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Old 12-13-2006, 02:33 PM
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Default Xbox 360 HD DVD Vs Stand Alone HD DVD players

Been reading through the forums for awhile and I guess im just kinda drowning in information. I wish I had more time to research but my Father wants to get an HD-DVD player for our HD Projector sometime before X-Mas (max output is 720p/1080i). I am trying to convince him to get the 360 HD-DVD player but he is skeptical of the quality. Any information or reviews that are out right now comparing the 360 HD-DVD to whats on the market? I mean price alone it seems like a great deal but my Dad wants more "proof". The lack of HDMI is also a turn off. Can you guys help me out?!
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Old 12-13-2006, 03:07 PM
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I don't think you can go wrong getting a 360 add-on. The video quality is excellent and any quirks it may have (and there are very few of them) will get fixed pretty quickly by firmware updates.
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Old 12-13-2006, 03:26 PM
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I don't think you can go wrong getting a 360 add-on. The video quality is excellent and any quirks it may have (and there are very few of them) will get fixed pretty quickly by firmware updates.
yea, im reading as many reviews as I can on the product and it seems like a really good deal. We have an HD projector (mentioned above) so its quite a bit far from the console. Dad already bought an HDMI cable.. I need to convince him that its really not necessary right now. Any arguments that I can use regarding HDMI vs Component?
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Old 12-13-2006, 03:42 PM
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yea, im reading as many reviews as I can on the product and it seems like a really good deal. We have an HD projector (mentioned above) so its quite a bit far from the console. Dad already bought an HDMI cable.. I need to convince him that its really not necessary right now. Any arguments that I can use regarding HDMI vs Component?
You only get a marginal improvement between HDMI and component at 1080i, and really depends on the projector as well, I suspect that the difference will be barely noticable. Of course, with the add-on, HDMI is not even an option since it can only support Component and VGA.
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Old 12-13-2006, 07:14 PM
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My $0.02

Don't a lot of places have a "30 day satisfaction" type guarantee? Pick one up and try it out. If he doesn't like it... take it back and use the credit to purchase the stand alone...
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Here's a DVDTown review which may shed some light!
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Old 12-18-2006, 02:03 PM
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Well, the new toshiba players coming out are based on the same drive specs as the 360, so the 360 is a great choice for HD DVD. I think like most though that the 360 would certainly benifit from HDMI. I have seen the 360 using componant video and the picture is suprisingly sharp and detailed and would still look incredible on many tv's and projectors.

Like somebody has already pointed out, a few updaes from xbox live and HDMI support; the 360 HD DVD Drive would be an absolute steel; at $199.
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Old 12-19-2006, 04:19 PM
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My $0.03, I just prushased the 360 add-on and the PQ of KK is amazing. Even though i have a LCD 37" HDTV 1366x 768p, it looks way better that the regular DVD version. It also looks a lot better that cable 720p/1080i programs. I'm in the market of getting a bigger HDTV (Sharp 52" LCD 1080p), will the picture look much better than my current tv, since the add-on only out-puts it in 1080i? I'm buying 7-10 HD DVD movies today any suggestions?
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Old 12-19-2006, 05:05 PM
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For $100 more you can find the A1 for $299 in some places, but if there is a 360 hooked-up already, might as well use the $100 for movies or games.
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WARNING! the 360 add-on will downconvert video to 1080i on HD-DVD and only display SD dvds in 480p rather than the 1080p for both if you don't use VGA, remember this, my tv accepts 1080p over component for games BUT NOT MOVIES! be careful make sure you VGA input.
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