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Old 03-27-2010, 04:37 PM
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Default what is the best 1080i hd dvd player?

I'm thinking about getting rid of my Xbox 360. Problem is I have the hd dvd add-on and that's the only player I have for the movies.

Do the other players have much of an advantage over the xbox drive (other than being stand alone players)?

after doing a bit of research, the Toshiba HD-A3 seems like player I'm leaning towards. In your guys opinion, are there better players than that one?


I would like to get a 1080p player, but even used they are priced way to high at $200+.

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The BEST players are the A35, XA2 and the Onkyo 805HD. There is an Integra model but so few are available you don't need to be concerned with the availability of one.

The A3 is a fine player and you'll be hard pressed to notice any difference next to the add-on.
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Old 03-27-2010, 11:48 PM
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The 1080i players = 1080p players except that the 1080p players will output 24 fps. So if your display is 1080p but can't accept a 1080p24 signal, then you'll get the same picture whether you buy an A3 or an A35.

Also the XA2 = Onkyo = Integra. They are clones of each other except that they have slightly different software and exteriors.
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I would go with an A2 1080i player because the HD audio codecs (True HD DD+) are re-encoded to 1.5Mbs DTS out the optical cable.
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I would go with an A2 1080i player because the HD audio codecs (True HD DD+) are re-encoded to 1.5Mbs DTS out the optical cable.
Not to mention that the A2 plays everything you can throw at it while the 1st and 3rd gen players have some issue discs (very few and mostly imports but they do exist)
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Old 03-30-2010, 07:24 AM
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I've been impressed with my A1s. Construction quality is superb (though the XA1 is better, obviously). They're probably the cheapest players you can get, in spite of the fact that they're a gold mine of components, because of one thing in particular... they're a bit... slow. But aside from that, with the most recent firmware updates anyways, they're tanks.
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a35 or a30
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xa-2 by far. A35's had issues with quite a few discs of mine. However, the xa-2 has played everything except for "The Ten" for some reason... very odd.
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xa-2 by far. A35's had issues with quite a few discs of mine. However, the xa-2 has played everything except for "The Ten" for some reason... very odd.
The Ten plays fine in my XA2. The only one that hasn't played so far in mine is the adult title "Girls Gone Skiing". It'll play'll in the LG BH200 though...very odd as well.
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