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Old 08-07-2009, 01:58 PM   #1
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is this the right forum.
i just wanna know whats up with all this blue ray stuff, whats the big deal.. is it really that much better.

and is it true that they never scratch? that must be the hype.
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Old 08-07-2009, 02:43 PM   #2
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is this the right forum.
i just wanna know whats up with all this blue ray stuff, whats the big deal.. is it really that much better.

and is it true that they never scratch? that must be the hype.
I can make a list and yes this is the right forum:

1) Blu-ray utilizes 1080p, which means up to five times the clarity as DVD (480i)
2) Even the best upconverting players are nowhere close to the picture quality of Blu-ray
3) Colors and fine detail are much clearer and I always find myself noticing stuff in the picture that I didn't notice before
4) Virtually all Blu-ray discs are encoded with lossless audio tracks, (Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD Master Audio) that is, exact transfers of the original studio masters.
5) Everything is transmitted digitally over HDMI so that means one cable to carry both audio and video instead of several as in the past.

Those are just a few of the high points. I could make the list a lot longer, but that should be enough to get you to buy a Blu-ray player.
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I can make a list and yes this is the right forum:

1) Blu-ray utilizes 1080p, which means up to five times the clarity as DVD (480i)
2) Even the best upconverting players are nowhere close the picture quality of Blu-ray
3) Colors and fine detail much clearer and I always find myself noticing stuff in the picture that I didn't notice before
4) Virtually all Blu-ray discs are encoded with lossless audio tracks, (Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD Master Audio) that is, exact transfers of the original studio masters.
5) Everything is transmitted digitally over HDMI so that means one cable to carry both audio and video instead of several as in the past.

Those are just a few of the high points. I could make the list a lot longer, but that should be enough to get you to buy a Blu-ray player.
I totally agree. Blu-ray is so worth it if you can afford it.
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Old 08-07-2009, 04:42 PM   #4
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The right forum, but the wrong sub-forum. I moved the thread.

Blu-ray is great if you have the video equipment to utilize all of its goodness. The best answer to your question will probably depend on what your HDTV is and what surround system you have.
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Check the thread linked below for another view on this questionable (in my opinion) technology. At this point in time, it's a work in progress, unless you like being a beta tester, waiting till standards are established may be a good idea.


BD compatibility issues....
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Blu-ray also has pitfalls also. Longer load times, no resume feature on most BD movies, forced trailers that cannot be skipped easily from certain BD studios, getting firmware updates required to watch some new BD movie releases, and of course higher costs.

I still own 3 BD players though.
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Funny how players have such long load times. My HTPC has practically no load times, after it is booted up of course.
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is this the right forum.
i just wanna know whats up with all this blue ray stuff, whats the big deal.. is it really that much better.

and is it true that they never scratch? that must be the hype.
The above posts give you excellent information,but finally, go to a retailer and let your own eyes tell you what's up with blu-ray!
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Old 08-08-2009, 10:22 AM   #9
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I just got a Blu Ray player to replace my upscaling DVD player.

The Blu Ray player is better, but I don't think it is worth the $5.99 to rent a Blu Ray disc vs. the $2.99 for a regular (but upscaled) DVD.

Just my opinion, but when Blu Ray discs come down in price it will be worth it. Call it future-proofing for a rationalization to spend the money.
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Blue Ray sucks
Blu Ray on the other hand is the best way to watch movies, PERIOD!!!!!!!!!
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I just got a Blu Ray player to replace my upscaling DVD player.

The Blu Ray player is better, but I don't think it is worth the $5.99 to rent a Blu Ray disc vs. the $2.99 for a regular (but upscaled) DVD.

Just my opinion, but when Blu Ray discs come down in price it will be worth it. Call it future-proofing for a rationalization to spend the money.
Where did you come up with $5.99? Make sure you do research before starting FUD. It costs less than $2 per BD title from Netflix or Blockbuster delivered to your door and there are also a some Redbox kiosks in the larger cities charging $1.
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Where did you come up with $5.99? Make sure you do research before starting FUD. It costs less than $2 per BD title from Netflix or Blockbuster delivered to your door and there are also a some Redbox kiosks in the larger cities charging $1.

Uhhmmm, should I scan my reciept from Taken and Knowing last weekend?

They were $5.99 each at the only video rental place I can get to.

I DO NOT HAVE REDBOX OR NETFLICKS.

Do some of your own research before flapping your pie hole.
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Uhhmmm, should I scan my reciept from Taken and Knowing last weekend?

They were $5.99 each at the only video rental place I can get to.

I DO NOT HAVE REDBOX OR NETFLICKS.

Do some of your own research before flapping your pie hole.
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Uhhmmm, should I scan my reciept from Taken and Knowing last weekend?

They were $5.99 each at the only video rental place I can get to.

I DO NOT HAVE REDBOX OR NETFLICKS.

Do some of your own research before flapping your pie hole.
Why would you pay $5.99 when you could get them for less than $2 from Netflix? I pay $1.40 per title myself.
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Uhhmmm, should I scan my reciept from Taken and Knowing last weekend?

They were $5.99 each at the only video rental place I can get to.

I DO NOT HAVE REDBOX OR NETFLICKS.

Do some of your own research before flapping your pie hole.
Blockbuster.com rents blu ray for the same price as regular dvds. And their plans are much cheaper than renting at the store. It's all by mail, no stores necessary.

My plan comes out to about $2.00 per blu ray, with a unlimited number of rentals, one per time. I think he was just suggesting a much more economical way to get Blu Ray disks.
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