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Old 01-20-2008, 12:46 AM
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I'm planning on buying a 1080p player and I wanted to know what is the difference between those two. Since I will be paying more for the A35, I wanted to know if it was worth it (as in essential at the moment). My receiver does not decode DolbyHD or DTS-HD.

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I'm planning on buying a 1080p player and I wanted to know what is the difference between those two. Since I will be paying more for the A35, I wanted to know if it was worth it (as in essential at the moment). My receiver does not decode DolbyHD or DTS-HD.
The A35 adds the ability to bitstream DolbyHD and DTS-HD to your receiver instead of decoding in the player. Since your receiver can't handle those formats, this is useless for you.

The A35 also has 5.1 analog out so you can enjoy DolbyHD decoded in the player and outputted over the analog outs if you don't have HDMI audio in on your receiver.

The scaling chip in the two are identical so PQ should be identical.

However, unless you have a 1080p display with a bad de-interlacer, you should look at the A3 as well.
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Here's a thread at AVS you might want to peruse regarding 1080p output of the 3rd gens.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=918262

If you have a decent 1080p display, save your money and get the A3. Let your TV deal with the de-interlacing.
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Old 01-20-2008, 01:34 AM
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My TVs not the best deinterlacer.. I do have HDMI though on the TV and the receiver. So, I can hook up the A3* to my receiver through HDMI and then hook my receiver to the TV. Since, the HDMI input from the HD DVD player would be 1080p the TV won't mess with it. Am I right?

Also, I would prefer the HD DVD decoding the audio.
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The A35 adds the ability to bitstream DolbyHD and DTS-HD to your receiver instead of decoding in the player. Since your receiver can't handle those formats, this is useless for you.

The A35 also has 5.1 analog out so you can enjoy DolbyHD decoded in the player and outputted over the analog outs if you don't have HDMI audio in on your receiver.

The scaling chip in the two are identical so PQ should be identical.

However, unless you have a 1080p display with a bad de-interlacer, you should look at the A3 as well.
There is a thread over at avs that indicates the scaling chip in the A3 and A30 is the same, and the A35 has a different (better) one. But none of the 3rd gen players has the same chip as the XA2, regarded as the best scaler chip. The info on the A3/30/35 supposedly came from a Toshiba technical person, fwiw. The best options seem to be the A3 or the A35, with the A30 being a little pointless. But if you can find one, and have the scratch, the XA2 still rules the roost.
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mmm I don't understand..I got an A30 today because I thought thats what I needed to do 1080p to my month old sony kdf-46e3000 lcd projection.
I could of done that with the A3 for 50 dollars less?
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Old 01-21-2008, 06:44 PM
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mmm I don't understand..I got an A30 today because I thought thats what I needed to do 1080p to my month old sony kdf-46e3000 lcd projection.
I could of done that with the A3 for 50 dollars less?
I think what he meant was..
If you have a 1080p with good deinterlacing then you could have just bought the A3. However, if you want a 1080p player then might as well pay 50-60$ more and get the A35 since it adds some extra features that could be used in the future (like sending the audio signal to the receiver to decode).
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