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Brand New XBOX 360 HD DVD Drive £14.00 @ HMV

£14.00 @ HMV
Went to London Victoria HMV today and saw 2 Brand New HD-DVD Drive.. including Remote Control.. I am pretty sure it is local deal as I don't think many stores will still stock them.... I would hav… Read More
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Went to London Victoria HMV today and saw 2 Brand New HD-DVD Drive.. including Remote Control..
I am pretty sure it is local deal as I don't think many stores will still stock them....
I would have bought it if I haven't got one...
Grab it if you are in London
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1 Like #1
good doorstop
#2
The remote alone is worth atleast half that price, so providing you can find some HD DVDs on the cheap it wouldn't that bad a purchase. Just accept your choice of titles is going to be very limited.
#3
works fine with netbooks too
#4
Fantastic Deal, I would definitely get this if I hadn't already bought it from Blockbuster for £2.95... :-O, oh!
#5
Just because it's HD-DVD doesn't mean it doesn't also read DVDs & CDs. As J9STL notes, probably a very useful purchase for those of us with Xboxes that need a remote, and notebooks without optical drives.
#6
2 years ago I'd have agreed with the above comments...I was using it as an external drive for quite a while.

Nowadays, this bulky tat doesn't deserve a place in anyone's home.

1. DVD read speed is limited to about 3-4x tops.
2. HD-DVD read speed is about 2x
3. Needs external power
4. Bulky as hell
5. Looks proper crap

Why not just spend an extra £15 and get a nice little slimline external DVD reader\writer, no need for an external power supply and actually useable on a daily basis. This POS might get dragged out once every 6 months to install a load of junk on a netbook and then never used again, even for that it's going to take an age to use it due to it's pathetic read speed.
#7
As far as HD-DVDs go...why bother at this point. What do you do when you've bought the 25-35 HD-DVDs that you could possibly want for about a £100 or so...?

Nothing...give it a year and I'll bet you'll be trying to sell them to someone.
#8
I've been looking for another one of these. Will check out my local stores. Probably no stock but worth a look at this price.

I can't believe how stupid some of the anti HD-DVD comments are X). Forget the fact it can be used as a dvd player etc and some of us actually have and still collect HD-DVDs. And you'll be surprised at how quickly these start to grow in value as collectors items. I've already noticed them steadily increase in value.
#9
robo989
As far as HD-DVDs go...why bother at this point. What do you do when you've bought the 25-35 HD-DVDs that you could possibly want for about a £100 or so...?

Nothing...give it a year and I'll bet you'll be trying to sell them to someone.


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#10
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#11
springbrucesteen
robo989
As far as HD-DVDs go...why bother at this point. What do you do when you've bought the 25-35 HD-DVDs that you could possibly want for about a £100 or so...?Nothing...give it a year and I'll bet you'll be trying to sell them to someone.
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You think?

I've owned 1, the format has no future.

End of the day the audio quality is limited because the Xbox 360 recodes all audio to 640K dolby digital or 1.5mbit DTS.

No HD audio.

Picture quality is pretty good on the top tier releases, but how many of them are there? How many of those do you actually want?

Fine, buy away...It will be just like that massive collection of records that work perfectly fine that you have already chucked in the bin.
#12
Wooohooo Red Ray FTW
#13
Groovy.....it's the new betamax
#14
Great, I'll just drive down to London to buy an obsolete format drive.
It may not be any use to man nor beast, but hey, it's cheap and it'll make a great talking point.

"Oh, I see you have an HD-DVD drive for your xbox."
"Yes, when the disc tray is open, it is really useful for holding a bunch of flowers."
#15
I'd probably buy one if I saw for about £10, just to use as an external drive for netbook.
At the moment I just create an iso from a disc then use that mounted in daemon tools etc.

Its good to have iso files of install CDs etc, so you don't have to go hunting later.
#16
robo989
You think?

I've owned 1, the format has no future.

That's a very silly point to try to make.
Not only are the players very inexpensive but the films still are too.
Who cares if the format has no future, everything still works and still provides excellent HD quality.

robo989] End of the day the audio quality is limited because the Xbox 360 recodes all audio to 640K dolby digital or 1.5mbit DTS.

No HD audio.

Well that's only true of you use this just with an Xbox.

If you use it with a PC as a CD/DVD/HD DVD ROM drive then with the right software that's not a problem - especially with the increasingly common HDMI equipped graphics cards which now also handle HD audio.

robo989
Picture quality is pretty good on the top tier releases, but how many of them are there? How many of those do you actually want?

Picture quality was 'pretty good' (the equal of anythign Blu-ray has done, HD DVD uses the same 3 video codecs) on hundreds of titles.
In fact they made over 450 English language titles and over 800 worldwide.

I know several people who found over 200 titles they were interested in - and all at a fraction of the Blu-ray cost.
Assuming those titles are all available on Blu-ray, many are still not.

Over 100 titles are still only available in HD on HD DVD, which, if you love film and want the best image & audio quality leaves you with one solitary option.
Right?

