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#149383 - 11/11/06 02:05 AM Re: HD-DVD up and running [Re: HomeDad]
St_PatGuy Offline
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Registered: 03/07/05
Posts: 7395
Loc: Glendale, Arizona
Thanks for sharing your impressions, Michael. Buying this add-on for the 360 may be the most cost effective way for me to get into HD DVD. I'm sure the cost of stand alone players will come down, but that's a ways down the road and I'm itchin' to try this new fangled technology!
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#149384 - 11/11/06 02:10 AM Re: HD-DVD up and running [Re: HomeDad]
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Registered: 01/29/06
Posts: 150
Loc: maryland
Glad to see you joined the club, KK I have not seen yet but so far seems to be up at the top for video from what im hearing at AVS forum. V for V and F&F TD is good and Batman Begins rock on video and sound. To bad the 360 addon does not let you have Dolby TrueHD sound. I think a stand alone player is in your near future.
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#149385 - 11/11/06 11:25 AM Re: HD-DVD [Re: HomeDad]
snakeyes Offline
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Registered: 07/13/04
Posts: 828
Loc: Newburgh, NY
What size is our TV? is it native 720? i think its cool you saw a noticable difference against what is thought to be a reference player for upscaling. i wonder how the pq of the xbox add on compares to the Toshiba stand alone players.
Jake
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#149386 - 11/11/06 11:35 AM Re: HD-DVD up and running [Re: HomeDad]
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Registered: 09/27/04
Posts: 10829
Loc: Central NH
Thanks for the info, Michael.

I have to sheepishly admit that since I was never a "gamer", I didn't realize an HD-DVD option was available for the X-Box 360 I bought last week until the kid at Best Buy mentioned it in passing as I was carrying the unit to the register. I could've sworn he said it was coming out in a month or so, though.

I'll have to Google for some info on it!
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#149387 - 11/11/06 12:23 PM Re: HD-DVD [Re: snakeyes]
jimmienorton Offline
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Registered: 01/29/06
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PQ is most likley the same, sound is a different story.


Edited by jimmienorton (11/11/06 12:24 PM)
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#149388 - 11/11/06 12:38 PM Re: HD-DVD up and running [Re: MarkSJohnson]
HomeDad Offline
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Registered: 12/29/05
Posts: 3301
Loc: Central,California
Here is the first online review of the Xbox 360 HD DVD that I have found on the net. The Man Room It pretty much echoes my thoughts with a little more detail.
I think John hit the head on the nail correctly, upscaling while possibly improving the pq to some extent does not improve the resolution. As Jake also mentioned I was using a near reference DVD player for my comparison. Prior to owning the HD DVD I had browsed in stores at their HD DVD's playing on the displays and thought they looked great, but I didn't feel they had that much of a pq improvement over my memory of my reguar DVD's at home, it was when I got them side by side at home that I could see the remarkable difference.

I'm very pleased with this addition to my home theatre, and as Sean pointed out, what a great and cost effective way to jump into another new technology.
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#149389 - 11/11/06 07:50 PM Re: HD-DVD up and running [Re: HomeDad]
michael_d Offline
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Registered: 07/23/04
Posts: 3875
Loc: Up yonder
I’ve really got to quit visiting this board.

I couldn’t stand all this praise and just ordered a HD-AX1 from One Call. $500 for an open box unit. It’ll probably be all scratched to hell and plagued with problems…….
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#149390 - 11/11/06 08:26 PM Re: HD-DVD up and running [Re: michael_d]
HomeDad Offline
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Registered: 12/29/05
Posts: 3301
Loc: Central,California
Lol, let us know when you got it up and running, start with a great HD DVD like King Kong, Batman Begins or one of the other suggestions some of the members have brought up, I don't think you will be dissapointed.
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#149391 - 11/12/06 01:00 AM Re: HD-DVD up and running [Re: HomeDad]
CV Offline
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Registered: 07/20/06
Posts: 11136
Loc: Richland, WA, USA
I'm hopeless. I have both the HD-A1 and now the Xbox 360 HD DVD player. I figured I should get it while it's bundled with King Kong and the remote, and I'll use it in my computer room with my smaller HDTV once I get a second Xbox 360 (after they release the updated version with the smaller, cooler processor, and wouldn't it be nice if they threw in HDMI, too?).

I really need to finish getting my Axioms, but I keep getting sidetracked. Gears of War and Call of Duty 3 just came out, so I had to buy those, and the Nintendo Wii comes out in a week, so I'll have to get that and the new Zelda. After that, though, seriously, I'll save for the QS8s and EP500.

C.V.

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#149392 - 11/12/06 08:27 AM Re: HD-DVD up and running [Re: CV]
Jacksmyname Offline
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Registered: 10/24/06
Posts: 8
Hi all. I don't own an HD player yet, but should have the new A2 in a week or two (pre-ordered).
So far I have about two dozen HD titles, with a few more on pre-order. When I get it, I'll post my impressions (I have a few titles on both HD and SD to compare).
By all accounts I've read, the HD's are, for the most part, amazing. I have Robin Hood and The Searchers here which are supposed to be outstanding on HD.
Keep ya posted.
Jack

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