So, I got my A30 from Robert. Quick ship & great price, thanks!
This is my first HD-DVD player.
I did not find the load times to be that slow & the menus are awesome.
Both movies that came with player are letterbox, which I can do without. They look great. However, SD discs look bad, especially older movies. Scarface looks horrible & the screen shrinks down to a centered rectangle. This is at 1080p 24fps. on a Mits. 57732. On the other hand, Sin City looks awesome. Neither of these look as good as they did on my OPPO upconverting DVD player which put out 1080i (the silver model with DVI interface). I have had that for years and hoping the A30 would be as good or better on SD discs but clearly, it is not. If you have a big screen the XA2 would be a better buy if you want good upconversion.