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Old 07-04-2011, 10:04 AM - Thread Starter
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Hello everyone - I recently bought a LCD TV. Where I used to have a 720p DLP set, I know have a 1080p display that supports 24p playback. To that end, I'm looking to get an HD DVD player with 1080p24 playback capability.

I'm wondering which model is easiest to get a hold of, and what the best method is of sourcing one (eBay?). Although I haven't bought an HD DVD title for some time, I still have about ~60 HD DVD movies in my library.

FYI I currently have the Toshiba HD-A2, which only supports 720p/1080i playback.
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I would guess an A30 is your best bet.
However, I would suggest snagging an A35 if you come across a nice one that is attractively priced so you also have analog audio outputs and the ability to bitstream lossless audio should you have a receiver that supports one of those.

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Originally Posted by Rich86 View Post

I would guess an A30 is your best bet.

This. http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1304618

I snagged on for under $40 not long ago. Just make sure you find one with a remote, most universals don't work with it.
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amazon marketplace might still have some used and like new hd-a30 models for a decent price as an option to e-bay.
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I got an A30 off of ebay some time ago. There is a process out there that lets you upgrade the firmware to A35 ... you can't bitstream lossless but you can DD or DTS. Player has worked well.
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That's what I've got since I haven't been able to score an A35 for a price I can afford. It's region-free for regular DVDs too. It can't bitstream DTS Master Audio but it can do DTS-HD- Top Gun has a discrete rear channel that you can only get through bitstreaming, and the Dolby "Sound of High Definition" demo disc has some Dolby Digital Plus material in 7.1 that only comes out in 5.1 through PCM (has some in TrueHD too, but you need an A35 to hear that.)

You can interchange the drive with any from a Toshiba A3 or the Venturer player, so it's relatively easy to get a spare in case the one in the player ever dies.
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