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Just bought Toshiba HD-A30 and feel stupid!

by stinman / January 22, 2008 1:33 PM PST

I never really got on the "war" ban wagon.Maybe I should have.I only payed 199.99 and 40.00 of that was best buy coupons for other stuff I bought(47' Lg lcd)they gave me from the rewards program.I still get 5 more movies besides the 2 that were in the box.But still,maybe I should have waited on a blu-ray player.There just to dog gone expensive.The player I got makes sd dvds look almost good as the hd's,so if nothin else then I spent 64.00 extra for a great up converter.If they don't produce anymore new movies in HD format there is still at least 400 on netflix I could rent for same price as regular dvd.I don't know maybe I should just take it back.What does anybody think!

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It does upscale to 1080p
by navsimpson / January 22, 2008 1:58 PM PST

Very well in fact - it's one of the best upscaling players around. And you get to watch *some* movies in HD - if you have a Netflix account or something like it you will still be able to rent HD-DVDs for a while yet.

Alternatively, you could put that $200 towards a PS3, which is also a great upscaling player and, of course, does Blu-Ray. $20 will get you a remote so it doesn't feel like a 'console' too. I suggest that rather than a standalone player because it's just better value (and because of its ample supply of awesomeness).


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by skyzophrenyk / January 23, 2008 1:50 AM PST

If everyone buys HD DVD players, then HD DVD can still win.. You likely aren't alone.. There are many budget wise consumers who will see HD DVD and BluRay and say "Why would I get this? It costs at least twice as much," without even considering what movies are on them. People don't really do that much research on average before buying a product. I think there is still quite a bit of hope for HD DVD, and like i've always thought.. The first one to get their players to $100 will probably be the winner. Thats looking like HD DVD, because BluRay is way behind in that respect.

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Also I read that Blu-Ray still can't decode the
by stinman / January 26, 2008 3:26 AM PST
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Dolby Digital plus,Dolby TrueHD format that it converted it to PCM.This was from a page where people were discussing their players and PS3's.They were complaining that their PS3 could not decode these audio formats yet but should in the future consoles.Some were complaining that they could not play the extras because they got the first PS3 that came out and it was a 1.1 or something.Well I am keeping my Toshiba HD-A30.I read that some people were complaining about the HD-A35 screwing up after the firmware updates.Mine came updated and plays great.If they loose then Sony and Blu-Ray will be able to keep their prices the same because there is no competition.I do not want to see them get the market all for them selfs.Nothing good comes out of a monopoly in my opinion!

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Blu-Ray is not a monopoly. It's a format.
by minimalist / January 26, 2008 4:53 AM PST

Sony, Phillips, Samsung, LG, Panasonic, Pioneer, and Sharp all make the Blu-ray players. There is plenty of competition to drive down prices. But the existence of two competing formats actually KEEPS prices high on both sides since neither side can ramp up production of these units which in turn brings costs down.

I know HD-DVD is a good format too. But we need to have one format to get out of this holding pattern and move forward. And thankfully, it looks like we finally have gotten to that point.

The PS3 should be able to be updated to the 1.1 and 2.0 profiles. Most standalone players can't be.

The question remains however: will these profiles really will make much of a difference? 1.1 adds picture within picture functionality. 2.0 adds ethernet so you can have "interactive content". Both of these seem like pointless gimmicks to me.

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