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#1 of 16 OFFLINE   Austan

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Posted August 28 2007 - 08:15 AM

Venturer HD DVD player no pricing yet....

#2 of 16 OFFLINE   Austan

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Posted August 28 2007 - 08:20 AM

$100 ish ????

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Posted August 28 2007 - 02:01 PM

Hmmm... tempting as I still haven't upgrade from my A1. So a few question:
    [*]What are the trade off (if any) between this and the A2/A3?[*]Does it allow for firmware updates via a home network?[*]What are the upscaling abilites for SD DVD?[*]Has anyone heard of Venturer before and what is the reputation of their products?[*]~$100 are you serious!? Posted Image

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#4 of 16 OFFLINE   ReggieW

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Posted August 28 2007 - 07:27 PM

It is supposed to be $149USD & $179CND respectively.

This according to an e-mail received from Venturer by a member (Dave Vaughn I think?) over at AVS.
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Posted August 29 2007 - 03:41 AM

Probably prices around $180 according to several sites...

#6 of 16 OFFLINE   Steve Schaffer

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Posted August 29 2007 - 04:18 PM

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Originally Posted by Chris S
Hmmm... tempting as I still haven't upgrade from my A1. So a few question:
    [*]What are the trade off (if any) between this and the A2/A3?[*]Does it allow for firmware updates via a home network?[*]What are the upscaling abilites for SD DVD?[*]Has anyone heard of Venturer before and what is the reputation of their products?[*]~$100 are you serious!? Posted Image

1-Probably not as reliable as the Toshibas
2-This is required by the HD DVD standard, so yes
3-Will go up to 1080i over HDMI, 480p over component
4-Parent company (Alco) also makes several discount chain house brands, i.e. $69 dollar HTIBs
5-US msrp will probably be $199, expect street prices in the $150 range

If you can possibly afford a Toshiba forget the Venturer.
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#7 of 16 OFFLINE   Mike Williams

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Posted August 29 2007 - 04:25 PM

Always remember, you get what you pay for.

#8 of 16 OFFLINE   Rich Allen

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Posted August 29 2007 - 09:00 PM

I've seen that name brand somewhere before, I think K-mart or the like. One of those 30 buck dvd players.

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Posted August 29 2007 - 09:35 PM

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I've seen that name brand somewhere before, I think K-mart or the like. One of those 30 buck dvd players.
Venturer is a major supplier of WalMart.
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#10 of 16 OFFLINE   Juan C

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Posted August 30 2007 - 09:04 PM

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Hmmm... tempting as I still haven't upgrade from my A1.

I don't think this player offers anything over an A1. I might consider it if it did 1080/24p, but it does not.

#11 of 16 OFFLINE   Austan

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Posted September 01 2007 - 01:23 AM

Back to the Venturer HD DVD player news...
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Hitting a new HD DVD hardware pricing low could be what tips on-the-fence consumers to embrace the high-def format. But many retailers, including Wal-Mart, Ultimate Electronics and Bjorn’s, say they are not committed to carrying the Venturer player, preferring instead to underscore products from bigger brand companies.
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“We have no plans to have Venturer in our stores this holiday,” Wal-Mart merchandise spokeswoman Melissa O’Brien said. “We will continue to offer the best values on popular HD DVD and Blu-ray products from leading consumer brands like Sony, Samsung, Philips, Toshiba and RCA.”
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Ultimate Electronics’ director of merchandising for video Matt Duda is considering stocking the Venturer HD DVD player, but he doesn’t expect a major swing in the format war until a better-known company, such as Toshiba or Sony, rolls out a sub-$200 player.


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Posted September 01 2007 - 06:06 AM

Like someone has posted earlier. You get what you paid for. Most home theater owner will problably will not even touch it and it's still way too expensive for Joe sixpack. I don't really think with the Exclusively release of the Transformers will encourage poeple to go out and buy the player. I would say almost 95 percents of the DVD owner out there rent more than buy. If Blockbuster don't carry any HD disc then you're only gonna end up with a Lower Brand and very expensive DVD player. If Sony owns "Spiderman" then I don't think it will be released on HDdvd either. There's good and bad coming out of this. It drives the price down a lot faster than we're all expected. Right now we're all just wait who gonna be the winner.

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Posted September 01 2007 - 06:06 AM

Like someone has posted earlier. You get what you paid for. Most home theater owner will problably will not even touch it and it's still way too expensive for Joe sixpack. I don't really think with the Exclusively release of the Transformers will encourage poeple to go out and buy the player. I would say almost 95 percents of the DVD owner out there rent more than buy. If Blockbuster don't carry any HD disc then you're only gonna end up with a Lower Brand and very expensive DVD player. If Sony owns "Spiderman" then I don't think it will be released on HDdvd either. There's good and bad coming out of this. It drives the price down a lot faster than we're all expected. Right now we're all just wait who gonna be the winner.

#14 of 16 OFFLINE   Jerome Grate

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Posted September 02 2007 - 03:17 PM

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Ultimate Electronics’ director of merchandising for video Matt Duda is considering stocking the Venturer HD DVD player, but he doesn’t expect a major swing in the format war until a better-known company, such as Toshiba or Sony, rolls out a sub-$200 player.

Don't know Matt Duda or Ultimate Electronics but I agree with the latter statement. Toshiba or Sony could tip the scales with a sub $200 player. HD-DVD is closest to that price now, but I would give the Venturer a spin @ 150 or less.
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#15 of 16 OFFLINE   FrancisP

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Posted September 04 2007 - 03:46 AM

I would disagree that you get what you pay for. Someone in my family has bought several of the Sony vcr/dvd recorders. None of them has lasted for
six months. All of them have been very expensive. It's a shame you don't get what you pay for.

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Posted September 05 2007 - 09:40 AM

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