I'm resurrecting this thread because I just bought both an A2 and the RCA HDV5000 and I intend to put both of them through some tests for a while before deciding which one to keep.
It's my understanding that firmware 1.0 on the RCA was/is causing 1080p discs to display an error code and they won't play at all. I had this happen last night while trying to view AEONFLUX and KING KONG. Neither would play. The only other HD DVD disc I tried was TROY and it played fine. Reading the back of the TROY disc I see that it's 1080p so I don't know why the other two wouldn't play. I only used HDMI up to that point.
I've now updated the firmware on the RCA to 2.0 and I haven't had a chance to try the two discs that wouldn't play over HDMI yet but I did successfully view some scenes from AEONFLUX over component at 1080i without a problem.
Has anyone else heard of this problem with older firmware having issues with 1080p discs?
I've also noticed that when changing inputs on my Monoprice 5 x 1 HDMI switcher, the HDMI signal from the RCA unit registers a signal to my Optoma H78 projector immediately. The A2 is another story.
The A2 takes a FULL TWO MINUTES to do the HDCP handshake and this happens routinely whenever I switch away from the A2 input and then come back or when I first turn the A2 on. Same thing.
At least I eventually do get a rock solid picture so if the A2 is the one which I decide to keep I'll just live with the two minute wait because I typically turn on the HD DVD player first and then set up my pull down screen and masking etc... By the time I'm ready to watch the movie the A2 has been waiting for me.
But I've got to say that I have been pleasantly shocked by the performance of this RCA player. I thought that because of the name brand that I'd purchased a piece of junk but since it's essentially a Toshiba with some cosmetic changes, I feel more confident in it's ability to perform.
I have surprisingly noticed that the image coming from the RCA player seems to be better than the A2.
I don't understand this but the blacks seem blacker, the darker scenes seem to have more color and shadow detail to them. The flesh tones are absolutely magnificent! Contrast is terrific as well. This is all straight out of the box without changing any of my settings!?!?
The A2 on the other hand is indeed capable of a fine image and I have achieved that after a LOT of calibration, but it still doesn't compare to this first generation player.
Now admittedly, I've only just begun to compare the two as I just bought the RCA unit yesterday and exchanged the A2 on Thursday for a more up to date one with the newer 1.2 firmware. But I'm starting to wonder if the RCA doesn't throw me any major curves, if it might be the one to keep? I guess only I can decide that and time will tell but I was wondering if anyone else has compared the two units and come to similar conclusions.
I like them both by the way. I just want to keep the best one. They both cost me the same amount of money so that isn't a factor.
Any sage advice?