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Old 06-10-2007, 10:12 AM
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Looking for some advice on what to do. Best Buy has a sale on a HD-A20 player they say goes for 499 usually but this week is 399. I have 100 dollar in rebates so it would come out to 299 for me that is why I was looking at it.

I currently have the xbox player connected in my bedroom but was looking for a player for the living room to connect to my 1080p sony bravia 40 inch tv. Is this a good player to go with or is there something better out there? I am not sure and dont really know anything about these players.

I just know that my ps3 looks great in my living room and was hoping to be able to watch hd dvds as well now in my living room so i am not only limited to blu rays.

any help would be greatly appreciated
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Old 06-10-2007, 10:16 AM
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I see a hd-A2 for 50 more

is this the better route? whats the difference really?
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Old 06-10-2007, 11:44 AM
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If you want 1080p get the XA2 instead of the A20. The A20 isnt that great of a player for 1080p.
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Old 06-10-2007, 12:07 PM
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If you want 1080p get the XA2 instead of the A20. The A20 isnt that great of a player for 1080p.
I agree with that. I returned my A2 for the A20 (for 1080p) and found out that it is not "native" 1080p, so now I'm waiting for my XA2 to arrive and swapping again
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what do ya guys mean by its not native 1080 p

sorry for my lack of knowledge on these things. To any regular person will this jump from a20 to whatever really be much of a difference for 1080p
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If your using HDMI and have the A2 or A20, and with that TV---your not going to be seeing a big difference. Granted the picture may look alittle better with the XA2---but with that TV and its 1080p native resolution I dont know if its worth the upgrade----unless you got lots of cash lying around.
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Old 06-10-2007, 02:49 PM
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what do ya guys mean by its not native 1080 p

sorry for my lack of knowledge on these things. To any regular person will this jump from a20 to whatever really be much of a difference for 1080p
Here's a quote from S&V mag. :

"The HD-A20 didn't fare much better on the two high-def test discs that I spun: Silicon Optix HD HQV and the new Digital Video Essentials HD DVD. In both cases, test patterns indicated that less-than-perfect 1080i-to-1080p deinterlacing was going on inside the A20. Deinterlacing? Hmm ... I thought that movies were encoded on HD DVD in 1080p format! As it turns out, HD DVD player manufacturers get the option to pull video from the disc in 1080i (interlaced) format and let the player then perform deinterlacing to get back to 1080p. As the tests indicate, Toshiba opted to employ this roundabout technique in the HD-A20."

Now having read that and knowing that the A20 pulls the 1080i stream, you can save yourself some money and get an A2 which outputs at 1080i and then let your TV do the deinterlacing or you can get an XA2 which natively outputs 1080p. The idea behind all of this is you dont want the video modified in anyway. This will keep the picture in tact and not introduce and additional artifacts.

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akkk okay thankyou everybody for the responses

very much helpful
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