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Thread: Toshiba HD-A2 - $200.00 plus shipping

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quinn View Post
    In addition to 1080p it has (more of?) the new audio formats I believe. You have to have a HDMI 1.3 receiver to use them though.
    I don't think it does myself, I think 1080P is about it.

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    That's my understanding as well - the A20 just adds 1080p.
    And, from what I've read, it's not worth the extra money. If not getting an XA2 (the top of the line) get the A2 run it at 1080i and let the TV do the de-interlacing.

    FWIW, I have the A2 and really enjoy it.


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    The A2 is also supposed to be a really good upscaling regular DVD player, right? That's how I'm trying to justify a purchase... it's not that much more than a decent Oppo, and you get HD-DVD to boot (and 40 second start-up times, but whatever...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebh View Post
    The A2 is also supposed to be a really good upscaling regular DVD player, right? That's how I'm trying to justify a purchase... it's not that much more than a decent Oppo, and you get HD-DVD to boot (and 40 second start-up times, but whatever...)
    My Oppo 971 is super slow too. As far your question, I'd call it even with Oppo for upscaling since most things I read have one or the other of the two just edging out the other. I have not experienced HD DVD for myself.

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    HD DVD looks awesome on a decent HDTV, especially a large one, or front projector.
    The better the transfer, the better it looks.
    Just like DVD, NOT EVERY HD DVD is ultimate PQ, it all depends on condition of the master, and corrections made before press.

    SQ is much better on most things as well.

    I wanted the Analog outs, so I got the Hd-A1 (1st generation), the only thing that sux is it is slow to boot, and a bit slow to load(you'll lose a total of about 30 seconds to 1 minute to gen2 players... big deal!!)..
    It works fine, I use it for CDS, DVDs, and obviously HD DVD.

    BTW, from what I've been reading, the A20 doesn't even do proper 1080P (at least at this time), so considering it doesn't have analogs(like the A2), to ME it isn't worth the $ over the A2.

    I THINK it has a different chip than the A2, but from what I've read, they are very comparable... if ya want the best HD DVD player, ya HAVE to buy the XA2- it has the best processor for upscaling quality, AND it has the analog outs.... as well as some user controls that the others don't have.
    Considering ya can get the XA2 for about 5 beans or so nowadays, thats a pretty good deal I think.
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    This deal got me. I should have an A2 in a couple of weeks. http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htf/...8&postcount=81

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quinn View Post
    This deal got me. I should have an A2 in a couple of weeks. http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htf/...8&postcount=81
    I am going to wait out this format tug-of-war a bit longer. There will only be more price drops as people adopt this technology. Hopefully there will either be a clear victor, or the two formats will co-exist with equal support.

    Besides, I have really strained the credit card with a few purchases(Sierra-1's, new receiver, LCD tv......) I need some recovery time.
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    I justified it as with free HDMI cable and the 5 free disc offer, from Toshiba, the player itself is less than $99. If the HD DVD format fails I'll still have a second quality upconverting player, for all the SD discs I already own, and this is supposed to be neck and neck with Oppo for that. I think HD DVD would do better at $99 and no movies than $199-240 with 5 movies.

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    Someone above said you have to have an HDMI 1.3 receiver to take advantage of the new audio codecs, such as DD+ and Dolby TrueHD. This is not the case. There are HDMI 1.3 receivers that will decode the new formats, but the players are fully able to convert the bitstream to PCM and send it to an HDMI 1.1 or better receiver. Also, for those lacking HDMI, you can get the signal over analog inputs, as well. Just wanted to clarify this a little.
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    My Aquos has HDMI, but not my receiver. It has the direct inputs for analog though. If I had a player that supported DD+/Dolby true-HD etc. would it still sound as good as a new receiver with HDMI 1.3? Do the new receivers take a digital stream and do the D/A conversion internally for these new lossless formats, or are they receiving a decoded analog signal from the HD/Blu-ray players?
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