Toshiba - Upconvert DVD Player with HD-DVD Playback
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- Player TypeDVD Player (Single)
- Maximum Output ResolutionUpconvert to 720p/1080i
- HDMI Outputs1
- DVI OutputsNo
- IEEE 1394 FireWire PortNo
- ENERGY STAR QualifiedYes
Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 95 reviews(95 Reviews)
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Outstanding Deal!!!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
-- A no brainer purchase...got mine on sale and nine free movies ($250 value)...you get five in the mail, two in the box and Best Buy threw in two more. If you've been holding out on HD DVD waiting until prices came down like me, then your wait is over. At the regular price of $299 and seven free movies it's still a great value for this technology, and a lot cheaper than Blu-ray. -- I hooked up the ethernet port to my wireless network and it couldn't have been easier to get this machine connected online. I then downloaded v.1.1 firmware update over the internet and am now set up to receive interactive content. The first time I tried to update the firmware the player froze and displayed a 6-8 digit error code on the LED display. I unplugged it, turned it back on, retried and the update was successful. This is Toshiba's 3rd generation of HD players and this player has worked flawlessly for me with the exception of the one firmware glitch, which was no big deal. Boot up time is exactly 45 seconds and an additional 30 seconds for the disc to play, not bad. -- This player does a much better job of upconverting standard def. material than my old upconversion DVD player, so my old DVD collection looks terrific in this machine...it's not true HD quality but it's very good. I'm using the HDMI connection here. -- 1080p would have cost me another $200 bucks and a dual player is $800-1,000...ouch! But if you want HD DVD cheap today, then this player with $250 worth of free movies is a steal. I don't think anyone can find too much wrong with this deal or the player. -- My only gripe (con) has nothing to do with this player but the two competing formats. There are titles that I want but they're Blu-ray exclusive. HD DVD doesn't have region coding (Blu-ray does) and there are countries that have titles in HD DVD (example, Total Recall, Underworld, many more) that are only available Blu-ray here...what's up with that? But I think that if retailers keep dropping the cost to consumers with HD DVD (like this deal) then the movie studios will follow the money...eventually and offer more selections. I could care less about disc capacity and hard coating, etc.: all I want is a great HD picture and sound at an economical price, and this player delivers!!!
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Excellent Performance and ValuePosted .I would recommend this to a friend
This player looks nice, is easy to setup and works well with nearly silent operation. Inside the box 2 HD-DVD titles are included (The Bourne Identity and 300 in my box) in addition to the player, manual, power cable, remote, and necessary batteries. A video cable would have been nice, but far from a deal breaker (picked up a 6' HDMI cable for $20). The unit takes 20 sec. or so to turn on and then another 15 sec to start up a title (along the lines of similar players on the market and better than the previous generation of HD players), hardly the century waiting time another review commented and certainly not a big deal if you're performance/value oriented like me. The remote performs like you'd expect, push a button, get a reaction immediately. I firmware updated via a CD I burned, the process took about 15 minutes roughly and worked as expected. I haven't used the network capabilities, yet. Playing HD-DVDs look fantastic in 1080i (output does not have 1080p). Upscaling regular DVDs on this player is terrific, a definite improvement over watching the same movie in standard definition on an HDTV screen which means you don't have to buy your movies again unless you want to see them in all their HD glory (however, I'll buy The Matrix collection again). Best Buy prefers price/promo info to not be included in reviews, but I think that in this case, it's important: This unit is an awesome value at regular price, but with the current sale and the all the free movies offered, this HD-DVD player got me to finally jump off the HD fence and finally begin to enjoy what my HDTV offers. Currently, Toshiba offers 5 free HD-DVDs from a list of mediocre to excellent titles with their player. However, buying from Best Buy right now makes this a killer deal - you can also choose 3 more HD-DVD titles from their entire store, any 3 movies! So, HD-DVD player + 2 movies in box + 5 free in the mail + 3 of your choice = an awesome deal (close to $250 in free movies) and finally getting to enjoy HD movies. Worried about HD-DVD vs. Blu-Ray? Don't. Purchasing this player is an inexpensive way of getting into HD movies you probably want to enjoy now. Down the road, if one format or another wins, simply get a dual format HD player which should be affordable by then. In the mean time, enjoy that HDTV you have with this terrific HD-DVD player.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great playerPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
Just as a response to sandyjb's comment of the lack of zoom function - unless the letterbox image is surrounded on ALL SIDES by black bars, the bars at the top/bottom of movies shot in 2.35:1 or greater aspect ratios ARE SUPPOSED TO BE THERE. Zooming the image to remove them leads to losing video on the left/right sides and destroys the director's intended aspect ratio. A zoom for 4:3 letterboxed DVDs (many older DVD titles are this way) would be nice, but just about every HDTV out there has it's own aspect control that will allow for zooming images in such a manner. The A3 and the A2 (if you can find 'em) are excellent entry-level players. HDDVDs look gorgeous, and SD DVDs are upscaled quite nicely. As far as lacking 1080p output - no need to sweat this. Virtually every 1080p HDTV does a good job of converting 1080i to 1080p. If you absolutely HAVE to have 1080p coming from the player, get the pricier 1080p models. If you wantto jump into HD DVD inexpensively, the A3 is a must have. 1080i from it will be just fine on a 1080p TV. Just like how 1080i HD broadcasts look great on 1080p TVs. The TV will convert 1080i to 1080p. A3 is also a great choice if you use a 720p HDTV as well.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Toshiba HDDVD Review with Upgrade InstructiionsPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I have two engineering degrees and can not imagine a typical consumer going through what I did to get the unit operational. Out of the box the unit would not play the Bourne Identity it would freeze after about 2 minutes of playing. Afterwards the player would indicate that there was no disk when there was one in the tray. A call to customer service indicated that the software upgrade would fix the issues. The version in the unit indicated 1.1/1.1. I did not have a network connection available so I decided to download the software and burn a CD. The Toshiba site was very slow and took about 30 minutes with fast DSL to download the upgraded software v1.3. Next I had to download the ISO to CD software which was available as a Windows Power Toy available at http://isorecorder.alexfeinman.com/isorecorder.htm All versions of XP are supported and the software is free. The software installed in about 15 minutes and had 4 segments. The instructions on the Toshiba site indicated 25 minutes and 5 segments. The unit started up just fine after the software was upgraded. The only issue is the start up time after power up.The Welcome message on the player comes on immediately but it takes 31 seconds for anything to appear on the video display.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
GOOD DEAL FOR HD DVD PLAYERPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
Excellent way to get into HD DVD world. This player worked out of the box w/out any issues. HD movies look great, and even regular DVDs look much better after upconverting them to near HD quality by this player. It's an overall great deal considering BlueRay players cost much more. However, the selection of available HD movies on the market is still not so great -- that would be one reason NOT to buy this player. HDMI cable should be included with the player as well. Still, I bought it and can enjoy quite a few movies in HD quality -- it's really 'Best Buy' overall!!
