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post #331 of 5103
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Originally Posted by David Barteaux View Post

Ok who has tried the 5.1 channel analog out and compared DD+ with regualr spdif DD?

good question
post #332 of 5103
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Originally Posted by Aaron Davis View Post

I believe that was sarcasm...

Indeed.
post #333 of 5103
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Originally Posted by nhey View Post

Does this unit's top get hot when a disc is playing???

Can I stack another component on top of it???? I'd like to place my Comcast Motorola DVR box on top of it.

Also, would like to hear more opinions about the fan noise from about 10 feet away.

it does not get hot on top: there are no vent holes on top: there are vent holes on the bottom

I would recommend against stacking components that have drives running as the vibrations could be transmitted from one to the other
post #334 of 5103
A lot of the questions being asked in the last hour or so have already been answered earlier in the topic.

Please read the topic before posting questions.
post #335 of 5103
Anyone had any luck playing DIVX/XVID files? I have tried several different formatted DIVX/XVID Files and it seems that Toshiba, in their infinite wisdom, did not include support for DIVX.
post #336 of 5103
I looked around all of the bay area best buy locations and milpitas was the only one that had them in stock. i ended up buying all three for myself and my buddies.
post #337 of 5103
The question that I would definitively want answered is if the people that have seen the HD-DVD's opinion on the quality of the pictures to what we are used to seeing in HD content on cable (such as Comcast, TW, etc.).

Are they pretty much the same as the HD quality on cable? If it is better, is it just slightly better or a significantly better? Also, what is the difference?

I think knowing this will help me to manage my expectations when I get this.
post #338 of 5103
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Originally Posted by JuniorBoy View Post

The question that I would definitively want answered is if the people that have seen the HD-DVD's opinion on the quality of the pictures to what we are used to seeing in HD content on cable (such as Comcast, TW, etc.).

Are they pretty much the same as the HD quality on cable? If it is better, is it just slightly better or a significantly better? Also, what is the difference?

I think knowing this will help me to manage my expectations when I get this.

There are already a number of comments on this, earlier in the topic.

Read before posting.
post #339 of 5103
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Originally Posted by RWetmore View Post

Excellent question. I can't be sure because of the consistent presence of light film grain. I really need something shot digitally to accurately check for compression artifacts. If there are any on TLS, they are very small and only visible from distances of 1 or 2 feet.

I must say that so far, I'm pretty pleased with the overall performance of the HD-A1. I was concerned the first generation players might occasionally freeze up or have other annoying performance glitches, but so far, I haven't experienced any.

I managed to freeze up the hd-a1 during playback of The Last Samurai. I was fast forwarding and hit the play button, and it stopped. Couldn't get it to start playback again, so I had to hit the power button and restart it. Only happened once though.
post #340 of 5103
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The Page 64 I see is the Canadian General Warranty -- could you check please, as I am interested in understanding what you are referring to.

Go by page 64 in Adobe rather than the page that actually says "64". It basically says that you need to set the output mode to match the native resolution of the disc for HD. Weird. They might as well have just written "eh.. our scaler sucks, so make sure to pick whatever the back of the DVD case says..." Although, doesn't the back of the DVD cases say 1080p? That one's not an option Toshiba!

That section specifically refers to HD content, so I don't know what that says about upscaling standard DVDs...
post #341 of 5103
Can someone tell me if the HDMI cable's that comes with the player is constructed as good as Monoprice's HDMI cables?
post #342 of 5103
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Originally Posted by BrandonJF View Post

Go by page 64 in Adobe rather than the page that actually says "64". It basically says that you need to set the output mode to match the native resolution of the disc for HD. Weird. They might as well have just written "eh.. our scaler sucks, so make sure to pick whatever the back of the DVD case says..." Although, doesn't the back of the DVD cases say 1080p? That one's not an option Toshiba!

That section specifically refers to HD content, so I don't know what that says about upscaling standard DVDs...

