus regular DVD). On the back of the case, which contains both disks, it says Region 0 and PAL. I'm assuming that is for the regular bonus DVD and not the BluRay disk though, since I don't think BR uses region numbers. I'm wanting desperately to watch it, but I have a feeling I will be needing to buy an all-new audio-video setup to do so. I'm actually in no hurry, but want to know what I'm going to need when the time comes.
Here's what I've currently got:
1. Panasonic 27" 1080i capable CRT
. I looked on the back. It has no HDMI port. It's from 2005. It still works fine, in spite of all the negative reviews there, and still displays a stunningly crisp picture. But at 27", it may be too small to even notice the upgrade to hi-def. In fact, most people who have seen it tell me the picture is so good, it already looks like it's doing hi-def. I absolutely love the picture, which is one of the reasons I'm not in any big rush to get a newer and bigger set.
2. An all-region DVD player Philips DVP5990
, which has no bearing on this I guess.
3. A Pioneer VSX-5300
stereo system from 1988, which still kicks much ass and has great sound fidelity, but has NONE of the modern stuff like 2.1 much less 5.1. It does have surround-sound, but that's about it for 'modern' features. That link was the only image I could find. I actually paid around $400 for it back in the day, not including the 6 massive Fisher speakers I added.
As you can see, I'm woefully behind the times here, and a bit lost.Here's the Blu-Ray player
I kinda picked at random (not purchased yet) due to its being supposedly region free and also HD-DVD capable (though I can't really see a need for that particular feature in my case). Region-free IS important to me however, both with BluRay and standard DVD use.
Am I also going to NEED a new TV?
And a new stereo system?
Any other thoughts?
If I can get by with just buying a Blu-Ray player and hooking it up to my existing HD TV, I'm ready to buy now just to see the picture in hi-def, I'd be happy to stay with my current stereo for the time being as well. However, all my instincts are telling me that I'm in need of a totally new audio and video set-up. In the future, I'd be looking at a new 50"+ 1080p television, but it's out of the question for me price-wise right now.
(edited to repair my links.)