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Toshiba HD-A2 HD DVD Player

by Toshiba
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  • HD DVD playback
  • Up-Conversion for all Standard DVD Titles
  • Multi Format Compatibility
  • Preprogramed remote with glow print
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3 new from $355.00 9 used from $54.95

Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NameToshiba
Item Weight11 pounds
Product Dimensions16.9 x 14 x 3 inches
Item model numberHD-A2
Color NameBlack
  
Additional Information
ASINB000IJV4BC
Best Sellers Rank #67,752 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight13 pounds
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Shipping Advisory:This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
Date First AvailableOctober 2, 2001
  
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Toshiba
  • Model: HD-A2
  • Parental Lock: Y
  • Audio Output Mode: Stereo
  • Surround Sound Effects: Dolby Digital output, DTS digital output
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Product Description

From the Manufacturer

High definition playback delivers 720p/1080i resolution at a transfer rate higher than DVD or even HDTV, resulting in a more detailed, realistic picture. Advanced audio, including Dolby® TrueHD, Dolby® Digital Plus and DTS® HD (core only), along with legacy formats including Dolby® Digital and DTS® bring an increased sonic realism to movie soundtracks. Backwards compatibility means you can enjoy your existing library of DVDs and CDs, and through the process of upconversion using HDMI, your movies are scaled to match the resolution of your HD display. An interface suite includes an abundance of audio/video connections as well as an ethernet connection for firmware updates and future internet delivered features.

Key Video Features
  • HD DVD playback (including Combo. Format Discs), DVD and DVD-R/-RW: High Definition video requires a tremendous amount of space on a disc, so a new Blue laser (versus a Red Laser for DVD) is utilized for HD DVD. The blue laser, with it’s shorter wave length, allows for information to be stored more densely on the disc, improving storage capacity by over 3 times that of a red laser technology. Additionally, more accurate and efficient video compression like MPEG-4 AVC and VC-1 (based on Microsoft’s Window Media) compress information to achieve file sizes that are less than half of the current standard DVD’s MPEG2.
  • DVD upconversion via HDMI™ Video Upconversion - 720p/1080i: HDMI™ can support uncompressed digital video up to HDTV resolution. The HD-A2 player makes use of this conduit by up-converting the standard DVD picture resolution of 720p or 1080i. This makes a DVD player with an HDMI™ connection the perfect match for today's digital televisions. And because this conversion is performed in the player, the signal remains free frome excessive digital to analog artifacts.
  • Video Output: 1080i/720p/480p/480i
Key Audio Features
  • Built-in Dolby® Digital, Dolby® TrueHD, Dolby® Digital Plus, DTS®, and DTS® HD (core only): The HD-A2 has built-in processors to handle the multi-channel decoders for Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD , DTS and DTSHD. It employs the use of four DSPs to decode the multi-channel streams of the wide array of audio formats. These 32-bit floating-point DSPs are world renown for their high accuracy and are employed in many high quality audio solutions in the home theater market.
  • Advanced high-performance 32-bit SHARC® Digital Signal Processing: Realize the benefits of new generation high-definition audio to complement high-definition video with 32-bit floating point SHARC DSP. Designed to perform audio conversion while executing extensive on-board multi-channel signal management, SHARC DSP in HD DVD delivers the stunning audio to complete your total high-definition experience.
  • CD Audio Playback (CD, CD-R/-RW)

Conveniece Features:

  • Slim design cabinetry
  • New improved remote design with glow keys and TV operation
  • Ethernet connection
  • HDMI 1.2a interface, component video, S-Video, composite video

Connections:

  • ColorStream Pro® Component Video Output: ColorStream Pro® progressive scan provides a non-interlaced component video DVD/TV connection that allows DVD-Video to reach its maximum picture quality potential. Every DVD-Video disc is mastered in MPEG-2 progressive scan (480P). By preserving DVD's progressive scan image, the ColorStream PRO connection provides a new dimension in total picture quality, delivering a more film-like, three-dimensional image. The progressive scan image is flicker-free, with virtually no visible NTSC line structure or motion artifacts, and offers better resolution than standard interlaced images. These outputs allow the video signal to be sent from the DVD player to a component video equipped interlaced or progressive scan TV. When this connection is utilized with today's HD-compatible sets, typical NTSC artifacts-like video noise, dot crawl, and flicker-are virtually eliminated, resulting in a low-noise, highly detailed picture with unequaled color purity.
  • Composite Outputs -- 1
  • S-Video Outputs -- 1
  • Component Outputs -- 1
  • HDMI Output Version 1.2 -- 1

Product Description

Toshiba HD-A2 HD-DVD Player with HDMI output.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Picture and sound quality is amazing.
The Dude Abides
The start/load time of a movie is slower than what you may be used to with normal DVD players, but its not THAT bad. maybe like 20 seconds longer.
J. T. Schumacher
A great bang for your buck if you are looking for a DVD player to do a great job on up-converting standard DVDs and, of course, playing HD DVDs.
Mauiboy2000

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283 of 296 people found the following review helpful By M. Edgar on June 2, 2007
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Many reviews on this wonderful DVD player already, so let me just bullet a few points I feel worthy.

