Summary: People,Toshiba knows these units power off that's why they sold most of them to third party dealers so they didn't have to pickup the repair price.Believe me i know i can't tell you the person's name who informed me.
Summary: I bought one of these expensive units, in part for its great Reon processors, which do a wonderful job of upsampling regular DVDs. But my unit stopped being able to play HD DVD's soon after I got it. It just turns itself off randomly after 5 to 30 minutes. It still played regular DVDs, but then a few weeks later, the audio failed. It just blasts noise and is completely useless now.
Summary: Were it possible I would give this 0 stars. The player started off well back in Feb 2007 using version 1.0 of the firmware and the first generation of HD disks, but over the past three months I have been getting the infamous and cryptic error code 408bc504 popping up with newer HD disks....why, I have no idea, but it's a problem that has been discussed on many AV forums, and one that renders the machine effectively useless.
Summary: The Toshiba HD-XA2 is being made in China now, not Japan. So what is the big deal you may ask? If the quality of the two manufacturing plants was the same who cares. But the truth is the Chinies made XA2 has about the same comparison to the original Xa2 as a counterfit Rolex has to its Swiss original. I knew out of the box that it didn't seem right. A drop in audio and video performance, especialy upconverting. Fit and finish suffer as well.
Summary: While this unit plays standard DVDs perfectly, it turns off randomly while watching HD-DVDs. I have tested a variety of HD-DVDs. I have even upgraded the firmware to version 2.5 and the problem actually got worse! It's doesn't seem to be temperature related since it can turn off right away, or after watching for 15 minutes. I'm sending this unit back.