Question about manufacturing Blu-ray hardware - High-Def Digest Forums
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1  
Old 01-10-2007, 06:34 PM
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 9
Question Question about manufacturing Blu-ray hardware

I know that Blu-Ray software is more expensive to produce than HD DVD software. How about hardware? Is Blu-Ray hardware inherently more expensive to produce than HD DVD hardware? If not, why were the first Blu-Ray players far more expensive than the first HD DVD players, and even now why do Blu-Ray players generally cost more? (I'm aware that the price gap has narrowed.)
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 01-10-2007, 07:15 PM
illegalprelude's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 4,961
Default

the bluuuueee lasers are more expensive to produce if im not mistaken but then their format also holds more storage space too thus the difference in pricing and manufacturing.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01-10-2007, 07:27 PM
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 9
Default

Yes, blue lasers are expensive but HD DVD players use them too. The aperture size on Blu-Ray might require an extra lens or something but that doesn't seem to account for the price difference in hardware.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 01-10-2007, 09:51 PM
illegalprelude's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 4,961
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by micty View Post
Yes, blue lasers are expensive but HD DVD players use them too. The aperture size on Blu-Ray might require an extra lens or something but that doesn't seem to account for the price difference in hardware.
so the laser or lesne is not hardware and what about HD-DVD uses them too? cause they sure as hell dont use the Blue iodied *sp* lasers
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01-11-2007, 01:42 PM
Banned
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 5,360
Default

BD has a different laser, it's smaller and more focused. Not sure how much more it is though. I think Toshiba has been subsidizing their players.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 01-12-2007, 05:47 PM
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 9
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by illegalprelude View Post
so the laser or lesne is not hardware and what about HD-DVD uses them too? cause they sure as hell dont use the Blue iodied *sp* lasers
Blue lasers are of course hardware and are responsible for a significant portion of the cost. However, HD DVD does use blue lasers as well:
"HD DVD is a new optical disc format that stands for High-Definition Digital Versatile Disc. It uses a blue laser, which allows for more data density per disc." Source: thelookandsoundofperfect website FAQ.

If blue lasers are present in both types of players, it can't account for the price difference.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 01-12-2007, 07:23 PM
Banned
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 5,360
Default

It is a different diode they use. The BD requires a higher tolerance. This is probably why the standalone BD players were also postponed until after the PS3 was launched. I don't know if it's actually more costly though.

It may just be that Toshiba has been cutting their margins down and subsidizing the players to keep prices lower. Blu-ray revenue has been consistently higher than HD DVD even though it sold less.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Sony: Full Year Profit, Revenues Rise, Hardware Numbers and Hardware Forecast. ArronC07 Gaming Smackdown 19 05-14-2008 05:46 PM
BRT: shutting down HD DVD disc manufacturing lines Stingray1967 High Definition Smackdown 8 02-18-2008 08:17 PM
Clue to the cost of HD DVD SA manufacturing spicynacho High Definition Smackdown 46 11-26-2007 10:41 AM
The likely REAL manufacturing cost of A2s... JS1 High Definition Smackdown 40 11-08-2007 09:32 AM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off