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Old 04-08-2009, 09:09 AM
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Dudes,

I am thinking of getting an A30 for around $80-90.

Just from going through these threads there seem to be issues with that particular model. I currently have a 360 add-on and an A2, but I'm looking for both a backup player and 1080p for my eventual projector upgrade.

I also read reviews on it stating the 1080p/60 is weaksauce. Has this since been fixed with firmware updates? My 720p projector can accept 1080p/60, but not 1080p/24.

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Old 04-09-2009, 08:36 PM
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I love mine; but, I wouldn't pay too much.
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Old 04-10-2009, 01:17 AM
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I had mine for 2 years and was a great player. I've never had a problem with 1080/60 as I've left that setting on regardless of which TV I used it on. DVD upconversion is good. The reason I sold mine was because I wanted something that could bitstream HD audio because I'm planning on getting an A/V receiver that decodes DTS HD and Dolby TrueHD.

Once I updated to firmware 3.0 it was able to do 1080/24, and 4.0 addressed some other things I never noticed.
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Old 04-10-2009, 01:50 AM
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I have had and been using my A30 since December 2007. It has been excellent. I leave video set at "up to 1080p/24", but since my 46" Sharp 1080p LCD can't due 24fps, the player backs off to 1080P/60. I have never seen any video issues with that setting on my TV. I have had firmware 4.0 loaded ever since it came out. I experienced 1 problem with the title "Contract" where the menus would not work correctly fairly early on (firmware 1.3 as I recall). As I recall it was firmware version 3.0 that fixed that for me. I have had no problems with combo discs playing, with the exception of 1 title (I Am Legend) that was defective (the replacement Amazon sent me played perfectly).
All that being said - I would go for an A35 over the A30 if you come across one priced attractively (to get full bitstreaming and analog audio outputs). I actually have a brand new (opened, tested, and boxed back up) A35 stashed away for the future. Enjoy.
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Old 04-10-2009, 08:49 AM
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Thanks for the responses.

One more question: My receiver decodes True HD and DTS MA, etc.., so what is the advantage of wanting a player that bitstreams the high def audio? Is that just so the receiver decodes vs. the player doing the decoding and sending it as linear PCM? If so, is there really a huge difference? Just curious.

I've only had the new receiver about 2 months and I'm blown away by True HD and DTS MA so far. Can it sound even better?!!?
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Old 04-10-2009, 02:55 PM
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Yes, bitstreaming allows your receiver to do the decoding instead of the player. As for an audible difference between which piece of equipment is doing the decoding, that's highly subjective. From what I understand, technically there should be no difference but trust me people will come out of the woodwork swearing up and down that there is one and that they can always tell the difference. However general rule of thumb is to let the receiver do the decoding if possible.

Having said that, I have an HD-A35 that bitsteams to my Yamaha receiver and a PS3 that decodes internally and sends a linear PCM signal to the same receiver. I honestly cannot tell a difference in sound quality. Granted I'm also not literally comparing apples to apples as I'm comparing two different formats, but I can at least tell you there isn't a drastic difference.
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Old 04-10-2009, 04:05 PM
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How can you get DTS MA from the A30? From what I've researched, the A30 can't bit stream DTS MA because it's HDMI profile is v1.2
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How can you get DTS MA from the A30? From what I've researched, the A30 can't bit stream DTS MA because it's HDMI profile is v1.2
I don't think there are any HD DVD's with DTS MA, are there?
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You do have only one USA Product "Pan's Labyrinth" and a lot of UK & European Imports like Terminator 2, Running Scared,1408 for example. But a large amount of of concert HD DVD's and Import HD DVD"S feature DTS High Resolution Audio soundtracks. Try setting your HDMI setting to auto on A-30 and see how your receiver decodes those soundtracks. But I would agree that the A-35 model is impressive with decoding Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS Master Audio internally.hhhhdvd
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Old 04-11-2009, 06:56 AM
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thanks for the info on Pan's Labyrinth and DTS-MA; Top Gun has a 7 channel; not 7.1, but matrixed DTS-HD track...
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