Pros: My understanding is that the A2 is technically similar to, if not nearly identical to, the HD-A2, which I do own. HD-DVD's look great, no complaints there whatsoever. Firmware update via CDROM worked flawlessly, and only took a couple minutes.
Cons: Start-time is slow, though that is to be expected for an HD player. A little frustrating when playing standard def DVDs, as I miss clicking "Eject" and having the tray immediately open up while the player needs all of 5 seconds to start up. Do not expect to use this as an upconverting player via ...
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.
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...
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.
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: 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...
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: 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).
Pros: Size, look, HD up-conversion, cheap
Cons: can not do 1080p, load times still slow, eject slow.
Summary: Fantastic HD DVD player. DVDs load very fast, the player starts up fast, and it's simply a very nice looking mostly black player to put with your TV and other equipment. Plus it comes with two hd movies in box-- 300 and Bourne Identity.
Pros: Inexpensive, free movies with purchase, slim design, starts up fast.
Cons: I guess if you want 1080p, you don't get that.
Great way to get started with an HD format for a...
14 November 2007
Summary: This is a great player to get yourself started with an HD format. It's tough to go wrong when the amount of HD DVDs you get with the player for free costs more than the player itself! Even if HD DVD were to lose, this is a great upconverting DVD player.
Pros: Picture is sharp even at 720p, Ethernet connectivity, Lots of firmware support.
Cons: Slow on initial boot up. Read times of HD DVD's slow but acceptable. Would have been nice to include a digital coaxial out as well as optical.
Summary: This is the player to buy if you just want to get your feet wet in HD. The picture quality is a noticable step up from my Philips progressive scan DVD player. It outputs at 1080i or 720p for older HDTVs like mine. The upscaling works very well for existing DVDs.