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Toshiba HD-A1 HD DVD - First End User Reports!

post #1 of 5103
Thread Starter 
The local Best Buy got in 3 today. One went up for display (they were hooking it up as I walked in) the other 2 were for sale. Bought their first one. I added the 4 year service plan for $40. Picked up an AR HDMI cable to hook it up. Here's a couple of pics.








More to come as I play around with it this weekend.
post #2 of 5103
Well damn... Ron is first. But without the movies
post #3 of 5103
Way to go!
They do exist...they do exist!
post #4 of 5103
What was your cost for the player?
post #5 of 5103
Thread Starter 
$499 plus tax and a $40 service plan, out the door for $578.73.
post #6 of 5103
Congrats Ron! New toys are a lot of fun. Hopefully you'll have some movies to enjoy soon. No doubt the service plan was a good idea too.
post #7 of 5103
^ I am seething with jealousy! I can imagine popping open the box and putting that beauty into my components rack.....I WANT IT!
post #8 of 5103
Ron: COngrats and enjoy this weekend. Do you own any non-region 1 dvd's? If so, could you verify that the player is region free on at least SD dvd's?

Thanks
Ron
post #9 of 5103
Is the box really that big? Or is just the camera angle giving the appearance?

In the meantime, can you give us your take on how it performs with upconversion?
I'm sure a lot us are curious.

congrats!!!
post #10 of 5103
The box?
post #11 of 5103
You found a store that was clueless about the april 18th policy COOL !!!
post #12 of 5103
Outstanding! Way to go Ron. I wish you (and the rest of us who will soon get ours) hundreds upon hundreds of hours of HD-DVD enjoyment. Wow, this really does make this whole thing feel real now. Thanks for posting Ron, I feel so much better now.

Please give us an update on how the SD DVD upconversion is if you can. Congrats!
post #13 of 5103
Congrats...enjoy...now how about scanning the manual and posting?

j/k...enjoy your player and post when you have a chance
post #14 of 5103
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys. I'll post as much about it as I can, if, I can get out of the theater once I fire this thing up. It is big, and heavy, feels very solid, well built.

I do not have any non-region 1 dvds so I cannot give you an answer Ron, sorry.

As soon as it's hooked up and running I'll report back with what SD-DVDs look like. It's being wired to a Sanyo Z3 with an 85" DIY gray screen.
post #15 of 5103
What I really want to know is does this player take over a minute to load a HD-DVD.
post #16 of 5103
The load time is 20-22 seconds for DVD once the machine is powered up. I have not timed how long it takes for it to start but it is similar amount....

Amir
post #17 of 5103
DVD or HD-DVD? So we are talking about 1 minute before any video is displayed?
post #18 of 5103
Congrats!

*Pops cork, throws confetti*
post #19 of 5103
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Originally Posted by MarcusInMD View Post

DVD or HD-DVD? So we are talking about 1 minute before any video is displayed?

HD DVD. DVD is a bit faster but not a whole lot more.

Yes, it is a bit long to be sure but it hasn't bothered me much. It is possible they can improve this in the future...

Amir
post #20 of 5103
I love the black front panel, looks very nice.

Congratulations.
post #21 of 5103
You should start the official HD-DVD A1/XA1 owner's thread.
post #22 of 5103
Please post some pictures of back panel so we can finally put the issue of HD-A1 having 5.1 analog outputs to rest.
Thanks.
post #23 of 5103
Congrats

Seems your my first guinea pig

I expect a full detailed analysis in the morning
post #24 of 5103
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Originally Posted by vinodk View Post

Please post some pictures of back panel so we can finally put the issue of HD-A1 having 5.1 analog outputs to rest.
Thanks.

I was wondering the same thing. But then I noticed in the picture of the player sitting on the box, the tag on top of the player seems to indicate that it does have 5.1 analog outputs.
post #25 of 5103
Rats, I would sell my cat to get my hands on a player.
post #26 of 5103
Im sorry but what is an AR HDMI cable? Does it not come with its own HDMI cable or is this a special cable for your setup?

When I get mine I will have to use my HDMI to DVI cable that I currently use from my HDTivo.
post #27 of 5103
Dear Ron,

I am a guy from Hong Kong.

Could you, at your convenience, verify one thing for me: -

Does the player allow 720p/1080i video from its component output? This feature is just too important for the millions of people who have a older HDTV.

I only have a Japanese version CRT HD TV (Sony KV-36DZ950) which does not have a HDMI input. AV fans in Hong Kong is now considering getting HD-XA1 from Japan which has D3/D4 analog video output.
post #28 of 5103
How about a comment on the fan noise level? You lucky dog you.
post #29 of 5103
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Originally Posted by Eddie Wan View Post

Dear Ron,

I am a guy from Hong Kong.

Could you, at your convenience, verify one thing for me: -

Does the player allow 720p/1080i video from its component output? This feature is just too important for the millions of people who have a older HDTV.

I only have a Japanese version CRT HD TV (Sony KV-36DZ950) which does not have a HDMI input. AV fans in Hong Kong is now considering getting HD-XA1 from Japan which has D3/D4 analog video output.

The player is required to obey what the disc says. All the initial HD-DVD discs will allow 720p/1080i output over component, but future discs may not. Copyrighted SD DVD discs cannot be upscaled to 720p/1080i over component, but non-copyrighted ones can.

--
Steve
post #30 of 5103
Ron - I'm with you...this format is exciting to me and while I haven't taken the plunge yet, HD-DVD or Blu-Ray is on my short list.

I'm looking forward to your comments upon actual viewing of some HD media.
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