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Toshiba XD-E500 Upconverting 1080p Extended Detail DVD Player

3.2 out of 5 stars 170 customer reviews

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  • Full 1080p Upconversion with 24 frame capability
  • No need to replace your current DVD library

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Toshiba
  • Model Number: XD-E500
  • DVD Type: DVD player
  • Audio Output Mode: DTS digital output, Dolby Digital output
  • Surround Sound Effects: 3D Surround
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Product Description

Product Description

1080P Upconverting Detail Enhanced DVD Player

From the Manufacturer

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

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.

edge enhancement technology

Contrast Mode

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.
contrast enhancement

Color Mode

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
color enhancement

After Color Enhancement: reds are redder, greens are greener
color enhancement
The above image is intended to help illustrate how a specific function operates and is not indicative of actual relative differences

Premium Styling

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.

Product Information

Technical Details

Brand Name Toshiba
Item Weight 1.5 pounds
Product Dimensions 7.5 x 16.9 x 2 inches
Item model number XD-E500
Built In Decoders Dolby Digital, DTS decoder
Specification Met #REF!
Item Display Height 2 inches

Additional Information

Customer Reviews
3.2 out of 5 stars 170 customer reviews

3.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #36,479 in Home Theater (See top 100)
#98 in Electronics > Televisions & Video > DVD Players & Recorders > DVD Players
Shipping Weight 4.6 pounds
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Date First Available April 2, 2004

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Ever since HDTVs came on the scene DVD players have boasted they improve DVD to "HD" quality, most only delivered marginally better pictures at best. Thankfully recent players have come a long way offering some really exceptional pictures from a DVD source.

Given the history of up-processing players and the hype surrounding XD-E500 I couldn't wait to get my hands on this player. For comparison I used my best Up-processing player with Reon-VX HQV. As anyone who has one knows the Reon chip offers one of the best pictures available.

Wondering about the "Two" part of the title now? Well I didn't get carried away and buy two. What happened was the first player sent was defective. It was not obvious at first because I didn't know what to expect, but during the comparisons I and my 3 other testers noticed only a very slight difference over the Reon chip, so small it wouldn't be worth buying. I was about to write a scathing review, luckily I first contacted George, a fellow HD nut. He bought the XD the first day they were available and was surprised I was so disappointed. He then said I must have defective player because the XD blows Reon out of the water.

Long story short, I contacted Amazon and they express shipped a replacement. George was right it blows Reon right out of the water.
The Picture is impressive, very impressive. The better the DVD transfer the better the picture.
New movies like The Bank Job look extraordinary. It was difficult to remember that it was not a true HD picture.

Star War IV looked sharper than ever, the best I've seen outside the theater. The backgrounds of the ships, corridors, lighted buttons, and droids all had richer detail that really stood out.
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As an owner of a SONY Blu-ray and a 2 TOSHIBA HDDVD players, I was very hesitant to believe that a standard DVD player could do a better job at upscaling standard DVD's than the Hi-Def players. SURPRISE!!!, it does. Not only does it upscale to 1080p/24fps, but it reduces the noise of the upscaling process, and almost eliminates the edge or halo effect of standard DVD's.
A complete machine with HDMI, component, composite, S-Video, optical and coaxial sound outputs.In addition, there are already suggestions that the region lock can be removed to make it an ALL region player!.
My only complaint is that the unit does not center the 4:3 DVD's in the 16x9 screen, but it stretches them to fill the screen like the older players. This can probably be improved with a firmware update from TOSHIBA.
I think,for the price, this unit is a savior of the DVD collection we own but often times are embarrassed to show once we have become spoiled with HD titles. For the price, you have nothing to loose and much to gain.
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Let me start by saying this is not a Blu-ray Killer. The resolution on Blu-Ray is outstanding with detail that will stun any viewer. But This DVD is a damn fine substitute until the prices drop on the latest Blu-ray players with the latest firmware. Spending 150.00 bucks is much better than spending 400.00. Once the price reaches 100-150.00 bucks with all the bells and whistles I want, then I'll invest in Blu-ray. For now this machine will most definitely do.

I must admit I was skeptical. I have the Samsung HD860 which played on a Samsung LNT4661F LCD TV. It was good but not great. My friend, she has the Sony DVP-NS700H/B which is a damn fine machine that works beautifully on her Samsung LN40A550 LCD. Watching Flushed Away on that set-up was awesome.

I was going to get the Sony DVP-NS700H/B based on my friends set-up and on extremely favorable reviews. But then I heard Toshiba was coming out with some new up-converting tech that originally was supposed to rival Blu-ray but which has now been downgraded to being better than DVD, not Blu-ray quality, but definitely better. I was intrigued nonetheless so I waited.

Well the wait was worth it!! The pic is awesome!! I put in Terminator:The Sarah Connor chronicles season one and man!! It's not HD but it damn well is close. Now images will vary in quality depending on the scene...but overall the consistency is really good! I couldn't be happier! I haven't tried older movies yet or other DVD's, but will get to them soon!

The machine is well designed and easy to set-up and use. But most importantly the image is just awesome!

I will invest in Blu-ray eventually...but the price has to come down. For now the Toshiba XDE500 will do...and it does it beautifully!!!

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Im giving this 4 stars because its lacking a few key things.
Let me preface by saying the picture quality is excellent. I had been using an OPPO 981 to watch my anime collection, and prior to the 550, the OPPO was arguably the best upconverting player you could buy. Comparing the Toshiba to the OPPO, it has noticeably better picture quality. The upconversion is significantly better on the Toshiba than the OPPO. Both seem to process interlaced material about the same, meaning they occasionaly screw up and produce interlace artifacts if the source doesnt have a consistent 3:2 pulldown pattern.

However, the OPPO has a number of features that the 550 is lacking. First, the ability to change the HDMI signal format (RGB or YUV) and black level. However, I can live with this because my HD set lets me change the black level. Second, the different picure modes all apply edge enhancement, which can create some nasty artifacts if your source is not reference DVD quality. You can just watch without any picture modes, but It would be really nice to disable edge enhancement (they call it Sharp mode) while enabling Color mode or Contrast mode.

I look forward to a firmware update or new rev of this player, as it certainly is the best looking DVD player I have ever seen. With a few tweaks, I would give it 5 stars.
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