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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. Check out DVD reviews first before spending the extra money. I actually have one HD dvd that doesn't look as good as the regular DVD version. I was pretty stunned at having payed 25 bucks for the HD version and if I remember correctly.. 9 bucks for the DVD version. Oh well.
6. Overall impression of the Toshiba player is awesome for me. It's sleek looking in my rack and very easy to intall and to use.
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Initial post: Jun 24, 2007 10:01:37 AM PDT
Frank Gallagher says:
great review, btw its BBC not BBS :)
Posted on Aug 8, 2007 9:40:17 AM PDT
I'm curious which HD-DVD you bought that looks worse than the Standard version?
Posted on Sep 2, 2007 7:01:55 PM PDT
F. Zappa says:
You don't need an audio cable when using HDMI. HDMI is both digital video and digital audio. Also, I'd like to add that I bought this item from costco this afternoon and it DID come with an HDMI cable (I actually drove around all afternoon trying to find a store that sold one because I assumed it wouldn't come with one).
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2007 12:33:59 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 4, 2007 12:50:28 PM PDT
lol yeah must have had a stutter there.. BBC. My old bbs days must have been showing.
My Toshiba did not have an HDMI in it. Not sure what the deal is there, but no HDMI.
My review of the cabling is from my experience with my setup. I use the HDMI direct to the T.V. and the audio direct to the HomeTheatre by audio cables. This set up is the best for my gear, from experimentation on my setup.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2007 12:45:06 PM PDT
There are a couple, but Excalibur is the one I bought when I got the player. I put it in and actually was surprised by the video transfer. I had to take it out and put in my regular DVD to see if I was just making a memory mistake.. not so. Worse on HDDVD.
I thought about it after that and remembered that Film is much higher (doesn't acually have a resolution as such) res than even 1080p, so any scan to DVD is only as good as the scan.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2007 12:37:11 PM PDT
Wayne S. says:
Correct, but if you have a DVI only TV--it will convert DVI to HDMI and you have to use the optical audio input. Of course, you'll need the DVI to HDMI cable.
Posted on Oct 1, 2007 3:19:23 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 4, 2007 12:40:40 PM PDT
** UPDATE **
I just got the second (for me) firmware upgrade in the mail today. Unsolicited. Toshiba evidently sends them out to all the registered users that ask for them when they register. I wasn't sure if that was a one time option or if they continued and evidently they do. Nice.
Version is now 2.2/T22
P.S. after dozens of HD and regular DVDs and a bunch of different kinds of self made dvds from home movies and such.. still not a single hang up. This player has really been a jewel so far. I love it and the support from Toshiba has been what I expect from them. Superb. I have two Toshiba Satellite Laptops and they have been bullet proof and all the support issues have been dealt with quickly and completely from Toshiba.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 31, 2007 12:26:55 PM PDT
Anyway, you can get a cable for 3 dollars on ebay. They work fne!
Posted on Nov 1, 2007 1:26:13 PM PDT
Ron S. says:
here's another review
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2007 11:33:17 PM PDT
Kat Man says:
This review is for the higher-end HD-XA2.