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which hd-dvd player is better?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
regular hd-dvd player vs xbox360 w/hd-dvd player vs htpc w/xbox360 hd-dvd player.

my htpc:

Abit F-I90HD
e4300 (3.0ghz)
ddr2-800 (512x2)
xbox360 hd-dvd player

i still decided if i want to buy a video card or just buy a xbox360 system now.

please help me
post #2 of 13
Amazon has the ToshibaHD-A2 HD-DVD player for $349.

Depends on how much time you spend watching movies vs computer games on deciding on that or a new video card.
post #3 of 13
I would say to go for the HD-A2 right now. Inexpensive, free movies, can't go wrong really.
post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 
i am into playing video games anymore. i am just into watch movies alot.
post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by audionewer View Post

i am into playing video games anymore. i am just into watch movies alot.

Then a regular HD DVD player is your best bet. If you can afford it, get the XA2. Otherwise the A2 is great.
post #6 of 13
It depends on your equipment & $$. I have a 360 add-on and for the price it is great. If you have more money I'd say go with a stand alone. If money is no issue the XA2 has the best upconversion and analog outs (which I would love to have because I have an older receiver). If you don't care about those features the A2 or A20 would be best (A20 if you care about getting 1080P).
post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 
what happen if the money is a big issue? i guess the standalone player is not for me.

then would you perfer xbox360 system or just buy a video card?
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by MidnightWatcher View Post

Then a regular HD DVD player is your best bet. If you can afford it, get the XA2. Otherwise the A2 is great.

agreed.
post #9 of 13
The upconversion quality alone warrents purchase of the standalone. You also have better audio options with true lossless possibilities and 1.5 mbps downscaled audio. The 360 add on cannot offer lossless sound and currently downsamples the audio to 640kbps.
post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 
anymore suggestion.
post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by WirelessGuru View Post

The upconversion quality alone warrents purchase of the standalone. You also have better audio options with true lossless possibilities and 1.5 mbps downscaled audio. The 360 add on cannot offer lossless sound and currently downsamples the audio to 640kbps.

Unless you use it with a good HTPC. You'll get full lossless TrueHD and 1080P. A good HTPC will also upscale as well if not better than the XA2 with the proper software installed (DScaler008, FFDShow resizex3 lanczos2 LS 0.9 with tweaked avisynth settings for example).
post #12 of 13
If price is a top concern and you already have an XBox 360 (or you're planning to buy one anyway), then get the add-on. It's a great player. It's even better if you can use the VGA cable to get the upconversion (or via HDMI if you're already planning to buy an Elite anyway). If you don't have a 360 and are not planning to get one anyway, or if price is not a top concern, then look into a stand-alone player (like the $350 A2 mentioned above).
post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 
what happen if i already got a xbox360 hd-dvd player, not the xbox360 system and have the htpc ?
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