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Toshiba HD-A30 1080p HD DVD Player

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  • HD DVD Playback
  • DVD Playback
  • CD Playback
  • 720p/1080i/1080p resolution with upconversion of Standard Defenition
  • Includes Warner Bros' 300 HD DVD and Universal's The Bourne Identity HD DVD (packaged inside)
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Toshiba
  • Model Number: HD-A30
  • Parental Lock: Y
  • Surround Sound Effects: Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD (core only).
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Product Description

Product Description

The HD-A30 takes the performance and convenience of HD-DVD to the next level. For the highest level of picture quality with high definition TVs, the HD-A30 adds 1080p output for twice the resolution of a 720p signal. The HD-A30 is equipped with CE-Link HDMI-CEC connectivity. This convenient feature offers the capability to communicate with and control another HDMI-CEC compatible device all with one controller. 1080p/24 frames per second support offers a smoother, more film-like, viewing experience. The HD-A30 HD DVD player maintains this frame rate, allowing you to enjoy movies in their native frame rate. High definition playback delivers 720p/1080i/1080p resolution, up to six times the resolution of DVD. Leading-edge efficient video compression standards make it possible to experience the full potential of your HDTV. 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. Slim chassis cosmetic design is only 59.5 mm and features a sleek high gloss, black acrylic faceplate. Web-Enabled capability opens a whole new world of entertainment experiences that can include access to exciting studio-provided enhanced features. Ethernet connection allows your HD DVD player to receive updates to support future applications and services. This player is not compatible for use with Blu-Ray discs. Dimensions - Width 16.9 x Height 2.34 x Depth 12.9 Weight - 7.26 pounds

Amazon.com Product Description

Amazon.com Product Description The Toshiba HD-A30 HD DVD Player stands less than two-and-a-half inches tall but packs a long list of cutting edge features. The HD-A30 sells at a very reasonable price but has top-end features such as support for 1080p/24-frame video and HDMI-CEC compatibility.

The Toshiba HD-A30 stands less than two-and-a-half inches high but has support for 1080p/24-frame video. View larger.

The HD-A30 upconverts standard DVDs for display on an 1080p HD screen. View larger.
A Refined, Slimmer Look
The HD-A30's refined design--with rounded edges, a slim chassis, and a high-gloss black face plate--looks sleek and elegant in your home theater system without taking up too much real estate.

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 A30 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-A30 uses the latest HDMI 1.3 interface to connect to your HD television, providing large bandwidth to eliminate any data bottlenecks and to support new technologies for the utmost in viewing experience. The HD-A30 can output video at 1080p, the highest resolution available, and includes support for 24-frame video, which maintains the native 24-frames-per-second rate of films, thereby delivering an experience more similar to one in theaters.

If you have a large collection of standard definition DVDs, the HD-A30 will upconvert them to near-HD quality for display on your HD television. Progressive scan output means the scan-lines of interlaced video are eliminated and the result is a clean image that has no motion distortion or artifacts. In addition to 1080p, the HD-A30 also outputs at 720p and 1080i if desired.

Sparkling Surround Sound
The HD-A30 supports most surround sound audio standards, with built-in decoding for Dolby TrueHD 5.1ch, Dolby Digital Plus 5.1ch, DTS 5.1, and DTS HD (core only).

One-Touch Convenience
You can use the CE-Link (HDMI-CEC) to connect the HD-A30 with other CEC-capable devices for unsurpassed simplicity and convenience. For example, if the HD-A35 is connected to a compatible HDTV, you can turn on both the HD DVD player and the TV and start playing a movie with a single touch of a button on the remote.

The HD-A30 is backed by a limited 1-year warranty.

Six times the resolution of regular DVD (up to 1080p).

Upconverts standard DVDs to the output resolution.

Tons of new interactive features and bonus content.

What's in the Box
HD-A30 HD DVD player, remote control, and power cable.

Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NameToshiba
Item Weight7.3 pounds
Product Dimensions12.9 x 16.9 x 2.3 inches
Item model numberHD-A30
Color NameBlack
Additional Information
Shipping Weight10.5 pounds
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
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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Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

159 of 166 people found the following review helpful By J. Orr on October 10, 2007
I didn't buy this from Amazon, but since reviews of the player are scarce, I thought I'd share some thoughts.

A few short months ago I bought the Xbox add-on to try the HD-DVD waters, and have been nothing but impressed, so when my standard DVD player died (my 7th one in 8 years, I'm a very heavy DVD watcher), I decided to invest in a player that will (hopefully) last (I also purchased a 4 year warranty this time).

