"Thanks buddy! Looking forward to your report. I hope it looks and sound great. I've already got some movies on order and in queue"
Initial thoughts..on the Toshiba HD A2 (Dec. 2006 build)
Set-up is a snap !
I'm talking you can have people come over for a showing and before they've finished their first drink, you've already configured everything..there just aint much to do.
Aesthetics - looks good in any rack. Black with a silver thingee in front similar to the PS3.I guess the silver thingee is to make it look more expensive than all black.
Performance (in regards to the PS3) - regarding ONE hd dvd disc - This machine is slow..I mean sloooooow. For brt, think o the difference between an F1 race car and your ole family sedan. Honestly, you Qualians that own the 1st gen Toshibas must have the patience of Jobe because this 2nd gen unit puts my patience to the test and the 1st gen units were supposed to be slooooooooooooooooooooooooow-errrrrrrrrrr.
Everything is slooooooooooooow about it compared to the PS3. One thing that is particularly annoying is that if you rewind for a little bit, I feel like I'm dealing with a laser disc player from the ole days and then when you start forward again I get an audio drop-out lasting 2-3 seconds which I absolutely abhor.
Picture Quality (at least for this one disc)- SUPERB !
Audio Quality (at least for this one disc) Good, not as good as stuff I've heard with the PS3 but, that's obviously title dependent. I flipped between the DD+ and the DTS soundtracks and DTS sounds a tad better in the sections I listened to but, I'm not sure if this is simply related to a louder default level on the DTS audio encode.
Overall - After VERY limited viewing, since I didn't have any glitches, freezes or other such nonsense that apparently plagued a significant percentage of Gen1 owners, I'm initially happy with the purchase.
The sloooooooooooooooooowness of the unit really annoys me but, it may not you. I figure it' a tradeoff that I'm willing to live with in order to get hif def optical discs from Universal at this time