Questions about HD DVD

By papercut_2008
May 9, 2007
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  1. I'm thinking about getting an HD DVD player in my new computer, but I have a few questions about, so if anyone can answer them, I would greatly appreciate it.

    1- Is my monitor (17" Envision VGA LCD) capable? (it is NOT DVI)
    2- Is it worth the price?
    3- Is Blu-Ray better? (the Blu-Ray drive is twice as much)
  2. ajmac88

    ajmac88 Newcomer, in training

    i would vote against it especially since the difference on your computer of hddvd and dvd would be big enough to wow you, you might as well play dvds. As for the VGA-DVI think, that shouldn't make a difference. Blu ray and HD dvd are still going head to head and there really isnt a difference in quality but blu rays are way more expensive. Most companies make the dual players now, but me (being a movie fanatic with over 300 dvds), i am waiting for one of these technologys to get way ahead of the other (or merge), before i dive into supporting either one.
    Much like when dvds came out laser disks were the other chose, and DVDs became the normal. Who knows whats going to happen with ddhdvd and blurays, there are speculations, but i'm going to wait and see.
    But as for getting either for your computer, its a waste, if you have a plasma and you really want one bad then ya go for either one, or wait ;), but def not for computer
  3. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,916   +9

    Most 17" LCD monitors are at most 1280x1024 resolution, so for optimal HD DVD resolution it would be too small. HD DVD has 1920x1080 resolution, you'd need a 23" widescreen monitor or something like that.

    As for the price, the XBox 360 external HD DVD drive works in PCs as well and is relatively cheap. The discs themselves, well, 23.50 € (here) isn't too bad for one HD movie (at Play.com ).

    In my opinion the differences between Blu-Ray and HD DVD are quite small, neither is much better or worse than the other.
  4. Ruben

    Ruben Newcomer, in training Posts: 105

    I think if you have vga connector you won't see much improvement.
    But it is future-proof investment.

    Besides: HD DVD are better geared towards porn then blue-ray, not that it should matter to you, just a curiosity I guess ;)
    linky

    EDIT: Disclaimer "blue-gay" was unintentional typo in my original post and have rectified it since
  5. halo71

    halo71 Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,289

    Personally I just can't see spending the money to have it on your computer. I would much rather spend the money to have it for my home entertainment center. I don't see much difference between the HD DVD and Blu-Ray either.


    Ruben??? Huh?? Better geared towards porn? I don't think that format was delveloped soley for that purpose! lol...
  6. papercut_2008

    papercut_2008 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 77

    Thanks for your input, and I think you guys are right. I'll probably wait a few years and see which one wins out.
  7. zipperman

    zipperman Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,423   +7

    What you need

    An LCD-DVI-D HDCP wide screen monitor.
    And A video card with a DVI-D connection.
    I just made the upgrade and it's fabulous graphics.
    I have,
    VisionQuest VQL-22WSHD monitor. $350 CDN
    ATI 9600 XT video card or any that have a DVI-D connection.
    Useing converters defeats the whole update,and your monitor is still
    an Analog D-Sub.The cable is about $25,not included.
    I also have TV in and HDTV is excellent.
    :)
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