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post #61 of 81
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Originally Posted by hernanu View Post

Probably screwed up the math, more like $400 or so, now that I think about it. The latest buying binge I've been on has probably twisted my perspective, but I'm still enjoying it.

Fair enough, we all make mistakes. But now let's compute how much your titles would have cost in Blu-ray! Now you feel better, huh?
post #62 of 81
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Originally Posted by mustvid View Post

Do you think this is a good time to get out of HD DVD?
What do you think?

hot dang!!!
git while the gittin's good!!!

or better yet, send me $300 and i'll take the player and movies off your hands.
you pay the shipping, of course.

ya cant beat that deal wid a stick!
post #63 of 81
Let me think about this a moment... The red version of Planet Earth sells for half the price of the blu version on Amazon... For the difference on that title alone, you can pick up a used HD DVD player... Hmm.
post #64 of 81
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Originally Posted by webphilosopher View Post

Let me think about this a moment... The red version of Planet Earth sells for half the price of the blu version on Amazon... For the difference on that title alone, you can pick up a used HD DVD player... Hmm.

Where can you pick up a used HD DVD player for $25? Send me one, would you?
post #65 of 81
Just over a month ago I won an auction for a bare A30 shipped for $37. I was the only bidder and it works too. No power cord or remote but I just wanted a working backup.
post #66 of 81
I won an A20 for $27 and another for $36, about 2 months ago. The price included free shipping, so cheap players are certainly out there.
post #67 of 81
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Originally Posted by iamian View Post

Where can you pick up a used HD DVD player for $25? Send me one, would you?

That's what I paid for my XA1. Deals are out there.
post #68 of 81
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Originally Posted by Health Nut View Post

If you like having an extra player lying around for a handful of HD-DVD movies great... I would rather put that towards a Blu Ray player and Blu Ray movies. It not like there are many titles.... good luck on repair also when it breaks. What happens when you need to buy a new HD-DVD player in the future and there are no players that play HD-DVD's? Throwing good money at a failed format that has no future and has had no future is a 100% waste of money. Sometimes a supposed great deal, is not really a deal at all...

I see a lot of betamax players that are over 20 years old on ebay, so I'm hardly concerned about buying another player.
post #69 of 81
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Originally Posted by Quentin2 View Post

Just over a month ago I won an auction for a bare A30 shipped for $37. I was the only bidder and it works too. No power cord or remote but I just wanted a working backup.

Since I upgraded the firmware to 4.0, my A30 has been amazing -- beautiful upconversion and flawless HD DVD. Since it goes for much less than the A35, it may very well be the sleeper high value among HD DVD AND DVD players.
post #70 of 81
Plus, if you scan the Bay, there's a seller offering new, unopened titles for $4-6 with combined shipping <$3 no matter how many you buy!

Don't know how to link and I think it's against forum policy anyway, but a little searching of "buy it now" should get you there. I got 10 movies, shipped for less than $53. There's no way I could have afforded ove 110 BluRays, so I'm sure not getting out.

For now it's rent Blu, buy HD-DVD!
post #71 of 81
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Originally Posted by webphilosopher View Post

Since I upgraded the firmware to 4.0, my A30 has been amazing -- beautiful upconversion and flawless HD DVD. Since it goes for much less than the A35, it may very well be the sleeper high value among HD DVD AND DVD players.

I agree, the bare A30 I recently got came with firmware version 1.1 and after upgrading to 4.0 I have seen a definite improvement in the overall function of the player. The A35 definitely was the flagship but if you don't need the analog 5.1 output and set your HDMI output to LPCM to your AVR you'll get everything you need in the A30 for $100 less.

If your HDTV deinterlaces 1080i to 1080p well, the A3 will give you everything the A30 does for slightly less. But seeing the price of the A3 and A30 are nearly the same on eBay, I wanted 1080p24 as well.
post #72 of 81
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Originally Posted by Quentin2 View Post

I agree, the bare A30 I recently got came with firmware version 1.1 and after upgrading to 4.0 I have seen a definite improvement in the overall function of the player. The A35 definitely was the flagship but if you don't need the analog 5.1 output and set your HDMI output to LPCM to your AVR you'll get everything you need in the A30 for $100 less.

