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Old 01-28-2009, 01:43 AM
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Default 1080p quality a30/ compared to?

so ive had a a20 for quite a while and i have blu as well now but just for the 60 some movies i already have on hd i want them to look there best

my tv doesnt do 24p and just recently i saw somewhere how the a20 and a30 dont do 1080p superly unless its 24p tv

so is the difference that great in one of the better players? or should i just stick with what ive got

and would there be any benefit in switching from a20 to a30 besides load times?
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Old 01-28-2009, 06:16 AM
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I have both the HD-A20 and HD-A30. I can't tell any difference in performance at firmware version 4.0 but my perception is that the HD-A20 is better built. Since I haven't had any problems with either player at the current firmware versions, my opinion is based on nothing more than feel and I think both players are fine and a great bargain at the prices I paid. If someone owning both players believes they have observed a difference in performance, I would like to see an explanation of the difference. I don't care about the slight difference in load times, neither player is fast and both are much quicker than my HD-A1 or Sony BDP-S1.

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Old 01-28-2009, 10:14 PM
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anyone to compare 1080p a20/30 to the higher end models?
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Old 02-02-2009, 10:46 AM
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I've been running an A30 for over a year now - with no problems and excellent performance. My A30 is set for 1080p, up to 24fps - but since my TV cannot handle 24fps inputs, the player changes to 60fps when in use (same for my blu-ray player).
Another option is to leave the A30 player set for 1080i output and let your TV deinterlace the signal.
If you want the best available player for your HD-DVD collection, maybe you should be tracking down an A35 or XA2. That would give you full audio bitstreaming and analog audio outputs also. I have a new A35 stashed in a closet for use someday and as a backup player.
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Old 02-02-2009, 01:09 PM
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You will not see a difference in 1080p60 and 1080p24 for PQ, only motion. The A30 is a fine player if it functions properly. I also have an Onkyo 805 (XA2 clone) and a highly regarded Pioneer BD player. My A35 is just as good of player. I believe the A20, A30 and A35 all share the same ABT chip, however I could be wrong about the A20 having the same ABT model...
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