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Toshiba HD-XA1 HD-DVD Player

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  • Multiformat compatibility: HD-DVD, DVD, DVD-R/-RW, DVD-RAM, CD, CD-R/-RW
  • Onboard Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, and Dolby TrueHD (2 channel); DTS and DTS-HD decoding with 5.1 analog audio outputs
  • Multichannel 24-bit/192-kHz audio DACs
  • High-definition DVD playback via HDMI interface at 720p/1080i resolution
  • Standard DVD up-conversion to 720p or 1080i through HDMI interface
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Technical Details
Brand NameToshiba
Item Weight19.6 pounds
Product Dimensions13.9 x 17.2 x 4.5 inches
Item model numberHD-AX1
Color NameBlack / Silver
  
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ASINB000E21TY0
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Shipping Weight41 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableJanuary 4, 2006
  
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The HD-XA1 up-converting HD DVD player delivers outstanding resolution, bright, vivid colors, and stunning sound using the next-generation high-definition DVD technology. The HD-XA1 connects via HDMI to provide 720p/1080i resolution in the native format of HD DVD disc content. Enjoy backward-compatibility and play your collection of standard DVDs on the HD-XA1. In addition, the standard-definition DVD picture resolution can be up-converted via the HDMI interface to near-HD quality, with output resolution of 720p or 1080i to match your HDTV's performance. Because the conversion takes place in the player, the signal remains free from excessive digital-to-analog conversion artifacts. Built-in multichannel decoders for Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD (2ch), DTS, and DTS-HD bring improved fidelity and sonic realism to DVD soundtracks. Four 32-bit floating-point DSPs decode multichannel streams in a wide array of audio formats. These DSPs are world renowned for their high accuracy and are used in many high-quality audio solutions in the home theater market. The HD-XA1 uses a high-performance processor to create stunning graphics. Three user-selectable choices allow you to customize the look and feel of your HD-DVD interactivity.

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HD-XA1 Up-Converting HD DVD Player

The HD-XA1 up-converting HD-DVD player delivers outstanding resolution, bright, vivid colors, and stunning sound using the next-generation high-definition DVD technology. The HD-XA1 connects via HDMI to provide 720p/1080i resolution in the native format of HD-DVD disc content. Learn about HD DVD.

HD That Rivals HDTV The HD-XA1 disc drive has an astounding 36.55 Mbps transfer rate. By comparison, standard DVD has an average transfer rate of less than 10 Mbps, and HDTV has a rate of 24 Mbps. The more bits that can be allocated to video, the more detailed the resulting picture can be.

Pure Digital Connection The HD-XA1 connects to your HDTV with the latest advancement in audio/video equipment interfaces, namely the high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI). HDMI is the first industry-supported all digital audio/video connection providing the transmission of uncompressed digital video and multichannel audio on a single cable. The HD-XA1 will output HD content through the HDMI interface in the native format of the HD DVD disc content of 720p or 1080i.

Standard DVDs Taken to an HD Level Enjoy backward-compatibility and play your collection of standard DVDs on the HD-XA1. In addition, the standard-definition DVD picture resolution can be up-converted via the HDMI interface to near-HD quality, with output resolution of 720p or 1080i to match your HDTV's performance. Because the conversion takes place in the player, the signal remains free from excessive digital-to-analog conversion artifacts.

Processing Prowess The HD-XA1 has far-from-ordinary built-in multichannel decoders for Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD (2 ch.) and DTS. The HD-XA1 employs four high-performance DSP engines to decode the multichannel streams of the wide array of audio formats. These 32-bit floating-point DSPs are world renowned for their high accuracy and are used in many high-quality audio solutions in the home theater market. The DSPs handle many of the required conversion processes, as well as the extensive on-board multichannel signal management for the HD-XA1, including user-selectable crossovers, delay management, and channel level management. After decoding and signal management, the digital audio is converted to analog by way of 24 bit/192kHz audio DAC and output as 5.1 analog audio.

Digital Audio Output Options The HD-XA1 can pass digital information to a surround-sound processor/receiver with S/PDIF or HDMI. For Dolby Digital and DTS soundtracks, the bitstream will be passed through both connections, just as in a standard DVD player with the same interfaces. Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD soundtracks will be converted to a standard bitstream Dolby Digital) output through S/PDIF or HDMI. Additionally, all of the HD-XA1's supported audio formats can be decoded to PCM and output via HDMI in stereo or 5.1 multichannel, depending on the original soundtrack.


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Customer Reviews

Thats it ,no sorry we released a product before testing it for issues.
M. Blouin
The maximum resolution it can output is 1080i -- even though every HD-DVD Disc I have purchased is encoded at 1080p.
Tom Zito
Comparing the quality of other upconverting DVD players and HD DVD player.
Epsilon Delta

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By brez on July 11, 2006
First off, read all the reviews for the HD-A1. They all apply to the HD-XA1. It is simply a great DVD Player.

