Found 18th Dec 2010
Parents are getting themselves Panasonic Viera for christmas. I thought about getting them a blu ray player with maybe home cinema. would it be worth it? do blu ray players make that big a difference? they seem pretty expensive

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first question is, do they respect AV?

makes a HUGE difference,some bluray transfers are crap tho,but if its done correctly the quality is stunning!

They absolutely do.

Especially with particular films, Avatar, The Dark Knight, Close Encounters, Thin Red Line, etc.

Yes they do make a difference...Picture quality is a lot better and rental is as easy now as well. If you get them a home cinema most are not interchangeable and if the Bluray packs up you will have to throw the lot out...You would be better off buying seperates

Original Poster

thanks thats good to know, what about regular dvds, does it make a difference with them? they use clubcard vouchers to rent dvds from blockbusters

black gerb1l, as much as the regular person i guess, they deemed it worth getting the G series of viera as opposed to the cheaper S series
Edited by: "morales" 18th Dec 2010

It makes most dvd's slightly better but nothing compared to blu-ray.

BradyBrade!

It makes most dvd's slightly better but nothing compared to blu-ray.



+1

but Blu Rays are really stunning. Was also wondering if it's worthwhile, but now happy that I splashed out the money. And these days you get a branded player for less than £100.

When I think what I paid for my first DVD player some 8 years ago this is actually quite cheap!
Edited by: "MarvinHC" 18th Dec 2010

It depend how 'bothered' they are - me and OH really notice the difference between HD and normal picture but I know my Mum couldn't care less and definitely wouldn't pay extra for Blu rays, my MIL isn't paritcularly bothered either.

Did your parents buy the tv because they are clued up on picture quality and that? Or just because they wanted a nice big tv to llok at?

Edited by: "Mrs.Z" 18th Dec 2010

Banned

Yes!!!!

yes if you spend the right amount of dosh for the right kit, no if you buy cheap goods expecting preformance

They need an upscaling DVD player at the very least and blu ray players can do this as well.

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sorry would like to ask again, is one of those toshibas bdx2100 or lgs from blockbusters considered cheap?

Yes Blu-ray is totally worth it, but you need the right kit to make the most of it. The TV, is it a G20?

Player wise I personally wouldn't go for less than a Sony BDPS370 (can be had for around £100).
Edited by: "megalomaniac" 20th Dec 2010

Original Poster

thanks bud

complete waste of money. having better looking colours blah blah will not make it any better. a crap film is a crap film regardless of how good it looks,

we got one thinking its reaslly good.
Yes the quality if great, and I really do enjoy the blu-rays,
But ...
I find the upscaling normal dvds is sometimes poor. Its like watching a copy with the quality of picture sometimes.
Also the cost of Blu-rays compared to DVD is just ridiculous!

If you watch alot of movies yes it is. If they watch a film once in a blue moon and spend 90% of their time watching freeview then forget blu-ray and get them an upscaling DVD player. Slightly better quality and cheaper media for the times they do want it.

Yes blu-ray is "future proof" but DVD's are a few pounds now (yeah blu-rays are cheap but DVD £4 blu-ray £7 is still a considerable saving in percentage terms) and if they arent the bleeding edge tech type they'll care more about the saving than the ability to see people in HD.

Or

Simply take them and show them what blou-ray is and what upscaled looks like and see if they really do care.



Edited by: "super_leeds_86" 20th Dec 2010

beth3735

I find the upscaling normal dvds is sometimes poor. Its like watching a … I find the upscaling normal dvds is sometimes poor. Its like watching a copy with the quality of picture sometimes.


Upscaling performance can vary substantially between players, what player have you got?

megalomaniac

Upscaling performance can vary substantially between players, what player … Upscaling performance can vary substantially between players, what player have you got?



I have the Sony BDP-360, Not sure if thats supposed to be poor quality or not.

beth3735

I have the Sony BDP-360, Not sure if thats supposed to be poor quality or … I have the Sony BDP-360, Not sure if thats supposed to be poor quality or not.


Odd that's a pretty good one, are you sure you have it and your TV set-up correctly? If you have I can only think it must be faulty because it reviewed very well: whathifi.com/rev…60/ "Superb 1080p upscaling", at the time (last year) they thought only the Pioneer 320 was better (at nearly twice the price) for less than £500.

it looks perfect when playing a proper Bru-ray, its just our DVDs. Doesnt really bother me too much as I hardly watch films, Hubby is the film watcher. I was just a bit let down with the big issue of Blu-Ray players for this reason

the Blu-Ray shelf life is going to be shorter than DVD, the digital download market will dominate by force to keep price up and stop second hand sales etc.

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will mostly be renting films from blockbusters using tesco vouchers. they never buy films unless its really good or a present
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