What are you using for a Blu-Ray drive?

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  1. Rob.G macrumors 6502

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    What is everybody using for a Blu-Ray drive since Apple won't make one? Does one exist that's as compact as the external SuperDrive?

    Rob
     
  2. zflauaus macrumors 65816

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    There's an ASUS bus-powered drive that apparently works with OS X. Never tried it but I've thought about purchasing it for my older Mac Mini to rip and encode movies. Something like $70 or so.
     
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    I have a standalone Pioneer BDP-51FD blu-ray player. Even though it's slow to load, and isn't Profile 2, I much prefer the sound quality of CDs via the Wolfson DACs built into it, so until someone comes along with something better for less AND which allows me to tie it into my AppleTV, I'll keep what I have.
     
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    None - as apple has rightly chosen steaming , I want my media, all of it, to follow me about as I go from room to room, building to building, and a little plastic and metal substrate disk just doesn't cut it.

    Space is not an issue anymore, one 12 bay drobo nas box stores thousands of films, and tv shoes in high def, and takes up the space of a couple of dozen blue rays.

    It's taken 28 years for my home cinema system to catch up to where I wanted it to be when I first started "collecting" tv shows, I was happy when my VHS collection , which numbered in the 1000s was downsized when DVDs came out, I'm now even happier that digital is replacing them,

    For now blue ray for me ,is just for 3D content and ps3 games
     
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    That's great. Except that most people who have Blu-ray drives with their Mac are using it for transcoding so they can stream it. :rolleyes:
     
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    I use an external slim Asus burner (but use Bootcamp to watch BR movies).
     
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    You know, now that there are tons of Blu-ray titles as low as $7.99 (and actual titles you'd want to own at $9.99 - I saw Transformers 1 and 2 for $9.99 each this week) you can buy the disc and rip it to your Mac and archive it in full 1080p lossless quality, THEN as you need to for other devices, change formats for Apple's portable devices. You can have your own media server on the cheap. If you start out with the best quality, you're better off, because you can't add quality back later. Especially if you give away the discs after ripping.

    As the ATV3 arrives next year, I'm betting we'll see 1080p support in both the hardware (via A5) and iTunes Movie offerings. I can only HOPE that Apple decides to let the ATV support lossless audio for the complete HT experience.
     
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  14. Rob.G thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Is it possible to use a PS3 as a Blu-Ray "reader"?? I have one... rarely touch it anymore.

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    Of course, that has nothing to do with this drive - just Steve's refusal to put up with the "bag of hurt" which is Blu-Ray licensing.
     
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    Playback works on PC's, just not Macs. Something that Apple needs to address, not Sony.
     

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