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03-04-09 10:05 AM
dh2005
Re: xbox 360

Okay. In which event the above stands... other than the bit about needing to keep the 360 working!

I think people who are interested in home theatre should start looking into HDD-based media players. I bought my Popcorn Hour on a hunch that it might be quite interesting, and now, I think it's the best piece of consumer electronics I've ever bought. Sure, the firmware still needs some work, but updates are being released every six weeks or so... and it plays so, so, so many codecs and containers. And all in a single, tiny, low-power-consumption box.


EDIT: I've not used one myself, but I'm told that the Western Digital TV HD is good, too.
03-04-09 08:53 AM
Strype
Re: xbox 360

nope... they had standalone players they basically couldn't give away at the BB near me.... about 10 of them stacked on the shelf. Not many people are buying players for a DVD format that isn't even made anymore ... so there they sit, waiting for the guy who wants to upgrade from his Betamax.
03-04-09 02:44 AM
dh2005
Re: xbox 360

I assume you mean a couple of HD-DVD drives...?

... yeah, that's another solution. Although then the OP's still dependent on his Xbox 360. If that goes kaputt...? And if you're gonna spend $150 on two spare HD-DVD drives, why not spend that on a media player and gain the wider functionality?

Personally, what I love about the Popcorn Hour machines (I have an A-110...), is that they provide a means of playing back movies and TV shows without having to use video discs. Even though I treat my DVDs like they're made out of unicorn-horn (I'm seriously fussy about it...), after a few years of steady use, some of them have started to fail and have had to be replaced. And sure, replacing three or four discs doesn't cost all that much, but replacing 20 or 30 really starts to rack-up - particularly if these discs form part of TV boxsets that need to be replaced en masse. But since getting the A-110 in August, I've ripped nearly all of my discs to hard drives and put my discs into storage, and now I don't need to touch them anymore.

It's not a solution for everyone, but it certainly has been for me. And I encourage other users to look into it.
03-04-09 12:34 AM
Strype
Re: xbox 360

or you could go to the clearance isle at BB and pick up a couple for about $75 bucks each, last time I saw.
03-03-09 06:20 AM
dh2005
Re: xbox 360

Hmm...

... have you considered getting a HDD-based media player, like the Popcorn Hour A-110? If the 360's HD-DVD drive can be connected to a PC, you could rip the movies to a hard drive. That way, your HD-DVDs can live forever - you're gonna struggle to replace that HD-DVD drive in a year or two, I think.

If you have a lot of HD-DVD movies that'll cost money to re-buy on Blu-ray, it might be worth considering.
03-03-09 04:57 AM
the_rookie
Re: xbox 360

Well I have a question...How will I play my HD-DVD movies? I have a AVR capable of handling the HD Dolby Digital, and DTS HD. But it wont send it over Optical will it?

If it wont, than the case becomes I dont have full HD surround. And than getting a newer 360 might be needed.
02-27-09 07:43 PM
Strype my point was more that most games and there by designers aren't programming games for resolutions over 720p .... there are very few games on any consol that are actually 1080i let alone 1080p.
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02-27-09 07:30 PM
Hakka
Re: xbox 360

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yeah... buy the time most of the games are created to take full advantage, graphically, of the definition increase gained .... it will be about time for you to replace your xbox 360 anyways.
There's no definition increase. Its 1080p on the disc, its transmitted as 1080i with the flags that tell the display exactly how to reconstruct the 1080p signal.

Its not the same thing as comparing 1080i on the disc with 1080p on the disc.

This link explains it better than I can:

http://blog.hometheatermag.com/geoff...061080iv1080p/

The 360 can do 1080p over component but most displays will not accept above 1080i on component.

If you do see a difference between HDMI 1080p and comp 1080i on your system it is because your display handles one better than the other.

Hakka.
02-27-09 03:26 PM
dh2005
Re: xbox 360

The way I remember it is that a 1080p update was released after the HDMI-enabled 360s came out, because HDMI can carry 1080p. But I seem to remember that component was 'handicapped' to 1080i for some really lame anti-piracy reason that I didn't completely understand.

I could be wrong, or that could just be old news. But it certainly used to be true that you couldn't get 1080i out via component.
02-27-09 02:27 PM
ngsm13
Re: xbox 360

I'm positive it's capable, I remember the update for it, and it's an option on my resolutions.

But, IIRC do all TV's accept 1080p via component?

nG
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