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« on: April 12, 2008, 01:37:11 PM »

...so our trusty $48 combo DVD/VHS has finally bit the dust, freeing the way for us to buy a new one.  Since we've got a 42 in plasma HD TV in the living room, it's time to get serious on the feed to it.  As I know *zilch* about this stuff, I'm asking for input from the hive mind.

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« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2008, 02:14:20 PM »

ps3
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« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2008, 02:52:11 PM »

PS3.
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« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2008, 03:00:38 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2008, 03:13:42 PM »

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« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2008, 03:20:02 PM »

P-S-Trip.
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« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2008, 03:23:04 PM »

PSTrips
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« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2008, 03:27:25 PM »

Yup.  It's upgradeable (and is getting DTS-HD "master audio" and "high resolution audio" in the next firmware update), it works great, it's comparably priced to other players, and it plays games.
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« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2008, 03:28:01 PM »

PS3 but, as an excellent alternative, I would recommend the Panasonic DMP-BD30k. 
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« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2008, 03:28:56 PM »

just to elaborate a little...there's no reason to buy any BluRay player other than a PS3 right now.  it's currently the only player on the market capable of supporting the BluRay 2.0 specifications once they update its software.  current standalone BluRay players will not be able to support all of the special features that will be included on future discs and can not be upgraded.  if all you care about is watching a movie without special features, the current generation of players will do that for both current and future releases; if you want a player that will take full advantage of the format when the 2.0 spec discs start hitting late this year, you need to either wait for 2.0 spec standalone players to hit the market or buy a PS3.

personally, i'm holding off with the hope that we'll see a little price drop in standalone players by later this year...
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« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2008, 07:14:13 PM »

by the HD DVD add on player instead  Tongue
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« Reply #11 on: April 12, 2008, 07:15:11 PM »

Quote from: CeeKay on April 12, 2008, 07:14:13 PM

by the HD DVD add on player instead  Tongue

I imagine the price would be a bit lower these days! biggrin
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« Reply #12 on: April 12, 2008, 07:28:43 PM »

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« Reply #13 on: April 12, 2008, 07:41:33 PM »

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« Reply #14 on: April 12, 2008, 08:03:00 PM »

Sony PlayStation 3 Home Entertainment System.
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« Reply #15 on: April 12, 2008, 08:23:44 PM »

Quote from: CeeKay on April 12, 2008, 07:14:13 PM

by the HD DVD add on player instead  Tongue

That is an EXCELLENT idea, albeit not the add-on. The Toshiba's have phenomenal 1080p upscaling, and can be had for less than 100 dollars.


...and get the PS3
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« Reply #16 on: April 12, 2008, 11:49:31 PM »

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« Reply #17 on: April 13, 2008, 12:02:51 AM »

Does another person really need to say it?

I will anyway.

PS3.
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« Reply #18 on: April 13, 2008, 12:51:07 AM »

Okay, despite what all the others have said, I would instead go with the PS3.
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« Reply #19 on: April 13, 2008, 12:53:06 AM »

Quote from: disarm on April 12, 2008, 03:28:56 PM

there's no reason to buy any BluRay player other than a PS3 right now


Well there's one reason... your infrared universal remote will be useless for the PS3 without some accessories. slywink Yah, I know it's a stretch, but you said there was no reason. biggrin
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« Reply #20 on: April 13, 2008, 01:33:05 PM »

Quote from: disarm on April 12, 2008, 03:28:56 PM

just to elaborate a little...there's no reason to buy any BluRay player other than a PS3 right now.  it's currently the only player on the market capable of supporting the BluRay 2.0 specifications once they update its software.  current standalone BluRay players will not be able to support all of the special features that will be included on future discs and can not be upgraded.  if all you care about is watching a movie without special features, the current generation of players will do that for both current and future releases; if you want a player that will take full advantage of the format when the 2.0 spec discs start hitting late this year, you need to either wait for 2.0 spec standalone players to hit the market or buy a PS3.

personally, i'm holding off with the hope that we'll see a little price drop in standalone players by later this year...


Cliff note = PS3

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« Reply #21 on: April 13, 2008, 04:39:40 PM »

Quote from: Beer Goggles on April 13, 2008, 01:33:05 PM

Quote from: disarm on April 12, 2008, 03:28:56 PM

just to elaborate a little...there's no reason to buy any BluRay player other than a PS3 right now.  it's currently the only player on the market capable of supporting the BluRay 2.0 specifications once they update its software.  current standalone BluRay players will not be able to support all of the special features that will be included on future discs and can not be upgraded.  if all you care about is watching a movie without special features, the current generation of players will do that for both current and future releases; if you want a player that will take full advantage of the format when the 2.0 spec discs start hitting late this year, you need to either wait for 2.0 spec standalone players to hit the market or buy a PS3.

personally, i'm holding off with the hope that we'll see a little price drop in standalone players by later this year...


