Originally Posted by JTMav
I am glad someone else has chimed in here about this. I have a 151 and a BDP-51 and have been noticing the same. I use NetFlix and have seen several DVDs that did just as well as some BDs on my 151. I am really impressed with the players ability to upscale and watch the results on the 151. I am not a big collector but I would certainly preview a movie before I purchased it to see if the BD premium is worth it.
The Dark Knight has been running on HBOHD lately on FIOS and I think it looked as good or better than the BD.
Originally Posted by James W. Johnson
If you left it alone with 'as good' id not have said anything. But id like your opinion on just how the HBOHD version could look better ?
It's true that quality varies in BDs, of course. A well-mastered DVD can look better than a BD thrown together from an old, crappy master. (Really pisses me off when they do that, because if it's a good/classic movie, you know they'll eventually double-dip and put out a high-quality re-mastered blu-ray version.) But most of the time, I do
think BD yields better PQ.
But you guys didn't mention the other HUGE advantage of blu-ray: the lossless audio. If you're not using a surround system, it wouldn't matter, of course. But on my system, the HD audio tracks fairly consistently outperform their lossy counterparts. And as good as The Dark Knight
looked on HBO, that DD5.1 sounded relatively anemic compared to the real deal.
At this point, blu-ray is the only
way to get the upgraded audio.