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    A couple of Q's for those of you 'up' on these kinds of things.

    1) would a Blu-ray player with upscaling play a DVD better than an ordinary DVD player with upscaling?

    (I am considering ordering either a Home theatre with 800 watts (Non Blu-Ray) or a bluray home theatre with 400 watts - I rarely play DVD's leta lone blurays).)

    2) Are plain DVD's expected to disappear within the next 5 - 10 years and be replaced by Blu-Ray or do we expect another format to have evolved by then?

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    1. Depends on the player's scaling chip.

    2. There'll be a successor to Blu-ray in the next few years. DVDs probably still be around then, there'll always be compatible players.

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    master_chief

    1. Depends on the player's scaling chip.2. There'll be a successor to … 1. Depends on the player's scaling chip.2. There'll be a successor to Blu-ray in the next few years. DVDs probably still be around then, there'll always be compatible players.




    Both players are LG so 'probably' the same chip??

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    rizla01

    Both players are LG so 'probably' the same chip??



    There's probably not too much in it anyway. If you were so concerned about small degrees of quality then you may as well just go Blu-Ray only.

    As master_chief stated it will depend on the chip used in upscaling process but it's just as important to factor in the size, type and quality of display, consider that a lot can look good on a small screen - view the same material on a large screen and you expose quality issues.

    Same with sound, what's better 800 or 400 watts? It means nothing if it can't let you hear the detail or direction. Loud is only loud.

    And if what's going to be around in 5 years is a factor for buying then you'll possibly miss out on what good now, come back in 5 years time and you will still have the same dilemma.

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    I'd give the home theatre a miss as well as you'll be bored with it in a few days if your not into dvd/blurays

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    whatsThePoint - Mar 20, 2011 10:23I'd give the home theatre a miss as … whatsThePoint - Mar 20, 2011 10:23I'd give the home theatre a miss as well as you'll be bored with it in a few days if your not into dvd/blurays



    I don't agree that point as Dolby surround is preferable to front source stereo and very reasonable sound can be heard from upscaled DVD (Unless you are a purist with perfect hearing - which I'm not.)


    The two budget systems that I am considering are :-
    This one

    Or This one

    Not interested in the internet connectivity as long as I have HDMI & Optical (Which they both have) and I don't have a Xbox or Playstation Etc.


    BEST quality is not what I am after but appreciate that DVD's look better on my LG PJ650 42" (Not Full HD) set than non-upscaled.

    Edited by: "rizla01" 20th Mar 2011

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    We'll see, let me know a month after getting it if you still use it or not

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    whatsThePoint

    We'll see, let me know a month after getting it if you still use it or … We'll see, let me know a month after getting it if you still use it or not




    Well I have had a Dolby surround sound system connected to my TV for the past 15 years and up graded to 5.1 about 4 years ago, if that helps.

    This is not the question that I was asking, tho, is it?

    Thanks for the 'Bump' tho.
    Edited by: "rizla01" 20th Mar 2011

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    Anyone with further thoughts?

    I really need advice before committing.

    What about this one dixons.co.uk/gbu…d=t bit more expensive but 850W speakers

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    peodude

    What about this … What about this onehttp://www.dixons.co.uk/gbuk/lg-hb805ph-5-1ch-blu-ray-home-cinema-system-exclusive-model-08638447-pdt.html?srcid=867&xtor=AL-78&istCompanyId=4be69b13-f6de-4a80-8d9b-22e0185f57a7&istItemId=qqpwxla&istBid=t bit more expensive but 850W speakers




    That is the point.

    Would I be any better off with that if Blu ray not required therby saving £100

    Well DVD's are all but dead now, and Blu-Ray disks are dropping in price fast. As Blu-Ray players play DVD's then surely it is better to pay a little more now and be future proof for a good few years. Blu-Ray shouldn't be going anywhere soon, and the LG machines can access the subscription film streamings that is an alternative to the physical format.

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    LG machines can access the subscription film streamings that is an alternative to the physical format

    Can you explain that bit.

    I thpught that they could only get YouTube. Weather and Picassa

    The LG's come with LG Netcast, applications as shown lg.com/uk/…st/ This has been upgraded a few times already, so more may come as well.

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    Interesting.

    The DNLA connection with the Bluray player lists only the three I mentioned.

    What you linked to is for the TVs with DNLA but I notice that the weather stream isn't included.

    Could it be that they are very diferent systems?

    Then again there is always this.
    Edited by: "rizla01" 20th Mar 2011

    There is also avforums.com/for…tml which suggests there was originally three, but know there is more as far as i know the LG Netcast is a standard feature accross the network, as in, having the same applications but must be a work in progress. There is also LG Netcast in the US, that has different applications, but should be a good indicator of what they are aiming for.

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    Ok Peodude.


    I'll go with the 400w system and hope that has enough ooomph for a 11x15 room (Should have) and enjoy the benefits of the networking instead of the floor standing speakers.

    Thaks for yr time and advice.
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