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Two years is a long time in consumer electronics and for Blu-ray players, over that time features improve, prices lower and a lot more software is available to play on them. So for Toshiba, having had a 24-month hiatus since it, the wait hasn't all been bad for the company, which has finally bitten the bullet and joined the Blu-ray fray with a machine of its own.
Design and features
Remove the Toshiba badge and this could have been a player from any manufacturer with its ubiquitous high gloss mirrored front panel and drop-down drawer. This is a manual affair, making the player hands-on for disc-loading, but it's hardly a chore and the player looks very neat with the drawer shut.
The specs don't extend to anything out of the ordinary for a Blu-ray player of this price and calibre — it has most (but not all) of the features that you'd expect. It'll do BD-Live with the use of an SD memory card slot (up to 8GB SDHC), as there's no USB port. On-board high-definition audio decoding caters for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio/Essential, while the video side boasts HD scaling and SD upconversion to 1080p. The player lacks Toshiba's own XDE upscaling technology that was implemented in its branded , which tends to suggest this machine could be an OEM sourced unit for Toshiba, although the company hasn't confirmed or denied this possibility.
Owners of Toshiba Regza TVs will appreciate the fact that there's now a Toshiba BD player with Regza Link making HDMI control of both bits of kit a handy option. Other than the single v1.3 HDMI output, the remaining sockets include a LAN Ethernet port (for downloading/streaming BD-Live content), component and composite video outs as well as coaxial and optical digital audio outs. There are no multi-channel analog audio outputs, so you'll need an HDMI-equipped AV receiver to enjoy the HD sonic benefits of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio/Essential.