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Old 02-14-2007, 11:55 AM
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Question What HD DVD player should I get?

So yeah. I am going to get a HD DVD player sometime. Probably in April or May. I was going to get the 360 add on and connect that to my PC because it was the cheapest way to get HD DVD play back, but now I think that I may need something better.

Here is what I feel like I need:

1) 1080p video via HDMI
2) Digital audio via Digital Coax or Optical OR mutiple channel analog RCA connections
3) Really nice DVD upscaling (I don't have a DVD upscaler)
4) Fast loading times
5) An unit I can control with my Logitech Harmony 880
6) I would like to spend under $550 in April or May
7) An unit that has legs so it can sit on top of my receiver without restricting air flow OR an unit that is sturdy enough to go under my receiver.

So is there a HD DVD player that is the obvious choice for me? Is there one that is being released soon that would be perfect for me?

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Old 02-14-2007, 12:26 PM
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1) 1080p video via HDMI
2) Digital audio via Digital Coax or Optical OR mutiple channel analog RCA connections
3) Really nice DVD upscaling (I don't have a DVD upscaler)
4) Fast loading times
5) An unit I can control with my Logitech Harmony 880
6) I would like to spend under $550 in April or May
7) An unit that has legs so it can sit on top of my receiver without restricting air flow OR an unit that is sturdy enough to go under my receiver.
I think you narrowed it down to the HD-A20 Due out about that time for $599 MSRP. So When it actually goes on sale @ Amazon it should be ~$499+/-$50. The Upscaling won't be as Primo as the XA2 but will be good. It's 1080P but is HDMI 1.2a only.

http://www.hdtvmagazine.com/news/200..._announc_1.php

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Old 02-14-2007, 12:52 PM
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Thanks man! That looks like it may do the trick. Buy.com already has it listed for $538.99

http://www.buy.com/prod/toshiba-hd-d...ml?dcaid=17379

Is there any other HD DVD player I should consider?
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Old 02-14-2007, 01:10 PM
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I wouldn't be surprised if it ends up even less than that at Amazon, look at how quickly the A2 dropped in price.

Your only two 1080p options other than the add-on via VGA is the A20 or the XA2 (which would be out of your price range, but a very nice device).
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Thanks man! That looks like it may do the trick. Buy.com already has it listed for $538.99

http://www.buy.com/prod/toshiba-hd-d...ml?dcaid=17379

Is there any other HD DVD player I should consider?
They have the MSRP incorrect on there too. The MSRP is $599. Using their Discount of 32.5% it would be $404.99.

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At CES, Toshiba is introducing the new HD-A20, which is expected to retail at $599.99.

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Old 02-16-2007, 06:45 PM
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According to thedigitalbits.com.....None.
Look at today's post to see what I mean.
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Old 02-17-2007, 12:53 PM
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According to thedigitalbits.com.....None.
Look at today's post to see what I mean.
HUH?? Can you be a bit more Clear on what post on there?
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Old 02-17-2007, 03:38 PM
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HUH?? Can you be a bit more Clear on what post on there?
He's talking about the piece on why HD-DVD is doomed to fail. and how Universal should end the format war.
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Old 02-18-2007, 04:05 AM
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my Toshiba A2. 1080i is good enough! =P
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Old 02-18-2007, 12:36 PM
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Here is what I feel like I need:

1) 1080p video via HDMI
2) Digital audio via Digital Coax or Optical OR mutiple channel analog RCA connections
3) Really nice DVD upscaling (I don't have a DVD upscaler)
4) Fast loading times
5) An unit I can control with my Logitech Harmony 880
6) I would like to spend under $550 in April or May
7) An unit that has legs so it can sit on top of my receiver without restricting air flow OR an unit that is sturdy enough to go under my receiver.

So is there a HD DVD player that is the obvious choice for me? Is there one that is being released soon that would be perfect for me?
My suggestion would be an XA1, which can be had for as low as $428 from several sources. I may be partial, as I've owned one since May of last year, but it is a beautiful player, and meets your #7 criterium either way as well as meeting criteria 2-6.

But of course is doesn't meet your #1 criteria of 1080p output. With all due respect, is this really so important for you? Very few HD displays currently accept 1080p input. More HD displays accept 1080i input and convert that to their 1080p display capabilities. But, the vast majority of HD displays can display only 1080i or less (720p). You're of course "future proofing" yourself by insisting on a player with 1080p output. But the way I looked at it, I'm very happy with the picture quality of my 57" rear projection HDTV (which is a Sony, by the way ) with 1080i; it's only a few years old and it will be several years before I'm willing to upgrade to a 1080p display.

Again with all due respect, do NOT settle for digital audio output, either coax or optical. It's great for DVD DD+ or DTS, but does not have the bandwidth for HD audio - TrueHD or PCM. Only analog 5.1 or HDMI can handle that. I enjoy TrueHD audio on my A/V receiver, which is twice as old as my display and is also a Sony ) through "old fashioned" analog ouptuts.

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