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Comparing the HTPC BluRay Players

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Hey everyone,

I am curious, what are your favorite features of your chosen HTPC BluRay player? Why did you choose the one you use over the other two? The big three I can think of are TMT, WinDVD, and PowerDVD.

I use TMT. My reason was mostly vased in HD-DVD. I like its integration with WMC. I have not really tried the others, to be honest, because when I started looking PDVD killed its HD-DVD support and I needed it.

So why do you all use the software player of your choice? What features does it have that made you select it over the others?

Inquiring minds want to know.
post #2 of 16
TMT - Folder playback was essential and HD DVD support since I have quite a few.
post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks!

Anyone else? Don't be shy. If it was due to the product coming bundled with something you bought, well, that is a good reason to use it.
post #4 of 16
TMT 3
- Folder playback (number one reason)
- No stupid MoovieLive "feature" that pisses me off or other stupid ads that cannot be disabled.
post #5 of 16
mpchc
mainly cause its free and so easily customiseable i guess - although you need anydvdhd running as well which isnt free
post #6 of 16
PowerDVD 9 because it is the only one that delivers uncompressed 5.1 LPCM with my 5670 using the Realtek HDMI audio driver.
post #7 of 16
TMT 3 for the ease of Folder playback .
post #8 of 16
PowerDVD - because it's the one I've always used, and TMT has either not worked or crashed (I mean not even bluescreen, but caused the computer to reboot spontaneously) when I've tried it.

Right now I've got PowerDVD 7.3 and PowerDVD 9 (both "Ultra" versions) installed on my HTPC, so that I can watch the few HD-DVDs I still have. Once I have replaced all my HD-DVDs with Blu-Rays, I'll drop PowerDVD 7.3.

For folder-based DVD playback, I used to prefer VLC, but it has some strange problem on my computer regarding audio dropouts that the VLC people have never been able to figure out - a few of us Windows users have this problem. Since the problem appears so rare (and is probably caused by my sound card driver - a high end one (HT Omega Striker 7.1)), they have little incentive to debug it, and they have recommended I use Media Player Classic - Home Cinema, which does work. I prefer the default keyboard shortcuts for VLC, but those audio dropouts are really annoying.

- Tim
post #9 of 16
TMT3 here.

Tried PDVD9 and the combination of Moovie Live and not being able to play District 9 killed it for me.

No issues so far with TMT3.
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by cybrsage View Post

Hey everyone,

I am curious, what are your favorite features of your chosen HTPC BluRay player? Why did you choose the one you use over the other two? The big three I can think of are TMT, WinDVD, and PowerDVD.

I use TMT. My reason was mostly vased in HD-DVD. I like its integration with WMC. I have not really tried the others, to be honest, because when I started looking PDVD killed its HD-DVD support and I needed it.

So why do you all use the software player of your choice? What features does it have that made you select it over the others?

Inquiring minds want to know.


Could you discuss the WMC 7 integration of TMT more? I am going to use WMC 7 and was planning on using PDVD10 because of it's level of integration, but I'm curious.

Thanks,
Chris
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by Schlotkins View Post

Could you discuss the WMC 7 integration of TMT more? I am going to use WMC 7 and was planning on using PDVD10 because of it's level of integration, but I'm curious.

Thanks,
Chris

Same integration as PDVD when using an ISO. Reading through their webpage should give you an idea of it's features.
post #12 of 16
TMT2 here mainly for HD-DVD playback. Haven't found a compelling reason to move to TMT3 yet.
post #13 of 16
Hi, I use TMT 2 because it allows me to have 24bit Audio.

I use an audio codec from version 1.25 which gives me uncompressed audio (via my LynxTwo-B).

I have (and do not use) TMT 3, PowerDVD 7.3, PowerDVD 8

thanks

CaM
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by DJWikiera View Post

Same integration as PDVD when using an ISO. Reading through their webpage should give you an idea of it's features.

Thank you!
post #15 of 16
Mirillis Splash

Well, it's not really a "Blu ray" player per-sey (it doesn't have a number of the main features that full "players" would be expected to have) but it plays back my blu ray m2ts rips just fine on my basement desktop (just analog outs to regular computer speakers.)

Odd name, but it works really well for a person that just wants to have a lightweight player in their back pocket for rip playback.

Can't wait until they release their full, Pro and Blu Ray versions.

http://mirillis.com/splash.html

-Suntan
post #16 of 16
Just wanted to bump this thread to see if anyone has any other insights.
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