Summary: I got this product for christmas and have been very satisfied with it since then. I have a 720p Optoma HD70 projector (100") that I use with the hddvd player, so I know I am not seeing the entire capacity of the HDDVD player, but let me tell you... going from a regular phillips dvd player with an "upconvert" to this... wow. I am a college student and have movie nights every sunday night with my friends and they have all noticed a significant difference.
Summary: This HD DVD player is great! The picture quality is so clear, it looks like you could reach out and touch what ever you are watching. I don't ever want to go back to a regular DVD player again.
Fantastic software quality but the hardware could be a bit better
23 March 2007
Summary: I purchased the HD-A1 player when it was first released in Mid-2006 and have been using it on a regular basis alongside a Blu Ray player. The quality upgrade from SD-DVD to HD-DVD/Blu Ray is incredible.. but this review is for the player, not the software. The first thing you'll notice about it is it's size - quite large in every dimension (height, width, depth) and just about matches my high-end receiver in this aspect.
Amazing picture and sound, along with teething pains of a 1st-generation product
W. Young, Amazon
18 December 2006
Summary: I was originally going to get the HD DVD add-on drive for the Xbox 360, but after weighing the limitations of that drive vs. the added price of the HD-A1, I decided to go with the A1. HDMI connectivity, plus upconversion of standard def DVDs to 1080i, along with the 5.1 output for Dolby Digital Plus and TrueHD were the deciding factors for me. I got it for $382 and change, and just sent off for the 3 free HD DVDs from the Toshiba offer.
With just a few firmware tweaks, this would be PERFECT
18 December 2006
Summary: As others have stated, the picture quality is fantabulous. I can't imagine anyone looking at the screen and saying, "well, it's not 1080p!!" I frankly don't think you'd be able to tell the difference with the naked eye. That being said, a couple of things on the wish list. First, the slow load times should be fixed with a future firmware update. It shouldn't take the device that long to tell the difference between a CD, a DVD, or a HD-DVD.
EXTRAORDINARY build quality, but not the best software.
C. Taylor, Amazon
16 December 2006
Summary: This player really is a wonder for the price I got it at ($400 + a $75 dollar gift certificate came with it). It's got the best build quality of any disc player I've ever owned. ROCK SOLID. Weighs a ton. I saw the "upgrade" HD-A2, and it's a shoddily built piece of crap by comparison. Buy the HD-A1 while you still can! But beware, it's a bit picky about DVDs and CDs; plays HD-DVDs beatifully period though, and that's what its real purpose is.
A great player if you can handle cutting edge quirks
E. Gatti "J P Gatti", Amazon
15 November 2006
Summary: I thought I had a broken player but I simply didn't realize how incredibly sensitive these things are to a even a small smudge or part of a fingerprint.. let alone even a small scratch on the disk. Considering that this thing is really a fairly powerful computer inside the price is an absolute steal. Picture quality is just incredible. Support picks up on the fist ring!
Summary: I've known about this player for a while now. Everyone that was tech savvy was talking about it and had filled me up on all the info. I knew HD would be inevitable, obviously, and said, this will be my next player. (That said my previous player was a first Gen Phillips Magnavox of which still works great). And because of this player I wanted to get an HDTV as well. Well now that I'm all set up I have to say this player does not dissappoint.