Manufacturer's Description -- August 18, 2008 Toshiba's new xDE (Extended Detail Enhancement) DVD player aims to save your DVD collection. First, the xD-E500 converts your standard DVDs from 480p to full 1080p resolution. But that is not all... oh no, that is not all. xDE uses a chipset with parameters specially developed for Toshiba and a combination of user-controlled picture improvement techniques including upconversion, edge enhancement, and color remapping to deliver a new level of near HD video quality from Standard DVDs.
Full 1080p Upconversion
Video upconversion from 480p standard DVD resolution up to 1080p full HD resolution via HDMI takes your current DVDs to a new level, for an amazing viewing experience on today's HDTVs.
Sharp Mode provides edge enhancement. By naturally enhancing the edge of a picture, the outline and detail of that picture becomes clearer and more detailed.
Detail Enhancement improves the edge detail where necessary in the picture without added video noise. xDE technology can adaptively control each edge signal in a picture. If an edge signal is high, picture noise is created, on the other hand, when an original edge level is low, xDE technology adaptively enhances edge & noise level, as needed Added noise reduction technology increases the effect of edge enhancement. The result is a sharper, more detailed image.
With contrast enhancement, gradation becomes clearer, adaptively by enhancing contrast. Contrast is enhanced in darker scenes without affecting the lighter scenes. This mode is best for movies with dark scenes, such as a SciFi movie. Since its adaptive, the level of enhancement varies with each scene.
Contrast Enhancement intelligently adjusts contrast levels where needed without boosting surrounding contrast. For example, here is an example of the effect of boosting contrast in a shady area under a tree without adjusting the contrast levels of the tree.
Color Enhancement intelligently adjusts colors only where necessary to provide more vivid color reproduction. For example, grass can be made greener without impacting surrounding colors in the image.
Before Color Enhancement
After Color Enhancement: reds are redder, greens are greener The above image is intended to help illustrate how a specific function operates and is not indicative of actual relative differences
The XD-E500 boasts premium styling with a slick high gloss faceplate and textured design. The slim chassis makes it a great addition to your home theater.
- This product does not play HD DVD or Blu-Ray discs. It upconverts standard definition (480p) DVD content to HD (720p, 1080i or 1080p) to match the resolution of your HD display. Although near the picture quality, it does not produce or output native HD video content.
- To display upconverted 720p, 1080i or 1080p video content, a 720p, 1080i or 1080p capable HDTV or HD Monitor (as applicable) with an HDCP capable HDMI or DVI input is required.
The effect of enhancements may vary depending upon disc content quality and display device capability/functionality/settings. Depending on the quality of the DVD disc, some video noise may be visible.
- Some DVD-R/DVD-RW discs may be incompatible due to laser pick up and disc design. Some recordable media or recording formats may not be supported. Compatibility with other HDMI-CEC™ products will vary by manufacturer. Some products will not be compatible at all or may only allow for limited functions.
- Viewing 24 frames per second requires content created in 480p / 24 frames/sec and an HD display capable of accepting a 1080p/24 Hz signal.