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post #4711 of 4877 Old 01-30-2011, 08:59 AM
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I just did the same - bought the lightly scratched A35 on eBay with a pile of titles. I am upgrading from an A2 that I bought new back in its heyday.

So I take it V 4.0 is the firmware of choice around here?

I run it on both the XA2 and A35. No complaints (except the format died before they could utilize all its potential functionality).

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I owned an AX2 and still have an A35 hooked up. To be honest it is really an old clunker compared to what is available today. It did a great job of upgrading in its day but by today's standards, I just got a Samsung 6900, it is very slow. Why would you buy an old machine that has no use for the future? How many times can you watch an old movie? I'm sorry but as much a I loved my A35, I would never buy one today for any reason.

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Cheaper and faster to buy another HD-DVD player than upgrade 100 titles to Blu-Ray (some of which are not even available).

The A35 now gives me 6.1 & 7.1 HBR audio where the A2 was limited to 5.1 PCM audio. It is also more reliable than my (failing drive) A2.

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4.0 is what you want. I still have and use to this day my A35 & 350+ movies. Just watched one yesterday.
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Cheaper and faster to buy another HD-DVD player than upgrade 100 titles to Blu-Ray (some of which are not even available).

The A35 now gives me 6.1 & 7.1 HBR audio where the A2 was limited to 5.1 PCM audio. It is also more reliable than my (failing drive) A2.

All true. "Cream, Royal Albert Hall: London, May 2-3-5-6 2005" one example is one of my favorite discs only available on HD DVD in HiDef. DTS HD Master too.
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4.0 is what you want. I still have and use to this day my A35 & 350+ movies. Just watched one yesterday.

I have two A35's and one A30 and have 64 HD DVD movies that I don't plan on replacing with blu-ray. I hope the players last the rest of my life!

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i have 2 a35's and 1 xa2 and 4.0 works great with them as it does with a20 and a30's i have in reserve.xa2 is seizing up after an hour or so of play but its not the firmwares fault.any chance toshiba has any hd-dvd players left for exchange of some sort?
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4.0 is what you want. I still have and use to this day my A35 & 350+ movies. Just watched one yesterday.

i'm with you.i have over 300 hd-dvd titles including a bunch of imports and i just watched one this morning(saw-german import 7-1 dts-hd)and with a few exceptions dont see any need to replace with blu-ray versions (if available)and the a35 works pretty darn well.i admit i also have an oppo 83 bd player that is a better player but heck it was made nearly 3 years after the toshibas and i have to believe that had hd-dvd not gone under they too would have advanced the capabilities of future players at least on par with bd.all said i am really happy with my hd-dvd and bd players but i do not believe the hd-dvd players are a discardable item by a long shot and look to use them a couple times a week.
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Cheaper and faster to buy another HD-DVD player than upgrade 100 titles to Blu-Ray (some of which are not even available).

The A35 now gives me 6.1 & 7.1 HBR audio where the A2 was limited to 5.1 PCM audio. It is also more reliable than my (failing drive) A2.

6.1 and 7.1 ?

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Not been on for a while, but just had to talk a little today. Purchased Dragon heart $5.44 from Amazon and as I sit here watching it, I am still amazed by my HD-A35 player. While I am now purple I shall remain red in thought.

Did not realize thread was so old, what a shame.

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Old thread but still relevant! I just WISH I had waited to buy so many HDDVDs! Why you ask? Cuz you can buy a 'lot' of @20 HDDVDs on eBay for @$20...

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Yeah, I also just recently bought "Backdraft" on HD DVD from Amazon for like $2.86. Not much anymore, but I still find some bargains for movies that I want on HD DVD. Glad I have a couple of spares if my A35 ever gives out...

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Not been on for a while, but just had to talk a little today. Purchased Dragon heart $5.44 from Amazon and as I sit here watching it, I am still amazed by my HD-A35 player. While I am now purple I shall remain red in thought.

Did not realize thread was so old, what a shame.

Yeah I bought the A35 thinking that maybe HD would win out. They certainly had their act together insofar as disc features etc. BD Live is still mostly a joke, but we've got to live with the format--unfortunately.

When the HD was declared dead I bought a brand new XA2 to supplement the A35.

My buddy who didn't jump on the HD bandwagon is always complaining the Cream's Live at The Royal Albert Hall is only available in HiDef on HD. Glad I have mine!

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Sheesh, with the number of HD-DVD machines and drives I have bought over the years I don't understand why HD-DVD didn't win!

I too have always been happy with my player(s) and the quality of the imagery, now that I have found and continue to find so many bargains on HD-DVD movies that nobody want anymore I more then feel that I am getting my monies worth from the technology.

Interestingly I still have more HD-DVD's then BluRay in my collection.

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My buddy who didn't jump on the HD bandwagon is always complaining the Cream's Live at The Royal Albert Hall is only available in HiDef on HD. Glad I have mine!

Have to express my sincere appreciation to the folks who've recommended this title in recent pages, as I wasn't aware of Cream's reunion project before now. Hands down one of the best sounding music HD DVDs released on the format and, IMO, an absolute must-have for any music afficionado with an HD DVD player.
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Hey guys I'm looking for a a35 or an xa2...if anyone comes across someone selling one drop me a PM, I have an A2 and would like to get an a35, want to pass audio and get 1080p...I see some on the bay thought I'd throw this out...been keeping an eye on craigslist, etc....Thanks.

