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Old 09-07-2007, 09:39 PM
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Default A20 or XA2? Upgrading from X360 Addon

I've got a 40'' Samsung LCD 1080p TV and I have an older X360 without HDMI. I got the HD DVD addon since it was such a good deal with the free movies, but I'm the type of person who's always looking at the picture with a raised eyebrow if I know my connection could be purely HDMI.

I was considering purchasing a new X360 with HDMI so I didn't have to worry about a weak link in my signal path, but now I'm thinking I'll just sell the X360 Addon and just bite the bullet. I need an upconverting DVD player as well, so I'm killing two birds with one stone.

I've been looking at either the XA2 or the A20. My TV doesn't support deep color and all that other stuff, so I just need a solid 1080p player that has good DVD upconversion. Not sure I want to wait on the 3rd gen, but from what I've read, they'll only really benefit people with high end receivers and audio setups.

Can anyone give me some advice on which player I should go with?
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XA2 has the best upconversion chip period and does 1080p, thats the only HDDVD player with it right now, and I don't think any of the 3rd gen players will either, except I hear the new Samsung combo player may have it.

some lucky folks have snagged these for $499 at best Buy but they are going quick. It is an unadvertised deal, they also have the A20 for $299.
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Old 09-07-2007, 10:13 PM
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I second this advice....I have the A1 and the XA2 and the XA2 with its Reon chip is outstanding. Nothing can touch it.
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Old 09-07-2007, 10:24 PM
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I just called my local Best Buy and the guy said he had the XA2 for $299... I think he doesn't know what he's talking about, but I'm going tomorrow after work. I called them 3 times and was put on a hold twice and disconnected. I hate calling those guys.

I know I'm not going to get one for $299, but if they still have the $499 deal going, I'll probably pick one up. If not, I guess I'll bite the bullet and pay the $569 Amazon has them for right now. I have Amazon Prime, so I can have it overnight for $3.99
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most likely he is talking about the A20 which I saw yesterday marked at $299.
It's actually hard to find stores with the XA2 in stock.
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It's on my way home, so I can swing by. I just got my Ultimate Matrix collection HD DVDs from Amazon today and I kind of want to "save myself" for a full HDMI connection before I watch them.

I've felt dirty every time I've watched an HD DVD through the stock X360 component cables...
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Old 09-07-2007, 10:46 PM
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XA2 for sure, not just because of the Radeon/Upconverting but it's Built Quality and Overall Performance shows. It minor but I love that they used the 1st Generation remote...in Black!
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Old 09-07-2007, 11:27 PM
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Has anyone heard if the XA2 has any trouble running through an HDMI switcher? I have a Monoprice 5x1 switcher.

Also, does the latest firmwares fix the video stutter mentioned in the HDDef review?
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