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Old 01-14-2007, 02:57 PM
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Okay......Is there much of a difference between Toshiba's A1 and the A2??? My local retailer will sell me the A1 for $399! (canadian $$) and the A2 is selling for $549. What would be my best bet????
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Old 01-14-2007, 04:36 PM
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Okay......Is there much of a difference between Toshiba's A1 and the A2??? My local retailer will sell me the A1 for $399! (canadian $$) and the A2 is selling for $549. What would be my best bet????
The simply opinion/answer, if you want to save money the A1 will work for you. The A2 is obviously 2nd generation and as improved performance characteristics and has a sleeker profile. Also, if you are critical on load speed A2 loads faster. I don't believe you will be disappointed

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Old 01-14-2007, 07:09 PM
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I've owned the A2 for a couple of weeks. Before that, I borrowed my friend's A1 for several weeks. Having sampled them both, here's my $.02....

A1 "pros": generally cheaper in price right now; has analog audio outputs
A2 "pros": faster load time and overall much less "sluggish" in response time (in my opinion it behaves more like a traditional DVD player); quieter (no cooling fan noise)

Picture quality is, of course, awesome on both. The choice is yours.
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Old 01-15-2007, 10:55 AM
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Atouk has pretty much summed up the differences between the two. If analogue outputs are not important to you then I would definitely go for the A2.
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Old 01-16-2007, 07:49 AM
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Here's a review for the A2 if anyone is interested.
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Old 01-16-2007, 10:54 AM
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How about the HD-XA1? Does anyone know how it compares to the other two? I saw it is $459 at B&H and $499 at Crutchfield (US prices, free shipping and no tax.)
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Old 01-16-2007, 06:26 PM
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livingproof73 ,Ramenator ,great points!

Here's my thoughts since I have both formats(BD/HD DVD ) and both players.(A2 and XA2)

The PQ of the updated A1 and the new A2 is about the same: BEAUTIFUL!! That's were the similiarity ends. Without the update, one is bulky and slow(A1),the other is sleek and faster.(A2). The picture and sound is equal.

Now to the XA1.......

The XA1(1080i) is a very good HD player, even without the Toshiba update. If you apply the update it will improve the load times to match the new A2 plus fix a number of other issues. The PQ of the XA1 is fantastic and beautiful on HD disc that have a good transfer and compression codec rate, and most HD DVD disc have that.

I tend to think of the A2 as a firmware updated XA1, in terms of load time and PQ. I've compared the two many times on many HD DVD movies at 1080i, 720p, 480p and can't really see that much difference between them. BUT if price is your concern then I agree with the others, go for the price, but if 2nd generation, future firmware updates (rumor: A2 is slated for a 1080p firmware update in Q2 2007 like the soon to be release, in March/April for $600, the Toshiba HD DVD 1080p A20) and the lastest out, then the A2 is your choice.

Toshiba has placed the new A20(1080p) price-wise in between the A2(1080i) and XA2(1080p) to challenge the blu-ray Sony PS3. If you can't wait for the new A20 and don't want to pay $700-$999 for the XA2, then the A2 is your 'baby', which isn't a bad choice either, if your HDTV is a 480p,720p,1080i set. IN FACT(since the updates), *I can't tell the difference that much in 1080p over 1080i whether it's Blu-ray or HD DVD. They ALL look stunningly beautiful to me on my stuff.

(post update: since seeing my A2/XA2 PQ, there is a diference!)

The XA1 might not be 'the latest and the greatest' now, but its built is solid, its PQ is fantastic and its prices now can't be beat.

Sorry for the long 'winded' reply post.

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*(post update 1/21/07: since viewing my A2/XA2 PQ, there is a difference!)

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Old 01-22-2007, 10:03 PM
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ok....so the A2 and the XA2........does the 5.1 analog outputs really make a big difference??
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Old 01-23-2007, 08:38 AM
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The XA1 and the A1 are identical internally. The XA1 is just as slow as the A1.
Of the second generation players, the XA2 is the only one with a coaxial output and analog outputs. The other players only have an optical output.(unless they add a coaxial output to the A20)
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Old 01-23-2007, 10:43 AM
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So beweekly,

I have the A2 which is a 1080i correct and slated for the firmware update to the 1080p. My TV is a 1080p and I was wondering will I really see a difference after the firmware update?
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