Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by KarlRobinson, Feb 2, 2003.
What is the best software dvd player?
WinDVD Plat, PowerDVD, TheaterTek or other?
TheaterTek 1.5 is reported to have the best Sonic MPEG2 decoder filters with a great front-end.
Picture quality comparisons I've done:
TheaterTek 1.5 > TheaterTek 1.2 > ATI Player > WinDVD 2.7 > WinDVD 3 > PowerDVD 3
Great set-top type on-screen graphics. Always runs full-screen and feels just like a domestic player rather than pc software when controlled by remote.
Movie start bookmarks are great for pre-setting the dts or other soundtrack and going straight in to the film.
1. Can judder a bit on some installations ocasionally, but ReClock seems to help this become pretty much unnoticeable.
2. Replacement software activation key required by email in about <10 hours if you change your cpu, hard disc, motherboard, etc.
3. No Dolby Pro-Logic2 decoding for older non-5.1 (2 channel) DVD's like PowerDVD 4 does (and I think the latest WinDVD 4+?). However this only is useable if you have a good quality 6 analog channel output soundcard. There are also reports that the imminent m-audio Revolution 6(7?)-channel card's on-board Circle Surround2 positional decoding is better than Pro-Logic2 so this is perhaps now a redundant DVD player feature.
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