Excerpt: Not splashy enough for the front page at an official MSRP of $399, this player isn't hard too find for well under $300. I saw it at Best Buy for $250 last weekend, and it's on Amazon as I type this for $239, with 10 free HD DVD movies (the 1080i HD-A3 is only $16 cheaper at Amazon). The HD-A30 offers almost all of the performance features of the more expensive HD-A35, including 1080p/24 output, and TrueHD decoding (to PCM).
Excerpt: For those with HDMI switching that can handle 1080p video and multichannel PCM, the HD-A30 might just be the sweet spot for price and performance in Toshiba's HD DVD player line-up. It doesn't have multichannel analog outputs nor does it output TrueHD or DTS-HD MA in native bitstream form. Beyond that, it's seemingly identical to the $499 HD-A35, and includes the ability to output 1080p/24 and decoding of DD+ and TrueHD.