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HD Players Cheap !- A comment and a question
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: February 25, 2008 02:07PM
I just HAD to make a snarky comment:

I threw out two perfectly functional Betamax recorders last month, along with 200 Betamax tapes. If anyone want's em- they're in the landfill in Belleville, Ohio.

Seriously- why would you want to buy a past end of life device, especially when you consider the 'life' wasn't that long in the first place ? I don't see these as having 'collector's item' written all over them.

Of course, people probably still buy LaserDisc movies, and I have a co-worker who collects wax cylinder audio recordings.



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Re: HD Players Cheap !- A comment and a question
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: February 25, 2008 02:10PM
the difference between this and Betamax (and the other examples that you cite) is that HD DVD players can still play regular dvds and are pretty good at upconverting. . .

doesn't mean you have to buy one. . .even at low prices. . .but if you are looking for a deal. . .



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Re: HD Players Cheap !- A comment and a question
Posted by: raz
Date: February 25, 2008 02:13PM
or if you have a stack of HD-DVDs and want a backup for when your current player dies



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Re: HD Players Cheap !- A comment and a question
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: February 25, 2008 02:15PM
true. . .because people will be selling HD-dvds like crazy. . .some movies were only made on HD-DVD and some might have been on both but the HD-DVD version will be much cheaper than the same movie on Blu-ray. . .



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Re: HD Players Cheap !- A comment and a question
Posted by: rgG
Date: February 25, 2008 02:20PM
As others have said, they are still an upconverting DVD player that also happens to play HD DVDs. They are still perfectly functional. I mainly bought my HD DVD player to act as an upconverting player, the HD aspect and the free DVDs were a bonus. BTW, they also made some Hybrid HD/Regular DVDs, so those will play in either a regular DVD player or an HD.

Blu-ray is still grossly overpriced, IMHO.





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Re: HD Players Cheap !- A comment and a question
Posted by: SLM
Date: February 25, 2008 02:24PM
Betamax lasted 27 years, HD-DVD didn't even make it to 27 months. ;)







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Re: HD Players Cheap !- A comment and a question
Posted by: davester
Date: February 25, 2008 02:24PM
Ditto what rgG said. Exactly why I bought mine. There was no way I was going to buy a Blu-ray, given their ridiculous pricing, but the HD DVD machine was a fair price for a decent upconverting DVD player to replace my broken one.



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Re: HD Players Cheap !- A comment and a question
Posted by: Kramerica
Date: February 25, 2008 02:42PM
Even if not used as an upconverting player, which alone justifies the cost of the HD-DVD players now, the HD-DVD playback capability gives the capability of playing any existing library of movies plus all the dirt cheap movies that will eventually be out there.
I haven't bought one yet, but may not be able to resist if the deals keep getting better.

Speaking of "dead" formats, I bought my first LaserDisc player earlier this year. When I find some interesting and dirt cheap discs at the flea market or thrift store, I can at least consider them, since I have the capability to play them. The player cost me 10 bucks I think, so it's not much of an investment.
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Re: HD Players Cheap !- A comment and a question
Posted by: dk62
Date: February 25, 2008 03:09PM
I originally went for Blu-Ray and bought a number of titles, then could not resist the Wal-Mart $99 deal on HD-DVD players. Now I have a couple dozen HD-DVD movies and may buy another cheap player just in case the first one dies.

By the way, the excellent reputation of HD-DVD players for upconversion comes from the HD-XA2 players, which still cannot be found for a reasonable amount, if at all. All the newer HD-DVD players use cheap chips and are no better for SD-DVD than any run-of-the-mill Philips or Sony. Nowhere near Oppo or any other >$100 quality SD player. Unfortunately, BD players are also generally not very good at upconversion at this point.
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