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#1 of 8 Rakesh.S

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Posted March 12 2006 - 10:44 AM

Fry's Electronics has an HD-DVD unit hooked up to a 72" DLP television. The only thing running on the disc was the sd to HD comparison. While HD blows the SD out of the water, it is pretty clear that they used the worst possible 480i camera to capture the footage.

I didn't think it was really an accurate comparison simply for the fact that almost all material these days is downconverted from a higher resolution. You'd be hard pressed to find 480i source material.

Does anyone know if this disc is supposed to contain movie clips? People on this forum have said that they've seen clips of King Kong and Serenity, but the disc itself only had one chapter.

#2 of 8 Nils Luehrmann

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Posted March 13 2006 - 05:47 AM

I went to the HD DVD demo at Bjorn's Audio - Video in San Antonio last week and on the demo disc it had the HD SD comparison footage with the split screen images you spoke of, and about a dozen or more trailers as well as some clips. The Kong trailer by far was the most impressive! It looked better than what I saw at the theater, and that was a fresh print.

I agree. The so-called SD DVD images used in the comparison were equivalent to the worst kind of video transfer imaginable. I suspect that while they may have been "DVD resolution", they were probably recorded at very low bit rates.

I was told by the Toshiba rep that they would be leaving a permanent demo unit at Bjorn's with the demo disc, so for those that missed the demo you can still check it out if you are curious.

Here's the contact info for Byorn's:
http://www.bjorns.com
14123 Hwy 281 N, San Antonio, TX 78232
(210) 828-3237
(800) 223-6991

#3 of 8 Paul.S

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Posted March 14 2006 - 07:57 AM

And Bjorn's is a pretty killer store. If you make the trip, book some time to see the whole place.

#4 of 8 DaViD Boulet

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Posted March 14 2006 - 09:13 AM

nice thread at AVS about an HD DVD demo:

http://www.avsforum.....70#post7305370
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#5 of 8 Paul.S

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Posted March 14 2006 - 09:20 AM

Freudian slip, David? If it were about Blu-ray, it would be a thread. Posted Image

#6 of 8 DaViD Boulet

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Posted March 14 2006 - 09:44 AM

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#7 of 8 ChristopherDAC

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Posted March 16 2006 - 03:07 AM

Blast! I thought I had gotten the HD-DVD tour dates from the Toshiba web site, and it wasn't scheduled for Dallas until later in the month. I was going to go see the demo… Posted Image

#8 of 8 Rakesh.S

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Posted March 16 2006 - 03:38 AM

The tour date IS scheduled for later in the month - next wednesday (mar 22) to be specific.

I was just referring to the demo unit that they had hooked up.