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.
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.
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 Â£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.
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
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.
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.
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