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New Toshiba Player ? HD-A2W ?

post #1 of 36
Thread Starter 
On toshiba's new promotion they list a HD-A2W as a player that qualifies for the deal ? Does anyone know what this player is ?
post #2 of 36
Maybe a white version to go with that iMac!
post #3 of 36
Probably white, or a typo.
post #4 of 36
it's the willy wonka version
post #5 of 36
Thread Starter 
Buy any of the following Toshiba HD-DVD players : HD-A1, HD-XA1, HD-A2, HD-A2W, HD-XA2, HD-D2.

The only ones that we havent heard of are the HD-D2 which is obviously the Wal-Mart RCA second gen and the HD-A2W.
post #6 of 36
Could be a Wireless model with a USB wirless adapter included for home networks.
post #7 of 36
I would guess the Walmart version.
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post #9 of 36
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by hmurchison View Post

Could be a Wireless model with a USB wirless adapter included for home networks.

This has been the best guess I have seen so far. Mabey it is a version of the A-2 with the 5.1 outs. ......

I can hope right ?
post #10 of 36
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Originally Posted by Maxx_75 View Post

On toshiba's new promotion they list a HD-A2W as a player that qualifies for the deal ? Does anyone know what this player is ?

It's their secret weapon
post #11 of 36
Serisouly, I agree that it may be their 360 add-on, or perhaps a designation for their laptop drive...
post #12 of 36
Thread Starter 
We still havent found out what this drive is. It is NOT the Wal Mart drive and almost certainly NOT the 360 drive.
post #13 of 36
Aussie version - stands for Wombat
post #14 of 36
Wizard version..??
post #15 of 36
It's the Blu-ray model. Didn't you get the memo?
post #16 of 36
My best guess:
A2 with 5.1 or A2 with 1080P (no 5.1), or an A2 without Component, Svideo, or Composite Connections for a $299-$349.
post #17 of 36
This offer does not apply to the Toshiba-built RCA HDV5000, but it does include the HD-A2W we haven't seen before; Toshiba tells us its not an entirely new model but a limited club edition like the HD-D1. ---->ENGADGET
post #18 of 36
white?!?!?
post #19 of 36
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Originally Posted by bfdtv View Post

I would guess the Walmart version.

I believe you are the winner!

I just picked up the HD-A2W from walmart yesterday so I guess the W stands for walmart. From the pictures of the standard version I have seen it looks to be the exact same color "not white". Just a heads up for someone wanting to pick up one of these with the next best return policy around (90 days no questions asked). I picked up the D1 last time around and I am glad I did because mine skipped, lost sync and was just "buggy". Also I couldn't live with the HDMI handshake problem of not being able to switch to another source without restarting the player. This second gen model is much better so far (after 1 day). I plan on keeping it or maybe upgrading to the XA2 with the 5.1 outs.Eric
post #20 of 36
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Originally Posted by himey View Post

I believe you are the winner!

I just picked up the HD-A2W from walmart yesterday so I guess the W stands for walmart. From the pictures of the standard version I have seen it looks to be the exact same color "not white". Just a heads up for someone wanting to pick up one of these with the next best return policy around (90 days no questions asked). I picked up the D1 last time around and I am glad I did because mine skipped, lost sync and was just "buggy". Also I couldn't live with the HDMI handshake problem of not being able to switch to another source without restarting the player. This second gen model is much better so far (after 1 day). I plan on keeping it or maybe upgrading to the XA2 with the 5.1 outs.Eric

Does the HD-A2W have an HDMI output? Does it "upconvert" to 1080i? I plan on bidding on an HD-A2W on Ebay, but haven't been able to find any information on this particular model. How much are they going for at Walmart?
post #21 of 36
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Originally Posted by Joe1981 View Post

Does the HD-A2W have an HDMI output? Does it "upconvert" to 1080i? I plan on bidding on an HD-A2W on Ebay, but haven't been able to find any information on this particular model. How much are they going for at Walmart?

Exact same as HD-A2...HDMI-yes, Upconvert to 1080i-yes,$499 at walmart.
post #22 of 36
Just won one on ebay for $365.00 and that was with the shipping..
post #23 of 36
Why would they make a walmart version seems odd. Why not just sell the regular model. Being its the same price.

Prehapps it has to do with their price matching. In which said price match or deal must be the same. So if BB,CC runs a deal walmart won't have to match.

I just hope none of the parts are cheeper. A lot like some of their other stuff. Like ILO and such
post #24 of 36
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Originally Posted by homerx View Post

Prehapps it has to do with their price matching. In which said price match or deal must be the same. So if BB,CC runs a deal walmart won't have to match.

I think you hit the nail on the head. Same reason Pioneer plasma tv model numbers at BB end in a "1" versus the everywhere else model that ends in a "0."
post #25 of 36
It has to do with the volume buying that Wal-Mart does. Several manufacturers make models for Walmart and Costco. A lot of the time, the Costco or Walmart version is stripped down or last years model.

I don't believe it has anything to do with using it as a loophole to price matching. It has more to do with electronics manufacturers providing deals to their big box retailers that benefits the retailer with increased margin, the consumer with a decreased price, and the manufacturer with being able to liquidate year old technology.
post #26 of 36
Thread Starter 
Something else to think about is that when a firmware is available it may not be available for these quasi models for months later if at all. Just ask the RCA owners from first gen.
post #27 of 36
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Originally Posted by Maxx_75 View Post

Something else to think about is that when a firmware is available it may not be available for these quasi models for months later if at all. Just ask the RCA owners from first gen.

True in the case of the RCA but not with this model. This model is the same as the A2 including the Toshiba name. I Doubt Toshiba would treat this model any different including upgrades.
post #28 of 36
Cool Wal-mart version.

Guess they will be sold at the largest mass merchant in the country.

BTW, didn't the Toshiba firmware work just fine in the rebadged RCA's?
post #29 of 36
Thread Starter 
Yes I think that it did work on the RCA's. It did change a few thinks like the display when it boots ect. But I doubt that bothers many.

However I think that you had to get the disk. It wouldnt download from the ethernet port. So that takes alot of J6P out as far as getting it.
post #30 of 36
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Originally Posted by WirelessGuru View Post

It has to do with the volume buying that Wal-Mart does. Several manufacturers make models for Walmart and Costco. A lot of the time, the Costco or Walmart version is stripped down or last years model.

I don't believe it has anything to do with using it as a loophole to price matching. It has more to do with electronics manufacturers providing deals to their big box retailers that benefits the retailer with increased margin, the consumer with a decreased price, and the manufacturer with being able to liquidate year old technology.

Actually, it is more about the pricing than what is in them. It protects the other retailerss from Wal-mart's buying power. You can't go to a local dealer and ask them to price match since it is a different model
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