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Old 11-09-2007, 09:38 AM
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Default 99$ HD-A2 here to stay (IMO)

This is my reason for saying it...

When Toshiba announced the buy an HD-DVD get 5 free movies campain back in July, they said it would be only for a few weeks. But when after they saw their sales increase, they practically kept the promo. Now just a few day ago when a few retailers were selling their entry level HD-DVD (HD-A2) for less than 100$, literally every store was sold out of this product in one day! My assumption is that Toshiba will probabaly look at the numbers and speculate that if they kept their entry-level HD-DVD at that price, they could have the lead in this Hi-def war. That what I would do personaly; any other suggestions?
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Old 11-09-2007, 09:42 AM
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A2 was discontinued for the A3. Usually when electronics get discontinued they sell them for cheap. Bought my pioneer reciever that was 500 dollars for 180 new when the new models came out.
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Old 11-09-2007, 09:50 AM
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A2 was discontinued for the A3. Usually when electronics get discontinued they sell them for cheap. Bought my pioneer reciever that was 500 dollars for 180 new when the new models came out.
That's what they TOLD US. Again as I said, back in July with their promotion of getting 5 free movie with an HD-DVD purchase, it was only suppose to be a few weeks now MONTHS later they still have the promo going. They might have a whole different perspective on discontinuing the HD-A2 on how it sold so well in just a day.

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When they give away those 5 free discs, they don't pay 5 x $20 = $100 for them to Universal.
They just pay the production costs to Universal which are probably $5.
When they would continue their A2-sale, they would definitely lose more than $5, maybe $100 and more.
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Old 11-09-2007, 10:03 AM
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The A2 cost more to make than the A3 so I doubt it. Apparantly the A2 has a more advance sound decoder that allows down rez to DTS 1.5 with optical which the A3 doesn't have. Most places selling A2, took it off their website after selling out.

I even received this email from best buy

"Dear Valued Best Buy For Business Customer,

You are receiving this email because you recently ordered a Toshiba HD DVD Player (model: HD-A2) and your order was placed in a backorder status while we awaited additional inventory. Unfortunately, the manufacturer has discontinued this item and we are not anticipating receiving any more inventory.

Because we value your business, we will be fulfilling your order with the next generation Toshiba HD DVD Player (model: HD-A3) that is replacing the HD-A2 in Toshiba's lineup of HD DVD Players. There is no need for you to do anything to receive this upgraded model. We will simply fulfill your order substituting the HD-A3 model. Your packing slip will be updated to show you received the HD-A3 model and this will serve as your order receipt.

If you are not interested in receiving the Toshiba HD-A3 as a replacement for the discontinued HD-A2, you may return the unopened item by simply contacting our Customer Support Team at 800-373-3050 for more information about how to return the product for a complete refund.

Please accept our apology for any inconvenience."
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Old 11-09-2007, 10:28 AM
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Well with that being said, I wonder how much the HD-A3 would sell for during this holiday season since it's technically inferior to the HD-A2?
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Old 11-09-2007, 10:43 AM
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I wonder how much the HD-A3 would sell for during this holiday season since it's technically inferior to the HD-A2?
Technically it is not inferior. It outputs 7.1 channel audio which the A2 did not, and someone correct me if I am wrong, but it also supports DVDr/w which A2 did not. Furthermore it passes TrueHD bitstreamed audio through HDMI whereas the A2 did not.
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Old 11-09-2007, 11:56 AM
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And here in the local store they're still mucking around with HD-E1's for excessively bloated prices.

*sigh*
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Can someone explain why Wal-Mart has gone back up on the A2 to $229?
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Old 11-09-2007, 12:01 PM
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I thought the A35 was the only to bitsream DD+ & TrueHD???
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