I haven't found this reference in the manual yet, but on page 21, I noticed it does say: "Set the resolution to output from the player in accordance with the scanning method of the connected TV."
post #343 of 5103
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Originally Posted by sspears View Post

Like Darin, the down button on my remote does not function. Anyone else have that problem?

Ditto - mine worked fine, but pretty much bit the dust while I was setting in the distances to my speakers in the speaker config. It is intermittent now, so I am next going to try and load this in my MX-700 remote so I am not dependent on it.

Ken
post #344 of 5103
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Originally Posted by highvista View Post


First thing I'll try is some of my DVD+R's with transport streams. We'll see!

What is the result for MPEG2 TS file? I mean disc without authoring.
post #345 of 5103
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Originally Posted by darinp2 View Post

So far I've only been able to get 480p, 720p, and 1080i over HDMI. I'm not sure if there is something else I'm supposed to be doing to get 480i.

--Darin

Does it pass 480i over HDMI? I thought that the initial specs indicated that the players would pass 480i over HDMI. Otherwise, unless I am mistaken, those with external scalers will have to run HDMI and Component. And possibly be downcoverted by the movie studios in the future.

Can somebody else check this out?
post #346 of 5103
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Originally Posted by quickfire View Post

Can someone tell me if the HDMI cable's that comes with the player is constructed as good as Monoprice's HDMI cables?

It is considerably thinner than the 33ft Monoprice cable I put in the ceiling for my Ruby. It also does not gold plated connectors.

Ken
post #347 of 5103
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Originally Posted by BrandonJF View Post

Go by page 64 in Adobe rather than the page that actually says "64". It basically says that you need to set the output mode to match the native resolution of the disc for HD. Weird. They might as well have just written "eh.. our scaler sucks, so make sure to pick whatever the back of the DVD case says..." Although, doesn't the back of the DVD cases say 1080p? That one's not an option Toshiba!

That section specifically refers to HD content, so I don't know what that says about upscaling standard DVDs...

I respectfully disagree with your conclusion: this is standard verbiage to set the output of a source to the NR of the display
post #348 of 5103
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Originally Posted by khoyme View Post

It is considerably thinner than the 33ft Monoprice cable I put in the ceiling for my Ruby. It also does not gold plated connectors.

Ken

Thanks khoyme...I will order an HDMI cable from Monoprice today!
post #349 of 5103
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I respectfully disagree with your conclusion: this is standard verbiage to set the output of a source to the NR of the display

That isn't what it's saying. It's saying to set the output of the source to the NR of the disc.
post #350 of 5103
All -

Was at Value Electronics today covering the HD-DVD east coast launch. Just got home with my HD-DVD Player

This morning, using the new Ulead DVD Movie Factory 5, I was able to take some of my Sony HDR-HC1 High Def HDV footage and author an HD-DVD .iso file which I burned to a DVD+R disc using Nero and the Toshiba HD-DVD Player recognized the disc format as HD-DVD and it played back in glorious 1080i format.

Inexpensive program ($39) -- and will allow us to Author HD-DVD discs until HD-DVD bruners and media are available and cheaper. A single layer DVD disc can hold 20 minutes of HDV footage and a Dual-Layer can hold 40 minutes.

Have fun all!
Aaron
post #351 of 5103
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Originally Posted by BrandonJF View Post

That isn't what it's saying. It's saying to set the output of the source to the NR of the disc.

See post #342.
post #352 of 5103
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Originally Posted by MarkZ View Post

Anyone transfer learned codes to their universal remote yet? I'm wondering if that will help.

Yes, I just programmed my Harmony 880 and it works perfect. I had to learn all the commands though as the HD-A1 doesn't appear to be in the Harmony database yet. Up, down, left, right and select/OK all work perfect.

I have to say, maybe I'm too old, but the Toshiba remote is ridiculously hard to read, even with light shining on it.
post #353 of 5103
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Originally Posted by Ilka View Post

The Page 64 I see is the Canadian General Warranty -- could you check please, as I am interested in understanding what you are referring to.

