Originally Posted by Boscorooty
Hi all. I picked up the Tosh HD-D2 (same as the A2 but remarked for Costco) yesterday, and thought I would post my impressions.
First up the facts:
I paid $250.00
TV: Sony e50a10
Previous HD stuff: Cable HD Channels - Xbox360 upscaling via VGA - lots of downloaded HD wmv & TS.
I had planned on waiting for a combo player. Really. I am planning an October wedding and honeymoon, so even $250 is a lot of money right now. Then I saw the player at Costco, and the thoughts started creeping in. I'm sure you all know how that goes...that little voice that nags at you saying "C'mon, what the heck, just go get it, you'll make the $250 back in no time..." I did the responsible thing and listed $250 worth of stuff on Ebay first, so I know I'm covered. Then I headed for the store.
All I can say is WOW! An amazing player at an amazing price. via the included HDMI cable, upscaled DVDs are 1000 times better than they were on the admittedly lackluster 360, and HD content is simply stunning. Even better than the stuff I've downloaded. Setup was a breeze, as was the firmware update. I simply unplugged the 360's ethernet, plugged it into the Tosh, hit upgrade, and everything went perfectly.
The e50a10 is a 720p native screen, so I am not bothered by the lack of 1080p support. Just in case anyone is wondering, in my opinion, setting the player to 720p produces a far superior image than the 1080i setting - your mileage may vary.
I don't have a sound system with an HDMI in, so for now I'm going Digital optical to the tuner. This means no TRUE-HD sound, but the 5.1 is still very nice, and I can always upgrade the audio hardware later.
To the people who have asked, the player plays all my custom DVD-r and
DVD+r discs perfectly, even though I had read that +r wasn't supported, and it is not listed on the box. You may need to upgrade the firmware for this. I'm not sure, but I've heard the new firmware improves +r and -r playback
I had an old coupon from DC Comics for a free copy of Batman Begins with any
HD-DVD player purchase (360 player excluded) and Costco honored it, even though I'm pretty sure it had expired. Plus, I'm getting Apollo 13, Casablanca, Sky Captain, Rattle and Hum, and Perfect Storm for free by mail.
Bottom line? The player, SIX MOVIES, and the HDMI cable all for $250.00 is a fantastic deal on a great piece of hardware. If the HD-DVD folks keep up this kind of pressure, I don't see how they can lose.