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(Some Guy)   Want to watch movies on the same day as the theater release? No problem, all you need is a fingerprint...and $500 per movie   ( primacinema.com) divider line
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2012-12-07 11:51:47 AM  
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Subby's Mother: My favorite is their line about "better clarity and deeper colors" than Blu-Ray players... Yeah, HDMI is HDMI. Better bitrate for better "clarity" is possible (but predownloading better than 40gb per movie? Yeah, good luck with that), but deeper colors? Yeah, right. Next you'll be telling me about warmer sounds

That gave me a good chuckle. The only way to get "deeper" anything is to get a decent display with a darker black. My cheapo LCD TV has more of a dark, dark grey than black. At least for a $35k box that uses $500 movies, it uses uncompressed audio instead of lossy. You'd better be getting the top-of-the-line audio/visual experience for that price.

"Warm" sounds from vinyl are equally laughable. The only noticeable difference to some people is when audio is compressed. That's why I rip whatever music I find (whether a CD or $5 album from Wild Bill's to FLAC. Of course, hearing the nearly-uncompressed sound isn't the reason to encode to FLAC. FLAC uses lossless compression, while MP3 is 'lossy'. What this means is that for each year the MP3 sits on your hard drive, it will lose roughly 12kbps, assuming you have SATA - it's about 15kbps on IDE, but only 7kbps on SCSI, due to rotational velocidensity. You don't want to know how much worse it is on CD-ROM or other optical media.

I started collecting MP3s in about 2001, and if I try to play any of the tracks I downloaded back then, even the stuff I grabbed at 320kbps, they just sound like crap. The bass is terrible, the midrange...well don't get me started. Some of those albums have degraded down to 32 or even 16kbps. FLAC rips from the same period still sound great, even if they weren't stored correctly, in a cool, dry place. Seriously, stick to FLAC, you may not be able to hear the difference now, but in a year or two, you'll be glad you did.
2012-12-07 11:30:47 AM  
2 votes:
If only there was a way to see a movie on the day it comes out for something like $20 or less, with a much, much larger screen and a more advanced sound system. I'd think that would be a possibility.
2012-12-07 12:11:56 PM  
1 vote:

USA Prime Credit Peggy: error 303: I guess it's not a terrible idea were it not for the gigantic upfront cost. I'd bet I could get a dozen friends to throw down $50 to watch The Hobbit in someone's basement with $100 left over for pizza and beer.

Your dozen friends are stupid.

Jokes on you, I don't even have a dozen friends!
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