|Item Weight||13 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||13.9 x 17.2 x 4.5 inches|
|Item model number||HD-AX1|
|Color Name||Black / Silver|
Toshiba HD-XA1 HD-DVD Player
- 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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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.
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.
Top customer reviews
Terrible set-up and out-of-the-box experience. Got same cryptic error as other reviewer when I first tried to play an HD-DVD. Relatively quick and painless firmware download fixed initial problems (or get update disk from Toshiba, insert, and it fixes self). Manual barely helped - Toshiba needs to pay a few more cents per unit to hire ENGRISH SPEAKING manual writers - terrible.
Followed instructions for online (connected to internet) frirmware update). MONTHS OF TRYING - NOW NOTHING SHOWS UP ON TV MONITOR OR FRONT PANEL OF HD-DVD PLAYER. NOTHING WORKS! I'M TRYING TO GET MY MONEY BACK FROM TOSLHIBA. THIS IS BY FAR THE WORST CONSUMER PRODUCT EXPERIENCE I HAVE EVER HAD. TOSHIBA, YOU ARE THE WORST!
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). Grade: A+
Ray: Razor sharp picture and clear sound. The video on this title is the best of our collection for that super clear HD experience you would expect. Would have been nice to have a TrueHD soundtrack but the DD+ is great. Grade: A+
The Mummy: A nice presentation with good resolution and colors. A newer film, it does well with a relatively clean print (not perfect though, unfortunately with white specks and some dirt here and there) with good colors and uniformity. Sound design is pretty good. Grade A
Caddy Shack: Older catalog title but the print was cleaned up quite nicely. Colors jump off the screen and are sickeningly accurate when it comes to Rodney Dangerfield's outfits. The sound is design is quite dated (remember, this is a movie from 1980) but dialog is clear. Grade A
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation: Great holiday film, one of my favorites. Looks sooo much better in HD. After so many years of crappy transfers it is nice to see it cleaned up so much and in proper widescreen aspect ratio. Still, a bit more work could have been done on the print for that super fantastic home theater experience. Grade A-
I can't say enough good things about this player. Great picture, great sound, great customer support. This machine does all that would expect, and does it perfectly.
Negatives include the slow startup times (which has been mentioned a million times and not something that bothers me a whole lot personally) and the back-lit remote. The automatic back-lighting feature is a bit goofy. Sometimes is lights, sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes it stays lit for a reasonable amount of time, other times it just flickers on then is dark all too quickly. I would have preferred just a big easy to find button to turn the lighting on myself. What I do like about the back-lighting is how thorough it is. I like the fact that the button labels are lit so you can actually read the functions. Kudos to Toshiba on getting that part of it right. Why aren't more remotes like that. What good is it if the button itself it lit but not the function label?
My father in law has a Samsung Blu Ray and while the picture quality is drop dead gorgeous (no doubt helped by his 57" LCD Samsung TV), I am not sure that the home theater experience is as good (not even taking into account the image freezes and signal scramble blocking that occur. The player is definitely glitchy). Sure it is razor (and I mean razor) sharp, but it is almost TOO razor sharp. I am a person who likes a film to look like a film. You lose that certain visual quality on his setup. But the clarity is amazing. It definitely has that WOW factor. Still I prefer our Hitachi 65" RPTV, which imparts a "gentle warmness" to the image without sacrificing clarity.
So now that I have rambled on long enough my final thoughts are as follows:
It is a great piece of technology and is well executed. No, it is not perfect, but it does what it promises to do, and does it superbly. The price was right and I see us getting many, many hours of viewing enjoyment from our investment, and it is hard to beat with the current street price under $500.00. I would highly recommend this product to other home theater enthusiasts in search of the next technology.
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
I know you've read the so called complaints about it only out-putting 1080i signal, but if you have a quality 1080p HDTV it just de-interlaces the signal and you see a full 1080p picture anyway.
I'd have given this 5 stars but it still is just a little slow to start-up, not real bad just slower then a regular DVD player is.
I own both a PS3 and this HD DVD player and while I really like my PS3 my XA1 still delivers a better upscaled picture of regular DVDs (not huge but still better).
Most of the negative reviews are just Blu-Ray supporters posting with hidden agendas or people that were not aware of the need at first for firmware updates or the few problems with early HD DVDs and combo DVDS and got impatient and frustrated.
As for the HD-XA1,pictures never did it justice.You must see it for real and you'll appreciate what the market is going to miss.
Picture quality is superb.I use a Sony full hd lcd tv and maybe the Sony actually flatters the HD-XA1.
If you can put up with the minor problems(long bootup,firmware updates)
go for it.
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Takes a while to boot; about 40 seconds. Need to update Firmware out of the box; its easy though.Read more