Dtheater

Ed*Wheaton

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I was just surfing the net and came across a site:hometheaterspot.com,where they did reviews on movies.Some were re-released in "Dtheater" U-571 to name one.Is this another name for superbit or is this another format altogether?As if they haven't found a way to make us buy enough "improved" copies of our fav. movies.

Thanks
Ed
 

Johnny G

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It's a 1080i high definition digital VHS video tape that JVC launched in 1999, sort of a make do Hi-def for some people until a DVD equivalent comes along. Some in the industry say it's better than early demos shown of the future Hi-def DVDs, but I'm sure that won't be the case once they settle on a codec(s).
 

Marc_Sulinski

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Why do you say that? From what I understand, the quality of DTheater movies is extremely good, due to a high bandwidth and large storage capacity that HD DVD may have trouble matching. The main complaint most people have is that it is a tape medium.
 

Lopez

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That and the general unreliability (and high cost) of the decks themselves. Also, certain D*Theater movies are pretty mediocre in image quality while some are really great. Like any hi-resolution format the end result is only as good as the transfer they start from.

DVHS is a really convenient way to record HDTV. But not all DVHS decks will play back the pre-recorded D*Theater tapes.

A lot of people are down on DVHS because it's a tape format - I personally think it's kind of like laserdisc was in the '80's - if you want higher-quality pre-recorded movies than the industry standard format offers, it's currently the only game in town, but it's not for (nor is it meant for) everyone.
 

Dan Hitchman

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At a projector expo this last weekend in Denver they used a D-Theater deck for some of their demo clips on the projectors.

The video looked noisier in comparison to the HD clips off of a HTPC via the DVI output. Also, there were numerous glitches and the user interface was clunky.

I wouldn't waste my money on D-VHS anything. It's too problematic for the costs involved.

Dan
 

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