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BenQ BR1000 BD-ROM Drive, $199 come into the market on sep.



BenQ BW1001 4X BD-Writer, $599 come into the market on sep.
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What are the prices on burnable discs?
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$199 for the bare reader, $599 for the reader/writer. Looks like sub $300 BD standalones are still months away, even from generic? manufactures like what Benq is. Good deal for the HTPC crowd.

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I think it's great news. The more HDM anything the better.
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Why is this the first? Pioneer has had theirs out for almost 6 weeks. Am I missing something?
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maybe not first, but Pioneer is 299. This makes it possible for me to buy a bdrom drive very soon for my mediacenter!
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Shop around. The Pioneer has gone down and will probably come down further once this one hits the streets.
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Why is this the first? Pioneer has had theirs out for almost 6 weeks. Am I missing something?

Pioneer's BDC-202/S02 is a BD-COMBO=BD-ROM+DVD Writer, not is a simplex BD-ROM drive
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Good eye. Wow, $100 for DVD-writting.
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$199 for the bare reader, $599 for the reader/writer. Looks like sub $300 BD standalones are still months away, even from generic? manufactures like what Benq is. Good deal for the HTPC crowd.

You know it's a 4x reader right... the current HD DVD drive is 2x reader.
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You know it's a 4x reader right... the current HD DVD drive is 2x reader.

Yeah, thats fantastic K.L. You've done nothing but bring the format war bullsh*t into this thread when I did nothing but practically gave props to it.

You're awesome!

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Yeah, thats fantastic K.L. You've done nothing but bring the format war bullsh*t into this thread when I did nothing but practically gave props to it.

You're awesome!

Talk about overreaction

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Looks like sub $300 BD standalones are still months away

is wrong because the BD also requires only 2x for the 1.5x playback speed.
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I had a reply to that, but I chose not to post it for many reasons. You're more than welcome to take this via PM. Lets just stick to the topic instead of derailing another thread.

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$200 Computer drive or $200 HD DVD player...tough decision
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$200 Computer drive or $200 HD DVD player...tough decision

If you already have the PC ready, its an easy choice. Go with the PC drive.
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given the drive is one of the most expensive parts of blu-ray right now, with the need for 2 heads, or speical optics to read dvd's. seeing a drive for retail 199, should just put in context how cheap blu-ray can get, and how soon.

the rest of the hardware to creat a standalone would be cheap compared to that. Its possible then with a 199 msrp drive to get to a 299 msrp standalone easly.
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Thats not a bad price, just wish the burner was cheaper. Anything over $500 is just too much.

Also, how much are blank BDs going for? Could make for some expensive coasters.
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If you already have the PC ready, its an easy choice. Go with the PC drive.

Yeah, but then I'd have to drag my PC Into my home theater, or upgrade my PC with a card with HDMI out (more money) and run an in wall to the projector and then a new RF remote to remotely control the PC and then.....

At no point in your rambling, incoherent post were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this forum is now dumber for having read it.

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Yeah, but then I'd have to drag my PC Into my home theater, or upgrade my PC with a card with HDMI out (more money) and run an in wall to the projector and then a new RF remote to remotely control the PC and then.....

That is why I said if you already have the PC ready. I built one with both BD and HD DVD drives and a RF keyboard for control. DVI to the projector. Super quiet PC case and quiet cooling.

The ultimate neutral format solution until the dual-format players come out.
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If you already have the PC ready, its an easy choice. Go with the PC drive.

Depends on your setup, my AMD 3800 dual core can't handle HD-DVD bit rates, let alone BD. I'd have to upgrade the chip first, so I'd rather have a stand alone.
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any word on a bd/hd combo drive? thats a decent price, but i couldnt see myself getting just a bd drive
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Depends on your setup, my AMD 3800 dual core can't handle HD-DVD bit rates, let alone BD. I'd have to upgrade the chip first, so I'd rather have a stand alone.

Buy an ATI HD 2xxx graphics card then, it's about $50 if you shop around and offloads 90% of the work from the CPU + is HDCP compliant and outputs either DVI/HDMI or component.
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Buy an ATI HD 2xxx graphics card then, it's about $50 if you shop around and offloads 90% of the work from the CPU + is HDCP compliant and outputs either DVI/HDMI or component.

Hey, I thought the graphics card had more to do with it than the processor. I don't think it's the processor that's the problem here.

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This thread could be taken to be pro-BR... it should be locked soon.
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Does anyone know if that price include the software for movie playback?
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$199 for the bare reader, $599 for the reader/writer. Looks like sub $300 BD standalones are still months away, even from generic? manufactures like what Benq is. Good deal for the HTPC crowd.

Benq is hardly generic. They are known as one of the best in DVD burning.
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Benq is hardly generic. They are known as one of the best in DVD burning.

Notice the question mark after the word Benq? I didn't know what to call them, but they aren't a Pioneer, Sony, Samsung, etc. I'd take a Lite On over a Benq any day.

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Notice the question mark after the word Benq? I didn't know what to call them, but they aren't a Pioneer, Sony, Samsung, etc. I'd take a Lite On over a Benq any day.

Lite-On had it's glory day in CD burning. They have gone down hill at a very steady rate since.

Just because they don't have a huge brand name certainly does not make them generic. In fact I'd almost bet that those companies you mentioned above make more OEM generic branded drives than Benq.
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Good point, I'll give you that but I don't agree with you say on Lite On not one bit.

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