The player itself is beautiful, both in appearance and on screen (watching on 1080p Samsung LCD). Picture quality of HD-DVD is, as expected, superb, and DVD upscaling is the best I have ever seen (easily destroying my 1 year old Sony).

A very few negatives. Boot times are still a bit slow, it takes about 40 seconds before the HD-DVD logo appears on screen, with another 20 seconds to load the disc, it's around 60 seconds total from power on to actually start watching the disc. Discs also don't resume play, which is odd as it seems to be a feature. If you don't power off the unit and stop a disc, it will resume where you left off, but if you power off the player, it restarts from the beginning, very odd, but Toshiba could easily fix in a firmware update.

All in all I am very, very pleased, the unit feels sold, looks amazing on your shelf and features some of the best video quality I have ever seen. The few, "problems" don't really bother me, but I wanted to mention them as it could turn off some people. Thanks for reading!
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60 of 69 people found the following review helpful By T. Smock on October 7, 2007
I just watched my first HD DVD, and all I can say is WOW! The picture quality of 1080p/24 is amazing. This player also does a nice job on SD DVD,the upconversion to 1080i looks great too. I have this player connected to a Samsung DLP 1080p TV and an Onkyo receiver, all interconnected via HDMI. This is the finest picture and sound combination I have ever owned. I am looking forward to more releases on HD DVD, Amazon has a great selection at great prices.
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95 of 115 people found the following review helpful By R. Garcia on November 5, 2007
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I bought this player probably without doing my homework thoroughly; even all the literature says that it passes the new audio formats (True HD, DD+, etc), this player does not pass these formats via the HDMI cable to be decoded by the AVR. It makes its own decoding, and as the Toshiba customer service rep said, it passes "its own version" of the new formats, and only in 5.1
The ONLY player that as of today can pass the new audio formats via the HDMI cable to be decoded by a capable AVR is the HD-A35.

I am returning it and getting the HD-A35.

Other than this, the player works as designed and the picture is absolutely breathtaking.
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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Erik-divedeeper on October 12, 2007
I have had this player for a few days now, and have the following to say.

1. It takes me 50-52 seconds to load, from on to off. then another 25 seconds to load a disc, so about 1min 15 seconds from off to Menu Screen.

Not very quick, but better then Gen 1 players.

2. My Sony upconverting DVD player seems to do a better job in my tests. Cleaner picture then this player for upconverting, but it was close.

3. HD-A30 does a nice job at 1080p at 24 frames per second output, if your TV is capable of 1080p/24 then this player will work great. Otherwise, the 1080p/60 doesn't look very good. It tends to show a lot of jaggies this way. When I flip to 1080i mode and let the TV handle the processing then the jaggies are gone. If your HDTV does a good 1080i deinterlacing you can set the HD-A30 to 1080i mode, however, this would be a waste of buying the HD-A30 as its full 1080p processor. You would be better off saving $100 and getting the HD-A3

4. For the money, its an OK HD-DVD player, slim, looks nice. No analog outputs (HD-A35 has this) so if you are going Strictly HDMI 1080p, get this player. If your TV is 1080i or 720p, don't bother, the HD-a3 is good enough.

Honestly, I don't know if the differences between the HD-A20 and HD-A30 are worth $100 price diff. Take about the same time to Load, same PQ/AQ for the most part.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bill Lowrey on December 24, 2007
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I sat on the sidelines for a long while, waiting for the HD-DVD vs. Blu-Ray war to come to some conclusion, but I am extraordinarily happy that I've finally jumped it. With the great price that Amazon had on this player, and the bundled movies that came with it, I couldn't see waiting any longer.

I replaced an Onkyo 6 disc changer with this Toshiba. The Onkyo was connected with component cables, while the Toshiba is connected with HDMI. The picture quality is outstanding with HD-DVDs and at very good with the one normal DVD that I tried. My TV is an older 720p Samsung DLP TV, and the difference is still noticeable. I can't WAIT until I get a 1080p TV.

The only potential negatives: It takes a while to start up. It's about twice as long as my old Onkyo, but there's a lot going on in there.

I've greatly enjoyed Blade Runner, Serenity, Mission Impossible III and The Bourne Identity on HD-DVD so far, as well as Battlestar Galactica on regular DVD. The only thing better than the picture quality is the sound quality. I've paired this with an outstanding Onkyo TX-SR805 receiver, and the sound is good enough to make your jaw drop!

Highly recommended. I see no reason to buy Blu-Ray. I can suffer along with upconverted DVDs for those movies until the world becomes more sane. And Netflix rocks with their support for HD-DVD.
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