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Topic # 23984 12-Jul-2008 13:47
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I am comtemplating whether to invest in a Blu-ray Rom for my HTPC -probably the LG model as it writes to DVD as well.

But can those using HD (either BD or HDDVD) on non-1080p TVs or monitors comment: is the difference that noticeable? I have a recently purchased Samsung 32" R8 LCDTV & an SVGA Infocus X1 projector (which I use Zoomplayer to upscale the image to 720p/1080i depending). I probably will eventually get a 1080p projector, but not for some time.
 
Admittedly, watching genuine 720p trailers on the X1 is en excellent step up in resolution. But what about going down from 1080p to 1080i? Is it worht the cost of the drive? Thanks.




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  Reply # 147143 12-Jul-2008 15:04
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I'm using 720p Blu-ray and other hd on my rig at the moment, hd is a noticiable step up from the SD content on the same display.

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  Reply # 147649 14-Jul-2008 08:54
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1gkar: Admittedly, watching genuine 720p trailers on the X1 is en excellent step up in resolution. But what about going down from 1080p to 1080i? Is it worht the cost of the drive? Thanks.


Well as you say 720p is better then SD but personally I am waiting for the drives to come down some more before I jump. When they get to the $150-$200 range is where I think I will leap. Although even then the problem is that you have to get software as well and that is at least as much as the drive on top if you want to integrate with Media Centre.








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  Reply # 147694 14-Jul-2008 11:18
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When they get to the $150-$200 range is where I think I will leap.


Mine cost $260 and is fantastic - http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=364117

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