My Toshiba HD-A20 Review,
Once recieved I checked it out to compare from my old rca hdv5000 that I recently sold, I like the looks a lot better, a lot lighter, and build quality is great (I dont understand why people say the build quality isnt there in the a2... but maybe thats beccause I dont plan on running it over with a car) After I hooked up the ethernet and updated to the latest firmware (v1.5).
The menu system was similar, easy to navigate. Dont spend any time in there except to update and set resolution.
load times seem improved, (55 sec from cold boot to play, and 35 sec from eject to play - dog day afternoon)
I heard of a few problems with combo discs so what do I do? I put in Children of men... yes I will admit it didnt read the disc, but I ran it under hot water.. easily you can tell there is a film there that needs to be washed. After that I put the disc back in and ran perfect, same goes for smokin aces.
After viewing all the new movies I aquired and both my benchmark movies (Batman and Tokyo Drift) I can say the picture quality is greatly improved from my first gen player and an a2 I had.
Over all the 1080p output sold me, and with the previous experience ive had with the others, I will say it is worth it. I would like to test a xa2 vs the a20 but my funds are weak... but for a guess based all on the chipsets used, it would look near identical.
reviews and writing are not my thing, so if I rambled.. to bad, and if you have personal requests on the a20, pm and I will repost.