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I have a laptop that can play blu-ray but right now I'm in the market for a budget home theater system I can hook up my consoles, cable and desktop PC to. It turns out something wierd is going on with my DVD drive on my desktop; it doesn't appear in windows and I was thinking about getting a second drive that could also play blu-ray.

As it happens, newegg has a 15% off deal for all internal blu ray players only today and i have been eyeing a couple.

My question is, are these comparable to stand alone Blu players , can they do DTS Tru-HD with the right software as well as 3D and 24p?
post #2 of 19
that is more a function of your Graphics and Sound Card not really your drive itself.
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Yeah they can do all of that. The only pain in the butt with PC Blu Ray players is finding software to play the movies. The programs can be pretty expensive, and most of the time you get the software with the player, but its usually a free trial.

I use PowerDVD 10, it supports Blu Ray playback with menus, has all the bells and whistles like 3D, etc.
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There only 3 Sound cards that do Full Blu ray audio over analog, Asus Xonar HDAV 1.3/Deluxe , HDAV1.3 Slim and Auzentech HD X-FI. Other wise your gonna either have to deal with the blu way downsample in analog or use your Video Card HDMI to a Receiver that support Blu ray analog decoding and use your video card audio HDMI for blu rays.

But yes you can use your existing sound card, you just will not have full blu ray audio.

I had my Blu ray/HD-DVD combo DVD-RW drive for almost 2 and a half years, and it works great but of course newer blu ray drives are faster. It didnt give me any issues and i never had a blu ray movie that didnt play. But I use Total Media theater only because it supports HD-DVDs besides blu rays as I tend to get them of ebay check
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I'm not worried about the software...
Well thanks guys lol, I guess I will be getting this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827151248

how are samsung drives?
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yeah, BluRay is being kind of tight with their licencing so it is unlikely we will see a BluRay version of VLC or WMP for a long time. I hoping MS can con them into letting Windows 8 play BluRays or something though.

As far the drive go...they are all the same really. Just buy what ever is on sale. They each take a turn

I wouldn't mess around with a bluray burner...they are spendy and the disks them selves are really expensive. I just get bluray readers
Edited by Vagrant Storm - 11/3/11 at 2:46pm
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There only 3 Sound cards that do Full Blu ray audio over analog, Asus Xonar HDAV 1.3/Deluxe , HDAV1.3 Slim and Auzentech HD X-FI. Other wise your gonna either have to deal with the blu way downsample in analog or use your Video Card HDMI to a Receiver that support Blu ray analog decoding and use your video card audio HDMI for blu rays.

But yes you can use your existing sound card, you just will not have full blu ray audio.

I had my Blu ray/HD-DVD combo DVD-RW drive for almost 2 and a half years, and it works great but of course newer blu ray drives are faster. It didnt give me any issues and i never had a blu ray movie that didnt play. But I use Total Media theater only because it supports HD-DVDs besides blu rays as I tend to get them of ebay check
wait why would it be analog decoding. THe Ti-HD has a coaxial digital out and my HD 4850 has HDMI out. Why would it not be able to do 7.1 full HD.

right now i am getting a 5.1 system (reciever is the Onkyo HT-RC370) but i plan on adding two more speakers in the future for 7.1
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I'm not worried about the software...
Well thanks guys lol, I guess I will be getting this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827151248

how are samsung drives?
I have a Samsung Blu-Ray drive. It works flawlessly, never had a single issue.
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Not Recognizing DVD Drive

Try this before you spend money on a PC Blu-Ray drive.
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I have a friend that went the PC blu-ray drive route and he said it was "quite a learning experience". It was the software issue that took up the time.
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