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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Cochise County, AZ

    Default I've re-joined the ranks of XA2 owners

    Thought this would go well with the A35 thread.

    I got rid of my XA2 well over a year ago. I'd pared my HD DVD collection down to a couple dozen titles, and got a Samsung BD-P2500 with Reon, which I thought was just about as good as the XA2 for upconversion, and while I got my LG BH200 primarily for Region B blu-ray and region free DVD I figured I'd just use the BH200 for my remaining HD DVDs.

    Well, with domestic HD DVDs going mostly for $2-$3 these days, I couldn't pass on the chance to buy the movies I enjoy in HD for less than half the price of a DVD, and have well over doubled the size of my HD DVD collection in the past month or so. And even re-purchased some of my favorite imports for much less than I sold them for.

    And, with my incapacity to pass on a good deal, I picked up an XA2 for $150 last week - it has a slight dent in the rear panel, but plays fine. Then I did the process of rolling back the firmware, loading the Australian XE1 firmware, which makes it DVD region free, and then updated it to the XE1 4.0 firmware. It upconverts PAL Region 2 DVD to 1080p/50Hz a little better than my BH200, upconverts NTSC Region 1 DVD a bit better than either the BH200 or Samsung 2500 as it outputs them in 1080p/24, while the other players will only output NTSC DVD at 1080p/60. And of course HD DVDs look terrific in 1080p24.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    SF Bay Area Calif. - USA


    It's always nice to have another dedicated member in the "die-hard HD-DVD" clan . .
    I'm expecting to pick up another A35 next week . . . .
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Victoria, B.C. Canada (I'm French)


    Sounds like a smart move to me Cochise. Bravo!
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2007


    I bought a couple of titles last week and I am happy and I am still using my XA2 for enjoy some good DVD's but with my new OPPO now I use it to upscale my DVD's to 1080p 24.

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  5. #5


    Bravo Cochise!

    I'm thinking of picking up another XA2 (for a total of 2 XA2s, 3 incl. the HD 805) because I'm gonna want to have an HD DVD player for a very long time.

    Anywho, congrats on joining the XA2 club...again
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  6. #6


    Haha, after 5 years I just bought one within last 2 weeks. I own several HD DVD players (other models), and 550 or so discs. Love this new player-nice and solid, and I look forward to watching more discs on it!
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  7. #7


    The XA2 is a workhorse, love it. Painfully slow booting, well it's not bad but compared to newer players I'm like Come on already! Always hoped they'd make the XA4 before it all fell apart. They didn't so I hunted up a few XA2 and HD 806 after the fall of HD DVD

    If I pop in a Dr Who DVD or any DVD its on the XA2. Hope to watch the MI trilogy on it this weekend. Cheers

  8. #8


    Cochise the XE1 Firmware, um I did this to one of my players it boots in PAL, until recognised the TV or a NTSC disc is inserted, this is I had a few times were a region 1 dvd would make it stop and put up a rejection, a code would have to be input on the controller for it to play. Does yours do this or does it play them all come what may?

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    SF Bay Area Calif. - USA


    I stopped into the local Goodwill store to drop off a few items for donation a couple of days ago.
    I had a few minutes, so I perused the electronics area/shelves.
    What did I find? A somewhat grubby looking Toshiba HD-XA2 complete with power cord & remote.
    They let me plug it in and it booted up just fine. There was a burned DVD-R in the tray, and it started playing it.
    So I took a chance that it would also play HD-DVDs & handed over $20 and hauled it home.
    It cleaned up just fine with nothing more than a damp sponge and towel & now looks terrific.
    It appears to have the last available firmware already installed (4.0/T23T).
    I watched my "The Fugitive" HD-DVD on it - and all worked fine.
    The remote works fine including the backlight feature.
    I just watched my "The Getaway" HD-DVD with Dolby TrueHD set to bitstream - all worked perfectly.
    This HD-XA2 has now replaced my HD-A35 in the home theater rack . . .
    Last edited by Rich86; 01-11-2018 at 02:04 AM.
    Sony BDP-S380 + Toshiba HD-XA2
    Vizio PQ65 LED/LCD + Onkyo TX-RZ810 + M&K Speakers & Subs

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