Summary: Owned this HD-A35 for just over two years - suddenly the audio section stopped working. I strongly feel that two years is way too short a life for a player that initially costs this much. To its credit - it was an excellent upconverter for standard DVDs during its short life.
Summary: I bought this back when HD-DVD and Blu-ray were still going head to head. I had a feeling Blu-ray would win out, but the price on HD-DVD was half that of Blu-ray at the time. For the time I had this HD-DVD player, it served it's purpose. It played high def well. Once Blu-ray became the clear cut winner, I traded in this player to Best Buy and got a little over $100 of trade in dollars and bought a new Sony Blu-ray player. I'm pleased with my new Blu-ray player.
Summary: Of course, everyone knows the format wars are over. I bought two of these Toshiba HD-DVD players knowing that, thus purchased them for a bargain. Since the universality of Blu-Ray discs is not yet 100%,and there are still tons of standard DVDs out there, I find myself occasionally only able to rent from my local movie store titles that are not on Blu-Ray. The DVDs that I end playing on my system though look pretty good, as they are upconverted to 1080p.
Summary: I lucked out on this player. I bought a open-box player A-30 model from Best Buy for $70 no remote,no ac adapter power cord.I had to travel to four Best Buys to get these items only to end up back at the first store because I didn't purchased the item at their locations that why they weren't able to help me. So I was told to go back to the store I bought the item from where the sales floor jerk wouldn't looks for in the first place.
Summary: Got this Toshiba HD-A35 player for my 21st birthday on march 20 2008 (upgrading form Xbox 360 add on). Great picture and bitstream audio capability + hd sound decoding (dtshdma core only) abilty makes this player a perfect fit for any hometheater. start up is a little slow next to my panasonic blu-ray player. however I am still very happy with this player and the qulity it delivers.
Summary: I understand that the format war is over and that HD DVD is "dead" but I that doesn't keep me from loving this machine. I bought it for a great price (under $150) on ebay and I have no regretted it. I also have a PS3 and Toshiba A-2 and I have to say that it is right up there with the both of them and even exceeds them in a few areas. The fact that it can bitstream the HD audio is fantastic and even the PS3 (which I also love) can't do that.
Summary: I have 2 of these, one a backup and one I use in our bedroom with a 50" Panasonic Plasma and Onkyo sound. Although some discs had trouble with this player,and I had to outsmart it with a few tricks (yes the old scum remover with dishwashing liquid, because the laser supposedly was more sensitive to any kind of residue left on discs by production process), I've been very happy with its performance. Upscaling is satisfactory.
Summary: This player worked just fine for me "out of the box". Coupled with my HD TV (not flat screen or Plasma) it is terrific. Only thing is I am afraid for the money, that the HD Format is going the way of the old Beta. No one has been able to tell me if in the future Blu-Ray will be the only HD format sold on DVD's. I would check this out before I spent the money on this one. If HD is available for sure, this product is sincerely great.