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Toshiba HD-A3 720p/1080i HD DVD Player

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Technical Details
Brand NameToshiba
Item Weight7.3 pounds
Product Dimensions12.9 x 16.9 x 2.3 inches
Item model numberHD-A3
Color NameBlack
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #75,147 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight10.4 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 AvailableApril 18, 2005
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  • Brand Name: Toshiba
  • Model: HD-A3
  • Parental Lock: Y
  • Surround Sound Effects: DTS digital output, Dolby Digital output
  • Color Name: Black
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Product Description

Product Description



The Toshiba HD-A3 HD DVD Player allows everyone into the HD DVD game with a very affordable price tag. Don't let the price fool you, however; it offers many features and an excellent build quality.

A Refined, Slimmer Look
The HD-A3's refined design--with rounded edges, a slim chassis, and a high-gloss black face plate, standing less than two-and-a-half inches tall--looks sleek and elegant in your home theater system without taking up too much real estate.

The Toshiba HD-A3 has an Ethernet port to support HD DVD titles with interactive online features, as well as to keep the player refreshed with firmware updates. View larger.

In addition to HD DVD, the A3 can also play DVDs, DVD-R/Ws, DVD-VRs, CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs. View larger.
Outstanding Performance
All of Toshiba's HD DVD players support the enhanced features of the HD DVD format, including picture-in-picture video, audio commentary, and Web-enabled network capabilities. With an Ethernet port, the HD-A3 can connect to the Internet for firmware updates to keep the player up to date on new features, and to support the growing number of HD DVD titles with interactive online features and bonus content.

The HD-A3 features an HDMI interface that carries both a video and an audio signal in one cable for the highest quality and convenience. The A3 outputs video at 720p and 1080i for a detailed and sharp image. The HD-A3 has progressive scan capability, which means it eliminates the scan-lines of interlaced video and produces a clean image with no motion distortion and artifacts.

Sparkling Surround Sound
The HD-A3's built-in circuitry processes the multi-channel decoding of Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS, and DTS-HD (core only).

Plays a Variety of Formats
The HD-A3 is backward-compatible with your DVD collection: It can play and upconvert DVDs to the HD resolution that is being output. It can also play DVD-R/W, DVD-R, DVD-VR, CD, CD-R, and CD-RW formats, so you don't need extra players taking up space.

The HD-A3 is backed by a limited 1-year warranty.

More resolution than regular DVD (up to 1080i).

Upconverts standard DVDs to the output resolution.

Tons of new interactive features and bonus content.

What's in the Box
HD-A3 HD DVD player, remote control, and power cable.

Customer Reviews

People, if you want HD DVD to win the format war, you need to buy HD DVD movies!
R. Johnson
Plus the picture quality is excellent on standard DVDs (comparable to good quality upscaling DVD players.)
Jene E. Simmons
Loading time for SDVD is quick and HD-DVD takes a little longer, since HD-DVD holds much more data.
H. Shaw

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

79 of 88 people found the following review helpful By D. A. Lembree on November 2, 2007
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Fantastic picture
Great price
1080i/ 720p output great for 720p HDTV's
Fast startup time
Slim design of the unit
Adequate remote
Some reviews of other Toshiba HD players have stated that you can't pause the movie, and come back to it later but I have not found this to be the case. As long as you leave the unit on, you can pause the movie as long as you want and resume it when you want to.
Plays DVD+R discs with no problem even though this is not a stated feature.

no 1080p output- not an issue for me since I have a 720p TV.
Haven't come across any.
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96 of 110 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan on November 4, 2007
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I just got my A3 and it's absolutely fantastic. The load times are fast, start-up is fast and it's an aesthetically pleasing device. Sleek new slim design, lightweight and includes non-combo edition of 300 and The Bourne Identity HD DVDs, fully packaged in red elite cases.

I also have the A2, and prefer this third generation unit but the A2 is still a solid, and great machine. The A3 upconverts DVDs beautifully, watching DisneyDVDs is great and they look amazing. Of course HD DVDs also look great, especially Troy Directors Cut, Transformers looks beyond words - just an amazing movie experience, and The Matrix is gorgeous. I also recommend Shrek the Third next week, that will be gorgeous too.

Finally, the A3 is a solid player, better load times than the A2, slightly smaller, a beautiful chassis that really compliments your HT and Toshiba REGZA or any piano finished black TVs, and a great value. I recommend it.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Adam Miarka on November 18, 2007
This is my first HD-DVD purchase and an excellent player for the price, features, and free HD-DVDs!

First, the reason for a four star rating is the initial boot-up / load time for the player. Although the start up time is slower than regular DVD players, I found that once you are actually watching a movie or jumping around menus during a movie, those actions are definitely faster than a standard DVD player.

Okay, now that that's out of the way, I can get to the good stuff. I ended up purchasing the A3 two weeks ago at BestBuy for $175. They were also running the 10 free HD-DVDs promotion and I had a 12% rewards zone coupon. I had been on the fence about Blu-Ray and HD-DVD, but couldn't resist this price. I had missed out on the $99 Walmart deal for the A2, but I think this is a better deal in the end with the extra HD-DVDs you get.

Setup was easy. Just plug in the HDMI for video to my TV and plug in the optical audio out to my receiver. I needed to set the audio out on the A3 to bitstream to get correct 5.1 sound to my Sony receiver. Eventually, I will purchase a receiver that will decode lossless audio (I'm looking at you Onkyo 605!!), and allow me to have the audio and video connection both through HDMI.

There have been 2 updates for this player so far and I would suggest updating to the latest firmware. This can be done in the setup menu by plugging in your A3 into your home network and grabbing a dynamic IP. Be sure to reboot your A3 so that it picks up the new settings. The A3 will contact Toshiba's servers and download and install the latest firmware. Each update took about 30 mins to complete. The current firmware is 1.3/1.1.

Our current HDTV in the house is the Samsung 56" DLP (HL-T5689S) which supports 1080p resolution.
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Paul Mendes on January 23, 2008
I'm not an early adopter, but I do know quite alot about High Def and all the technology involved. I have been on the fence for so long, waiting for the HD-DVD and Blu-Ray war to be over, so I wouldn't buy into the losing format. But, after recently getting an Plasma HDTV, I felt it was time to jump in.

I purchased this on 12/27/07, which was right before Warner Bros defected over to the Blu-ray side, producing movies exclusively for Blu-Ray. My first thought was to return the player. But the more and more I thought about it, there was no reason to return this. Here are some reasons why, and why you should NOT believe all the hype about Blu-Ray:

It is a fantastic player. Very very well-built, great features, high quality, and I was pleasantly surprised at how nice a player this is. I look at details, finish work, etc. For example: take a look at the many lower cost DVD players, and when their trays open up. Many are flimsy, open fast then slow down, or even open up shaky. Not the Toshiba A3. When the tray opens, it pushes the front door down as it slides open. No flimsyness, the tray speed is consistent from open to close, doesn't clunk, etc. Fit and finish is tight. The metal cabinet and the front panel are nearly seamless and very consistent.

As with all HD-DVD and Blu-Ray players, the HD-A3 does take some time to "boot up". These devices are not mearly "fancy DVD players". Rather, they're more like computers, so they do take some time to come up. From the time you press the power button, and the movie starts playing, is about a minute or so. The slowness is way over-hyped. Turn it on, pop the movie in, and go grab your popcorn. Before you even get back, the movie is all set.
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