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Old 12-29-2007, 05:46 PM
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Default Standalone HD player vs 360 HD player

IMO, with all the price drops and promos going on with the toshiba players, there is no reason to own a 360 HD drive anymore. To me, its overpriced now and has been for quite a few months. If it dropped $100, it would sell better IMO, but I think a lot more people are finally converting over to standalones since they are pretty much the same price, if not cheaper (when on sale).
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Old 12-29-2007, 06:15 PM
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I think the Addon is a great opportunity for XBOX360 users who haven't that much space in their rack. And if you use it on your PC there are more advanced options than you can get from todays standalones. 1080p/24p (which the lower players aren't aware of); DolbyTrueHD,DTS HD (Economy and Master Audio), DD+, PCM; Hardware upgradeability; VGA output and so on.

You just can get some things you can't get from the lower-end HD-DVD standalone player.
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Old 12-29-2007, 06:17 PM
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The only real reason I would get a stand alone is because the add-on doesn't have slow motion/step frame playback which really irritates me. And quite frankly, it irritates me to the level of spending $150 to get one.
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THe cheapest one I could find at bestbuy is for 200$ and thats because its on sale (150 off), cheapest one I can find at futureshop is for 250 (on sale, save 102) add off is 200 bucks...soo... umm ya.. wish I could find a good stand alot for the same cost as the add on that puts out 1080p in Canada.
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only reason i would want an addon again is because the bootup time was a lot quicker than my a20.
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If the add-on wasn't crippled audio wise by it's USB cable I think it'd be a great choice for a player as long as you can ignore the noise level of the 360.
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I actually just got an HD-XA2, mostly for the 1080P (not much discernable difference between 1080i and 1080P, at least on my TV, but it has great up-converter in it), the High Definition sounds (huge difference between the add-on and the HD-XA2) and how quiet it is (compared to the 360).

I'm selling the add-on, and I would like to get at least $120 for it if anyone is interested.
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Old 12-31-2007, 03:29 AM
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If the add-on wasn't crippled audio wise by it's USB cable I think it'd be a great choice for a player as long as you can ignore the noise level of the 360.
The audio problem is not caused by the USB cable. The hardware of the 360 even with HDMI is supposly not capable of outputing multichannel PCM which mean no Dolby Digital Plus or Dolby True HD.

MS where just dumb of releasing a newer revision that can't do multichannel PCM and they are dumb for still selling the drive for 200$ in Canada. The drive should be maximum 100$.

For 200$ you can get the Venturer standalone that is about the same thing as the HD-A3.
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Old 12-31-2007, 05:00 AM
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For 200$ you can get the Venturer standalone that is about the same thing as the HD-A3.
I heard that the Venturer is maybe like the HD-A3 but with a damn high bugrate.
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Old 12-31-2007, 05:05 PM
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I was about to get the Venturer from Walfart....good thing Bestbuy had the A3 for $199
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