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I'm thinking of buying a third HD player. So, what do you think a fair price would be in today's market for an HD-A35? If I can't find one for a fair price how would you rank the following players?

A2
A3
A20
A30

It seems there are more of these players available for sale then the A35, XA2 or the Onkyo version.
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A20
A2
A30
A3

The reason I put the A2x ahead is lossless sound will be transcoded to DTS via optical outputs.

IMO, the A20 is better than the A2 only because of the upscaling. 1080p isn't done perfectly on any of these, and with a good 1080p set, there's no difference between 1080i/p.

IMO, a fair value for the A35? $150-250. I know the XA2s still go for a decent amount, but the A35 isn't as highly regarded in the DVD upscaling.

yea, the higher-end players are pretty rare. HD-DVD was always selling on price, and having a $799 player didn't look worth it next to a $299 (or less) player. I bought one, but I know compared to the general public that bought HD-DVD I'm a minority. Here, not so much!
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I'd rank the A30 first due to the 1080p and 24 frame/sec rate. If you don't care about that then the A3 is just as good. Then the A20 then A2.


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A20
A2
A30
A3

The reason I put the A2x ahead is lossless sound will be transcoded to DTS via optical outputs.

IMO, the A20 is better than the A2 only because of the upscaling. 1080p isn't done perfectly on any of these, and with a good 1080p set, there's no difference between 1080i/p.

IMO, a fair value for the A35? $150-250. I know the XA2s still go for a decent amount, but the A35 isn't as highly regarded in the DVD upscaling.

yea, the higher-end players are pretty rare. HD-DVD was always selling on price, and having a $799 player didn't look worth it next to a $299 (or less) player. I bought one, but I know compared to the general public that bought HD-DVD I'm a minority. Here, not so much!

Going with Steven, the 2nd gens are much more reliable than the third.
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A20
A2
A30
A3

The reason I put the A2x ahead is lossless sound will be transcoded to DTS via optical outputs.

IMO, the A20 is better than the A2 only because of the upscaling. 1080p isn't done perfectly on any of these, and with a good 1080p set, there's no difference between 1080i/p.

IMO, a fair value for the A35? $150-250. I know the XA2s still go for a decent amount, but the A35 isn't as highly regarded in the DVD upscaling.

yea, the higher-end players are pretty rare. HD-DVD was always selling on price, and having a $799 player didn't look worth it next to a $299 (or less) player. I bought one, but I know compared to the general public that bought HD-DVD I'm a minority. Here, not so much!


So, If I'm using HDMI then the lossless sound is a moot point correct?
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XA2 then come A35,unfortunately my A35 was ruined because I plugged 220 volts(for got to use stepdown to 11o volts) and then smoke came out of the unit.
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So, If I'm using HDMI then the lossless sound is a moot point correct?

correct, with Dolby TrueHD anyway.

To hear DTS-HD you need an XA2 or A35, period. And a receiver that can decode it. Since DTS-HD was never used on a US disc except for Pan's Labyrinth it's not much of an issue.
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