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Old 01-17-09, 04:26 PM   #25
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Default Re: My first blue ray experence.

HTPC PQ is not much different from stand-alone with purevideo or that ati alternative, there is difference, but not much.

nothing that you will notice.

plus HTPC can do just so much more. BD playback, XBMC, other media playback, shoutcast, emus, tv recording, all in same box.
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Old 01-25-09, 09:54 AM   #26
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@OP: you've got 2 choices: buy a standalone and be done with it or be prepared to tweak, tweak and then tweak some more with your HTPC setup.

Regardless, BD are not yet mainstream and for that, you will have to pay some price.

Incidentally, I have both and can say in retrospect that my PS3 on my 60" Sony gave me far better results with less time wasted in fiddling; since I value my time actually enjoying the movies and not downloading drivers, this was *my* best solution, YMMV.

I think that's what it boils down to: you got the cash, go the lazy way and get a standalone, if you don't got the cash then you will have to use a makeshift setup that will cost less money but cost more time and frustration. The ideal scenario is spending time OR money, if you ever get into the situation when you spend time AND money, it better be a hobby you enjoy or something that you absolutely need.

Taking it further - I actually have 2 setups now and have abandoned the HTPC route: 1) PS3 with 60" Sony DLP and 2) XBOX 360 with HD DVD drive and VP4001 Manrantz projector. Very briefly, I am glad BD won out because my experience with HDDVD was spotty and my experience with BD has been 100% in the 30 or 40 BDs I've watched in the last year or so.

Anyone want to buy an XBOX 360? :P
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Old 01-25-09, 10:04 AM   #27
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Default Re: My first blue ray experence.

The bigger question is, why the heck would you watch Babylon A.D. probably one of the worst movies this decade, for your first Blu-Ray experience?
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ROFL, true dat.
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Old 01-25-09, 10:49 AM   #29
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This is one of the few reasons I haven't jumped into the BR world yet. I've heard tons of horror stories of software not working properly, can't get 7.1, etc. I think I would rather buy a dedicated player or a PS3. Actually I wouldn't mind waiting until the PS3 drops price and then I'll grab one.
yes, get a PS3. that will solve all BD problems. tbh, so will a standalone player since they practically all have ethernet ports now for updates.
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how much?
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You could easily answer 90% of the questions you've asked in these forums if you would just use Google first.
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