Is this Blu-Ray/HD DVD drive by LG a good buy?

nerr

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I'm looking to get into HD video now that I finally have a powerful enough PC to run it. I'm running an ATI Radeon HD 4870 that can output an HDMI signal to my 47" 1080p HDTV, or a DVI signal to my 24" 1920x1200 monitor. I've found this Blu-Ray/HD DVD drive on Newegg and ZipZoomFly, and I'm curious to know if it would be a good buy for someone who is looking to get into high-definition video viewing.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136133

I have a friend who has a Blu-Ray drive in his laptop, and a bunch of Blu-Ray movies. He and I would be able to share our movies, so it would definitely get some use in my PC. Any thoughts are appreciated.
 

Omegas

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I've got the same drive in my HTPC and it works great. So far very quiet and no issues playing HD-DVD's. The only problem I have with it is the Activity LED on the front is very blue and VERY bright! Will grab some tape/paint/marker to help take care of that next time I've got a moment...
 

nerr

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Hehe, well a blue LED would fit in just fine with my case, so I guess that wouldn't be too big of an issue for me. Thanks for your thoughts!

Any other owners of this drive?
 

w1retap

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I've got two of them. One in my HTPC, and one in the HTPC I'm selling. It's a very good drive, and I'd definitely recommend it. And yes.. the LED on it is really freaking bright, lol.
 

Adidas4275

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best bang for the buck blu-ray drive around, only one i would buy that isnt a blu-ray burner
 

skyline889

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I picked mine up for less than $150 shipped, new on eBay. It's a great drive and Blu-Ray picture is as amazing as it is on our PS3 but it's a little noisy at times. Also, be sure you have a good Blu-Ray program, I use Power DVD 7 Ultra for Blu-Ray and Power DVD 8 Ultra for HD-DVD (There's no Vista x64 support for HD-DVD on 8) and it works great but I heard the stock software is garbage.
 

Omegas

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They have an update for the software but I believe it still only plays 2.1 sound out.
 

Rugeroni

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i have this drive and i have no issues at all.

i am not sure about the 2.1 thing because mine play through my 5.1 perfectly.
 
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