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    blu ray hype?

    so I was in Walmart and they have a whole bunch of Blu Ray players 50 - 75% off. I am somewhat ignorant to this technology, is it that much better than DVDs? I primarily watch netflix, so I don't know if I would get much use anyway.



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    Re: blu ray hype?

    Quote Originally Posted by twistedredbird View Post
    so I was in Walmart and they have a whole bunch of Blu Ray players 50 - 75% off. I am somewhat ignorant to this technology, is it that much better than DVDs? I primarily watch netflix, so I don't know if I would get much use anyway.
    yes it is. The picture quality is much better.


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    Re: blu ray hype?

    Quote Originally Posted by twistedredbird View Post
    so I was in Walmart and they have a whole bunch of Blu Ray players 50 - 75% off. I am somewhat ignorant to this technology, is it that much better than DVDs? I primarily watch netflix, so I don't know if I would get much use anyway.
    It's leagues better and it enhances regular DVDs



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    Re: blu ray hype?

    We're close to getting one. The selection is growing by leaps and bounds, and the prices are getting better too. Probably go with the PS3.



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    Re: blu ray hype?

    It is way better than DVD, and you can get them through netflix for an extra couple bucks a month. I'm not rebuying DVD's I have or anything, but any new movies I buy are definitely blu-ray's



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    Re: blu ray hype?

    Quote Originally Posted by twistedredbird View Post
    so I was in Walmart and they have a whole bunch of Blu Ray players 50 - 75% off. I am somewhat ignorant to this technology, is it that much better than DVDs? I primarily watch netflix, so I don't know if I would get much use anyway.
    Do you have an high definition television, if so I'd say a purchase is worthwhile for most people.



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    Re: blu ray hype?

    I really like the $100 blue ray I got from Walmart. It doesn't have the internet features, but that looks pretty worthless to me anyway.



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    Re: blu ray hype?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonepride View Post
    We're close to getting one. The selection is growing by leaps and bounds, and the prices are getting better too. Probably go with the PS3.
    it really is, and the PS3 would be an excellent choice, i have one, it does everything



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    Re: blu ray hype?

    I think the difference it makes depends alot on the size of TV you have, and the resolution. The smaller the TV, and with a 720P resolution, Blu-ray does not help as much.

    With my 37" 720P LCD, a standard up-converted DVD looks pretty good on it. On my 50" 1080P plasma, there is a huge difference between DVD and Blu-ray, and I don't like DVD picture quality on it.



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    Re: blu ray hype?

    If you have a big screen HDTV, then yes, it is better. If you have a 26" tube TV sitting on a microwave stand, stick to DVD or VCR.


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    Re: blu ray hype?

    It is much, much better than DVD technically, IF you have the equipment to support it.

    When prices come down to DVD levels, it'll be a no-brainer. I wouldn't say it's worth it to replace your whole old DVD collection with Blu Ray, but it's certainly worth it if you watch a lot of movies.

    I have little use for it since I really don't watch that many movies, and for the movies I tend to enjoy, the content is more important than the way it's presented.

    It really doesn't have the big benefits that DVD had over VHS, though, namely a simpler, smaller format, and things like not having to rewind tapes, DVDs generally not wearing out over time etc. Blu Ray is largely the same physical format (for all intents and purposes for the consumer), just better quality. Consider it "DVD version 1.5".

    It's likely going to be the last physical format you're ever going to see for content, though, so when the price gets low enough, I wouldn't be gunshy about buying it, nor would I be concerned about investing in a legacy format, as there isn't any equipment coming down the pipe that will need/require higher quality output.


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    Re: blu ray hype?

    I haven't been very impressed with the quality of the Blu Ray on my 42-inch plasma. I don't think it looks much better than standard DVD.



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    Re: blu ray hype?

    Quote Originally Posted by MBulldog View Post
    I haven't been very impressed with the quality of the Blu Ray on my 42-inch plasma. I don't think it looks much better than standard DVD.
    Really? I have a 46" and a 52" and it's like night and day between Blu Ray and DVD. Do you have it hooked up using HDMI cables?

    Also Blu Ray isn't just about the picture. It's also about the sound. Most Blu Rays support Dolby TrueHD and Master DTS Audio which are the cutting edge of sound decoding right now. I'm pretty sure DVDs don't support those formats.


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    Re: blu ray hype?

    Quote Originally Posted by HawkfromNorwalk View Post
    Really? I have a 46" and a 52" and it's like night and day between Blu Ray and DVD. Do you have it hooked up using HDMI cables?

    Also Blu Ray isn't just about the picture. It's also about the sound. Most Blu Rays support Dolby TrueHD and Master DTS Audio which are the cutting edge of sound decoding right now. I'm pretty sure DVDs don't support those formats.
    Yup, HDMI connection. Of course I'm watching standard DVDs on the Blu Ray player, so part of the reason the DVDs look good is upconversion. I just don't think the Blu Ray discs look much better than the DVDs. Also, I don't have it hooked up to a surround system, just the TV.



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    Re: blu ray hype?

    Quote Originally Posted by MBulldog View Post
    Yup, HDMI connection. Of course I'm watching standard DVDs on the Blu Ray player, so part of the reason the DVDs look good is upconversion. I just don't think the Blu Ray discs look much better than the DVDs. Also, I don't have it hooked up to a surround system, just the TV.
    Interesting. The only other thing I can think of is the Blu Rays you were watching. I know that the studios let some ****pickles slide through the process thus creating low quality Blu Rays so maybe you just haven't seen some of the good ones. I would recommend watching the Pirates of the Caribbean movies as their quality is top notch. Also the Dark Knight, the Departed, and the Watchman looked phenomenal.


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