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Old 27-09-2006, 16:33   #21
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Heck, i've got the Sony 735 and it's still going strong! I still consider it having one of the best picture quailities i have ever seen. giving mordern players a run for it's money
I've had a 725 since late 1998, LOL. Still going strong too. Excellent performance and very reliable. Sturdy as hell too, not like these lightweight players all the kids seem to have nowadays
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Old 01-10-2006, 15:55   #22
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The Toshiba is up for pre order at Play for £449.99 I was hopping it would be a little cheaper than that.
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And that's the cheaper one as well
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Old 01-10-2006, 17:30   #24
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The Toshiba is up for pre order at Play for £449.99 I was hopping it would be a little cheaper than that.
It's still less than half the price of the BD machine though.
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Old 01-10-2006, 17:45   #25
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The Toshiba is up for pre order at Play for £449.99 I was hopping it would be a little cheaper than that.
Ouch!

For that cash I'd probably go for the Xbox 360 combo instead.
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Thats what i've been thinking of doing, but I do prefer a dedicated player. I've been wieghing up the advantages \ disadvatages of the 360 over the dedicated player. I also wouldn't mind a possible upgrade on my Sanyo Z2 Projector. Possible to the Z4 or Panasonic AE series. Depends on how much I can shift the current gear for
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The Toshiba is up for pre order at Play for £449.99 I was hopping it would be a little cheaper than that.
Looks abit retro, like a latter day video recorder
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Old 02-10-2006, 13:49   #28
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The Toshiba is up for pre order at Play for £449.99 I was hopping it would be a little cheaper than that.
that looks like the US HD-A2. maybe we won't get the crappy first run stuff like the yanks did. or maybe they've just used the US model pic as a mistake and we will be getting crap machines that require new firmware upgrades every month or something...
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Old 02-10-2006, 13:54   #29
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I spotted a note at the bottom of the specs that reads:
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1. HD DVD disks containing high definition content at a field rate of 50Hz or frame rate of 25Hz cannot be played on HD-XE1 \ HD-E1 without a firmware update. Firmware update is expected in the future. Should you have any questions about the frane rate of your disk, please contact the disk vendor
I've never been to clued up on this sort of thing, can anybody elaborate?
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Is that because the US disks so far released have a 24 fps frame rate to match the source film? So far only Canal+ in France have confirmed they will be using 24 Hz transfers; apparently a lot of European HD material is at 25 or 50 Hz. So it sounds as if they are saying it will not play the latter - personally that wouldn't bother me much as I can't see the point of 25 Hz transfers when the hardware can play it at the right speed (not wishing to open up that old argument again...)
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There was a question about Regions. Now there are going to be 3 regions, but HD-DVD studios have decided to allow their discs to be played everywhere, Blu-Ray, especially Fox wants the region coding for the Hi-Def DVDs.

So for now it seems the HD-DVDs will be without region coding.
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Old 13-10-2006, 11:22   #32
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So for now it seems the HD-DVDs will be without region coding.
Which for me was a key issue, mainly based on US disc prices. Every non-combo HD-DVD disc in Wal-Mart was $19.98 which should mean we're looking at less than £14.99 for US discs. Even Combo discs should be less than £20 delivered.
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Most likely, I tend to look at dvdboxoffice.com for titles. They are slightly more expensive but shipping is included, and customs doesn't check because the shipping address is somewhere in Europe.

I still am not sure whether to buy a HD-DVD or Blu-Ray or combo, or wait it out a little further?
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