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Excellent PlayerPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
Though it looks like Blu-Ray is going to win the war, I purchased it for the price. It is a 1080i player and not a 1080p. But if you don’t have a 1080p TV then save $50 (Toshiba HD A35 1080p model). I have it connected through my Denon Receiver and out to my Mitsubishi HC 1500 projector. The picture is amazing, and the sound is incredible. Regular DVD’s look good as well, same as my up convert DVD player. Some people have stated problems in playing certain DVD’s, I ,however, have not had any problems playing movies (HD or Regular). Transformers is the movie to show off your home theatre, especially if you have it out in LPCM Dolby Digital Plus 5.1. HUGE Difference in sound, much cleaner surround and balanced bass. (I tested transformers on regular DVD and HD DVD to conform my statement). This player is equipped with Dolby TruHD and Plus Decoder, so you don’t have to get a new receiver. Your receiver must have an HDMI input and decode sound in PCM, in order to get Dolby TruHD and Dolby Plus. It does take a while to turn on about 20 seconds. And then another 10 seconds to start the movie. But I am in no rush. Firmware update is easy, just burn it to a CD R disk from their website and your all set, you do have to have the right software to burn it though. IT takes about 20 minutes to update the player. I have updated it to 1.3v. IT has improved the speed on the boot up time to about 15 seconds. It does come 300 and the Bourne Identity, also good movies for sound. There is a very limited selection in HD DVD vs. Blu ray movies. Over all for the price I would recommend this unit to anyone who wants an HD picture without spending $400 for a Blu ray.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great Deal Great PicturePosted .I would recommend this to a friend
Great deal, and player. Picked it up on-sale, too low of a price to mention, just use your head when shopping, and dont be afraid to talk to a sales rep about a better deal then the regular listed price. If it was on sale and there out of em, ask if they can order it. Also 2 movies in the box at this time, and more free one's then anyone else has mentioned on the reveiws. Great picture, sound (I have Bose), and also broadband connection for firmware updates. If your not to tecky, you can send away for a free firmware upgrade disk, that way the player will be up to date, and that means less trouble down the road if something in the HD movie format changes. You want a good HDMI cable, gas injected, and if you shop right, you can get one for less then $50.,(4 feet) = to, but not a monster (monster costs 2x's as much), but thats up to you what brand you want. Pic and sound is really good. Two weeks before I bought this, I picked up a cheap Insignia for less then $58. bucks, Pic was fine, but sound was not very good. I did have a very cheap and basic HDMI cable with the Insignia, so that may have been a factor. Anyway took the Insignia upconverter back and upgraded to the Toshiba HD DVD A3. I highly recomend this player. Keep your eyes out for a sale, cause its regular price is $299.99. If you buy it, you will enjoy your HD tv that much more. I also can't believe Im getting !) free HD movies. Also customer service has improved greatly at Best Buy. If you have a HD TV, go out and add this player to it. Then sit back and enjoy true HD movies. Remember its the holidays, and everyone wants instant service, Don't be a grump, in line, with a red face. Eat something, do whatever makes you happy and give yourself a little extra time everywhere you shop. May you have a Safe & Happy Holiday!
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
GREAT HIGH DEF BANG FOR THE BUCKPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I'm sorry I can't see spending more than double the $149 for a BLU-RAY player. This unit works GREAT and the audio and video are out of this world. BLU-RAY players are just too expensive and now the current ones will soon be replaced with a more interactive one shown at the CES. The Toshiba has an excellent looking and performing machine well worth $149 not to mention 2 free hd-dvd's in the box and 5 more by mail. This should have been the next step in HD for the majority of people. It allows HD movies for a REASONABLE price. I know no one could tell the difference between HD-DVD and BLU-RAY in a side by side comparison, try it for yourself. I know that if Toshiba can cut their price in half and still make money so can blu-ray manufacturers. Plus the fact that the combo (dual format) players are more than double the price of two separate players, is really difficult to comprehend. I waited and waited for an HD player and Toshiba met my price with their excellent machine far sooner than BLU-RAY did! I'm not saying I'll never own a Blu-ray player but they need to look at the economy and DROP their prices.