Conclusion: At the beginning of the format war, I felt that Blu-ray had the potential to win the format war within a year or a year and a half – maybe by late 2007. When I bought my HD-A2 back in June, I still thought that Blu-ray could achieve a "victory" in the format war, although I had begun to doubt that we'd see a resolution to the whole mess by year's end. At the time, I still hadn't found a Blu-ray player that I was willing to spend my money on.
Excerpt: Toshiba’s second generation HD DVD players have arrived. The entry level HD-A2 ($499) has been available for several weeks now and by the time you read this the HD-XA2 (HDMI 1.3 & 1080p) should be should be on store shelves as well. After having spent about four weeks with the HD-A2, I’m ready to give my final review. However as with all the next-generation hi-def disc players, the players themselves are ever evolving by means of firmware updates.