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Is this a bad/wrong time to be upgrading from DVD to Blu-ray?

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My main home theater is still in the DVD ages and I was wondering if this is a bad time to replace my SD plasma for an HDTV and also get a Blu-ray player. Isn't all the 4K stuff around the corner or will it take time for everything to get settled-in? Is this a bad time to be investing in 1080p Blu-ray?
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4K is pretty much available. We'll see more and more support very soon. I'd hold off the upgrade if your interested in 4K. As for me, I really could not are any less even if I tried about 4K. 1080p displays, both single and eyefinity always has been and will be enough for me.
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Blu-ray will be the standard format for 4K content as well. I think if you buy a Blu-ray player now your purchase will last you a while. smile.gif
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post #4 of 7
I would probably wait another year and see if 4K has come down enough in price.
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Why wait to upgrade the display to HD ?

Also, why buy any hard media playback ?

Unless you want the ABSOLUTE best playback quality, why not just go to digital copies/Netflix/etc ?

You could buy a pretty good 1080p display at perhaps a lower price point NOW because of the imminent arrival of 4K, then wait out the initial growing pains of 4K and get into it at a later date, after any bugs have been discovered and worked around, and after the displays have come down from their initially "early adopter" inflated prices...
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You do have to research purchases, but late model refurbished BluRay players are readily available often at low cost. You can sample the medium, decide on features, and not have to buy software. Worst inconvenience may be a sound switch.
Unfortunately you do have to filter the older and glitched (in some functions) players from the most desirable. Be sure it includes remote, too.
Last purchase is a nice Panasonic $45 shipped.
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Originally Posted by gn22 View Post

Why wait to upgrade the display to HD ?

Also, why buy any hard media playback ?

Unless you want the ABSOLUTE best playback quality, why not just go to digital copies/Netflix/etc ?
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well this is where the path splits for consumers. When you talk about 4k surely we are beyond the point of something being merely FullHD to replace the god awful SD DVD?

1080p Blueray on a good screen is usually more than good enough for 90% of the population.. but 1080p streaming generally looks about as good as 640p-720p on a 1080p TV. 4K streaming on the other hand is probably going to look the same as 1080p blueray and 4k blueray is going to look amazing.

until:

bandwidth caps lift
bandwidth delivery stabilizes ( e.g throttling doesn't kick in after your first 1GB of streaming for a few mins 15mins into the movie)
bandwidth increases
providers offer not only 4k, but the new codecs and at a decent rate to avoid compression artifacts on the big screen (given that recommended 4k screen size is over 60")

Then hard media is an easy and fuss free way to watch a movie without worrying about it dropping as you watch.


FYI

My experience on a 80Mbps connection on fresh fiber+copper on a relatively uncontested network with amazon prime was half way through the movie it dropped from HD to 3mbps SD due to network ISP throttling and it ruined the movie. Furthermore Streaming audio is compressed 16bit 44khz 2.0 channel sound.
Edited by Pip Boy - 4/20/14 at 2:29am
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