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Old 12-05-2007, 10:10 AM
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Default What is so bad about the 360 HD-DVD drive?

I saw that it just dropped to $129...and I am very tempted to pick one up. However, I have heard some bad things about it..cant quite remember what? I have a 1080p tv, with an Onkyo 7.1 system with HDMI input...will it take advantage of everything?
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Old 12-05-2007, 10:33 AM
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You can't really say there is anything bad about the HD-DVD addon for the 360. It's an extremely cost efficient way of getting into the game. It has a few shortcomings, which is probably a reason why people steer clear of it, this was especially the case when Toshiba's players went on sale lower than the addon.

Here's the things you have to keep in mind about the addon:

- It's just a reader, the 360 itself is what is doing all the processing for playback of HD-DVDs
- Unless you have a 1080p connection from your XBOX 360 -> TV via HDMI or VGA it will be limited to 1080i

The biggest shortcoming of course is the lack of high resolution audio support. At the present time, the 360 downsamples all high resolution audio to DD 5.1 or DTS 5.1 for output. From what I've read, there is next to no chance of the current generation of 360 hardware to support passing of uncompressed audio to a receiver via HDMI, which means your receiver can't take advantage of anything.

Hope this clears things up a bit for you.
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Old 12-05-2007, 11:18 AM
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Well how many HD-DVD titles have uncompressed audio?
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Old 12-05-2007, 11:32 AM
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I had the add-on and switched to an A2. The problem for me was not the add-on itself, it was the noise produced by the Xbox360. It was bothering me while watching movies.
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quite a few HD Titles are in the TrueHD. At least the ones I own. I swapped for the A-35 this week.
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Old 12-05-2007, 08:12 PM
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i love my 360 add on, you won't be disappointed
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Old 12-05-2007, 10:59 PM
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Well how many HD-DVD titles have uncompressed audio?
That's the thing, at the present time no HD-DVDs have uncompressed PCM audio. However, there are quite a bit of HD-DVDs that have lossless Dolby TrueHD which is what I was referring to. If you don't think you will see any benefit from having high res audio support, then there's nothing wrong with the add-on.
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Old 12-05-2007, 11:02 PM
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I agree. I was very pleased w/ my add-on. I just was due for a audio upgrade so i decided to go w/ the lossless equipment.
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Old 12-05-2007, 11:29 PM
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I would go for a stand alone. Your receiver is already set up to receive lossless so you may as well take advantage instead of wondering what your missing. There are plenty of deals around where you can get a new player w/ about 10 free movies for 200.
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Old 12-06-2007, 01:03 AM
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I also recommand a stand alone. Specialy when one of my friend attempt to show me Matrix Reloaded and the Dashboard kept displaying the message "The HD DVD player cannot read the disc".

And in the US you guys are luck the HD-A3 is available at a cheap price. In Canada it's still 300$ CAN (300$ US) while the add-on is 200$ CAN (200$ US). I was quite lucky to get Transformers and the HD-A2 for 200$.
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