Blu Ray player for HTPC

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by brendu, Oct 2, 2009.

  1. brendu macrumors 68020

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    Hey, so my roommate just won this tv:
    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=9235259&type=product&id=1218064392359

    and i have a custom built HTPC that currently has a dvd burner in it. Im thinking of adding BluRay to it since this tv looks awesome.

    what is the best internal bluray player i can get for under 200?

    EDIT: if a decent one is available at best buy that would be good because im returning a monitor there for just over $200
     
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  3. brendu thread starter macrumors 68020

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    i see they can burn and everything but will they allow me to view bluray movies in the same quality as a seperate blu ray player, if not then im just gonna get a ps3
     
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    Of course they will, why wouldn't they?
     
  5. brendu thread starter macrumors 68020

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    yeah i figured so, just didnt know if any additional software was needed, im more of a mac guy so the whole windows media center is different to me.
     
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    one more dumb question, the htpc currently has 256mb integrated video card with HDMI output. It looks great on my TV but will this be enough to support high quality BD playback or will i need a better dedicated graphics card?
     
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    It should play it fine. Video playback is mostly processed by CPU, I think
     
  8. bcburrows macrumors 6502

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    It is not actually a full HD tv

    TV is 720
    HD is 1080

    At least that is the setup in the UK, presume it is the same Stateside

    But I agree with all the above (not that it is worth anyrthing :)) You should have no problems as there should not be much required in the way of work for simply just playing the movie. Have you tried connecting your setup to the TV and then renting an apple itunes movie in 720 - if that works, which I am sure it will, then I am sure your suggested setup would suffer no problems what so ever
     
  9. brendu thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Great idea, ill be trying that this weekend, and hopefully buying a blu ray player as well.
     

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