|Item Weight||11.02 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||16.9 x 14 x 3 inches|
|Item model number||HD-A2|
Toshiba HD-A2 HD DVD Player
- HD DVD playback
- Up-Conversion for all Standard DVD Titles
- Multi Format Compatibility
- Preprogramed remote with glow print
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Toshiba HD-A2 HD-DVD Player with HDMI output.
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High definition playback delivers 720p/1080i resolution at a transfer rate higher than DVD or even HDTV, resulting in a more detailed, realistic picture. 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. Backwards compatibility means you can enjoy your existing library of DVDs and CDs, and through the process of upconversion using HDMI, your movies are scaled to match the resolution of your HD display. An interface suite includes an abundance of audio/video connections as well as an ethernet connection for firmware updates and future internet delivered features.
| Key Video Features || Key Audio Features |
- Slim design cabinetry
- New improved remote design with glow keys and TV operation
- Ethernet connection
- HDMI 1.2a interface, component video, S-Video, composite video
- ColorStream Pro® Component Video Output: ColorStream Pro® progressive scan provides a non-interlaced component video DVD/TV connection that allows DVD-Video to reach its maximum picture quality potential. Every DVD-Video disc is mastered in MPEG-2 progressive scan (480P). By preserving DVD's progressive scan image, the ColorStream PRO connection provides a new dimension in total picture quality, delivering a more film-like, three-dimensional image. The progressive scan image is flicker-free, with virtually no visible NTSC line structure or motion artifacts, and offers better resolution than standard interlaced images. These outputs allow the video signal to be sent from the DVD player to a component video equipped interlaced or progressive scan TV. When this connection is utilized with today's HD-compatible sets, typical NTSC artifacts-like video noise, dot crawl, and flicker-are virtually eliminated, resulting in a low-noise, highly detailed picture with unequaled color purity.
- Composite Outputs -- 1
- S-Video Outputs -- 1
- Component Outputs -- 1
- HDMI Output Version 1.2 -- 1
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If you are using component cables as I am because your HD TV doesn't have HDMI then you should know this as I was not informed. Component cables are not digital as you know and therefor won't allow for upconversion of SD movies for the most part (Toshiba claims titles exist but none I have tested so far work - shooter, bad boys, to name a couple). It is my understanding that this is from a macrovision flag in the DVD that causes the player to revert to a 4:3 image (which is terrible when you have a 16:9 screen) as well as remain in 480P. I have been talking to Toshiba to see whats going on and so far I have gotten no answers. The player indicates 16:9 but the image is 4:3 with nice black bars on each side of the screen. Could be a firmware error. I am still trying to figure it out. Also the movies are widescreen and I'm not an idiot either.
If you have HDMI you should have no problems what so ever. I highly recommend this player with either connection because with HD dvd's the image is a perfect 16:9 and just looks amazing. My view on this is I will be keeping my old dvd player right next to my new one until this gets figured out or as Toshiba recommended last, I buy a new HD projector as he laughed.
And if you wondering about the HD DVD protection flag, apparently none of the studios are enabling the flag on HD DVD's as to get people to upgrade. The future of that could be bad but for now component HD-DVD connections work just fine if you want to watch HD-DVD's, just don't throw out your old player like I had planned.
One other thing, I have read that if you copy your dvd's and play them they will upscale perfectly. I am going to try this for fun, but don't feel like burning all my movies and wasting money doing it.
The HD A2 is well built and aesthetically pleasing for its fairly large footprint. The few connectors on the back make it seem a bit "naked" but it does everything it's supposed to do.
As for performance quality: WOW! The HD DVD movie presentation is truly amazing. There is so much audio and visual information to process that it completely brings the theater experience into the home!
Video quality is spectacular! Keep in mind my set is physically only 1366x768, so my HD DVD collection stands well to blow me away again sometime in the future.
Audio quality is superb! Were I to have room for a 5.1 setup, I would imagine the high-definition audio modes [Dolby TrueHD / DTS HD (core)] would be multitudes more impressive than the mere two channels of Dolby Digital audio that I hear now - I'm still blown away.
The HD A2 delivers all of the video and audio information in a remarkable way!
Startup speed for me has yet to be an issue - I just now timed it at roughly 30 seconds for the intro logo to appear. By the time I have my movie ready to go in, the HD A2 is usually ready to go as well.
The HD A2 runs quietly while it is operating. It is easy to set up, and simple to operate.
The remote control is full of features, functions well and is nicely organized. The inset not fully framing the outer edge of some of the buttons has a bit of a "prototype" look to it in my opinion, but this in no way diminishes it's function and operability.
At roughly $360, I'm really pleased with my purchase. Adding 5 free HD DVDs by mail [so long as I don't forget] through Toshiba's current promotion makes it just right! Excellent value!