Summary: If your are like me, and can wait too much, then go for it> The way I see it is this, for $ 247 you can experienced HD movies right now and not wait another year or so for this war to end, and maybe you can help end it sooner.
Pros: The price is exelent, it works as promise, the PQ is great, and the sound is a WOW factor.
Cons: I wish it has analog 7.1 conectios, but for the price I can't complaint too much.
Summary: This thing worked great for a handful of HD DVD films a friend loaned to me, but playing anything from Blockbuster is a crapshoot as fully 70% of the rental discs will not play. Either the machine denies that the disc is of DVD format, or it insists that there is no disc in its' mouth at all.
Pros: Value, design
Cons: Slow boot, won't resume a film at a midpoint, seems to demand discs with perfect surfaces
Summary: It was easy to connect to my home theater system and the video quality is superb. My only gripe (and this is minor) is that it seems to take a long time to warm up when first turned on, and it takes a long time to load a new HD-DVD before anything shows up on screen.
HD-A2... Much Better After Firmware Update Version...
5 March 2007
Summary: When I first used this HD-DVD player is was very quirky. It would lockup during playback, freeze during DVD pause, sometimes be completely unresponsive, and be generally very slow... It was VERY frustrating! I almost returned the unit for a refund.
Pros: Extremely high quality audio and video even with standard DVDs. It makes standard DVDs look almost as good as true HD-DVDs. Toshiba's customer service for HD-DVD players is EXCELLENT!
Cons: A bit slow during startup. Otherwise runs great!
Summary: With new technology dropping in price nearly every week, this Toshiba HD-A2 finally fell into my target range and I bought it. To sweeten the pot, there is a mail-in form for 3 free hd-dvd's with this purchase.
Summary: After researching and testing both options, I have concluded that HD-DVD has superior picture quality. Not only with HD but hands down with up-converting which is very important right now as not everyone can afford a new library of dvd's, and not all DVD's are in HD.
Pros: Picture Quality - HD and very importantly Upconverting
Summary: This is a solid choice for anyone who wants to upgrade to High Definition DVD viewing. This is the cheapest entry point, without any obvious sacrifices in quality and features. Toshiba's brand name is great, the player is easy to install and use, the electronics run seamlessly (fast response, good...
Pros: Value for the money, sleek look, simplicity of installation, excellent backward compatibility.
Cons: None so far as far as the player goes, but the jury is still out on how "compelling" is the need to upgrade to the High Definition DVD experience.
Summary: For Quality enthusiasts, I highly reccommend. Everyone else looking to buy up-convert DVD players, don't bother. you're better off saving time and money in the long run. why sell yourself short when this player offers so much now and will offer you more in the future with update capabilities!
Pros: The HD DVDs demolish the quality of standard DVD with this player. Player has greater quality than i expected for the price.
Cons: HD DVD playback of HD only at 720p or 1080i. But dont worry, Toshiba will send you an Firmware Update Disc as soon as it is available w/ request form provided, or dl update through ethernet.
Summary: I debated not getting the HD DVD player, but I'm glad I did. The price was much more reasonable than BluRay. The overall picture quality is excellent and I'm hoping that with the network upgrade capability, the unit will stay current longer than other standard DVD players.
Pros: Excellent picture quality on standard DVDs as well as HD DVDs
WOW, what a great HD value TODAY! Not in two years...
17 February 2007
Summary: This machine does TODAY what BluRay will do in a couple of years, it gives you GREAT HD viewing at an affordable cost. BluRay may give us that in a couple of years if prices come down, but this TOSHIBA HD-A2 player does that NOW.
Pros: Affordable price, HD-DVD playback, Excellent HD upscale of standard DVDs
Cons: Doesn't auto restart DVDs when turn machine on, must start from the beginning.