Originally Posted by coffeeman101
I have some questions, I haven't compard Blu ray side by side with standard dvds , is the quality really night and day?
is it really worth going all blu ray?
That's a super loaded question only you can answer on your equipment. There are BluRay fanatics who will swear up and down that BluRay even looks better on an iPod -- and curse you if you don't think so.
So the answer is -- it depends.
Assuming we are talking about the original full bit-rate BD (no compression), whether it looks noticeably better than DVD depends on:
- The quality of the transfer
- The size, resolution and quality of your display
- How far back from the display you sit.
- The lighting in your viewing area.
- How good your upconverting DVD player is.
- The quality of your vision.
Then there is the audio. BluRay DTS core at 1.5Mbps sounds better than DVD DD/5.1 at less than 640Kbps -- but not if you are playing it through PC speakers, ear-buds or a walmart home theater in a box. By the same token you may not hear the difference between DTS core and DTS-MA unless you have a decent audio rig and a spouse who lets you play it loud enough. Then of course there is the age and quality of your ears.
It's usually not a problem and pretty easy to tell BluRay from DVD when viewed side-by-side on say a 46" 1080p screen. But most people don't do that in their homes. Unless you have a 60"+ screen of good quality, you may be hard-pressed to walk in on a movie and say what you are watching is DVD or BD -- again it all depends.
I've watched enough DVD and BD movies on a quality 50" plasma that I get the "feeling" that my BD titles are a little sharper and crisper. Maybe I'm just imagining it since I know I'm watching BD. Unfortunately, I have seen the side-by-side comparison of the same title playing on same model screens in DVD and BD. As I said, it's easy to see the superiority of BD when side-by-side. So, I know BD is intrinsically sharper than DVD so I buy BD otherwise I feel I'm cheating myself. And anyway the wife gave approval to a 65" plasma next year.
Now if only I could get my daughters old toy room cleaned out for that 110" screened man-cave.