Originally Posted by dad1153
So your HDTV isn't a 1080p set? If it's 20" it has to be 720p/1080i, which means the cheaper HD-DVD players (A3, A2, A1, etc.) are as good an option as the future-proof 1080p models. Just make sure you have an HDMI cable handy to get the most fool-proof quality going from the player to the HDTV (though component cables will do on a pinch since visually they're identical to HDMI). Go to eBay and start looking around for a seller with good reputation and a used player/movies package that you can live with. Also, if you're flush with cash (as all college students are
), look around for the LG BH200 combo player to have a dedicated HD-DVD/Blu-ray player so you don't abuse the PS3's drive with too much playing of BD movies and PS3 games. It's a little pricey but so worth it for dedicated high-def watchers. Also, no Xbox 360 at the dorm? If you have one the HD-DVD add-on drive remains the best (and cheapest) option. Good luck.
The TV is 1080i max. I only use HDMI when I am at home, it really is the best option available, and its very simple for me to use. Noone here owns a 360. We have my 20gig PS3, my roommates 40 gig, and my roommates Wii.I used to have a 360, had to send it in SEVEN times because of the RROD, eventually I said "eff-it". But, I have read up on ways to use the 360 HD-DVD drive on my PS3 when using a Linux OS installed on it.
If anything, I could get the HD-DVD drive and use it with the computer, it would save room, and I know my compy can handle it as the computer has reasonable power.
I do have a steady cash flow as my college has a work study program. I work the front desk at my school and get at max $300 every 2 weeks and I usually spend $70 on food for two weeks, the rest goes to anime, and Blus. The job is really easy, yet boring. I work as a receptionist for my dorm, I just check for IDs, and sign people in. Any other time, I have my monitor lugged down with my ps3, and I am watching Blu-rays or playing games.
Watching movies on the 20in Screen isn't too bad really, the rooms are quite small. In essence the dorms are designed like spartan quarters.