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Toshiba HD-A20

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    5.8 5.8 from 6 reviewers
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    6.5 6.5 from 2 reviewers
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    6.5 6.5 from 2 reviewers
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    7.2 7.2 from 2 reviewers
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This HD DVD player is able to do CD, DVD as well as HD DVD playbacks. The said unit also recognizes formats like Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus and DTS HD. It also has a parental lock and a DVD picture zoom. The DVD media load type is a tray and its form factor is a tabletop. Its width is 13.58 inches while its depth is 13.6 inches. The height of the HD-A20 is 2.58 inches while it weighs 8.49 pounds.

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The HD-A20 has a lot of connections in its jack pack. Some of these c…

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This HD DVD player is able to do CD, DVD as well as HD DVD playbacks. The said unit also recognizes formats like Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus and DTS HD. It also has a parental lock and a DVD picture zoom. The DVD media load type is a tray and its form factor is a tabletop. Its width is 13.58 inches while its depth is 13.6 inches. The height of the HD-A20 is 2.58 inches while it weighs 8.49 pounds.

Connections Available

The HD-A20 has a lot of connections in its jack pack. Some of these connections are for composite, component and S-videos. There is also a connection for HDMI and a digital optical audio out. Two channel analog audio outputs and an Ethernet can also be seen. In addition, there are two extension terminals.

Review Summary

The Toshiba HD-A20 seems to be almost identical to Toshibas popular HD A2 player except that it provides a full 1080P output. It is a perfectly competent HD DVD player. The main difference between the HD-XA2 and the HD-A20 is the video processing engine. The HD-XA2 contains the Silicon Optix REON chip, which supplies more picture quality muscle both in upconverting and, if necessary, downconverting video. The Toshiba HD-A20 gives an excellent image quality on HD DVD in 1080i mode; good upscaling performance on film-based DVDs. An Ethernet jack is included for firmware upgrades, an onboard Dolby TrueHD decoding and much faster load times than its predecessor, the HD-XA2. With its glossy black finish and neon blue power light, the sleek HD-A20 is looks stunning. Toshiba HD-A20 HD-DVD does not contain an HDMI cable. The well written manual warns you a number of times that to transmit 1080p from the player requires an HDMI connection. The connection panel on the back features the usual assortment of video and audio outputs, including an S/PDIF optical digital audio output. For most home theater systems, these connectors are all you will ever need, especially if you have an A/V receiver that handles HDMI. The HD-A20 also features LAN network connection and it’s not surprising that it has this Internet connection. The player is not designed to surf the web, but you can download system upgrades. Also, some DVDs contain supplementary materials that will allow you to connect to the web and view online content. Its remote is good; it can be used with the TV. On the remote is a Cursor button, which has no function now, but it may be activated later to facilitate interacting with DVD content. Toward the center of the remote is the navigation pad and the rest of the controls are adequately placed.

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