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Old 10-19-2007, 06:21 PM
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Default HD-A20 or HD-XA2

What Is the difference between these two players. Is the xa2 worth the difference? i just bought a 40'' 71 seris samsung. Curious if there is a picture difference between the two models
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Old 10-20-2007, 07:36 AM
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XA2 has analog outputs which you can use to get TrueHD & DD+ if you're reciever isn't equipped with HDMI. XA2 also has the Reon chip and has been regarded as one hell of an upconverting player. So if you have a lot of SD DVDs I'd definately go with that, it may save you some double dipping on movies.
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Old 10-20-2007, 09:02 AM
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There is a very lengthy review of the XA2 on this site.
XA2 also is hdmi 1.3 compliant although it still cannot output the bitstream like the A35 can. (I realize you are asking about the A20) The XA2 is probably worth the price, but I'd wait for the XA3 personally. I would never get the A20. If I upgrade soon, it's going to be the A35 or the Samsung dual player. The A20 just doesn't make a lot of sense to me because the addition of 1080p without hdmi 1.3 is simply not worth the upgrade. If I want to upgrade, I want the hdmi 1.3 for sure now that the bitstream can be outputted. I'm not saying the sound quality is going to be substantially better, but might as well "future-proof" yourself at this point.
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