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Old 08-25-2007, 04:40 PM
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Default Without HiDef Audio is Xbox 360 HD DVD still worth it ?

I have been a Blu-ray supported since begining of the format war but due to the recent changes I'm thinking about going format neutral (because I dont think that this war will be over anytime soon) and been thinking about getting the XBOX HD DVD add on but the only thing that concerns me is the lack of hidef audio. Since Blu-ray's lossless audio has really spoiled me, i'm wondering how much of difference will I hear and if the difference is big enough to discourage me from buying Xbox HD DVD add on.

Now the question is for format neutral people, who have a Ps3 and Xbox HD Dvd add on, is Xbox HD DVD worth the price of admission, even without the support of highdef audio ?
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Old 08-25-2007, 06:58 PM
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Yes, u won't really need it. You really won't be able to tell the difference audio wise unless you are a huge buff lol

Im selling mine for 80 shipped ^_- I just bought a toshiba 1080p player
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Old 08-25-2007, 08:10 PM
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Yes, u won't really need it. You really won't be able to tell the difference audio wise unless you are a huge buff lol

Im selling mine for 80 shipped ^_- I just bought a toshiba 1080p player
Like what Ice2dragon said for example if you cant hear the difference between Dolby 5.1 and DTS on SD DVD (last gen IMHO ) then it wont matter to you.

There are people on this site who cant tell the difference with PCM and DD 5.1 much less even though they claim they have a high quality reciever for me the difference is so clear its annoying. Test you ears by playing the same scene on BD with lossless track and repeat with any compressed track and see if you notice the difference. For me lossless trumps everything else I would spend extra for the toshiba.
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Old 08-25-2007, 10:25 PM
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It's still a fantastic value, but the lower priced Toshiba HD DVD standalone players isn't a huge amount more if Dolby TrueHD/Dolby Digital Plus is that important to you.
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Old 08-25-2007, 11:29 PM
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I was happy with how the addon converted the TrueHD tracks to DTS after the spring update. It's not 100% to me vs native TrueHD but it's very close.
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Old 08-25-2007, 11:31 PM
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I don't own the add on but I agree with Headhunter... with standalones getting so close in price why not pay a little more and get lossless and also put less wear and tear on your 360.
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Old 08-26-2007, 02:11 AM
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I own the add-on, and it is worth it if you want a cheap way into HD-DVD.
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Old 08-26-2007, 09:24 AM
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Wait for either the 2nd gen price drops on Toshiba players or get one of the danky new 3rd gen ones (I can't remember the model # but it's $400 & gives you loseless audio & 24fps)

I currently have the HD add-on for my elite and while I haven't heard lossless audio yet the DTS 1.5Mbps sounds pretty darn good!!!!
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Old 08-27-2007, 11:06 AM
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If you have a 1080p24fps monitor, along with high quality audio receiver and speakers that will accept the greater frequency range of lossless audio, then it would be worth it to spend a little extra for one of the 3rd generation Toshiba players.

However, I can't tell any difference in terms of picture quality between a BD on my PS3 or an HD DVD on my XBox (I don't have the elite, so I use the VGA connection for a 1080p picture). Although I have a 1080p TV, it outputs only at 60Hz, so the 24Hz issue doesn't concern me. I also don't have an HDMI-equipped receiver, but I will say that even when listening to a downconverted Dolby TrueHD track from the XBox, the bitrate is much higher (1.5Mbps) than standard DD, and sounds a good deal better. Also, although the add-on doesn't decode DTS-HD (neither does the PS3), the core DTS track also plays at the full 1.5Mbps, again sounding better.
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Old 08-27-2007, 11:14 AM
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Dove into HD with the Add-on and as most people have already said, there is no difference between PQ on my ps3 and 360 elite running through HDMI. Just excellent PQ.
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