AVR: Pioneer VSX-820
Speakers: 5.1 consists of four NHT Classic Two bookshelf and an NHT TwoC center
HTPC - ridiculously over-the-top, home-built gaming PC that I tinker with daily!
OTA antenna: Winegard HD7698P
HDTV: Sharp LC-60SQ15U
BTW, "ripping" is the step where the encryption is removed and the movie/disc is transferred to the hard drive. Some rip to ISO, some to folder structure, some to MKV, etc, etc. But it's all "ripping" with no target format implied.
Just to buck the LG parade here
I have the previous model Pioneer BDR-208M and has been functioning fine for my purposes. I have not ripped a BD so don't know about read speeds.
I still have several 3TB drives I bought on sale a while ago that are still sitting in the Newegg box. I replace the 2TB drives with the 3TB drives. Then move the 2TB drives over to replace the 1.5TB drives. It's just the process takes so long.
I'm just using DVDFab for transcoding which seems to do 'good enough' in comparison to better encoders like Handbrake with x264.
I used to be a big proponent of a high bitrate 720p was better than a low bitrate 1080p. Honestly, for me, it just came down to how much grain I wanted to keep and/or how much action was in the movie. Really, only you can decide because it's very subjective. As .x264 encoding has advanced, there are some really good 1080p encodes that are less than 4GB these days.
If I really care and I am still strapped for space, I will still go for 720p, especially for action and movies with lots of shadows and dark scenes (to avoid blocking). For comedies and dramas that are relatively static I'm not afraid to go 1080p.
It's just a personal choice. I'm sure I have some encodes that would just make some people throw up and others that people would call absolute overkill.
Last edited by aaronwt; Yesterday at 04:37 PM.
As for cost per TB, don't neglect the not-insignificant cost of each HDD bay. Case, SATA controllers, power supply, etc. Including that, and placing a relatively high value on my time, the 4TBs have been economical for nearly two years, and 6TB at $300 is already there. Again, for me. Your value measure is obviously different.
Although if I do ever go to the 4TB and larger drive sizes I will probably build a fourth unRAID setup. And then retire my unRAID 1 and unRAID 2 setups.
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