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post #61 of 154 Old 12-27-2014, 12:20 PM
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No regrets here in throwing in with HD-DVD. I came in late (2008) and got an HD-A35 that still just sits there and plays.

I have lost several disks, but truth is that I loaded up on movies after Toshiba threw in the towel. I have over 120 titles and am very happy with them.

I've taken most and ripped them to a NAS, since I did start losing some disks. Overall though, both for music and movies, it holds its place next to my Oppo 103D.

Do I wish it had won? Sure, it would have been fun to see an Oppo HD-103D.
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I still have four HD DVD players, and 400+ HD DVD titles. ...But hardly watch any now. ...Just too many Blus.

So many movies so little time.
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Testing "12 Monkeys", the very first HD DVD I ever bought using the XBox360 drive on my PC to make sure it hasn't rotted. If not, I'll be watching it on my Toshiba HD-A30 probably tomorrow.

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Thumbs up '12 Monkeys' - directed by Terry Gilliam

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Testing "12 Monkeys", the very first HD DVD I ever bought using the XBox360 drive on my PC to make sure it hasn't rotted. If not, I'll be watching it on my Toshiba HD-A30 probably tomorrow.
I luv that flick, right on!
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I remember buying the x-box hd-dvd player and hooking it up to my computer. The player came with a free hd-dvd disc of King Kong,
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I've always wondered... Does that drives still work on the 360? Given how many time the software's changed on the 360 since the war...
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12 Monkeys was fine, watched it this afternoon on my HD-A30 without any problems, DD+ sound sent via PCM to my Pioneer VSX-1020 receiver. Looked and sounded 'perfect.'

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Did you add Dolby Pro Logic IIx Movie mode on top of it?
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12 Monkeys was fine, watched it this afternoon on my HD-A30 without any problems, DD+ sound sent via PCM to my Pioneer VSX-1020 receiver. Looked and sounded 'perfect.'
Just wondering did your Pioneer show Dolby Digital on the display on your reciever? Mine shows multichannel whether I have it sending PCM or Auto.
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Just wondering did your Pioneer show Dolby Digital on the display on your reciever? Mine shows multichannel whether I have it sending PCM or Auto.
Pioneer shows PCM when I play DD+ decoded by the HD-A30. I did not use pro logix IIx. Pioneer upmixes to 7.1 without doing that.

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I rooted for Blu Ray because i am a Playstation fan and thus, was going to be getting a Blu ray player regardless. I'm just glad that the format with the superior storage capacity won out in the end with the ability to add 3D to the mix. ultimately though, physical will be replaced by digital/streaming, so ultimately it didn't matter who won. Netflix won in the end.

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You think HD DVD might come back, someday? ...Like when we hit 8K.
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I still have my HD DVD addon for my 360. The only HD DVD movies I own are King Kong, Blade Runner and Troy. I'm tempted to pick up the Collector's Anniversary Edition of BR for blu ray but unless the PQ has been retouched (again) I'm quite content with my HD DVD copy.

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I still have my HD-A30... boutht it a few months before HDDVD went belly up.. got like 5 free HDDVD's with it and have about 45 movies... it was nice actually getting to watch and hear true HD in sound and picture at the time.. as all i had was HD Cable and it wasnt that great at that time.. i was so excited because i could finally use a true HDMI on my DLP TV besides the Cable box..and it was great.. i really thought it would win out with all of the PQ problems early blu-ray was having... anyways.. i eventually bought the Oppo 83 and the rest is history.. once in a great while i will fire one up.. i have a bunch of music one's like the Cream Live At Royal and Heart Live in Seattle.. still sounds and looks great!!
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HD DVD (courtesy of the Xbox add-on) is almost single-handedly response for turning me into a videophile.
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Haven't been playing any of mine from disc, I'm trying to get thru all mine ripping to digital media. Just viewed King Kong last night all 3 hours of it. Running into a few that won't rip. About a dozen so far out of over 200.

I wouldn't say that Netflix won or that HD DVD couldn't have had 3D, Blu ray didn't have 3D either when it was launched. You had to get a new player for it. Streaming isn't going to replace hard media anytime soon. Especially with data limits that cable companies are putting in place. I used to stream a few years ago but I'll never go back to that. The quality at the time wasn't that great and now I have to worry about going over what my ip plan allows.

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I still watch my HD DVDs a lot and use my A-30 anytime I watch a standard DVD, the upconverting quality is great.

In regards to streaming, I don't think it will really take over anytime soon until there are standards or there is a clear winner as well. Especially if you want to purchase a movie. Do you buy through Vudu, Ultrviolet, Amazon, or Xbox, etc?
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My A2 is still rolling along, still in my rack.
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I remember I was a day 1 adopter. Exciting stuff. I also remember first loading a new HDDVD and how freaking LONG it took to load. Just sat there loading forever, lol. Firmware updates aplenty too.

There was the 1 day the news came out declaring HDDVD lost the war. I had my player and movies up for sale that day and sold that evening, haha. The writing was on the wall for sure.

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2 of the entry level Toshiba HD DVD players (A3s - from Costco, so labeled "D3"), and about 30 movies.

One of the players, and over half the movies, originally belonged to eldest son. Only 3 of the titles are duplicates, as we specifically chose different titles from the free titles being offered with the players.

