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Toshiba XD-E500

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Overall 5

Toshiba XD-E500

PC Magazine
5 May 2009
  • Conclusion: If you don't want to spring for Blu-ray, there are plenty of upconverting DVD players to choose from, but the Toshiba XD-E500 is one to avoid.
  • Pros: Energy efficient. 1080p24 output.
  • Cons: Picture suffers a loss of detail with HDMI output. Default picture settings cause Sharpening artifacts. Overly softened image quality when displaying JPEG files. Low-resolution menus.
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Toshiba XD-E500 DVD Player - Benchmark

Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity
20 February 2009
  • Summary: The Toshiba XD-E500 is an exceptionally good low cost up-converting DVD player when used via HDMI and it received a perfect score under the HDMI section of the Secrets benchmark. In stark contrast was its de-interlacing performance using component video outputs which was some of the worst performance we have seen. With XDE modes engaged, the picture always possessed a hyper real look.
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Overall 8

Expert Review

22 January 2009
  • Summary: DVD has more lives than a motorway-crossing, chainsaw-juggling cat. The E500 revitalises your digital movie collection once more, giving colour, contrast and especially detail a next-generation pick-me-up.
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Toshiba XD-E500 review

29 August 2008
  • Summary: The Toshiba XD-E500 is a solid upconverting DVD player, even with the extra settings turned off, and the sharp feature definitely adds detail. But due to the player's £120 suggested price tag - roughly twice that of other upconverting players but pretty close to enthusiast favourites - its value could be questionable, unless you haven't bought an upconverting player yet or are okay with paying a premium for an incremental improvement over cheaper models.
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Overall 9

Toshiba XD-E500 Review

28 August 2008
  • Excerpt: Just when I thought that I would probably never review a DVD player gain, Toshiba introduced their new XD-E500 1080p up conversion DVD player. Toshiba, who was one of the co-inventor’s DVD technology, and also the creator of the now defunct high-definition HD DVD optical disc, is coming back to the DVD marketplace with a new upconverting DVD player. Why?
  • Pros: Great picture quality; 24-frames per second mode; very affordable
  • Cons: Does not replace a Blu-ray player; XDE technology works, but is not necessary
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Overall 7

Expert Review

PC Advisor
2 January 2009
  • Excerpt: Toshiba has been hyping the heck out of its new upconverting Toshiba XD-E500 DVD player, but has also been careful not to declare it an equivalent to Blu-ray, the high-definition format that beat out Toshiba's HD-DVD.
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Overall 10

Toshiba XD-E500

What Hi-Fi?
24 December 2008
  • Excerpt: Toshiba's HD-DVD is dead, but the company hasn't given up the fight against Blu-ray. Although a new DVD player might not sound like the most exciting alternative to Sony's HD format, the XD-E500's onboard eXtended Detail Enhancement (XDE) technology is designed to 'bring standard DVD quality closer to the HD experience'. While neither the picture nor sound produced here can match HD quality, the 'E500's still a mighty fine DVD player.
  • Pros: ‘Sharp’ mode offers incredibly detailed pictures, naturally vibrant colours, smooth, stable motion, nice styling
  • Cons: Sound could do with just a little more refinement
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Overall 9

Toshiba XD-E500

13 November 2008
  • Summary: Toshiba's XD-E500 provides a simple way to make humble DVDs look a bit better, but don't be fooled into thinking that it'll magically turn them into Blu-Ray discs.
  • Pros: Decent upscaling, Variety of connection methods, Slim profile
  • Cons: Overloaded remote control, Box has strange rattling sound?
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Toshiba XD-E500

TechRadar UK
24 September 2008
  • Excerpt: The Toshiba XD-E500 is the world's first DVD player to include Toshiba's revolutionary XDE (eXtended Detail Enhancement) technology, which now works in 'real-time'.
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Overall 6

Toshiba XD-E500 review Review

9 September 2008
  • Summary: This is a decent upscaling DVD player that can breathe extra life into your DVD collection. The problem is, it's rather a pain to use at times, and if you own a 32-inch 1080p Philips TV you're going to be bang out of luck with it
  • Pros: Picture quality, Sound, Holds its own against other upscaling players
  • Cons: It's expensive for a DVD player, A pain to use with certain TVs
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