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Old 08-21-2008, 02:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Josh Z View Post
The only downside to the XA2's SD upconversion is that it automatically pillarboxes all 4:3 and non-anamorphic content, and has no option to zoom non-anamorphic letterbox discs. That means something like The Abyss will be displayed with black bars on all 4 sides.
I wonder how the new Toshiba XDE upconverting player handles that?
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Old 08-22-2008, 09:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Blacklac View Post
I own the Onkyo 805 (XA2) and A35. The 805 with Reon is better at upconverting, this is easily noticeable but only after enabling Mosquito NR and EE: +1. HD DVD's, they are both incredible and I need more comparing to tell. (805 is now at my buddies to test for 1080p shut down bug.) I think the 805 may be a little sharper with HD DVD's too...
Thanks for your post. I bought mine open box at BB and was given the wrong HD DVD remote. It did not have a picture button. So after doing some searching I just used my Harmony Remote and was able to use the picture function. Now my DVD's upscale much better.
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Old 08-23-2008, 09:57 PM
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I've never owned a XA2, but my A35 is one damn fine machine! The A35 produces an incredible Hi-def picture with deep rich colors.

As for upconversion, I don't own DVD's anymore so I didn't buy a HD player to upconvert.

Consensus is, the XA2 and A35 are the two best HD-players ever built and are equal in HD performance.

P.S.---- I'm going to buy another A35 soon just to have another one as a back up for future use in case mine ever craps out.
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Old 09-02-2008, 11:37 PM
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The XA2, definitely.
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