Summary: This player works well for now since it is capable of playing older DVD's at close to HD quality. Unfortunately Blu Ray is an entirely different system which is not only incompatible with this player it also does not do older DVD's to my knowledge. This will do til they decide which system will ultimately be the standard.
Summary: I like this player. It's clear and everything was very easy to setup. When I first started the player I thought it was broken. The player took forever to start-up. I called them to verify that this was how normal for the player. There are different ways to get the updated content. I requested that they automatically mail me a disk with the updates. For some reason they just sent me the first update a second time. Using an HDMI cable the picture is great.
Pros: Great output with HD DVD's, ability to jump to favorite scenes on the player, inexpensive
Summary: The player is excellent in that HD DVDs look awe inspiring, extra features such as interactive extras and PIP commentary is very cool. Upconversion on this unit is better than any consumer-level standalone unit you would pick up at your local B&M store - being a videophile believe me when I say this thing can beat a $100 upconverting DVD player in terms of PQ and probably sound quality.
Pros: Plays HD DVDs excellently, PQ is amazing, Upconversion on this unit beats that of any sub $100 consumer unit, on-board HD sound processing
Cons: Optical Output puts a cap on quality of sound going to receiver, loading time can be slow ~30 seconds. Initial firmware has bugs but can be fixed with update.
Summary: I originally ordered the HD-A2 at a discounted price. They ran out and sent me this player for the same price. The five free movies was okay, but the selection was strictly limited. The two free DVDS were recent movies - 300 and the Bourne Ultimatum. So, for the price I paid, it was a good deal. The picture is fantastic on my 56" HDTV. A must buy for your Home Entertainment system that's not expensive.
Pros: Eay to setup. Slim design a plus for low profile. Firmware updates simple. Upconverting excellent.
Cons: No 1080P. Very slow response time to commands.
Summary: This player is very solid, with excellent HD-DVD video quality, which is the most important feature. It also does a good job upconverting plain DVDs. Boot time and disc load time are still pretty sluggish. I would not want a player that was any slower than this one. What I really can't understand is the lack of DivX support in a player this expensive. It's kind of ridiculous to have to have another player in the living room just to handle DivX.
Pros: - video quality
Cons: - boot time, load time, no DivX support, no 1080p
Summary: Bought this player on a deal and hoped for marginal improvement from my Sony up converting player. But what a pleasant surprise! The picture is beautiful on my Panasonic 720p LCD projector. It came with 300 and Bourne Identity HD DVDs. Already watched 300 and the quality is amazing! 5 more HD-DVDs are in mail - free!! It is also playing my home made DVDs on DVD-RW DVD-R disks with no problems. So no regrets of spending extra for a HD-DVD player, its well worth it.
Pros: The best picture quality! HD + standard DVD up conversion.
Cons: Slow operation. POC remote. Hope HD-DVD technology is here to stay and more movies are available in HD-DVD format
Summary: Good unit for the price, got on sale at CC for 329.00. Using with Samsung 1080P 50 inch DLP and the pic is incredible. Upconversion Ive found to be excellent. Nice watching those movies from the 80s with such a great picture.Not gonna waste your time going into every detail, so will just say you cant go wrong for the money..There are more movies out there on hd dvd and the new releases look awesome.
Pros: 1080P is awesome, upconversion flawless
Cons: Slow load on hd dvds..loads standard dvds fast. NO disc resume..what were they thinking??????? Slow power up...
Summary: Forget the format war. This DVD player's performance and recently reduced price will make you take a chance with the new HD DVD format. I've been keeping my eyes on this unit for a little while and did not hesitate to get it the minute it dropped bellow $200. The video performance of this player is as good as any current high deff format in the market.
Summary: Toshiba made me return my Philips 5982 DVD player only because it is a HD DVD player. I was very disappointed with its performance espcially the loading time and the time it takes to recognizes the DVD-R, DVD R movies and most frusting thing is it freezes when the DVD is not regonized. My home made movies in DVD-R format and very few DVD R formats are recognized. I need to pull out the power cord and replug again to make it work. Quite awful set for $199 I paid.
Summary: This is the next generation HD DVD player. It is lighter (like a dvd player), smaller (like a dvd player) and is quicker at loading (still slow though compared to most dvd players). It offers resolutions up to 720p (can do 1080i but 720p is better). It also has a good up conversion (given you are using HDMI to connect to your TV). It is good value since most of you do not have 1080p TV and probably will not get one for a bit.
Pros: Size, look, HD up-conversion, cheap
Cons: can not do 1080p, load times still slow, eject slow.