1. Ease of installation. HDMI cable (not supplied) and the digital audio (not included) I had the audio and bought the HDMI for this player. The installation took about 10 minutes from start to set up to playing dvds. Awesome. On HDMI.. don't waste money (unless you are money bags) on expensive cables. A nice 20 dollar HDMI cable will do fine. Digital is Digital. Only the quality of the connector is in question and if you get a reliable cable, no need for the big money scams.

2. Upgrades. Easily done by lan connection or by ordering the disk from Toshiba for free. Nice.

3. Startup time is about 30 seconds. It has to load up the operating system. After that, it's just the same as any other DVD player. Don't let the nay sayers bug you on this topic. The start up time is just when you first turn it on. Not for each DVD insertion.

4. The upscaling on this is very good. I have a Sony Grand Wega and the normal DVDs now look better to my experienced eye than they did previously on my very nice Sony DVD player.

5. HD-DVD. Get the BBS HD version of the BBS series Planet Earth. Let this be your first HD you watch and let your mind be washed over in beauty. On movies.. I would research before you buy. From what I have seen.. I have a big DVD collection (over 1000) and I double dipped to get a couple HD versions right away. (meaning HD copies of dvds I already had) and there was not much if any difference. What I have found is that the greedy companies are just porting/copying movies from regular dvd over to the HD format. Like any other scanning.. it just depends on how it was done. HD doesn't mean it's really going to be better.
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61 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Jeff F on February 20, 2007
If you are still trying to sort out what HD or Blu-ray player to buy I think this review will assist you tremendously. I am somewhat of a tech geek and I own both the Toshiba HD-A2 and the Phillips BDP 9000 Blu-Ray Players. I am not a SONY hater as I own a 50 inch SONY TV and love it.

The Toshiba HD-A2 is simply the best HD or Blu-Ray player available today when you factor in price, picture, sound and appearance. To begin with ignore the 1 or 2 star ratings for this player. Those usually are from people who are upset because the do not have an HDMI ready TV and can't produce the proper HD picture. If you do not have a TV that accepts an HDMI connection (or DVI connection) you should not buy any HD or Blu-Ray player.

That said let's get to the review of this player. The HD picture is the best I have seen on any player. The colors are crisp and the sharpness is almost 3-D like. As far as start up time, so what if the player takes 30-40 seconds to load. Are any of us really going to be affected by this? Someone tell me what any of us would do with the extra 15 or 20 seconds if it loaded a little quicker? The menu is very easy to use and the remote control is very user friendly as well. As far as the sound, it is unreal if you have a good home theater system. The fact that it plays Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital, DTS and DTS-HD gives it a bid advantage over most Blu-Ray players. When you are watching a movie in HD sound does matter. The design is very nice and will blend into you current home entertainment set-up. Have you seen some of the Blu-Ray players out there like the new SONY player. They are huge and unappealing. The SONY player won't even play music disks.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By N. Williams on July 6, 2007
Toshiba HD-A2 is excellent DVD player, one of the best I've ever seen. It upconverts regular DVDs better than almost every other DVD player I've seen and I have used Toshiba's SD-5000 (too dark) and the Oppo DV-970HD (close but not quite as sharp). This DVD player makes DVDs look very close to high def DVDs. One feature this DVD player has that is not talked about a lot is a Dialog Enhancement. It makes sure that the dialog doesn't get lost in music or sound fxs and it really works. You can play movies at a lower volume and still hear what's being said.

The design of HD-A2 is spot-on and much better than the A1 series. They fit in perfectly with today's slick glossy black flat-panel TVs. It's a tad bigger than I expected but it looks fantastic so that doesn't bother me at all and you can stack on it easily unlike game consoles. The HD-A2 is extremely quiet as well. You would never know it's on. Seriously!

The unit comes with an ethernet port (broadband connection) built-in on the back that allows it to update the software running the unit. The updates are totally optional but I would recommend getting them. They already made the unit load up faster through one of the updates which is amazing for a DVD player.

Now here's some things about this player not everyone knows about. HD-DVD format is region-free, unlike both DVD and Blu-ray. This means that if a movie comes in say Europe or Japan and you want to buy it, you can buy it and play it without worrying about whether it will work on your player.

It's also a little know fact that even though this player's max resolution support is 1080i, almost all TVs that support 1080p output will upconvert the picture to 1080p anyway.
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