Originally Posted by vladd
At $124, the whole argument changes. But TMT 3 is more than $65 now ($89 base + $20 for the 3D plugin).
Anyone buying TMT should check around the web for promo codes. Seems there is always one or more available and the discount is often 25%, and sometimes more.
Regarding 3D, I don't have a 3D TV yet but when it finally happens a video card upgrade and $20 for the plugin will be cheaper than buying a standalone.
Don't misunderstand me, I'm not advocating standalones. I haven't owned a standalone component in 5+ years. I'm also not singling out ArcSoft.
Understood. I'm just providing a counterpoint to the 'standalone vs. HTPC for BD' debate. Obviously I'm on the HTPC side of that argument but I agree that BD playback in an HTPC may not be for everyone. For ease of use a standalone cannot be beaten.