Page number as reported by the PDF reader. Not the one with 64 printed on it.

Look 2 pages further on.

Relevant text attached
LL
post #354 of 5103
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Originally Posted by BrandonJF View Post

That isn't what it's saying. It's saying to set the output of the source to the NR of the disc.

Ah OK

now I see it on an addendum included in the packet with that statement

but again it is standard verbiage: if you can avoid intervention of the scaler, you are best setting the output res to that of the disc to match the NR of the display if possible: that would always be the optimal setting if available

what I take issue with is your conclusion that that means the scaler in the HD-A1 sucks:

my take is that no intervention of a scaler is better , regardless of the quality of the scaler, if you can match the source to the display

obviously it is necessary in many cases and my first impression of the HD-A1 scaler is that it looks very good
post #355 of 5103
The stor only got 3 units in? Hope they have a few more then that on the 18th
post #356 of 5103
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Originally Posted by thebland View Post

Got the player! Got Phantom (DD TrUE) Got things set up in a true analog pass through on my MC-12, my calibrator is emailing down a custom bass software file to input into my DSP for this player. Set up should be ideal for audio and video! Can't wait to run it!!

Jeff,
Will you compare in your reviews how much better/equal analog 5.1 DD+ is compared to regular DD spdif from this player.
post #357 of 5103
Judging by his past reviews he will. Jeff covers all basses in his reviews. J.H.
post #358 of 5103
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Originally Posted by markrubin View Post

but again it is standard verbiage: if you can avoid intervention of the scaler, you are best setting the output res to that of the disc to match the NR of the display if possible: that would always be the optimal setting if available

what I take issue with is your conclusion that that means the scaler in the HD-A1 sucks:

my take is that no intervention of a scaler is better , regardless of the quality of the scaler, if you can match the source to the display

obviously it is necessary in many cases and my first look at the HD-A1 scaler looks very good

Read it again. Its telling you to set the output to match disc content regardless of the native res of the display. Thats not the "standard verbiage".

Is your display 720 or 1080?
post #359 of 5103
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Originally Posted by bferr1 View Post

so, Mark, in other words, they're saying 1080i material is best viewed on a 1080i display? Seems like common sense to me, and doesn't necessarily mean the scaler sucks.

Perhaps a direct quote from the errata appendix, will help clarify:

"To achieve high definition output when playing high definition material, it is necessary to set the output resolution of the player to match the native resolution of the disc. For example, when playing a disc with a native resolution of 720p, set the player output to 720p. For a disc with native resolution of 1080i, set the player to 1080i.

..."

Not the resolution of the display device. So what are 1080p HD-DVD disc owners to do?
post #360 of 5103
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Originally Posted by Massimo N View Post

I think this might be some of what we are hearing. The movie is only as good as the source and how it was shot. Not every movie is going to be as sharp and vibrant as movies as "The Fast and the Furious" or computer animation "Toy Story".

I think we'll have a different opinion once Chronos is released to showcase off the technology ... Super Vibrant, High Detail, Sharply Focused

Good point. Also, I'm not sure everyone is seeing "fair" comparisons between DVD and HD-DVD yet. Two reasons:
1. Many here are comparing the 1-3 currently available selections to what they consider their "reference" for SD-DVD quality. Remember, the first DVD's released didn't look nearly as impressive as today's releases, HD-DVD may very well be the same. Perhaps dusting off an old DVD will give HD-DVD's young technology a fairer fight.

2. Do we even know for sure that the 3 HD-DVD's currently out there were remastered from the original source? Could it be that these are just mediocre upconverts? If so, the only PQ advantage they would hold is utilization of the larger HD color space. This would certainly explain the generally lukewarm impressions I'm reading so far.

EDIT> I saw the unit at BB and was pretty impressed by the build quality. Very heavy! The remote is really slick looking to my eyes, but at the expense of function.
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