My original player is still hooked into our main viewing room, and gets used often enough to warrant leaving it out.

Thus far - and to the best of my knowledge - the only Corrupted title is Blade Runner: alas, that is the 5 disk "Collector's Edition" and NONE of the included disks play anymore.
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That's ok now; you can buy the Blu-ray version.
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I still have several stand alone HD DVD players and several of the 360 add ons. I hadn't touched any of my 365 HD DVD titles in a long time. But last night I ended up watching the first epsiode of Battalestar galactica from my HD DVD set. My HD-XA1 still seems to work great.

EDIT: I think it's an HD-XA2 since it has deep color output. I had returned my launch player(which would have been the XA1) for a full $500 refund at Best Buy when HD lost the format war.

Maybe not. I'm not sur ewhat model it is. I know my other players are the lower models. I guess i need to look closer at the model number. I'm pretty sure it is the XA2 since it will decode the Dolby True HD multi-channel audio. I not sure that the launch HD DVD player did.

i still can't believe how long it's been now since HD DVD died.

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I still have several stand alone HD DVD players and several of the 360 add ons. I hadn't touched any of my 365 HD DVD titles in a long time. But last night I ended up watching the first epsiode of Battalestar galactica from my HD DVD set. My HD-XA1 still seems to work great.

EDIT: I think it's an HD-XA2 since it has deep color output. I had returned my launch player(which would have been the XA1) for a full $500 refund at Best Buy when HD lost the format war.

Maybe not. I'm not sur ewhat model it is. I know my other players are the lower models. I guess i need to look closer at the model number. I'm pretty sure it is the XA2 since it will decode the Dolby True HD multi-channel audio. I not sure that the launch HD DVD player did.

i still can't believe how long it's been now since HD DVD died.
I hope it is the XA2. If only for the SD-DVD upconversion. That was the very best ever DVD upscaler. It delivers legendary Picture quality. And is built to last. PQ on SD-DVD actually rivaled the HD & BR versions IMO. I have the HDA35 (it's successor). And I'm still very happy with it. Also...it didn't just die IMO. Microsoft killed it by not putting it in Xbox 360 with a plan to include it in XB1. And they didn't allow the XB360 addon to read or play games. Which gave developers and publishers zero incentive to back the HD-DVD standard. That was the real death blow IMO.

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One thing I like about my HD-DVD's, and this really has nothing to do with the media itself, is that when I put most of them into the player, the movie just starts. After watching DVDs and Blu-rays for so many years I'm always expecting a menu or ten minutes of previews to skip through.

Some discs don't start the feature immediately. They have the loud "Welcome to HD-DVD!" intro before it.
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I love my Onkyo HD-805....164 movies and counting.
arronwt, 365 movies...wow man... I can only imagine what you have that I want. LOL

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Wow, i feel like I was late to the party. I remember waking up early one morning to stop at Wal-Mart when the A2 went on sale for $99- I think it was Novemeber'07

And who can forget the 5(?) free movies that came with it!
I did the same thing, it was Nov. 2, it was my birthday and I bought it for myself as a gift. I still have it in the living room and use it regularly, though mostly for concert HD-DVD's while entertaining, like "U2: Rattle and Hum", "Heart: Alve in Seattle", "Roy Orbison: B&W Night" and more. I also have the HD-A30 that I got free from Image Ent. when we closed it down, a great perk, and it is hooked up and being used regularly in my HT. I have 100+ discs and only two of them won't play, one copy of "Sky Captain" (I have another copy that plays just fine) and "Santana: Hymns For Peace". I keep getting more discs too from a friend who just doesn't want them anymore so my collection is still growing. Yes I have Blu too, the Oppo BDP-83 in the theater and a couple of Sony's for the other rooms.

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I just checked and it is the XA2 that I used last night. My secondary and tertiary players are A35 models but I have not used them even longer than the XA2.

I also looked at my cabinet with HD DVDs. I didn't realize I still have around seventy titles still in the shrink wrap. At one point I was converting a bunch of titles to MKVs but I never finished messing with it. Which is what I used the HD DVD add ons for connected to PCs.

I'm wishing now that I had sold them all seven years ago when they would have commanded a decent amount of money. Although I used to have around 20 more HD DVD titles that were the rarer titles. Those were the only ones I ever sold.

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I hope it is the XA2. If only for the SD-DVD upconversion. That was the very best ever DVD upscaler. It delivers legendary Picture quality. And is built to last. PQ on SD-DVD actually rivaled the HD & BR versions IMO. I have the HDA35 (it's successor). And I'm still very happy with it. Also...it didn't just die IMO. Microsoft killed it by not putting it in Xbox 360 with a plan to include it in XB1. And they didn't allow the XB360 addon to read or play games. Which gave developers and publishers zero incentive to back the HD-DVD standard. That was the real death blow IMO.
People got fired too over @ Microsoft's strategical team department.
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I just don't understand that why HD DVD format was discontinued by NetFlix, Best Buy & Toshiba? They all 3 would have continued the format if they all wanted to. This format should have been by backed by with GREATER SUPPORT from other medium companies like FUJIFILM, TDK, SONY & MAXELL etc... Is this a copyright patent issue topic that the major medium companies cannot or are simply not allowed to make/produce HD DVD format? It would have had SO MUCH or the UTMOST potential of usurping Blu-Ray from the markerting competition.
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