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Old 06-17-09, 12:29 AM   #1
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Question Blu-Ray Drives

I'm looking at getting a Blu-Ray drive for my system so I can get started on the HD movie craze.

Since they're still rather expensive I'm just interested in getting something basic and reliable. I have no intention of burning Blu-Ray and I doubt BR will be used for anything other than movies for quite a while. And I already have a very nice Samsung SATA DVD Burner (almost brand new) so I don't need a combo drive.

So, strictly for movies is there any reason to get a drive with a higher read speed? I see there are drives ranging from 2x to 8x, but that never made a difference with DVD video or CD audio.

Will Blu-Ray movies (or their menus) work any better with a faster drive?

Also, are there any noticeable differences in the brands?
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Old 06-17-09, 01:11 AM   #2
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If you are looking for cheapest drive then probably Optiarc 2x BD drive, but I wouldn't recommend it, its quite old. Can be found for 60-80 bucks online.

After that next drive would be Lite-on 4x BD-Drive, can be found online for about 70-100 online, also would not recomend it.

After that next choice would be LG 6xBD drive, or LG 6xBD/3xHD-DVD drive. BD/HDDVD drive is older and there for cheaper. These drives can be found online 80-120.
LG BD drives are exellent, also got MCSE (Media Code Speed Edit) Support, with a patched firmware it can unlock the drive to higher read speed. Also in similar category you can find 6x Lite-on, and 5x Pioneer/Asus drives.

In the 8x category, for BD-Rom you got Lite-on and LG, LG also would be my recommendation, Also got MCSE support.

To sum things up, LG brand is my recommendation, also it is the recomendation for most CDFreaks users.

And yes, BD Menus will work faster with faster drive, load time will decrease, especially for new JAVA based menus.
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Old 06-17-09, 01:12 AM   #3
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I'm looking at getting a Blu-Ray drive for my system so I can get started on the HD movie craze.

Since they're still rather expensive I'm just interested in getting something basic and reliable. I have no intention of burning Blu-Ray and I doubt BR will be used for anything other than movies for quite a while. And I already have a very nice Samsung SATA DVD Burner (almost brand new) so I don't need a combo drive.

So, strictly for movies is there any reason to get a drive with a higher read speed? I see there are drives ranging from 2x to 8x, but that never made a difference with DVD video or CD audio.

Will Blu-Ray movies (or their menus) work any better with a faster drive?

Also, are there any noticeable differences in the brands?
I'd just go for a reliable and quiet drive; you don't want to be listening to a jet engine while watching a movie. The read speeds should help with loading the movie faster, but honestly I doubt it would make a world of difference.

I agree with nekro go with an LG one.
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Old 06-17-09, 06:52 AM   #4
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i have an LG drive, and it works good.

Keep in mind that you need playback software to play blu-ray on pc. So toss another 80 bucks in there for powerdvd 8 ultra.
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Old 06-17-09, 09:15 AM   #5
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LG drive FTW.
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Old 06-17-09, 09:58 AM   #6
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i have an LG drive, and it works good.

Keep in mind that you need playback software to play blu-ray on pc. So toss another 80 bucks in there for powerdvd 8 ultra.
bwhahhaha, who the hell pays for power dvd ?
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Old 06-17-09, 10:08 AM   #7
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bwhahhaha, who the hell pays for power dvd ?
Those who want to play blu-ray movies on their PC. You have a better solution? If so, let's hear it.
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I use ArcSoft Total Media Theatre, don't know if it's a better solution but it works perfectly for me
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Those who want to play blu-ray movies on their PC. You have a better solution? If so, let's hear it.
he probably meant, why pay for it when a free version is supplied. I bought 6 BD drives (3(-1sold) are mine) all of them had PowerDVD supplied.
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Since they're still rather expensive I'm just interested in getting something basic and reliable.
My personal choice (it's the one I have in my barebone right now) is an LG GGC-H20L, it gives you 6x Blu-Ray, 3x HD-DVD and 16x DVD-RW, here in Spain costs like 100 euros, although I got it through eBay for 83 (and at the time I got it, it officially costed 140 LOL).

Very quite and reliable, if you go for HD content, go for it ^_^
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Old 06-17-09, 12:50 PM   #11
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I keep reading comments about LG drives (like the H20L) not receiving important firmware updates anymore because they've been discontinued.

It looks like a nice drive, but I'm not even sure I want one for $100, let alone one that's already lost support from the manufacturer.

They also don't seem to even make any Blu Ray readers any more. Just burners. Why would they do that? I can't imagine what anyone would even need a blu-ray burner for.

I'd like to find a blu-ray drive that is still supported by the manufacturer and comes with a recent version of Power DVD. I'm sure as hell not buying it separately.
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I have one of those LG Combo drives and i had to run AnyDVD HD on it to get past the drm stuff.

I found a plugin on google that makes it work in MCE so alls ok here.
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