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Just was watching some DVD's and decided to pop one into the Toshiba. By far the upscaling beat the Panasonic BD-85 and the BD-210 and the Reon in my Onkyo PR-SC5508. I didn't realize how good this really was. With my previous RS-1 projector, I didn't notice as big of a gap. With the RS-45 and the Toshiba, DVD's look like hi-def tv, not blu-ray quality, but very good. I will never sell this player.
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+2. We must remember. The HD-A35 was the top of line player for Toshiba...who owned patents for SD-DVD. They built this top of line gem to showcase DVDs as much as HD-DVDs. That's why it outclasses them all. Even to this day IMO.
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Didn't know that, thanks for the info.
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Yup! My A-35 is used for viewing dvds, listening to cds & watching the wifes netflix dvds and the occasional HD-DVD movie. Also have a 2nd A-35 (new) in a sealed box just in case!
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Yup! My A-35 is used for viewing dvds, listening to cds & watching the wifes netflix dvds and the occasional HD-DVD movie. Also have a 2nd A-35 (new) in a sealed box just in case!

You might want to fire that one up and do the firmware update if it's needed while you still can. Hopefully you have the update disk, so you don't have to rely on the Download. Don't know if Toshiba is even still doing it. EIther way...I'd check it out, and then repack it, unless you plan to sell it.
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+2. We must remember. The HD-A35 was the top of line player for Toshiba...who owned patents for SD-DVD. They built this top of line gem to showcase DVDs as much as HD-DVDs. That's why it outclasses them all. Even to this day IMO.

Where did the XA2 fit into that pecking order? That's my best HDDVD player ... and I always sorta thought I had the best of them.

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Where did the XA2 fit into that pecking order? That's my best HDDVD player ... and I always sorta thought I had the best of them.

Although the A35 does a great job upconverting DVDs, I believe the XA2 was noted for having somewhat better capabilities in that regard. How much better and whether it matters or not is very much up to individual opinion.
I don't believe the XA2 offers any advantages over the A35 with HD-DVD playback.

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Xa2 > a35
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Although the A35 does a great job upconverting DVDs, I believe the XA2 was noted for having somewhat better capabilities in that regard. How much better and whether it matters or not is very much up to individual opinion.
I don't believe the XA2 offers any advantages over the A35 with HD-DVD playback.

I have not personally observed this while comparing the two. I owned both players, a Toshiba HD-A3, Panny Blu-Ray and XBox 360 addon. I kept the HD-A35 for my home theater and the HD-A3 for the family room. I sold the XA-2 and gave the XBox Addon to my Daughter.

But to your point. I didn't see any difference between the XA2 and A35 between HD-DVDs or DVDs. I thought both players were identical. And both were superior to anything I had seen on standard DVDs. The XA-2 was just bigger and bulkier. It was built like a tank! To be honest here...I even thought the comparison between DVDs played on them and HD-DVDs/Blu-Rays were very close on some movies. Especially animations like "Up", and "Alice" with Johnny Depp. The comparison was done between the Pannasonic Blu-Ray & SD-DVD on the A-35 with those 2 movies. Personally I think both players (XA-2 & A35) are excellent. I also compared Flash Gordon (BR v SD-A35), The Fifth Element (BR v SD-A35), Meet Joe Black (HD-DVD v DVD) on the XA2 & A35. And the Lord of the Rings trilogy (BR v SD-A35). In a very interesting twist...I actually like LOTR better in SD on the HD-A35 versus the Blu-Ray Edition. To my eyes it just looks better. Go figure.
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I have not personally observed this while comparing the two. I owned both players, a Toshiba HD-A3, Panny Blu-Ray and XBox 360 addon. I kept the HD-A35 for my home theater and the HD-A3 for the family room. I sold the XA-2 and gave the XBox Addon to my Daughter.

