Toshiba HD-A2 HD-DVD Player for Under $100!

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  1. X-human

    X-human I ate my keys

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    Well I'm sure you're all just dying to find out:
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071115...ation_sales;_ylt=AnrwdDAGmP7u0QzIBFk6D8YjtBAF

    So while they sold more PS3's with their price drop then Toshiba sold A2's within the same-ish time period according to my fuzzy numbers they probably needed to sell 250,000+ to match what Toshiba did in one single day in the sense of how many will actively use Blu-ray.

    With that said, PS3's price drop is staying. They'll probably get the rest of what they'll need in the end and then some. I still think this is a game Toshiba simply can not win.
     
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  2. X-human

    X-human I ate my keys

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    It's finally here, the Week of 4-10th results which would be our first look at the first week fully effected by the A2 sale.

    Blu-ray 65 : HD-DVD 35

    1. Ratatouille (Blu-ray) 100
    2. Spider-Man 3 (Blu-ray) 35
    3. Cars (Blu-ray) 31
    4. Transformers (HD-DVD) 26
    5. I Know Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (HD-DVD) 20
    6. Spider-man Trilogy (Blu-ray) 15
    7. Pixar Shorts (Blu-ray) 12
    8. Knocked Up (HD-DVD) 9
    9. 300 (Blu-ray) 8
    10. Meet the Robinsons (Blu-ray) 8

    I think the A2 players from Wal-mart clearly had an effect because Knocked Up shot up the charts after being released for some time. As I said only 3.3% of the buyers had to pick a common title, Knocked Up looks to be that title. Transformers is also staying strong, stronger than Spider-Man 3 probably will be.

    The Top 5 also reflects the 65/35 split with it being 3 to 2. But out of the 10 only 3 HD-DVD titles made it. Even still it doesn't look like either side really made much of a dent, once again it seems they've just put it back to status quo. Someone has to do something, and to be honest I think Toshiba's done about all they can.
     
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    With no strong contenders being released this week, in fact none made it into the top ten, this is a good chance to take a look at what buyers are catching up on and we have some interesting results:

    Blu-ray 66 : HD-DVD 34

    300 (Blu-ray) 100
    Transformers (HD-DVD) 67
    300 (HD-DVD) 53
    Casino Royale (Blu-ray) 52
    The Departed (Blu-ray) 34
    Pirates of the Caribbean 2 (Blu-ray) 34
    Planet Earth (HD-DVD) 31
    Pirates of the Caribbean 1 (Blu-ray) 30
    Planet Earth (Blu-ray) 29
    Apocalypto (Blu-ray) 27
    http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/questex/hom112507/index.php

    So the ratio remains about the same but it seems that the A2 sale continues to be effective as owners have gone out to get stand buys like Transformers, 300 and Planet Earth. Blu-ray owners seem to be spreading it out more since they have more choices. 300 is still Blu-ray's best seller over even its exclusives.

    You may be wondering where Spider-man 3 is, if you go only by title it's still at #9 position. Since every new PS3 owner is getting one that's obviously hurting sale figures, but I think in general SM3 was a disappointment to consumers.

    Once again the song remains the same.
     
  4. Shannafey

    Shannafey Don't Monkey With Me!

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    I totally agree with you on this!!
     
  5. rp108

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    Opened up my A2 and hooked it up to my main TV (Sony SXRD 50" 1080p) and I have to say that this player is absolutley amazing for the price. I have the high end Toshiba XA2 and this A2 gives it a run for its money.

    Anyone looking to get into High Definition, this player is a no brainer (price and quality). Even if HD DVD loses the format war (highly doubt) this player is an amazing upscaler.

    Definitley recommended!
     
  6. Dbone

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    Is the Toshiba A2 full HD 1080p? Or is it just 1080i???
     
  7. Reverenddave

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    The Toshiba HD-A2 and HD-A3 are 1080i. The next step-up (HD-A20 & HD-A30) are 1080p.

    There's some strong arguments over whether the difference is even noticeable. I guess it really depends on the quality & size of your display.

    Personally, my Hitachi RPTV only goes up to 1080i, so I went with the HD-A2. And at the time, the difference in price was over $100.

    But nowadays, I think you can get the HD-A30 for only about $50-$60 more (it's currently $244 at Amazon). So if you have a really nice set-up, it might be worth the extra cash.
     
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  8. Damed

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    Actually, if your 1080p set does proper deinterlacing, there IS no differece between 1080i or 1080p for TV/film source.

    See here:

    http://www.hometheatermag.com/gearworks/1106gear/
     
  9. KR~!

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    That's not actually 100% true, the bigger the TV/Screen the more it matters. If you have a huge projection screen you should be able to tell the difference. On smaller TVs, yes it really doesn't matter as long as you have a high end HDTV.
     
  10. Damed

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    I mean from a player standpoint.

    Yes, 1080p is more visible on larger screens.

    A 60" 1080p set will show the difference more than a 40".


    My point is, the PLAYER outputting 1080i vs 1080p won't make a difference, as if your set is 1080p it will deinterlace it to 1080p anyways - ALL LCD and Plasma sets are progressive, so they HAVE to.

    As the amount of info/resolution sent from the player is the SAME in both 1080i and 1080p scenarios, if your set is 1080p (regardless of size) the display will end up 1080p and look the same regardless if the player sends 1080i or 1080p to the set.
     

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