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I just can't justify spending $50 on a BD player that at least supports 3D play back when I can just rip digital copies using my room mates laptop BD reader.

Hard to argue with that stance. As usual, everyone's situation is different....
    
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I just can't justify spending $50 on a BD player that at least supports 3D play back when I can just rip digital copies using my room mates laptop BD reader.

Hard to argue with that stance. As usual, everyone's situation is different....

Yep, And I'm still not sold on 1080p yet anyway, can't tell much of a difference on a 50" screen that's 8 feet away.
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I just can't justify spending $50 on a BD player that at least supports 3D play back when I can just rip digital copies using my room mates laptop BD reader.

It's just sad that you can buy a stand alone player for cheaper than adding blu-ray support to an HTPC (by the time you buy the drive and the software). And the stand alone player is going to be updated for life for free. The makers of the software Blu Ray players like Power DVD etc, drop support for their products every couple of years, forcing you to shell out another $100 on their "latest version" that has a bunch of crap you could care less about like "facebook integration" etc etc. Right now, having Blu-Ray support in your HTPC is more like a subscription service vs a stand alone player which is more of a buy it once and use it forever (or until it breaks anyway).
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Yep, And I'm still not sold on 1080p yet anyway, can't tell much of a difference on a 50" screen that's 8 feet away.

That's the only part I disagree with...

1) I can tell the picture difference on a 32inch 720p TV. It's basic image quality - after the movie gets so long they have to reduce quality to fit on a 8.7GB disc. You can get by on basic scenes but when you pay attention to how deep the blacks are or fuzziness on a complex scene it becomes noticeable. It's not an extreme difference in every film but it's definitely a difference. I pop the same DVD in the 50inch Samsung and you really lose some crispness.

2) People focus so much on 1080p they forget about the sound. Blu-Ray offers uncompressed audio. If you have a decent system the difference is night and day.
    
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Yep, And I'm still not sold on 1080p yet anyway, can't tell much of a difference on a 50" screen that's 8 feet away.

That's the only part I disagree with...

1) I can tell the picture difference on a 32inch 720p TV. It's basic image quality - after the movie gets so long they have to reduce quality to fit on a 8.7GB disc. You can get by on basic scenes but when you pay attention to how deep the blacks are or fuzziness on a complex scene it becomes noticeable. It's not an extreme difference in every film but it's definitely a difference. I pop the same DVD in the 50inch Samsung and you really lose some crispness.

2) People focus so much on 1080p they forget about the sound. Blu-Ray offers uncompressed audio. If you have a decent system the difference is night and day.

Sorry for the mis-understanding, my bad.


1) I meant to say that I can't tell the difference between 720p and 1080p and that's why I'm not sold on 1080p yet. I rip all my BD's on my friends laptop and convert them to ~10-15 GB 720p mkv's with full audio in tact. Then I'll normally make a 4.7 GB rip from that on a DVD to add to my physical collection for when I go on road trips.

I can definitely tell the difference between DVD and BD.



2) I can't stand poor audio on movies. I would rather 480p with full 5.1 Surround then 1080p with only stereo.
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I think that would require the firmware of each blu ray player to be similar, but they're not. The usb method works because you get the firmware from the manufacturer. I dont think you can update using a movie disc.

Sony discs have PS3 firmware updates on them. Although, I'm not aware of any standalone player firmware included on movies.

Older players without ethernet or USB, like my Panasonic BD player from 2007 or so, can have firmware updated via a CD-ROM. You would download the update and put it on a burned disc.
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