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post #11 of 20
A HTPC upconverts decently (but why would you want to watch anything that isn't out in HD???).
To make a HTPC display as good as a CE blu-ray player can take some time, money and tweaking ($$ for software you must buy). If you disagree I say you are blind or don't care. The ONLY way you should buy a blu-ray drive is if you plan on having a dedicated HTPC and ripping all your blu-rays to your drives.
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post #12 of 20
Yes as both use different processing algorithms. I'd go HTPC setup properly > blu-ray player. MadVR + Reclock > All.
post #13 of 20
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When I watch a DVD on my PC connected to my monitor with DVI, it doesn't look the same as when I watch one on my DVD player connected to my TV via component, but they are different screens and connection methods so perhaps they shouldn't be compared.
I think what I completely failed to mention here is that the DVD player makes the films looks nicer.

Basically, my DVD player/TV manages to make SD sources look pretty much like HD ones; I can barely tell the difference.

But on my PC, it's like night and day.
post #14 of 20
No difference in quality as long as you dont have any options like noise reduction or sharpening enabled on either, if your going to do blu ray on pc id recommend arcsoft tmt5
post #15 of 20
I'd recommend a regular stand alone Bluray Player. They're affordable now and you can get a basic one for under $100.
Blurays on a PC work, but sometimes there's too much hassle involved with the software and all.
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I'd recommend a regular stand alone Bluray Player. They're affordable now and you can get a basic one for under $100.
Blurays on a PC work, but sometimes there's too much hassle involved with the software and all.
Well the whole point of this discussion is because I want a Blu-ray player, but I also want the ability to stream to my TV using like YouTube or NetFlix etc. I know there are streaming boxes out there like the WD-TV but they are like $100-200 which I think is dumb considering you can get that streaming capability in a Blu-ray player that you can also actually use to play Blu-ray discs. That is why I figured a media center PC would be a good alternative, but I didn't know if the playback quality is as good as a standalone player.

The Sony Bravia players with the built in WiFi are what I am looking for, plus would match my TV since it is a Bravia as well.
post #17 of 20
well in that case, the quality will be the same as you would get from any quality BluRay player, might just involve some adjustments every now and then.
As far as the WiFi bluray you listed, looks good, but I would think it would have trouble streaming HD content, but SD shouldn't be a problem. Just a guess on my part though, as I don't have the player in question, just going by hearsay in that regard...
As a complete package though, a HTPC would suit your needs best if you're willing to invest time in setting it up and getting it running right.
My old HTPC used a HD2600xt and did 1080p, my current I used a HD5570 and now went back to the integrated nvidia 9300 - all work flawlessly.
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well in that case, the quality will be the same as you would get from any quality BluRay player, might just involve some adjustments every now and then.
As far as the WiFi bluray you listed, looks good, but I would think it would have trouble streaming HD content, but SD shouldn't be a problem. Just a guess on my part though, as I don't have the player in question, just going by hearsay in that regard...
As a complete package though, a HTPC would suit your needs best if you're willing to invest time in setting it up and getting it running right.
My old HTPC used a HD2600xt and did 1080p, my current I used a HD5570 and now went back to the integrated nvidia 9300 - all work flawlessly.
By setting it up what exactly do you mean? I had never done a HTPC before but I just assumed it was just a regular computer then you plug it into your TV.
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By setting it up what exactly do you mean? I had never done a HTPC before but I just assumed it was just a regular computer then you plug it into your TV.
well if you want to set it up so that say it boots straight into your media libarary or some such GUI. I don't have anything overly advanced on my HTPC, but it boots straight into MediaPortal and all my TV Series/Movies/Music Videos are accessible with a remote. There's also ways to get it to play a bluray straight from the menu and what not.
There's a few alternatives, XBMC comes to mind.
Hardware is the easy part with a HTPC, it's getting everything on the software side that might consume a few hours of your time.
Good resource for HTPC info is the AVS Forum:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/forumdisplay.php?f=26
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post #20 of 20
just go with both.

i did that. got myself an oppo 83 (waiting for some moniez before upgrading) and an htpc build.
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