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Tosh HD-A2 HD DVD - First End User Reports!

post #1 of 5306
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Yes, got A2 From BB today! Had my A1 in to their repair facility for over a month and they said not repairable, so gave me exchange for A2. I tried to get A2 before lunch today but had not come in yet!

Behold, got phone call from BB at 1PM and UPS just delivered the first A2 shipment so dashed over and picked it up.

I know there are many questions, and I only had chance to do quick test but so far it's much better than A1 for performance. I checked out the first problem title for most folks with E.O.Days and played TrueHD track flawless not lag, pause or hiccups at all. Then checked out some of KK just to be sure it works and just fine with it.

First thing I noticed on my setup is even better blacks, at least to my eyes. Also much faster, how fast? just like Toshiba says about twice as quick as A1. Another plus is when movie does start don't get all the flashing and video noise like the A1, just starts smooth like it should.

Not a lot of time spent with it yet, so hope this helps take the edge of all you folks still waiting for it to get in your hands. I think it is well worth the wait, but of course my A1 was great for about 6 months before it got sick, hope our new A2's will have better results.
post #2 of 5306
Very nice. Can't wait to hear more about it!
post #3 of 5306
Nice!
post #4 of 5306
I was at my local BB today and asked them about the A2, they had 3 in stock, said they would sell one to me but without the 6 channel analog out I'm not interested since I don't have HDMI on my AVM-30 yet.

BTW, it was priced @ 499.99
post #5 of 5306
Good to see someome has one in hand. Keep us posted with the reviews. I can't wait to get mine.
post #6 of 5306
How did it sound as compared to the A1?
post #7 of 5306
Right on! It's time to start a A2 Sticky thread!
post #8 of 5306
WooHooo, the players are out and 5 days early from the last release date? Nice...

What is the phrase? Wait for it?


"This is good for HD-DVD"
post #9 of 5306
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Originally Posted by hmurchison View Post

Right on! It's time to start a A2 Sticky thread!

I agree,

"Toshiba HD-A2 HD DVD - First End User Reports!" Sticky thread!

Post some pics too
post #10 of 5306
Grats Bill. The HD-A2 is improved in too many ways to list.

If you don't require 5.1 analog output -- either because you have a HDMI receiver now or plan to upgrade to one next year --- you are going to be very happy with the A2. I could not say the same thing about the previous-generation A1 -- which was fine for enthusiasts, but perhaps not the best player for the masses. The A2 is far better suited for the average person who wants to get into high-definition media. As I have said before, the A2 is a second-generation player and it shows.
post #11 of 5306
Any BB coupons floating around the internet??
post #12 of 5306
I just got a 12% off in the mail the other day....it runs until the 11th

I just called my local BB and they didn't have them in stock but he went to check the sku# to find out when they would get them..and guess what. I got disconnected!
post #13 of 5306
Sure are. 10% this weekend 12% for Reward Zone.

However, Robert's is the MUCH better deal for the same price, plus 2 HD-DVDs and no sales tax or shipping!
post #14 of 5306
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However, Robert's is the MUCH better deal for the same price, plus 2 HD-DVDs and no sales tax or shipping!

Where is he doing no shipping on his offer? I must have missed that.
post #15 of 5306
Says Free Shipping right in the ad. I am pretty sure.
post #16 of 5306
questions for A2 owners:

1. colorspace issue over dvi fixed?
2. how about btb and black crush?

thanks
post #17 of 5306
great news for blur ray
post #18 of 5306
Bill is probably watching movies right now! Lucky dog!!!!
post #19 of 5306
Just landed one myself. Got the three free movie print out as well and the 12% off even though it doesnt start tomorrow. And to think I was moving over officially to the Blu-Ray camp not too long ago
post #20 of 5306
Does the A2 still transcode to DTS for those without an HDMI-capable receiver?
post #21 of 5306
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Originally Posted by Suzook View Post

Just landed one myself. Got the three free movie print out as well and the 12% off even though it doesnt start tomorrow. And to think I was moving over officially to the Blu-Ray camp not too long ago

Great things come to those who wait. Looking forward to your commentary on the A2
post #22 of 5306
Incidentally, the display model was thrown in with a bunch of tivo stuff and dvd recorders. No display nothing. Not even a price or info card was there. Sony Blu-Ray has a nice end cap. Funny because you pay for space on the sales floor and even with no placement HD dvd is outselling Blu-Ray
post #23 of 5306
VE does charge for shipping if you get the discount.
post #24 of 5306
I thought Robert was getting a special shipment in before anyone else? Oh well, just have to wait for him to ship now.
post #25 of 5306
congratulations!
post #26 of 5306
Could any A2 owner confirm the version of firmware?

Thanks!
post #27 of 5306
PHotoooooooooooooooossssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss ss

LOL

Somebody must do a official opening in photos... really, it's a new for every new products LOL
post #28 of 5306
BB on Rte 17 North (Fashion Mall) in Paramus just received 4 A1s from FedEx 15 min. ago.
Ask for Roy (or is it Ray) in the TV/DVD area.... the 4 boxes are in the back and not on the floor.... he did say 1 is on pre-order so 3 are available.

Although I'd personally get it from Robert at VE, if you just can't wait until next week and "need" it now gget there fast and post pics and review even faster
post #29 of 5306
This IS good news for HD DVD. Now we'll have to see how many ship, and how well they sell.
post #30 of 5306
I would love to see some photos.
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