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New LG products. Image courteys of Akihabara News
Blu-ray for all

Akihabara News reports Hitachi-LG has launched a new 4x Blu-ray equipped PC and Blu-ray burner. We first got a taste of the GBW-H10N last month, but it looks like the drive is officially on the store shelves in Japan now.

LG’s XPION X600 series desktop PC features Blu-ray high definition video playback capabilities. The Blu-ray playback component of the XPION X600 is provided by LG’s Super Multi Blue drive that supports Blu-ray and DVD formats. Backing the Blu-ray drive is an NVIDIA GeForce 7900GT with HDCP compatibility and Pentium D 945 processor. Also included with the XPION X600 systems is 1GB of DDR2 memory and a 320GB hard drive.

For those of us not interested in buying an entirely new PC for Blu-ray, LG will also sell the GBW-H10N Super Multi Blue writer separately. The Super Multi Blue can burn Blu-ray recordable media at 4x while Blu-ray rewriteable media is limited to 2x. Up to 25GB of data can be stored on a single Blu-ray disc, though larger capacities are expected in the future. It is unknown if the LG GBW-H10N will support larger Blu-ray discs. DVD and CD recordable media formats are also supported with the GBW-H10N.

A Blu-ray player is expected before the end of the year, according to Akihabara News. There’s no mention of availability of the XPION X600 systems, though it may not be available to North American customers as LG doesn’t have much presence in the North American markets. As far as the Super Multi Blue GBW-H10N goes it most likely won’t be cost effective as other Blu-ray drives retail for north of $700.

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RE: Nice...
By RussianSensation on 8/30/2006 7:46:54 AM , Rating: 1
$500-700 for a 4x player that needs a $3-5k US 1080P true native HDTV in a market where a single 25gb empty disc will cost about $15-25, and majority of graphics cards that still dont have HDMI with HDCP port? Doesn't sound like a winner to me, maybe in 2-3 years when you can buy it for $30 and 100 discs for $20...and you dont need a 5k 1080P tv to enjoy it?

Oh wait, that's a DVD. Don't get me wrong I love new technology, I just dont want to pay premium prices when there is little benefit in the beginning of its lifecycle.

RE: Nice...
By Lonyo on 8/30/2006 8:14:48 AM , Rating: 2
I think the winner will start to become clearer at the end of 2007 when we hopefully have mass availability of drives/players at reasonable costs, and media also at reasonable costs, and when speeds have picked up. And when we have a decent catalogue of films from each format.
It's far too early to declare anything a winner yet, when it's mainly only hardcore early adopters who are getting into either format.

RE: Nice...
By Strunf on 8/30/2006 10:58:33 AM , Rating: 2
I don’t say the Blu-ray is the clear winner, I’m just saying the Blu-ray seems to be ahead at least when it comes to the PC world.

“it's mainly only hardcore early adopters who are getting into either format.”
That’s true but that’s the case for everything, first the hardcore, then the high end, and so on till the little guy, and if the hardcore guys declare either format the winner chances are the other format will never make it to the little guy.

Either way by middle 2007 it will be rather easy to see who’s going to win, today on the movies sector the HD-DVD is already at its best and the Blu-ray can only get better (thing that will happen before the end of the year...probably), on the PC side the Blu-ray is clearly ahead of the HD-DVD...

The major steps ahead are dual-layer Blu-ray movies, MPEG-4 or VC-1 Blu-ray movies, HD-DVD PC drives and the PS-3... after all that we’ll know who wins.

RE: Nice...
By Strunf on 8/30/2006 10:41:17 AM , Rating: 2
What you said is also true for the HD-DVD... my point is that between the HD-DVD and Blu-ray, the Blu-ray seems to be developing faster.

"Don't get me wrong I love new technology, I just dont want to pay premium prices when there is little benefit in the beginning of its lifecycle"
I don’t think you love new technology or you wouldn’t say such thing, Blu-ray today is actually cheaper than the DVD was back then, not to mention we got Blu-ray drives around the same time we got Blu-ray players when with the DVD it wasn’t the case. If we were to compare the price/ technology jump between the Blu-ray (today) and the DVD (when it made to stores), I’m not sure the DVD would provide more bang for the buck than the Blu-ray...

RE: Nice...
By Xenoterranos on 8/30/2006 11:17:11 AM , Rating: 2
The argument about it being cheaper than DVD might have been a saving grace of this new tech, if it were not for the fact that the only reason these formats (BR in particular) are expensive (and terribly long in the comming) is because the media companies want them locked down with all their DRM.

DVD was a new technology, WAY better than the one it replaced, and more than that, it was needed. At the time, the only reasonable way to store 4 gigs was magnetic. DVD made all that extra bagage go away. What does BR and HDVD give us that we don't already have? Magnetc media is actually cheaper now, DVD's are damned near disposable, and more an more people are clammoring for media sans disk, as opposed to a new format. I think it's the last attempt by the media companies at maintaining the stats quo as opposed to a true attempt at furthering technology.

RE: Nice...
By edpsx on 8/30/2006 4:55:40 PM , Rating: 2
There are many 1080p TV's that only cost $3k... some even less than that. So you dont have to spend $5k on a TV to enjoy BD now. $3k for a TV has been the norm pretty much for a good TV that is up to date. (55-60" anyways) And nobody really needs a 71" TV.. thats just showing off. Of course buying anything BlueRay right now is just showing off anyways.

RE: Nice...
By edpsx on 8/30/2006 4:56:14 PM , Rating: 2
And the chick in the middle is teh Hotness!

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