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Old 07-25-2008, 08:24 PM
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Default Toshiba A3 vs A30 for SD DVD upscaling?

Which one of these players would offer the better PQ for SD DVD upscaling?
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Old 07-25-2008, 08:59 PM
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I'll give you a hint; Can you imagine a situation in which the lower-end of two players from the same product generation would have a leg up on the other in any way?
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Old 07-25-2008, 09:24 PM
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I had both the A3 and A30 and they both did a really good job of upconverting. Whether the A30 is better than the A3 I couldnt tell. If it is ... its not by much.

I have a LG BH200 and its phenomenal.
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I'll give you a hint; Can you imagine a situation in which the lower-end of two players from the same product generation would have a leg up on the other in any way?

There is no need to be a smart ass. I've been doing some research over at AVS and some are saying that, even though the A30 and A35 have the Anchor Bay scalers, when it comes to SD DVD scaling they all use the same software.
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Old 07-25-2008, 09:28 PM
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I had both the A3 and A30 and they both did a really good job of upconverting. Whether the A30 is better than the A3 I couldnt tell. If it is ... its not by much.

I have a LG BH200 and its phenomenal.
So would you say then, from your experience with the 2, that it wouldn't be worth an extra $80 to go with an A30 over an A3?
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Old 07-25-2008, 09:34 PM
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My first HD DVD player was the A3 and eventually I ended up with the A30 and A35 now. I've never tested the A3 on my 52" since I didn't have the TV during that time, but I saw a difference between A3 and the A30 on my 37" screen. Sharpness was about the same, but color reproduction seemed better. I presume that once your screen gets larger, the differences become more noticeable. The price difference between the A3 and A30 is so small now that you should go with the A30 and it outputs at 1080p for HD content rather than 1080i.

By the way, I'm probably going to sell my A30 if you are interested
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I have the A-30 in my living room and the A-3 in my bedroom....both upscale great....it is not a HUGE difference, but I think the A-30 is a bit better.....but nothing to spend way more money on if you don't have it.

I agree with the color comment...color was the main difference. I have a 40" Sony Bravia and upscaling certain movies looks gorgeous
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Old 07-25-2008, 09:46 PM
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By the way, I'm probably going to sell my A30 if you are interested
Thanks for the offer but I'm way up here in BC Canada so by the time I paid for S/H I'd probably be better off getting in the store. A3 is $99 and the A30 is $149.
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Old 07-25-2008, 10:04 PM
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Yep, Canada shipping will kill the deal. I don't know if it's worth buying an A30 for $149 even if it's brand new, that's just me though. I admit I'm a bit spoiled when it comes to HD DVD hardware prices, especially since at one time I picked up 6 A35s off Amazon for $129 shipped. For $149, you might be better off seeing if there is a deal on a combo player and putting in some extra money so you can BD playback as well.

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I agree with the color comment...color was the main difference. I have a 40" Sony Bravia and upscaling certain movies looks gorgeous
Have you watched the SD version of Crank? I thought it looked excellent on my 37".
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Old 07-26-2008, 01:26 AM
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Thanks for the offer but I'm way up here in BC Canada so by the time I paid for S/H I'd probably be better off getting in the store. A3 is $99 and the A30 is $149.
I would reiterate what others are saying - there are more considerations that put the A30 higher on the list than the A3 other than internal upconverting capabilities - 1080p/24fps output capability was what sold me on the A30 over the A3 when I got my player. But if you have no intentions of getting into HD-DVD's and your TV doesn't support 1080p/24fps via the hdmi connections - then maybe it doesn't matter much.
Amazon Warehouse has listed A3's with very attractive prices lately . . . maybe their free shipping includes BC Canada?
btw - I got to visit your part of the world recently attending a conference in Vancouver - what a great place you live in.
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