Is it worth $300.00 more than the HD-A1? From a performance standpoint probably not. While the dual layer chasis and vibration isolation feet are supposed to improve performance,I don't see any improvement in performance over the HD-A1. If you want to integrate with the rest of your theater with RS232 then you need the HD-XA1, the HD-A1 does not have the RS232 port. The remote that comes with the HD-XA1 is back lit, the remote with the HD-A1 is not, so if you need to see the remote in the dark, the HD-XA1 remote is what you need. Also, the HD-XA1 has a motorized door on the front that covers the DVD tray and control buttons.

If you need the back lit remote, or RS232, or just want the best, then get the HD-XA1, otherwise get the HD-A1
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By HDnut on July 26, 2006
I had the opportunity to extensively test both the Toshiba XA1 and the new Samsung Blu-Ray and the Toshiba machine has better image, better sound, more movies available and lower price. Blu-ray may be dead before being born. I know is too early to call but the first round goes to HD-DVD. The Samsung player is killing Blu-ray with its buggy machine, neither is helping the very inconsistent quality of the few titles available.

Other that a dorky remote, the Toshiba machine is near perfect (after the firmware update). If you are tired to wait for HD recorded material, wait no more.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Epsilon Delta on May 24, 2006
I just got this HD DVD player. The image it produces is very crisp. I tried the Last Samurai, Phantom of the Opera, and Good Fellas HD DVD on the Samsung 32 inch 1366 x 768 LCD HDTV. The image is amazing.

Comparing the quality of other upconverting DVD players and HD DVD player. The upconverting players are "not bad". The HD DVD picture is fantastic. Even with a 1366 x 768 LCD HDTV, the picture is already so amazing. I wonder what it would be like when it is on a 40 or 50 inch 1920 x 1080 plasma HDTV in the future.

As compared to HD Cable or Directv, HD DVD is a little better. I checked the Warner Brothers HD DVD using the Toshiba notebook that has a HD DVD drive. And it shows that the HD DVD disc is a dual layer disc, and the content is 27GB. So the Last Samurai movie is probably at about 25Mbps. I heard that cable or directv HD channels are usually at 15Mbps. With HD DVD, i feel that it is superb, while HD channels are "excellent".

If money is not an issue, get this player. Otherwise, wait a little while to see how the battle between HD DVD and Blu Ray goes, or wait for a dual-format player. It will be sweet in the future when the player is $200 or even $120, and the HD DVD or the Blu Ray disc are $9.99 to $14.99 each.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By V. Lanza on December 30, 2006
My wife and I are enjoying the heck out of this player. I can't find anything that I outright don't like about it. It has not hiccuped once playing any of our movies. Movie load times are a bit long, but once they get going, it is a beautiful sight to behold.

Don't forget to update the firmware. I had a bit of trouble with the network setup (my fault, I forgot to turn off the MAC address filtering on the router), but it went well once it connected and everything progressed flawlessly. In trying to figure out the problem, I called the help number on the back of the owner's manual. After one ring, and I mean just one ring, a real human answered (no surfing through endless touch tone menus) and helped me figure out what was wrong. He even sent me a copy of the update on CD. I was quite impressed with the customer support.

Hooking up the player was a breeze. Plugged in the power cord, connected the audio cables and then the HDMI cable and within 5 minutes was watching an HD DVD movie! Can't get much easier than that. I just love it when things work the first time out.

We have watched several movies so far and am impressed with the video and audio quality of this player. Clarity is awesome and colors jump out at you. One thing that everyone must remember is source material makes a big difference in the viewing experience. Let me give you some examples by the titles that we own so far:
Batman Begins: Excellent clarity, but the movie was shot with an ever so subtle filtered effect softening the image the slightest bit, but it looks beautiful (and is extremely consistent in that it lets you know that was the film makers intention and it fits the subject and style of the film) and the sound will knock your socks off (TrueHD).
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Paulo Leite on June 13, 2006
At last, High-Definition. I love this machine and what it does. Superb performance with the new HD-DVD format. I tried a few films like Last Samurai, U-571, Goodfellas and The Fugitive... And it's like watching the real things happening live in front of me. I was simply amazed.

This is the format for the true Cinema lover. Color, contrast, detail... it is like being in a theater that was build just for you. Now I can really appreciate good cinematography.

And there also another great thing: it upconverts our Current DVDs to near-HD image. It plays DVD just like a hi-end player.

I just hope they'll release more titles soon.

Go HD-DVD. You will be unable to take your eyes off the screen.
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