If your HDTV deinterlaces 1080i to 1080p well, the A3 will give you everything the A30 does for slightly less. But seeing the price of the A3 and A30 are nearly the same on eBay, I wanted 1080p24 as well.

I agree. And the A30 gets you the Anchor Bay chip as well. The A3 uses a different chip.
post #73 of 81
I thought the A3 also has the Anchor Bay chip, not sure though. If not then good point, WP.

I'm very happy with my two A30's so if a third player was needed I'd go that route again. Doubt I'd get an A3 or A35 unless a screaming bargain came along.
post #74 of 81
I somehow feel that some want their movies shelves lined with cases of only one color. Why can't they co-exist? And I bought a Toshiba player back in '98 that still works; so this crap about players dying anytime soon, is just.....mostly crap. Not saying a back-up player is a bad idea.
post #75 of 81
It's amazing that we even have to hold this conversation with the economy being the way it is. Getting HD entertainment on the cheap should be a no-brainer.
post #76 of 81
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Originally Posted by totalownership View Post

It's amazing that we even have to hold this conversation with the economy being the way it is. Getting HD entertainment on the cheap should be a no-brainer.

I know that's right...

Steve
post #77 of 81
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Originally Posted by mustvid View Post

I really prefer HD DVD and believed it to be the superior format. I hated that it lost out to Sony because I've never been a Sony fan.
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so many wrong, blu-ray is not "SONY" if anything it's more "Panasonic", and it's sad that you thought HDDVD was "Superior" when from a technological stand point it wasn't in any way shape or form. I for one am glad, for once the more advanced spec won in a format war.

rooting for lower bit rates and lossy audio...as someone who's always owned both, i just don't get it.

as many have said here....if you already own HDDVD, keep it....enjoy it.....and enjoy some of these $4 deals on new titles....seems like Universal went crazy on HDDVD's because i pick up a few titles a month all for under $5 a peice, new sealed! i cant even download them for rent, that cheap.
post #78 of 81
Another thing, this argument about how 3,4 or 5 years from now when/if our HD-DVD players break down then we're here stuck holding the bag with a bunch of HD-DVDs and no players. Big deal. Let's say I do have to repurchase every HD-DVD I own years from now with a bluray copy. They'll be alot cheaper than what they are now so I'll still save. You think Transformers on bluray is going to be 30 bones 3 years from now when Transformers 4 is sitting on the shelf? You think they're going to get away with charging me the same money for "I Am Legend 4:Revenge of the Zombie Dogs" as they are for "I Am Legend"? No matter what I'm still going to get over.
post #79 of 81
Well....the BDA is a consortium of companies, but Sony is the foundation it's laid upon. I too, hate that HD DVD lost out to them, but all I can do now is keep boycotting Sony. I absolutely detest their business practices, but that's a topic for another thread.
post #80 of 81
I did recently. I sold my 5 players (including my HD805 which went for a lot) and all of my titles. It's not that I didn't love HD DVD. I did. But I had to simplify my set ups. My family would ask which one goes in which player? It was getting harder to accept the fact that Toshiba quit. And I hated getting the calls whenever they decided to watch a movie- which player does it go in!!! All in all I lost a lot investing in HD DVD. I still got out (not to long ago) without losing my entire shirt. I made some decent money off the players. I did just okay off most titles. It was kind of fun having all those little yellow envelopes ready to go. I put all the money I made into its own account and only use it for Blu ray titles. I try and get used-like new titles whenever I can from amazon. I also realized that many of my HD DVD titles I did not really need to own. So with only seriously needing to buy back a little over half of my collection it has helped me come out ahead. I should have the funds to pay for the rest of this year's Blu ray titles (the ones I really need)... Selling everything HD DVD helped me realize, it is over... And having one player for each set up has made life a lot easier here...
post #81 of 81
We're done. Format war was over long ago.

larry
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