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: 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: Overall speaking, the Toshiba HD-A3 is an excellent HD DVD player and probably the best buy at this moment in terms of value. Although it does not output 1080p video signal like its upper model HD-A30, most reviews on the Internet found out the 1080p on the HD-A30 unit is not that good and people prefer the 1080i format better, which is exactly what the HD-A3 does for less money.
Pros: Amazing picture quality, firmware upgradeable, nice looking, price advantage over Blu-ray, etc.
Cons: It is supposed to be faster than the last generation model HD-A2, but it still takes a while for the unit to get ready for playing after turning it on.
Great HD-DVD Player, but not much different than...
12 November 2007
Summary: I also have the previous generation HD-A2. This newer model has a little quicker load times and a sleeker appearance. Both upconvert standard DVDs exceptionally well along with playing every HD-DVD I can throw at it with ease. The picture is fantastic. If you have a good quality Plasma or LCD HDTV, you won't be disappointed. You can upgrade firmware through the included Ethernet jack or by downloading and burning a disk from the Internet.
Pros: Excellent performance, fast start times, easy firmware updates, a bit smaller than HD-A2, upconverts standard DVDs
Cons: No 1080p output just 720p/1080i. BUT, if you understand how all of this works, its just marketing hype in relation to HD-DVD movies and Blu-Ray movies.
Summary: We are waiting for Blue Ray players to drop in price, and that will be our HD format of choice. We purchased because of the free 7 movies, 130 buck price, and mainly for its up conversion for our regular DVDs.