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Toshiba HD-A1, HD_DVD Review

eHDMI
05-13-2006, 03:08 PM
Toshiba HD-A1
The Toshiba HD-A1 is an affordable first-generation HD-DVD player that produces a stunning high-def image--but only home-theater enthusiasts are likely to endure its long list of early-adopter caveats.

http://reviews.cnet.com/Toshiba_HD_A1/4505-6463_7-31736203.html?subj=fdba&part=rss&tag=MR_Video+Players+and+Recorders

drock912001
05-14-2006, 01:10 AM
I read the review....and the early adopters disagree with the review.Me personally wouldn't buy new hardware that doesn't have an abdundance of movies to choose from.

rbinck
05-14-2006, 11:11 AM
I read the review....and the early adopters disagree with the review.Me personally wouldn't buy new hardware that doesn't have an abdundance of movies to choose from.

That's a reason to wait until those movies are released to buy anything. Remember the first Blu-Ray movie has not been released yet and we are only up to 6 HD-DVDs. Fine for those who want to be classed early adopters or to wow their friends, but for most people I would think waiting a year or so would be prudent.

borromini
05-14-2006, 06:44 PM
Yup...that's me. No hurry for a while. I'll wait to see what the landscape looks like next spring/summer, but I can't blame the early adopters since I rely on them to ultimately make a decision.;)

ah802
05-20-2006, 06:25 PM
Just came back from Best Buy here in Toronto and they have the Toshiba player on display with a 720p LCD and over a dozen different HD titles on the same rack. The player was in demo mode and playing stuff without losing a beat, the resolution was 720p but it looked like upscaled DVD (mostly trailers). The sales guy mentioned that the flip side of each disk was the normal DVD resolution version.

They've arrived.

BobY
05-20-2006, 07:30 PM
Sigh...

What, they don't have a single 1080p display in the store?

Obviously the 720p mode isn't going to show off 1920x1080 content to full advantage. There have also been a number of comments that the 720p mode looks worse than one would expect compared to the 1080 mode.

borromini
05-20-2006, 08:22 PM
...There have also been a number of comments that the 720p mode looks worse than one would expect compared to the 1080 mode. Here's a review (http://www.ultimateavmag.com/hddiscplayers/506toshibahd/) that actually explains the likely cause for this as unique to the Toshiba design.

rbinck
05-20-2006, 08:33 PM
Convert to 480p and then back up to 720p. Tohsiba should be better than that.

rudyusmc1980
05-20-2006, 10:59 PM
i would much rather the player scale from 1080p to 720p (properly) instead of my TV scaling from 1080i to 720p. Oh well, choices had to be made to make the bottom line.

rbinck
05-21-2006, 12:14 PM
I suppose it depends on the quality of the TV and the DVD player. The scalers will add about the same cost to both, but the % it drives up the price of a DVD player is much more than a TV. Consider if retail for a good quality scaler is $100, then the adder for a otherwise $100 player would drive the cost of the DVD player to $200 (double), whereas would only be 5% on a $2,000 TV. Thus I would conclude the chanches of a good scaler would be better in the TV.

BobY
05-21-2006, 02:55 PM
I have to ask again--why does anyone wonder why I'm so skeptical that these manufacturers are doing what they say and not cutting corners? :rolleyes:

Are the display manufacturers really de-interlacing 1080i to 1080p properly? Are they really performing reverse pull-down on 1080i? Do you really trust them?