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Should You Go Blu-ray?

We hear it every day. Everyone is talking about it, yet everything still seems unclear. Just what is Blu-ray? Is it a real logical jump from DVD? Questions, questions, and more questions… So let’s try to figure out what’s the real score between DVD and Blu-ray and decide for ourselves which one is a better choice.

Surprisingly, Blu-ray is very similar to DVD in more ways than one. When you first experience Blu-ray, you realize their discs look the same, the menus too and even the players. So what really is the difference? Well, simply put, Blu-ray simply enhances your “viewing experience”. Let’s try to break it down into parts so we can really see the main differences. Also, I will include the drawbacks of Blu-ray for you to ponder upon.

What’s New with Blu-Ray?

Audio Quality: Blu-ray incorporated modern high-resolution sound formats to deliver high quality audio compared to that of DVD. Some of these formats like DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD offer sound quality equal to that of that of a studio master. In a nutshell, you will hear things the way the directors wanted you to hear them.

Image Quality: This is basically the main and best difference between Blu-ray and DVD. You can just say it like this- Blu-ray gives you better images. With Blu-ray, you can see more details in the screen. This is mainly because its 1920x1080 resolution is a very big jump from the 720x480 resolution of DVD. You may have had experiences with HD from your cable or satellite provider and if you find the videos clear and crisp, you will realize that Blu-ray can offer a much better viewing experience for you.

Features: Blu-ray also armed itself with a lot of unique features over DVD. Some of these features like the pop-up menus, video commentaries and on-demand content makes overall viewing experience with Blu-ray a notch ahead than that of DVD.

Drawbacks of Blu-ray

Cost: For $25 a title in the Blu-ray, the cost of having a months’ worth of titles is no joke. Although this was unavoidable due to the fact that its actually new and the technology is quite fresh. The players often range from 150 to 200 dollars which is almost twice the price of a decent DVD player.

Availability of titles: Currently, the number of titles available for Blu-ray is still incomparable to that of the available titles of DVD. If ever you choose to go with Blu-ray you may have to experience frustration especially when you find out that the movie of your choice is still not available on Blu-ray.

Street Talk

$25 a title? I think I'll wait. Thank you for the details, I've been wondering myself.

  about 1 decade ago
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