Cliff note = PS3

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or wait until standalone 2.0 spec players hit the market this fall...
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« Reply #22 on: April 13, 2008, 04:43:39 PM »

Quote from: Beer Goggles on April 13, 2008, 01:33:05 PM

Quote from: disarm on April 12, 2008, 03:28:56 PM

just to elaborate a little...there's no reason to buy any BluRay player other than a PS3 right now.  it's currently the only player on the market capable of supporting the BluRay 2.0 specifications once they update its software.  current standalone BluRay players will not be able to support all of the special features that will be included on future discs and can not be upgraded.  if all you care about is watching a movie without special features, the current generation of players will do that for both current and future releases; if you want a player that will take full advantage of the format when the 2.0 spec discs start hitting late this year, you need to either wait for 2.0 spec standalone players to hit the market or buy a PS3.

personally, i'm holding off with the hope that we'll see a little price drop in standalone players by later this year...


Cliff note = PS3

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where are you for Pete Rocks posts?

BTW, I was being farcical with my HD-DVD suggestion, so don't run out and grab one!  get the Captain PSTrips instead.
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« Reply #23 on: April 13, 2008, 07:33:48 PM »

These guys think you should wait:

http://www.mercurynews.com/apple/ci_8676009

They don't discuss the PS3 option, but in general, waiting until the fall will mean cheaper and more movies.  Meanwhile, you can get an upconverter pretty cheap to get by on.  Just a thought.

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« Reply #24 on: April 14, 2008, 12:59:31 PM »

Quote from: CeeKay on April 13, 2008, 04:43:39 PM

Quote from: Beer Goggles on April 13, 2008, 01:33:05 PM

Quote from: disarm on April 12, 2008, 03:28:56 PM

just to elaborate a little...there's no reason to buy any BluRay player other than a PS3 right now.  it's currently the only player on the market capable of supporting the BluRay 2.0 specifications once they update its software.  current standalone BluRay players will not be able to support all of the special features that will be included on future discs and can not be upgraded.  if all you care about is watching a movie without special features, the current generation of players will do that for both current and future releases; if you want a player that will take full advantage of the format when the 2.0 spec discs start hitting late this year, you need to either wait for 2.0 spec standalone players to hit the market or buy a PS3.

personally, i'm holding off with the hope that we'll see a little price drop in standalone players by later this year...


Cliff note = PS3

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where are you for Pete Rocks posts?

BTW, I was being farcical with my HD-DVD suggestion, so don't run out and grab one!  get the Captain PSTrips instead.

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« Reply #25 on: April 16, 2008, 01:59:20 AM »

Quote from: Sarkus on April 13, 2008, 07:33:48 PM

These guys think you should wait:

http://www.mercurynews.com/apple/ci_8676009

They don't discuss the PS3 option, but in general, waiting until the fall will mean cheaper and more movies.  Meanwhile, you can get an upconverter pretty cheap to get by on.  Just a thought.

Cheaper I get.  How does waiting affect "more movies"?

Also, this summer will mark the re-release of the 80GB backward compatible PS3 bundle with Metal Gear Solid 4.  If they hadn't pulled the 80 GB versions late last year with no announcement, I would already own one instead of my 360, which I do like when it's not giving me an LED light show.

If you have any PS2 gear, wait for the summer PS3 release.  That's what I'm doing.

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« Reply #26 on: April 16, 2008, 02:06:03 AM »

Quote from: Isgrimnur on April 16, 2008, 01:59:20 AM

Quote from: Sarkus on April 13, 2008, 07:33:48 PM

These guys think you should wait:

http://www.mercurynews.com/apple/ci_8676009

They don't discuss the PS3 option, but in general, waiting until the fall will mean cheaper and more movies.  Meanwhile, you can get an upconverter pretty cheap to get by on.  Just a thought.

Cheaper I get.  How does waiting affect "more movies"?

It's more movies because more movies will be released between now and then, therefore the starting library will be bigger.  It's a bit of a stupid article really- both are common sense (really, if you wait the price of electronics will go down???  Why didn't anyone tell me ??!?  What, new movies to the format are released every week?  Why I never would have imagined!").

The only good point in the article is the concerns about the 2.0 standard but, as Sarkus noted, they almost completely skip over the PS3 which doesn't have that as a concern. 
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« Reply #28 on: April 16, 2008, 01:14:48 PM »

Quote from: Kevin Grey on April 12, 2008, 03:28:01 PM

PS3 but, as an excellent alternative, I would recommend the Panasonic DMP-BD30k. 

Ditto!

The Sharp Aquos BD-HP20U is a good player as well.
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