I love film, I couldn't care less about format so I have both Blu-ray & HD DVD.
Thanks to HD DVD a big chunk of my HD film collection cost peanuts.
They'll last just fine until the next better video format come along in 5 to 10yrs, thanks.

robo989
Fine, buy away...It will be just like that massive collection of records that work perfectly fine that you have already chucked in the bin

Nonsense.
The discs still work, the players still work and the image and audio quality is superb.

Would you might try and suggest DVD is not worth bothering with either?
The thing is DVD offers over 100,000 titles to Blu-ray's current approx 1500.
So it remains valid.
Just as HD DVD does too as the only means of seeing some films in HD.

I just wonder why the critics love to come in & dismiss all of this?
You have a very cheap player, very cheap films, excellent quality.
What's not to like?



Edited By: Gixxerman001 on Sep 15, 2010 00:33: sp
#17
1, Can you buy a new external DVD drive cheaper than this, regardless of its size, no? then its a good deal
2. Everyone knows that HD-DVD didn't win the war, no one cares.
3. If someone wants to spend their money on something and are happy with the deal, who are we to judge?
4. I have an Xbox HD-DVD drive, yep it only comes out now and again, but at that price and for the frequency of use why pay more, why worry about access times?
#18
Oh ps, if you connect this up to your pc and run Nero (i believe) you can watch HD-DVDs thru your pc with the drive connected works a treat
#19

*XxGunnerxX*

ps, if you connect this up to your pc and run Nero (i believe) you can watch HD-DVDs thru your pc with the drive connected works a treat

PowerDVD also works a treat.
PowerDVD7.3 ultra is the usual version most I know use but version 8 can be persuaded easily to run HD DVDs too.

Films in high definition with high definition audio for less than the price of a DVD, you can't really go wrong, not when the players are peanuts to buy too.
#20
Well if you are going to buy a few cheap HD-DVDs you'd better buy 2 of these - or you are going to be stuffed when it dies in a couple of years time!
#21
I think I'll connect mine to my PC. Not using it with the 360 anyway...

Edited By: K1LLER HORNET on Sep 15, 2010 10:59: HUKD
#22
If my Xbox's internal drive has died, Can you run games off this? I realise that's massively optimistic, but worth a shout.
#23
no you can't turkeywelder - unfortunate, because it would make flashing rather simpler :)
#24
Just sold mine on ebay (I bought it when it was £24.99) and I made £8 after fees and postage. The package is heavy at over 2kg, cost me £7.06 to post it standard parcels!

I bought into the HD-DVD format after it lost the format war and the players/discs became much cheaper. I bought lots of discs when they were reduced from £20 to £4.99 each on HMV and sold most recently for £2-3, so lost out on their resale. My advice now would be to save your money, blu rays are now much cheaper and people will not be laughing at them in 5 years time.

Take my word from an old HD-DVD believer these are absolutely hopeless, you might as well buy now and throw in the bin later.

The only saving grace it has is that it is useful as a PC DVD rom for laptops/netbooks but it looks ugly and needs a big power brick. If you are buying for this purpose I would suggest you just get a slim external one as they are pretty cheap now too.
#25
Deano467

I bought lots of discs when they were reduced from £20 to £4.99 each on HMV and sold most recently for £2-3, so lost out on their resale. My advice now would be to save your money, blu rays are now much cheaper and people will not be laughing at them in 5 years time.

What sort of fashion-victim idiots would "laugh" at an HD video disc format?
(the usual ridiculous PS3/Blu-ray fanboys excepted)
No adult people I know or ever met......in fact the few interested in HD usually are very surprised & approve when I show them how a large chunk of my HD film collection cost peanuts compared to the Blu-ray alternative.

What about the huge stack of films that are still cheaper on HD DVD.......and only available on HD DVD (which is over 100 titles, still)?

Deano467

Take my word from an old HD-DVD believer these are absolutely hopeless, you might as well buy now and throw in the bin later.

The only saving grace it has is that it is useful as a PC DVD rom for laptops/netbooks but it looks ugly and needs a big power brick. If you are buying for this purpose I would suggest you just get a slim external one as they are pretty cheap now too.

What is "hopeless" about them?
They work just fine & have many useful features.
Besides not being very big anyway, in terms of PC use, the power brick is a bonus as it takes all the load away from your PC (handy for those with marginal PSU headroom) and it removes the heat from your PC case.

These units also look great finished in black (there are a few YouTubes out there on how to do it nice).
#26
There is nothing wrong with AC-3 [ 5.1 ] or DTS and use it to play DVDs from xbox and upscale. (yeah int drive will but don't abuse the internal to play DVDs etc only games)
#27
dontasciime

Quite.
I guess some prefer not to acknowledge that certain Blu-rays only came with a 640kbps audio tracks which is inferior to even the DTS or Dolby Digital Plus audio track @ 1500kbps that HD DVD has as a minimum (even on the Xbox system).

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