It's been a week since i brought an XA2 home,
And it's very impressive, i recommend this unit to anyone thinking about hd-dvd,
I originally planned on waiting till summer to see what comes out of the blu-ray camp, and maybe the onkyo hd-dvd player announced, but a customer where i work bought the only one we had, and then brought it back after one night when he couldnt get it working with his projector.
after testing it in the store on variopus displays via hdmi and component, i decided the problem was not with the XA2, So what the heck i took the plunge and have not regreted it, this player is quite amazing.
Right out of the box it impresses, the entire machine is shelled in a beautiful brushed "gun" metal finish, and sports an impressive weight!!, and a beautiful black remote, that is very nicely backlit i might add, to bad i won't be using it, using my harmony 880pro instead..
As for performance, so far i'm blown away, i havent tried hdmi as my pio pro-520 only supports component ( i've ordered an hdmi to component converter on ebay). some of the movies i've tested so far include, the mummy, king kong, the hulk, superman returns, casino, serenity, fear and loathing in las vegas, batman begins. All have played flawlessly and have never looked better..load times are reasonable and the fast forward and rewind are acceptable, when you hit FF it pauses for a sec then clunkily forwards ahead, oh well.
One main reason I decided to go ahead and buy one was it seems pretty future proof, it has hdmi 1.3, supports deep color, and dolby true HD.
But I do have one question and maybe someone can answer it, the manual says it only supports DTS core streams and not DTS-HD loseless, BUT if in the future if i buy an A/V reciever that decodes DTS-HD loseless and the fact that it's equipped with HDMI 1.3, will i be able to pass the DTS-HD stream to my amp for external decoding.?
also the only glitch i've noticed, and i don't think it can even be considered a glitch, maybe someone else can report seeing this, when i first turn it on, the unit says WELCOME on its display, but on the tv screen i see a weird bar going down the middle of the screen for about 15 seconds then it disapears and the hd-dvd logo appears, thats it?, a little weird.
Over all i love my new XA2, especially that cool blue light under the unit!!!, owners will know what i'm talking about.