In my previous post, I wrote about my dilemma since my lone DVD player (not counting my Macbook) has died. I had three options:
- Buy an el cheapo upconverting DVD Player.
- Buy a $100-$200 very good upconverting DVD player.
- Splurge and get a Playstation 3, complete with Blu-Ray.
I have another option to add to the list: what if Apple releases AppleTV 2.0 on Monday that includes (among other upgrades) with either an upconverting DVD player or (probably a dream) a Blu-Ray player?
I would seriously consider that in a heartbeat. It essentially would be a Mac mini specifically designed as your media center for your TV. No clumsy hacks or buggy 3rd-party software involved.
So I guess I will wait until at least Monday before figuring out what I do.
So my old DVD player (a cheap $30 Wal-Mart model) that I have had since 2000 has officially died. Well, to be honest, I could still watch movies if I put up with it skipping and making clicking noises every few seconds on several perfect condition DVD’s.
My first instinct is to go buy an cheap up-converting DVD player to go with my HDTV. However, what are the odds of 1) one of those doing a good job upconverting movies and 2) being good enough quality to last awhile?
So I think if I am going to spend money on this, I need to buy a good up-converting DVD player or stretch enough to spend for a Blu-Ray player (in which case, a PlayStation 3 might be the route to go). Since all signs point to Blu-ray winning, that would be a good strategy.
A cheap upconverting DVD player can be found at the local Wal-Mart for ~$40. Of course, the odds of it doing a good job upconverting is slim and the build quality is probably suspect.
A good upconverting DVD player can go from $100-$200. The downside is it won’t be anytime soon that I go with Blu-Ray if I buy this.
If I go the Playstation 3 route for a Blu-Ray player, that is $399. The bonus on that of course is frequent firmware upgrades and the ability to play games. The downside is the cost.
I don’t know what to do!
Historic turnout by young voters at today’s Iowa caucus, with nearly 57% going to Barack Obama.
Wow. I have hope for my generation.
I first would like to wish everyone a happy new year! Personally I don’t know how 2008 could top 2007 for me (getting married, a nephew being born, my sister-in-law getting married, etc.), but I’ll see what I can do for an encore.
I usually have a big list of resolutions I would like to accomplish. Instead, this year I want to limit the list to just 2:
- Get some of my debt paid off (credit cards and if I am lucky, maybe one of my loans).
- Work really hard on my writing and this site.
I think those are realistic goals.