I am building a new system (my first ever!), and I figured I may as well save a couple hundred bucks and include a blu-ray player. Do you have any recommendations? I don't intend to watch movies on my computer; my 42" LCD is in the same room, and I plan to connect the computer to the tv.
One question I have: will I be able to play sound through my tv's speakers if I plug the computer to my tv via the GPU? If not, is there any way I can use my tv's speakers to play sound while playing a blu-ray?
Does anyone have any good recommendations for a solid blu-ray player? I imagine I would need something under $200, as stand-alone players keep falling in price.
I heard some of the Lite-On ones don't play the dual layer discs, I'm not sure though. I don't know how many movies use dual layer discs but I imagine more and more will as Blu-Ray becomes more main stream. Just something to be careful of.
There are different ways to use your TV speakers playing Blue-ray/HD-DVD movies from PC
1) USE AMD/ATI video cards that supports audio through DVI/HDMI connectors. Video & Audio is feed directly to the TV
2) USE optical or coax audio link from motherboard going to the TV.
3) Use regular audio-cable from the sound-card to the TV.
You need to make sure you this feature in your hardware ...
1) HDMI inputs for your HD-TV
2) Coaxial or Optical Audio inputs in your TV
Motherboard and or soundcard
1) Check if optical or coax audio link is available
HD Drives for Blue-Ray....
I'm using LG and don't have isses with it.
Leon, that helps a lot, and you answered a question I've had for days now. I play audio from my cable box straight through my hdmi. Given that I've now purchased the ASUS 4870 video card, I think I will be able to get audio through a DVI-HDMI cord (correct me if I'm wrong).
I am now thinking of knocking out my cd/dvdr/w/blu-ray player by getting the Pioneer BDC-2202B. Anyone have any experience with this drive? It seems to do everything I need (play BD, play and write DVD). Is there any good reason I should get two internal drives? A dvd and a blu-ray?
When you puchase the Blue-Ray disc player it normally comes with a POWERDVD player. That software is to enable you to play Blue-ray/HD-DVD/DVD. There are things to take note on the PowerDVD software that comes with the disc
1) Most of the time it will need an update to recognize your Graphics Card & video Driver. The 4870 is fairly new and most likely you will have that problem. To address this you need to run PowerDVD Advisor. If it PASS you are OK if it fail you need to email Cyberlink to get a software update or patch. Thats the only time you can play Blue-Ray without issues.
2) The PowerDVD that comes with Blue-Ray drives are only STEREO VERSION. To get 5.1 or 7.1 audio Cyberlink will ask you to purchase an upgrade.
1) I'm using LG and i don't have an info on you pioneer Blue-Ray.
2) Optical drives is one of the most under-utilized hardware on a PC. Most of the time its doing nothing consuming power. I normally have one for my PC. Thats a personal preference, you need to decide for yourself.
I read up on the Pioneer you are planning on purchasing. I'm also in the market for a BD drive. Why is there such a price difference from newegg and tigerdirect? its 400 at tiger and 160 at newegg. Am I missing something? I did notice in the pictures that the one at tiger had no writing at the bottom but the pictures from newegg show "Pioneer" and "BD-ROM DVD/CD Writer" written at the bottom but the model numbers are the same. Where are you getting your drive and for how much?
EDIT: Forgot to add, I was planning on purchasing the LG GGC-H20L. It has very good reviews on newegg and it's in the same price range (depending on what you're paying) as that Pioneer.
I've actually changed plans: I want to get the sony for a few reasons: (1) its the newest of the 4 I considered (sony, pioneer, lg, lite on), (2) blu-ray is their format, so playback should not be an issue, (3) its well reviewed, especially on amazon, and (4) it retails for 150 at staples, which is offering a 12% discount this week, so I should be able to get it for 130 or so. The only con is it does not write dvds, but I think it makes sense to get a dedicated dvd writer because (1) they are dirt cheap, and (2) they are faster than the dvd combo writers.
As for the pioneer, the price disparity is probably due to one being a blu-ray writer. In any event, I believe Provantage had the best price on that unit (it should be 159 or so).
I plan to buy the sony player this weekend, so if anyone has any mission critical negative info, please let me know! Ultimately I'm guessing these units are all the same, but man, such dillemmas!
Ultimately I'm guessing these units are all the same, but man, such dillemmas!
lol i feel the same way...Now I'm looking at the ASUS drive also just because it looks nicer, physically. The Blu Ray logo really stands out and it matches well with any black case. The sony drive also looks nice but I read mixed reviews on the drive. Let me know how it works out for you. Good luck.
I'm pretty sure all 3 drives come with cyberlink software so whether its good or bad software doesn't really matter I don't think. All 3 are also almost the same price. About $10 difference between all 3 drives. Right now I'm leaning towards the LG, or maybe the Sony....AH i dont know.......
I am not worried about the software. The latest version of PowerDVD is available on ebay from ostensibly reputable sellers for 30-40 bucks. AnyDVD is also affordable. I won't bother installing anything that comes with it, aside from the drivers if windows 64 doesn't recognize the drive.
I decided to go with the ASUS. In the review below they took the unit apart and reported that it had the same chip as the Pioneer drive so I imagine their performance is quite similar. Also, as I said before I like the blue blu ray logo and its the cheapest of the 3 drives.