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Upgrading to HD/Blu ray???

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by stanleyntl, Aug 9, 2005.

  1. stanleyntl

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    Many forum members are keenly waiting for HD type players, and seem keen to ditch their old DVD players as soon as HD arrives.
    But will these new players really replay your old discs as well as current DVD players???
    Consider the fact that very few DVD players (even universal ones) can play redbook CD very well - both drive and circuitry just isn't optimised for CD.

    Same is very likely to be true for DVD replay on HD devices. :thumbsdow
     
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    I think they really need to make sure they do, especially if they want them to have the take up that DVD had with Joe Public, otherwise I can see it going the way of Laser Disc.

    People just aren't going to want to replace their whole DVD collection so soon IMO.
     
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    This debate mirrors my current dilemma. I have had my heart set on the Sony rdr-hx1010 for some time and fully intended buying it on it supposed release next month but I am worried now about paying nearly £1000 for it when according to latest industry info Sony are now working on a universal optical head that will be able to read CD/DVD/HD-DVD as well as Blu-Ray !!
    Yes - I know Blu-Ray and HD-DVD are incompatible formats but that is what is being said !
    And if successful they incorporating these heads in DVD players/recorders as early as next year.
    Is my £1000 on the HX1010 a waste of money ?
     
  4. Drew2

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    I would hold off as Hitachi & Toshiba have joined forces and are in the throws of producing a universal green lazer HD player. The discs will have a 43Gb capacity - they are pushing for this to be the next industry standard citing the fact that there is already to many variants leading to confusion ie. DVD-R,DVD+R,DVD-RW.DVD-RAM to name a few!
    Blu-ray will be left on the shelf with Sony and Panasonic, bide your time as they're just around the corner. They have already demo'd the machines at CES 2005.
     
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    I wouldn't ditch mine, I'd keep a decent DVD player as well as having the HD player.

    The biggest risk to HD isn't making them compatible with DVD (desirable as that is), it's making them able to play the potentially multiple HD formats which may appear.

    Green laser, blue laser, 15Gb, 43Gb. Blu-ray. HD-DVD. Jeez. Just agree a format and stick to it!

    If nothing else this may delay HD for longer then we want. The lack of any detailed info about true HD players (pics - specs - correct me if I'm wrong btw!) doesn't bode well for a release in the next 6 months or so.

    ..PJ :)
     
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    Whilst several of the 'household name' manufactures are either working on developing a HD format or have thrown their weight behind either blu-ray or HD-DVD I havent heard any announcement from the slightly more 'specialist' companies like Denon or Acram etc. Have any of these companies officially put themselves in one camp or the other or are they all waiting to see how the talks end up?
     
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