Conclusion: Although I went into this review hoping for the best, I was a bit disappointed that the third generation of Toshiba HD-DVD players seems to be a step backward from the second generation top of the line player. I would have expected the third generation players to be faster to load discs and more ergonomically advanced, such as including the ability to resume playback (something that's been available on DVD and Blu-ray disc since the beginning).
Excerpt: The original Toshiba players were bulky, brute force designs,. The new players are smaller, their software, processing chips, and circuitry more efficient. If their insides look skimpier (see Fig.1 and Fig.2 for shots of the insides of the original HD-A1 and HD-A35, respectively), their features and performance most definitely are not.
Excerpt: Introduction Not since VHS vs. Beta has an AV format war been the source of so much turmoil for consumers. More so than SACD vs. DVD-Audio, HD DVD vs. Blu-ray has sparked numerous debates around the water cooler, caused much consumer confusion and even managed to shut down portions of one of the Internet’s largest consumer electronics forum because of – get this – death threats. That’s right, death threats.