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Old 11-29-2007, 02:41 AM
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Default Xbox add on vs HD-A3

What is better for PQ? I have a Toshiba 720p/1080i television that has hdmi.
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Old 11-29-2007, 03:56 AM
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Does your Xbox 360 have a HDMI output? If so then both the A3 and the 360 add on will perform the same picture quality through your tv.

The one thing I would point out is about audio. With the 360 add on the audio just doesnt pick up as loudly as a standalone player like the A3 would. I notice on my receiver I had to turn up the volume much higher to reach a comfortable volume with the add on than i normally would with a dvd player..If i forgot to turn it down and switched over from my add on to cable for example the volume would blow me out of the room...
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Old 11-29-2007, 08:08 AM
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yeah 360 is crippled audiowise if you have an hdmi or component audio reciever. i recomend an a-3 or a-30 for hdmi or component audio i recomend an xa2 or a35... If you want component audio and don't want to fork up mad dough, you could go for an rca hdv-5000 or a toshiba hd-a1 or xa1... they are a little bit slower loading up (ok if you take a while to figure out what movie you want to see) and you will have lossless audio. 360 add on does have the fastest load times because it uses the 360's powerful processing power for a faster boot and faster load... stand alone hd dvd as well as blu ray are based off of cheap computers and take a while to boot up like an older pc.

want fastest boot times: 360 add on
want losless sound via hdmi: anything but addon
want loslelss sound via component audio and decent load time: xa2 or a35
cheap component audio losless: rca hdv-5000 or tosh xa1 or a1
all around decent load time and lossless via hdmi cheaply: a2 or a3

i like my addon drive because my reciever only has optical and it is the fastest load time because of the processing power of the 360. it is deliacate though... got dropped when transporting now it doesn't load some discs well.
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Old 11-29-2007, 01:32 PM
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My xbox only has component, no hdmi
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Old 11-29-2007, 01:57 PM
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Get the VGA adapter, with the 360..thats how I have mine setup, Boots alot quicker and it uses the 360's existing ethernet connection for updates, plus you only use one source on your TV for both the 360 and the HD DVD
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Old 11-29-2007, 09:32 PM
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i have both, and if I had to get rid of one I would get rid of the A3
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Old 11-30-2007, 12:34 AM
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360 HD DVD FTW,well atleast for me.
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