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Old 10-18-2006, 05:17 AM
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Default Toshiba XE1 available for pre-order at Amazon UK!

The Toshiba XE1 is available to pre-order at Amazon UK at a great price - around 505!

Given that this is half the price of the Samsung BD player and offers future-proofing in the form of HDMI v1.3 and 1080p, I can see no reason to go for the Samsung BD player.
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Old 10-19-2006, 03:49 AM
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Strange - whilst the above direct link still works, you cannot find it through the search engine now?
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Old 10-21-2006, 07:47 AM
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The Toshiba XE1 is available to pre-order at Amazon UK at a great price - around 505!
Sounds like a bargain

The HD-XA1 is still selling for $599 in the US from those that still have stocks!
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Old 10-21-2006, 12:20 PM
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I know I have it pre-ordered, however Amazon are also now selling the E1 for 350! Decisions, decisions...
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Old 10-21-2006, 01:11 PM
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If the HD-A1 is anything to go by, then I'm sure either player will be a good choice, it just depends on your feature wants. But 350 is still almost $700... my HD-A1 cost $499 on the day of release, 6-months on they can be found for less.

Also, the only things I see being different between the E1 and XE1 are:

(1) 1080i vs 1080p capability
(2) analogue output
(3) higher-specification upconverting of SD DVD

(1) is only relevant if you have 1080p on your display. Even then, if your display has a decent deinterlacer, it's irrelevant.
(2) only useful if you want to enjoy Dolby TrueHD and don't have HDMI on your receiver BUT you have 5.1 analogue inputs
(3) remains to be seen - the upconversion in the HD-A1 is excellent!

If I ever build up a significant R2 SD DVD collection (most of mine are R1), then an E1 becomes an interesting proposal indeed


PS looks like we're the only ones in some of these threads
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Old 10-21-2006, 02:24 PM
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Pre-ordered the E1 as at 349 its to good to turn down! (And I will have it for christmas(I hope)
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Old 10-22-2006, 05:15 AM
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I've ruled out buying a US machine as most of my SD collection is R2 (either European or Japanese). Plus there is a chance that someone will release a hack for the Tosh players making it multiregion!
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If that happens, then I might invest in one at a later date, although in my case I figure there's just as much chance of someone figuring out how to multiregion a US player.
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Old 10-23-2006, 03:40 AM
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If that happens, then I might invest in one at a later date, although in my case I figure there's just as much chance of someone figuring out how to multiregion a US player.
True, but my dilemma is that the US players do not have PAL output, just NTSC. Therefore, for someone who has a majority R2 collection it renders the US machine useless, even if they get a multi-format hack for it.
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True, but my dilemma is that the US players do not have PAL output, just NTSC. Therefore, for someone who has a majority R2 collection it renders the US machine useless, even if they get a multi-format hack for it.
I agree with you completely, with your collection being predominantly R2, it makes no sense to spend money on a player that won't play them

Btw, with HDTV / HD DVD, PAL and NTSC are things of the past. The US players don't output NTSC any more than the European players will output PAL, they both output in HD. They differ in that the SD DVD is region coded differently. With the SD DVD aspect of playback, the HD-A1 does a great job of upconverting to 1080i60, and we should hope for the same from the HD-(X)E1.
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