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High Def and Next Gen with Blue Ray DVD Players

Feb 11, 2008
If you want to experience high definition content, as most people definitely want to do, then you'll need a Blue ray DVD player. With Warner Bros' recent decision to go Blue-Ray exclusive, more movies than ever before are coming out on it, and the only way to watch them is with a BR DVD player. However, you don't have to worry about your old movies becoming obsolete anytime soon, as all of these players will play standard DVD's just fine, so here's what you should know about them.

Upgrading from DVD

The DVD or digital video/versatile disc was a phenomenal success and nobody can deny that. However, LCD and plasma televisions have dramatically increased in sales, and consumers are now clamoring for high definition content. Unfortunately, DVD's are incapable of storing the appropriate amounts of data needed for this high definition content (at least more than a few minutes of it), so Blue ray and HD-DVD were developed as two rival formats, and it looks as if Blueray will definitely come out on top now, making the decision of upgrading to a next generation home theater format far less riskier. Its discs can hold about 10x the amount of data as normal DVD's, so you'll get to see your favorite movies with never before seen clarity, but you'll need the right DVD player first.

As mentioned above BR DVD players, as part of their standard, can play standard DVD movies, so you can move your DVD player to another room or just get rid of it altogether as this will replace that. Also, most (but not quite all) DVD players can play CD's, giving them multiple uses in your home theater and stereo. With a myriad of tiers, you can choose from basic two or three hundred dollar as basic players up to fifteen hundred dollar elite players. Most consumers will be quite happy with the basic DVD players while enthusiasts may want to choose the expensive versions.

Not only can you purchase stand alone players, but you can also get players that fit into your personal computer. Watch these kind of movies on your computer monitor or hook your computer up to your television. No matter what type of Blue Ray DVD player you get, you'll be able to watch 1080p movies with unparalleled visual and audio fidelity, but you'll want an appropriate television or monitor to go with that. To watch 1080p content in 1080p, you'll need a 1080p capable television or monitor (televisions are rated at 720p, 1080p, etc., while monitors at 1680x1050, 1920x1200, 2560x1600, etc.). For monitor's you'll need that can support 1920x1080, which is 1080p's actual resolution. You can still watch Blue ray movies on monitors less than 1080p, but they'll be downgraded. To watch everything in high def, you'll need a Blue ray DVD player.
About the Author
Michael Hehn is the webmaster of http://blue-raysite.com, a site that offers a wide range of useful and helpful information about blue ray. Visit his site for more free tips to choose the blue ray accessories for you and your family.
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