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Offline pat

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New Bluray Drive
« on: Nov 21, 2010, 01:17 PM »
I suppose this is an upgrade and since there is nothing in this board, I'll go ahead and poast here.  ;)

I recently bought my first Bluray drive, the LG Black 10X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM SATA for my HTPC system that I have connected to my tv.
Even though the drive was OEM, it came with a SATA cable and software, an older version of Power DVD 8.x. I never did install that software opting for trial versions of Power DVD 10 and Total Media Theater 3.

I couldn't ever get the TMT3 to recognize my sound connection using the SPDIF connection that lets the sound travel over the HDMI cable, worked ok on my other system, but not the one I use for HTPC. So I ended up buying the Power DVD 10, which works very well for Bluray playback.

I use what's called cinema mode for playing Bluray disks, this plugs into Windows Media Center and allows the use of a remote which is a good thing as all the bluray disks I've played dissables the use of the mouse.

For the most part I'm very satisfied with the overall experience. Picture quality is great, sound is good and with some movies like Shrek, it was like walking around inside the movie. I do notice the disk needs to be in good shape as there is not much allowance for scratches or pits, they just don't play well.




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Re: New Bluray Drive
« Reply #1 on: Nov 21, 2010, 01:39 PM »
I'm glad that worked out for you. I always wondered what the benefit is of an HTPC system, vs. a traditional entertainment system.

When we want to watch a movie, we just plug it in to our Sony Blu-ray player and crank up the receiver. We use the same system for watching Netflix "Watch it Now", and other Internet provided flicks.

As for keeping discs in good shape, that's always a challenge when kids are around. Discs are often touted as being very durable, but reality is something different.

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Re: New Bluray Drive
« Reply #2 on: Nov 21, 2010, 02:07 PM »
Scuzzy,
" crank up the receiver." 
When you used the word receiver, do you mean a TV with an internet connection?
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Re: New Bluray Drive
« Reply #3 on: Nov 21, 2010, 02:15 PM »
My entertainment system consists of a Samsung widescreen TV, a Sony Blu-ray player, and a Sony digital (DTS) surround receiver (integrated 7.1 channel, 770 watt amp & preamp). The latter is hooked to a JBL 5.1 speaker system. When cranked, the entire house rumbles (all 4200 sq ft).

The Sony Blu-ray player is what's hooked to the Internet and provides various streaming options, to include Netflix.

Edit: I meant the Sony receiver is a 7.1 system, not a 6.1. However, I'm using it as a 5.1 (5 surround speakers; 1 subwoofer).

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Re: New Bluray Drive
« Reply #4 on: Nov 21, 2010, 02:18 PM »
I always wondered what the benefit is of an HTPC system, vs. a traditional entertainment system.


As did I, and as I still sometimes do. On the one had with the traditional players that are available, especially the network connected ones, it's certainly the easier option. Stick the disk in it plays, click the Netflix option, it plays. No building or configuring of a computer and certainly less money.

On the other hand, I am able to browse to any site that has a video option and play content or load video files from various devices and either play or save to disk for playback at a later date. I'm also able to record tv to disk for a latter time, my whole library of pictures is available to view on the tv from the comfort of my couch. Can also play PC games on the bigger screen and of course this is also another computer to use for any computer related activities. Many times my wife will be on one computer and the other will be using the one connected to the tv. And I suppose as things change updates can be made to a computer that won't be so easy with a dedicated player.

Plus it gives me something to mess around with.  :)
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Re: New Bluray Drive
« Reply #5 on: Nov 21, 2010, 02:59 PM »
Both sound impressive.  Thanks for the explanation.
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