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Old 05-08-2007, 02:12 PM
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Just wondered if anyone else has had a similar experience with both HD systems.

A few weeks ago I upgraded my home theater to a 40 inch SONY Bravia KDL-40V2500 with 1080p. Had some money leftover in the budget (wanted a 46" but too big for my apt in NYC) so I decided to buy a PS3 with extra money since it was readily available. I have had a Toshiba A1 HD DVD player since last October and have bought about 30 movies to date.

The PS3 seemed like a good idea since they have better studio support and honestly I got tired with the lack of good HD DVD titles in the first four months of this year. I have to say that the three discs I have skimmed through so far have looked great- Casino Royale, X Men 3 and Fantastic Four.

Here's the question for those of you that have both HD DVD and BD. For studios that support both, which version do you buy? My thought seems to be to go BD since it's 1080p (like my TV) and I want to keep the HD movies primarilly one format. I also don't see the point in the HD DVD version unless its a title that exclusive to that format and to keep the Toshiba player for the exclusives and for upscaling SD DVD's

As an aside since I want to buy more BD titles, I going to throw up about 10-15 HD DVD titles for sale in that part of the forum. They are mostly "B" level titles that I'm willing to sell for about $10.00 apiece. Alot of these are movies like Tomb Raider, Aeon Flux, Mummy Returns, Perfect Storm, etc. that I bought when there wasn't much available on HD DVD and wanted something to watch on the player.

Appreciate the advice.
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Old 05-08-2007, 02:17 PM
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You can offer the titles you want to sell on this part of the forum:

http://forums.highdefdigest.com/forumdisplay.php?f=14

They look like a good deal for $10 each. Too bad that the titles you just mentioned so far are not for me.
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Old 05-08-2007, 02:20 PM
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You really aren't going to get a good answer to this. As a Blu-ray supporter I'm obligated to recommend you buy Blu-ray, but at the end of the day, it is your money.

If you are happier with your Blu-ray player, or you think that one format has more of a chance of success in the long term, or even if a certain title has a few extra features in the format you want to view it in, then that is really the way to go. Something like the upcoming Blood Diamond - is IME worth the extra time? Is it more expensive on one format? Do you want it at 1080p?

Those are more questions that you have to answer on your own.
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Old 05-08-2007, 03:20 PM
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I think HD DVD and BD have 1080p.
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Old 05-08-2007, 03:27 PM
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Just wondered if anyone else has had a similar experience with both HD systems.

A few weeks ago I upgraded my home theater to a 40 inch SONY Bravia KDL-40V2500 with 1080p. Had some money leftover in the budget (wanted a 46" but too big for my apt in NYC) so I decided to buy a PS3 with extra money since it was readily available. I have had a Toshiba A1 HD DVD player since last October and have bought about 30 movies to date.

The PS3 seemed like a good idea since they have better studio support and honestly I got tired with the lack of good HD DVD titles in the first four months of this year. I have to say that the three discs I have skimmed through so far have looked great- Casino Royale, X Men 3 and Fantastic Four.

Here's the question for those of you that have both HD DVD and BD. For studios that support both, which version do you buy? My thought seems to be to go BD since it's 1080p (like my TV) and I want to keep the HD movies primarilly one format. I also don't see the point in the HD DVD version unless its a title that exclusive to that format and to keep the Toshiba player for the exclusives and for upscaling SD DVD's

As an aside since I want to buy more BD titles, I going to throw up about 10-15 HD DVD titles for sale in that part of the forum. They are mostly "B" level titles that I'm willing to sell for about $10.00 apiece. Alot of these are movies like Tomb Raider, Aeon Flux, Mummy Returns, Perfect Storm, etc. that I bought when there wasn't much available on HD DVD and wanted something to watch on the player.

Appreciate the advice.
People won't like my answer, but I always buy the BR version if the movie is on both formats for several reasons:
- I have had zero issues playing back movies on my Blu-Ray player and several issues recently with HD DVD titles
- I am still waiting for the audio fix from MS that has been promised since September. Even at 640kbps, the BR version sounds much better than the HD DVD version (DTS) at 1.5mps.
- Warner puts many HD DVD day and date releases on the dreaded combo format which I try to stay away from (costs more).
- I more certain that Blu-Ray will be around one year from now and less certain that HD DVD will be around one year from now.

That said, the HD DVD version typically has advanced features (I don't care about this, but others might), and usually has better audio support (Paramont and Warner). But Warner seems to be getting better, so perhaps they will start offering more lossless tracks on their movies. Hopefully Paramont will wake up and start offering lossless for both.
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Old 05-08-2007, 03:32 PM
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I think HD DVD and BD have 1080p.
It's his player (HD-A1) that limits it to 720p.

As for me I buy everything HD DVD first and then go with BD if it's exclusive to them. I am an HD DVD supporter and had to buy blu-ray because I'm obsessed with movies!! My set is only 720p/1080i so there is now issue with one format getting better res. I do think my A2 is superior to the PS3.
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Old 05-08-2007, 03:43 PM
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I can't afford a Blu Ray player yet but when I do get one I'll probably get most of the movies on Blu ray. I despise the combo discs and I generally don't really care for IME or the extra features on my HD DVDs. That said my favorite movies of all time are HD DVD exclusive so I don't think I would ever abandon HD DVD completely.
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Old 05-08-2007, 03:48 PM
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It's his player (HD-A1) that limits it to 720p.

As for me I buy everything HD DVD first and then go with BD if it's exclusive to them. I am an HD DVD supporter and had to buy blu-ray because I'm obsessed with movies!! My set is only 720p/1080i so there is now issue with one format getting better res. I do think my A2 is superior to the PS3.
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The HD-A1 up-converting HD DVD player delivers outstanding resolution, bright, vivid colors, and stunning sound using the next-generation high-definition DVD technology. The HD-A1 connects via HDMI to provide 720p/1080i resolution in the native format of HD DVD disc content. Enjoy backward-compatibility and play your collection of standard DVDs on the HD-A1. In addition, the standard-definition DVD picture resolution can be up-converted via the HDMI interface to near-HD quality, with output resolution of 720p or 1080i to match your HDTV's performance. Because the conversion takes place in the player, the signal remains free from excessive digital-to-analog conversion artifacts. Built-in multi-channel decoders for Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD (2ch), DTS, and DTS-HD bring improved fidelity and sonic realism to DVD soundtracks. The HD-A1 employs four 32-bit floating-point DSPs to decode multi-channel streams in a wide array of audio formats. These DSP's are world renowned for their high accuracy and are used in many high-quality audio solutions in the home theater market.

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Old 05-08-2007, 04:04 PM
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The HD-A1 connects via HDMI to provide 720p/1080i resolution in the native format of HD DVD disc content.
Sorry... 720p/1080i, it doesn't do the full 1080p is what his BD player does.
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I usually buy the HD DVD if a movie releases on both formats. Blu-ray is only for exclusive movies. I have two HD DVD players and one Blu-ray player, and I love combo discs.
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