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Anyone looking for a brand new A35, send me a PM.
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I have frequently said I am through buying HD-DVDs . . then something comes along I cannot resist. I just picked up a brand new "Cream Live at the Royal Albert Hall". I haven't even opened it yet, but will surely enjoy it immensely based on the comments I've read.
Shall I store it next to the Eagles Live HD-DVD (another superb exclusive) or let it live mixed in with all my HD titles, regardless of case color . . .
But, I am done buying HD-DVDs for good . . really . . I mean it . . no matter what . .

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I have frequently said I am through buying HD-DVDs . . then something comes along I cannot resist. I just picked up a brand new "Cream Live at the Royal Albert Hall". I haven't even opened it yet, but will surely enjoy it immensely based on the comments I've read.
Shall I store it next to the Eagles Live HD-DVD (another superb exclusive) or let it live mixed in with all my HD titles, regardless of case color . . .
But, I am done buying HD-DVDs for good . . really . . I mean it . . no matter what . .

Funny, I said the same thing quite a while ago and then found "Backdraft" HD DVD at Amazon for like $2.67 or some ridiculously low price so I had to buy it because I love the movie. It's absolutely the last one though.

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Funny, I said the same thing quite a while ago and then found "Backdraft" HD DVD at Amazon for like $2.67 or some ridiculously low price so I had to buy it because I love the movie. It's absolutely the last one though.
I'm also a big fan of Backdraft. It's one of only three movies I have on both HD-DVD and Blu Ray; the other two are Casablanca and King Kong.
Casablanca has been one of my all time favorites for decades.
Backdraft is a really good movie, and King kong is a guilty pleasure.
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Since we are on a roll of confessing our weakness for good deals on HD-DVD's...

When Toshiba threw in the towel I think I had between 6-9 titles, since then I have added over 100 more from eBay, clearance bins at big-box stores and local classified adds!

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I'm also a big fan of Backdraft. It's one of only three movies I have on both HD-DVD and Blu Ray; the other two are Casablanca and King Kong.
Casablanca has been one of my all time favorites for decades.
Backdraft is a really good movie, and King kong is a guilty pleasure.

I also have 3 movies on both HD DVD and blu-ray. "End of Days" which seems to have more special features on the older HD DVD version than on the newer blu-ray version. Also, the only other difference is that HD DVD is Dolby True HD for audio and the blu-ray is DTS HD Master. "An American Werewolf in London" seems to have a few more special features on the blu-ray version and the sound is better having DTS HD Master as opposed to DD+ on the HD DVD version. The final of the 3 is "Superman The Movie" which seems to be identical on both versions except for the audio. The HD DVD version has DD+ and the blu-ray version only has DD 5.1. I hear that all of the Superman movies are coming out on blu-ray in June and I will probably order the set at that time.

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Which is the better player to use, the A35 or the XA2? Do they both output 1080P 24?
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Depends who you ask. Yes, both do 1080p/24. Personally, I am in the A35 camp. Alot of others like the XA2. To give you an idea, I have had both at the same time and I sold the XA2 because I felt the A35 is a better unit.

Go ask in the XA2 forum and you'll get the opposite answer.

Bottom line is you can't go wrong with either.
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I would add that it also depends on how one plans to install it. For instance, if using the 6-channel analog outputs (many are), the XA2 is superior. However, several professional reviewers have indicated that 24p performance is a notch more stable on the A35. Personally, in my setup I found the XA2 to be notably superior with SD DVD. That being said, I agree that one would be very content with either player.

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Wow, I was pleasantly surprised to discover this thread. I had no idea so many of us were still rockin' this player.
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Wow, I was pleasantly surprised to discover this thread. I had no idea so many of us were still rockin' this player.

Oh hell yes.

Matter of fact, I just used mine last nite to watch Spiderman 3 DVD with my daughter.

I initially put the DVD in my well regarded LG BD player, but quickly switched to the A35. Many, many folk will tell you (and have already tried to tell me) that todays tech in the modern BD players blows the HD DVD (A35) away in upconversion quality and I just laugh. I have yet to find ANY BD or DVD player (sans Oppo) that can even match, let alone surpass the quality of the A35 for DVD upconvert quality. There comes a point in time when one can only go so far. And the A35 met that limit & maxed out what can be done with a DVD years ago. I mean, there is only so much info on a DVD that can be worked with.

Yes, plenty of us "still rockin' to this player".
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Wow, I was pleasantly surprised to discover this thread. I had no idea so many of us were still rockin' this player.

Yeah, the other day I heard that "What Dreams May Come" was released on BD and that the transfer was effectively the original HD DVD release.

Was able to find a new copy on HD for $4. The BD version is $20

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Still using mine as well! Just purchased about 6 more titles, and paid no more then $4 for any one of them! They look and sound as good as my BD player. Saturday night I watched "Constantine", the sound and video were very good. I've only had a couple of movies with glitches, but I should say the same for BD viewing as well.

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