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Old 01-17-2008, 02:39 PM
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Default XA2 vs A35?

Which is the ultimate high end hd dvd player?

Which has better load times?

I want to have 1 1080p player for the future instead of the a3 and a1 I own.(Makes me so damn mad that a1 was $500 and way lower in quality than my a3 for my personal needs.)

Also I could give a shit less about audio its all about picture quality to me.
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Old 01-17-2008, 02:53 PM
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I don't know. The XA2 HAS the Reon chip, but that doesn't effect HD DVD playback as far as I know. The main advantages of the XA2 involve a lot of tweakability of picture settings as far as I can tell + the Reon chip for better upscaling. The XA2 is a lot harder to find now, and will definitely cost more. That's about it as far as I know. The A35 can bitstream the TruehD audio, but the XA2 got this ability as a firmware upgrade so it has it also now. I would say the general consensus seems to be that the XA2 is STILL the best HD DVD player ever made.
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Old 01-17-2008, 02:55 PM
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XA2....terrific in upconverting DVDs. Had the A35 for a week then returned it cause DVD upconverting was not as good as my Sony NS75. Same with the Panny BD30. Soooooooo....went out and look for an XA2 and I've never been happier. Excellent out of the box.

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The XA2 is the slowest machine I've ever seen. I'd say it take 45 seconds to produce the startup screen once you turn it on. It loads DVDs fast once it fires up, but wow, does it ever take forever to fire up. If you're really worried about load times (I don't see the fuss, really), you might keep that in mind. No idea if the A35 is faster, or what either machine does with HD DVD, but the XA2 is slooooww.

The DVD picture is exceptional.
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Well I guess the best choice for me would be the 35 then. I havent watched a dvd since hd media came out so I could really care less about that. Its all about load time and which one handles a hd picture better.
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uhhhhh I would say the XA2 would be the ONE. It has many more ways to tweak the pq from other threads I have read. Did you mean the XA2 is the one you should get?
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uhhhhh I would say the XA2 would be the ONE. It has many more ways to tweak the pq from other threads I have read. Did you mean the XA2 is the one you should get?
Not if the XA2 takes 40 seconds to load. Thats about 3 times as much as my a3. I imagine the a35 would load times quicker. Its just unreasonable to wait that long.
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Old 01-17-2008, 04:02 PM
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ok I understand that but imo load time should not trump the settings if you are mainly concerned with pq.
but to each his own.
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Old 01-17-2008, 05:11 PM
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Not if the XA2 takes 40 seconds to load. Thats about 3 times as much as my a3. I imagine the a35 would load times quicker. Its just unreasonable to wait that long.
I do not understand why some people cannot wait for 40 seconds when they are going to sit down and watch a more than 90 minutes movie.

Heck, when all I had was VHS, I had to wait for 10 minutes rewinding the tape before I can watch a movie.
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Because its a bad impression when people come over. I tell them look how awesome hd dvd is and they have to wait a minute for me to show them. Then you could just turn on a ps3 and instantly play. Im all about trying to get people to realise hd dvd is the best hd product on the market.
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