But to your point. I didn't see any difference between the XA2 and A35 between HD-DVDs or DVDs. I thought both players were identical. And both were superior to anything I had seen on standard DVDs. The XA-2 was just bigger and bulkier. It was built like a tank! To be honest here...I even thought the comparison between DVDs played on them and HD-DVDs/Blu-Rays were very close on some movies. Especially animations like "Up", and "Alice" with Johnny Depp. The comparison was done between the Pannasonic Blu-Ray & SD-DVD on the A-35 with those 2 movies. Personally I think both players (XA-2 & A35) are excellent. I also compared Flash Gordon (BR v SD-A35), The Fifth Element (BR v SD-A35), Meet Joe Black (HD-DVD v DVD) on the XA2 & A35. And the Lord of the Rings trilogy (BR v SD-A35). In a very interesting twist...I actually like LOTR better in SD on the HD-A35 versus the Blu-Ray Edition. To my eyes it just looks better. Go figure.

I can't really comment on a side by side comparison of the A35 and XA2, because I have never had access to a XA2 to play around with. I DO own multiple A30's and A35's and can vouch for their superb performance on both HD-DVDs and DVDs. I use an A35 in our primary home theater since it can bitstream lossless audio codecs and my audio equipment can handle it there. I have always heard the XA2 was built like a tank. However all my 3rd gen players have performed perfectly fine so far.

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I have both, and I notice a very slight edge to the XA-2, but only for DVD playback. For HD-DVD's, they are equally awesome. Slight edge to the A35 for having the HD-DVD logo on the front in bright BLUE lights...always thought that was a funny little twist during the format battle.....
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I would like to know how this compares to the Oppo for upconverting.
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I would like to know how this compares to the Oppo for upconverting.

I have an XA-2 and an Oppo 83 Blu Ray player, and the Oppo 83 is slightly better on DVD than the XA-2, which is very good. I tend to use the Oppo for DVD, just because that player is much faster at loading discs, and booting up.
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I kind of thought that would be the case. How many years newer technology makes a difference.
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I have an XA-2 and an Oppo 83 Blu Ray player, and the Oppo 83 is slightly better on DVD than the XA-2, which is very good. I tend to use the Oppo for DVD, just because that player is much faster at loading discs, and booting up.

I have not tried an Oppo Blu-Ray yet. But I'm not surprised it would be at parity or even outperform the A35 on DVD. That was Oppo's calling card before they took the Blu-Ray plunge. I totally enjoy my A35 for DVD. To my eyes, the XA-2 was identical to the A35 on DVD and HD-DVD. But if I ever replace my Pannasonic Blu-Ray...it will be for an Oppo. I also have a PS3. But I don't usually watch Blu-Ray or DVD movies on it. Even though it is very good at both.
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The newer Oppo BDP-93 is not quite as good as the older 83 with DVD's, but it is suppose to be very close. They changed the chipset from Anchor Bay to the Marvell chipset in the 93. The focus today is not as great on DVD anymore, but on 3D and adding wb services. So, I would never get rid of the XA-2 or A35, both are awesome machines!
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I still use my Original XA-2 for CD playback in my 2 channel system.Which is a high end setup.It has out perform many higher end CD players that I have used in the setup.
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I always had better luck playing discs without problems with my XA2. Actually with all second generation HD DVD players. My A3, A30, and A35 all had more pickiness with me. I still own an A2, A20, XA2, and Onkyo 805 (XA2 clone).
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I love my Onkyo 805. It has always worked flawlessly. I have it hooked up to my Onkyo 808 receiver, looks good.
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The newer Oppo BDP-93 is not quite as good as the older 83 with DVD's, but it is suppose to be very close. They changed the chipset from Anchor Bay to the Marvell chipset in the 93. The focus today is not as great on DVD anymore, but on 3D and adding wb services. So, I would never get rid of the XA-2 or A35, both are awesome machines!

i purchased a 93 to compare and really couldn't see enough of a difference to keep it. If I didn't have the 35, I would definetly be keeping the Oppo. The Panasonics cannot hold a candle to the Toshiba or Oppo. They are good Blu-Ray and streaming players only.
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I love my Onkyo 805. It has always worked flawlessly. I have it hooked up to my Onkyo 808 receiver, looks good.

805 hooked up to a onkyo 608 here.

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My A35 does a fantastic job and still going strong after 4 years. I also have an A3 as a backup, just in case the A35 dies.
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