Originally Posted by ronep
I'm confused. Still can't get 4.0 for my A2. Called back Toshiba Rep. They are also confused. He told me some of the upper models you can program others you can't. What gives here? I guess this is there commitment to excellence they are talking about.
Larry what model do you have?
I have the HD-XA2. In reading this thread it appears there are several versions of the 4.0 upgrade depending on the model. Perhaps Toshiba has only posted the XA2 upgrade to their servers, with the others to follow.
The HD-XA2 (and it's Onkyo clone) is the only HD DVD player that I am aware of that has picture settings that permits you to manually adjust Brightness, Contrast, and Color settings without having to adjust the display's settings.
Those folks with other HD DVD players without picture settings, who have elected not to upgrade to version 2.8 and up, would need to resort to adjusting the Brightness and Contrast settings on their displays. Hopefully those displays have the means for adjusting these setting by source device. Otherwise it would be very inconvenient to recalibrate the display for each source.
By the way, a number of knowledgeable forum members believe that, if the player suffers from sending the wrong video levels, adjusting the Brightness and Contrast does not properly correct the problem. This may be true, but my experience indicates that this workaround (prior to installing version 2.8 and up) provided Black and White levels to my untrained eyes that are indistinguishable from the Component Video connection, which never suffered from the video level problem.
I would like to reiterate what has been stated earlier, that is it appears that this incorrect video level problem manifested itself mostly for folks with HDMI to DVI connections. So if you have an HDMI to HDMI connection to your display it is very unlikely you will have a problem.