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Blue Ray or HD

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lawman

I am looking for an upgraded DVD player. What's the difference between Blue Ray and straight HD players? Can the human eye tell the difference between 720p, 1080i and 1080p. Do these numbers really mean anything? Thanks.

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DTro

I don't think you will be able to see the difference between 720p and 1080p unless you have a monster screen.

It is a major improvement from standard DVD though which is normally 480p.

The difference between Blue Ray and HD-DVD is format only.

Think beta max vs VHS.

There are different opinions on which one will win out (if any). I would probably hold off for a while unless you have some money to burn. The players aren't cheap, and neither are the movies.

My preference would be HD-DVD, Sony owns the Blu-Ray rights and I just don't care for Sony personally.

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computerboy

I'm with Dtro on this one, I would definitely hold out on buying a Blu-Ray or HD-DVD player. They are currently in a bitter format war and there are some heavy hitters on each side. I would not risk spending $500+ on one only to find out that the other format won out and now your stuck with a very expensive boat anchor.

If you're looking to amp up the quality of your DVD viewing experience your best bet would be to buy an upconverting DVD player. The best part is you'll be able to enjoy your existing library of DVD movies without having to buy them in a new, and very expensive format.

Good luck!

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wishing for walleyes

I would get a dvd upconverter.Make sure your tv has hdcp though.(High Defination Copy Protocol)The upconverter may not work without it.There is a very noticable difference between the different resolutions on a big screen.The playstation 3`s have a blue ray player in them.I have both of them and really like my upconverter.

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Can'tFishEnuf

The upconvertion is great. You play regular DVDs and when I compare that to the HD that I see on the major networks, there's not that much of a difference. I have seen these players for less than $100. Watch out for the cost of the HDMI cable, they can be pretty expensive. But, you need that for any HD connection.

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LMITOUT

You don't have to use HDMI cables. Component cables will work just fine and are cheaper, but there are internet outlets where you can buy VERY affordable HDMI cables if you insist on using them.

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Spork

This may or may not be in your price budget, but there is a DVD player which supports both formats.

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Price tag on that is $999.99 so it's pretty steep. But, it does solve the issue with the Bluray vs HD-DVD war.

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SomethingFishy*

My renter works for Best Buy and bought a $60 HDMI cable, after his employee discount it cost him less than $4.00.

Check the internet to save money.

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DTro

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My renter works for Best Buy and bought a $60 HDMI cable, after his employee discount it cost him less than $4.00.

Check the internet to save money.


I'm sure BB didn't lose any money on the $4 cable either wink.gif

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wishing for walleyes

You can buy an hdmi cable on ebay for $6-7.I have bought 3 of them all less then $10 each.2 of them are 8 footers.

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BK19

well warner brothers just signed a deal to put all its movies exclusivley on blue ray so i guess i can see which way the industy will go

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