Summary: I purchased the unit as a demo from Best Buy on May 11th. I immediately upgraded to firmware 2.0. Big mistake. Thankfully I found the link to hacked firmware 1.3 that let's you downgrade to firmware 1.3. On 2.0 I had problems in the HD version of Matrix Reloaded when the car chase started. Downgrading fixed the problem. There is still a little glitch in Transformers during the house scene just before Sector 7 shows up. Not a big deal really but just an observation.
Summary: == The debacle == Like all of you, I got hosed too by Toshiba's inability (or refusal?) to match Sony's $40,000,000 bribe; and, most of all, TimeWarner's cynical disregard for its customers by announcing its decision two weeks AFTER Xmas. Had it been made public BEFORE Xmas, I'd almost certainly have a BR stand-alone or PS3. One consolation: Amazon.com gave me a $50 credit in recompense for getting hosed.
Summary: This is a pretty decent player. I can't really compare it against other HD or Blu-ray players since I haven't owned any though. The playback of HD-DVDs and newer DVDs is absolutely beautiful. However, when I try to play some of my slightly older DVDs on it, the sound gets out of sync with the video.
Summary: This product works well enough. It takes about 30 seconds to load when you turn the power on which is annoying. I have a PS3 I use to play Blu-Rays. The HD DVDs I play on this player look about the same on my SAMSUNG 71 series 42 inch lcd. But a week after I bought this, Toshiba announces that they are pulling the plug on HD DVD. So essentially I just bought a very expensive upscaling DVD player since HD DVDs are going bye bye. Not the smartest move I have ever made.
brilliant playback for hd dvds-soso playback for standard dvds
spooky "mystery buff", Amazon
9 March 2008
Summary: hd dvd playback is pristine with this player,the quality is amazing.all though in hd format the player has no recall memory so if you can't finish what you are watching you will have to start from the beginning and search till you get to were you left off,and also i found that if you leave it on pause for too long when you go to play it the sound and the picture doesn't line up,,i have found the playback for standard dvds is not good at all,,it has the look of vhs tapes...