|Item Weight||12 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||13.5 x 17.2 x 2.9 inches|
|Item model number||HD-XA2|
Toshiba HD-XA2 1080p HD-DVD Player
- HD DVD (720p / 1080i / 1080p) playback
- Video Up-Conversion (720p /1080i /1080p)
- Multi Format Compatibility
- Dolby Digital Plus, DTS HD & Dolby True HD
- Bi-directional RS-232 out & HDMI 1.3 - Deep Color
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Toshiba HD-XA2 HD DVD Player
From the Manufacturer
The HD-XA2 is our flagship HD DVD player and incorporates our latest technologies. With a chassis reinforced by solid brushed aluminum panels, the HD-XA2 uses advanced digital and analog video processing technology and includes 1080p with Deep Color support specified in HDMI 1.3a.
High definition playback delivers 720p/1080i/1080p resolution, up to six times the resolution of DVD. Using leading-edge efficient video compression standards makes it possible to experience the full potential of your HDTV.
Silicon Optix Reon HQV processing delivers full HD resolution and detail, and includes user-adjustable picture controls for both high definition and standard definition material.
HDMI with Deep Color, which represents the latest version of the multi-industry supported, all digital connection, provides signals with improved contrast and detail, and smoother transitions.
297 MHz/12 bit video DAC with 4x oversampling reproduces crystal clear, lifelike images when connecting to your HDTV via HD component output.
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 and output through HDMI, your movies are scaled to match the resolution of your HD display.
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Let me tell you something...this player rocks!!! After doing a side by side comparison with my PS3 and HD-A2 there was no competition. HD-DVD's looked crisp and clear, DVD's were cleaner and more refined, and the picture options are quite helpful. For those who are skeptical about the upconversion, don't be! I have a 50 inch LED DLP and I definately could tell the difference between the three. That being said, the PS3 is a great blu-ray player, but I use it mainly for games. As dumb is this sounds, I just like the look, design, and name of Hd-dvd better. It's also good to note that the new hd-dvd players are in the top 100 list (the a3/30/35) for electronics.
I got the hd-xa2 refurbished through Amazon. It said there was a cosmetic blemish and damage on the outer box. There was a slight rip on the repackaged box but the player was fine. No blemishes or scratches. Don't be afraid to buy this player refurbished, at least through Amazon.
I AM SAD TO SAY THAT I AM RETURNING THIS PRODUCT. Not because of its performance; this player is amazing and I love it to death. Still, I can't keep this player due to Warner brothers going exclusively blu-ray. I still have my ol' Hd-a2 and my ps3 so I will use those until the dust settles. I really wanted hd-dvd to win, but who knows? I'm just glad I only own 10 hd-dvd's and 5 blu-rays. It makes the blow alot easier. Good luck, all.
The HD-DVD part is the best on the market. I still don't think it's the best. Why? Well it takes for ever to turn the thing on, it's not bad as the HD-XA1 which took a few days to boot up, but it's not like a normal DVD player. Picture quality is the same as my BluRay player so basically it is great. Can't complain. What I don't like are two things:
a. The remote sux. It's not very intuitive to use.
b. the HDMI output will not output bitstream versions of Dolby Digital Plus, True HD and DTS-HD. I'm hoping that since this unit has a HDMI1.3a output they will fix this with the next firmware upgrade. I know that hte 24Frame output will be available soon, but the butstream I think is more important.
Overall, it's a great player, if you can afford it and have the time, you may want to wait for the Onkyo 805, which is a supped up version of the XA2, otherwise buy this one.
The picture is incredible with HD DVD's, and with standard def DVD's is much better than any of my prior 3 DVD players. I like the ability to access menus while the movie is playing.
I have a 1080p TV, and wondered why the player was outputing 1080p. After pouring through the manual, and finding no real answers (although the manual is pretty well written), I e-mailed Toshiba on a Friday night and had a response by Sat am. They were not able to help me by e-mail but gave me an 800 number to call. I was afraid of being on hold forever so did'nt call for a few days but when I did I was shocked that immediately a human being answered the phone (Jim) and immediately answered all my questions. Very nice and very knowledgeable and not on hold for one second. This kind of support helps make paying $600 for a DVD player worthwhile.
He said that a lot of 1080p sets like mine output a 1080p picture but do not accept a 1080p signal directly. So the DVD player knows this and outputs 1080i. Doesn't really matter because my set de-interlaces the signal and I am seeing an absolutely gorgeous 1080p picture.
One other thing that he says is common to all of the current "next generation" DVD players is that the disc will not resume where you left off, but always starts back at the beginning of the HD DVD. This is a minor annoyance but not unique to this player.
Yes (as menioned in previous reviews) the fan is a little loud but I barely notice it.
Be aware that it does take longer for a disc to "load" than on a standard def DVD player, but again I believe this is a common issue to all current "next generation" DVD players.
I also like the ability to connect the player to the internet via ethernet cable, and get firmware updates. Toshiba will also e-maiol
If you, like me, have been trying to wait out the "format war" and are tired of waiting... and have a high def TV you are aching to use...
You will not be disappointed with this player.