Posted January 23 2011 - 02:04 AM
A lot of interesting points in this thread. I migrated to hi-def (and blu) in steps. I went hi-def for sports, so cable was the first hi-def source for me. My display was (and remains) my Sony AW-15 projector onto a 64 inch homemade screen. Though only 720p, the PQ is very good and it even accepts a 1080p/24 signal (when reviewed by some reviews whose opinions I trust--and who present technical spec tests along with their views--it did very well in all video aspects in its price range, including scaling SD signals). Because it did so well with scaling my SD DVDs, I held off from hi-def disc sources for a while. Then, near the end of the format war, HD DVD became quite cheap. So cheap that I decided it was worth testing whether hi-def discs could outperform SDs significantly on my setup. The advantage was clear. Sadly, HD DVD lost the war (sadly only in terms of impact on my wallet--I'm not trying to revive that hoary old debate), but I was able to amass about 150 titles, at an average of 3$ a disc and I still enjoy them today (I've yet to replace an HD DVD with a Blu-ray). About 10 months later, I took the plunge into blu with a PS3 (SACD capable--I wanted a spare SACD player and that type of PS3 was becoming rare--otherwise I might have held off a bit longer). So, for my HT setup, hi-def discs have been worth it, to me. I have not repurchased many of my SD titles (and what few I have became gifts to friends and family). So the need to replace my whole collection is not a concern.
I am interested in recent releases, so blu makes sense for me. But for those who primarily collect things that are not now, nor seem likely to ever be, on blu, I am sympathetic to their views and would not want to twist anyone's arms or tell them they are wrong. I would make the following observation, however, just as a measure of practicality:
I have both a blu and an HD DVD player hooked up to my standard CRT in my living room (a very good Sony Wega from back in the day that, with its 16x9 "cheat" setting, looks very good with discs--SD, HD or blu). I needed a player for that TV when it was moved to the living room (out of my HT) and decided to buy a back-up HD DVD player (really cheap by that point) that would work fine with SD discs. This past Christmas, I added an inexpensive blu player for two reasons--to get Netflix streaming from it (I thought of getting an Apple TV box, but they don't work with SD TVs) and to be able to play all my disc formats in the living room (my blu collection is growing). Each format looks very good AND I am not shut out of either extras or titles because of format. So, as a practical matter, I would argue that even if one has an SD TV, replacing a broken SD player with a blu one makes sense for many people--the blu players can be had inexpensively, they work just as well with an SD TV and grant access to any and all exclusive extras that might interest a collector. Some add streaming capabilities that may be of interest and are not, IIRC, available on any standard DVD player. And, not insignificantly, if the SD TV dies at some point (when, really), instant hi-def disc readiness is available.
Just my 2 cents.
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