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Old 01-04-06, 12:44 PM
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TOSHIBA's HDDVD player for preorder at Crutchfield

Wow and its not that Expensive


Looks cool ... but how can Blu Ray beat that price
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Old 01-04-06, 12:48 PM
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Sweet, but I'm waiting for the Blu-Ray one, as I think that's the format that will be standing in the end. The price is definitely not prohibitive though.
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I'm surprised they didn't add DVD-A to it.
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Looks cool ... but how can Blu Ray beat that price
Put Blu-Ray in PS3 and sell it for $400.
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Old 01-04-06, 01:36 PM
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That's about $300 less than what I thought it would be. That is a big unit. Let's hope it doesn't strike out.
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Old 01-04-06, 02:07 PM
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Are all HD-DVD players going to be HDMI-only? That would be a problem for me.
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Old 01-04-06, 03:45 PM
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Since it looks like a format war, I'm waiting till someone releases an HD-DVD/Blue-Ray player. Samsung said they'd make one. Hopefully sooner then later.
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Old 01-04-06, 04:05 PM
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I hope it is better quality than Toshiba's upconverting DVD players.
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Old 01-04-06, 04:16 PM
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I'll never buy a first generation machine. Dont want to pay all that money to be a Beta Tester
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Old 01-04-06, 06:09 PM
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Are all HD-DVD players going to be HDMI-only? That would be a problem for me.
All HD-DVD and all Blu-Ray, yes. It's a done deal. Analog HD via component is dead.
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Originally Posted by joshd2012
Put Blu-Ray in PS3 and sell it for $400.
And then add in the cost of having to buy a remote for the PS3 unt to make a truly functional unit where you can sit on your couch and control it.
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Man, they should have tried a little harder to make it look like a betamax player from 1982.
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man Pioneer just announced their Blu Ray player for $1800

Samsung also announced their blu ray disc player..... for $1000


ouch...
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Old 01-04-06, 08:28 PM
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Cheaper than my first and second generation DVD players.
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Old 01-04-06, 09:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Josh Z
All HD-DVD and all Blu-Ray, yes. It's a done deal. Analog HD via component is dead.
DVI isn't analog is it?
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Originally Posted by chemosh6969
DVI isn't analog is it?
Digital Video Interface
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Old 01-05-06, 07:22 AM
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but one has to imagine how much the PS3 will cost..... because if they lower the price of the ps3 and samsung and pioneer dont lower theirs, there could be a conflict of companys

Whatever is the cheapest will be my choice
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That's how much my current DVD player cost back in the summer of '99! I'm feeling nostalgic.




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Old 01-05-06, 08:13 AM
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Must resist urge to blow my savings on something that is really cool, but I dont need and should wait for the dust to settle....
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Old 01-05-06, 09:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Josh Z
All HD-DVD and all Blu-Ray, yes. It's a done deal. Analog HD via component is dead.
If you mean that all HDTV's that will be made will only have HDMI, that is probably true.

But...the 30 million HDTV owners now with component inputs only, we're the ones that hopefully will not get screwed.

What companies out there have or will put out a connection between the HDMI cable and my component input? Do you think that they'll charge an arm and a leg for it, especially since we "HAVE TO HAVE IT!!!"

Do you really think the industry would ignore and want to isolate that many customers???
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Old 01-05-06, 09:42 AM
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A few weeks ago I researched a design for an HDMI to component transcoder. All the necessary components are commercially available. Total parts cost is around $70 so I expect a retail solution could cost <$200.

I seriously doubt that any of the major electronics manufacturers will sell such a box. They would much rather sell you a new TV. A Chinese or Korean off-brand might sell one under the radar (like a Sima Copymaster type device).
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My tv only has DVI. Guess I'm screwed

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Old 01-05-06, 10:05 AM
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Originally Posted by chemosh6969
My tv only has DVI. Guess I'm screwed

You can get an HDMI -> DVI converter (HDMI is basically DVI video + digial audio).
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I'm hoping for that connection and I'm sure some small company will put one out. We know that Toshiba has a backward compatible HD player for our DVD collections.

I don't mind buying another player, I just hope that the player will be compatible with my A/V receiver. That's another big buck item!

Crap, I just couldn't afford to go out and buy everything all over again. If you had to buy all over again, who would buy all your old stuff??? Try throwing out a 65" Mit RPTV???
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