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post #31 of 5306
This is NOT good news for HD DVD, this is EXCELLENT NEWS!
If the early reports are true (quicker load times, less quirky, better remote), there will really be no reason other than studio support to go with a >$999 blu-ray player.

Hmmm, I'm thinking of unloading my HD-A1 on e-bay.
post #32 of 5306
Better hurry!
post #33 of 5306
So can some one tell me how the upconverting compares and if it converts audio to dts? Those are the two things I am holding off to find out to upgrade my gen 1 player or not.
post #34 of 5306
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Originally Posted by billymerritt View Post

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.

Congrats billymerritt! You are the first to post on AVS about getting the A2. Hard to believe its been 8 months since RonP first posted here, 4/14/06, about getting the A1, which by the way, you both got from Best Buy
post #35 of 5306
Just went to my only BB here in town. Walked in past the 3 yes 3 Blue Ray end cap displays and went to the HD-DVD's to check to see if any A2's were there....nada. Just an empty spot where a tag still sits with the A1 advertised on clearance.

So I walked up and aske a guy when they would be getting some in. He said "I don't know"....I said some BB locations got them today so I just wondered...he "replied...yeah I'm not sure when we will"....I replied..."Is there anyway to check on that?"....he says "No, not really".

Man what is the freaking deal with the people that work at that place? Where are all those helpful looking happy customer serviced people we see on all those damn commercials? I have yet to run into someone like that at BB.
post #36 of 5306
WHere do you download those BB 10% coupons?
post #37 of 5306
I love shopping at BB, but basically just never really count on getting any help out of them. It's a cool place to play with toys and buy stuff - but that's all I use it for. The other day I was browsing around and saw the Blu Ray and HD-DVD displays side by side. One guy was looking closely at them. I walked up to him and said not to pay much attention - it wasn't an HD-DVD player being used in the display so not a fair comparison! How can they put a regular DVD player there in the HD-DVD demo area? Crazy.

That said - I will be browsing local BB's tomorrow in hopes to find my wife's (ok, it's for me) Christmas present! Can't wait to get the A2.
post #38 of 5306
I called my local BB and of course I get the regional operator that isn't even in the store and she says they don't have any and if they did they couldn't sell them until the 14th, which she calims is the release date. Guess I have to go there myself and check in the morning to make sure. I live in Delaware, so I figure if their in NJ and FL they should be here too. Right?
post #39 of 5306
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Originally Posted by Cooper0103 View Post

Just went to my only BB here in town. Walked in past the 3 yes 3 Blue Ray end cap displays and went to the HD-DVD's to check to see if any A2's were there....nada. Just an empty spot where a tag still sits with the A1 advertised on clearance.

So I walked up and aske a guy when they would be getting some in. He said "I don't know"....I said some BB locations got them today so I just wondered...he "replied...yeah I'm not sure when we will"....I replied..."Is there anyway to check on that?"....he says "No, not really".

Man what is the freaking deal with the people that work at that place? Where are all those helpful looking happy customer serviced people we see on all those damn commercials? I have yet to run into someone like that at BB.

Ask for a manager...he or she should know.
post #40 of 5306
I spoke to someone at a store today who said four just came in and were in the back. I was there 30 minutes later and the salesman looked all over and including the back; he then checked their stock and said they have 4 on order. So I walked away empty handed. I am willing to bet they are there and he just couldn't find them as they hadn't been checked in yet. I should of asked the name of the person I spoke to on the phone.
post #41 of 5306
Has anybody checked the Continental Airlines onepass site to see if they are selling these? I don't have the login information right now to check it, or I would.

Thanks,
Darin
post #42 of 5306
Billy,

Where are you in TPA? I'll be right over . Better yet can you swing by my place with the A2? I got good import beer(or cheap wine) a 92" screen, theater seats and a place for the A2 in my rack. Next week for my delivery seems too long now.
post #43 of 5306
I hope a BB near me has the A2. With the 10% off and 12% off coupon(received in the mail today) I can get the A2 and a TiVo Series 3 and also have no interest until 2010!(Of course I would pay it off 1 month before 2010)
post #44 of 5306
Hopefully anyone who has gotten one today will start posting their opinions soon. I am curious about the upconversion.
post #45 of 5306
How about "time remaining' on-screen-display?
Resume play w/o need to bookmark?
Chapter skip "on screen" chapter indication?
(guess I'll never get these questions answered until I get my hands on one)
post #46 of 5306
Awaiting some feedback.
post #47 of 5306
Let's see some pics.

Also, tell us how the upscaling is compared to the A1?

Also, is the remote the same?
post #48 of 5306
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Originally Posted by jayselle View Post

I spoke to someone at a store today who said four just came in and were in the back. I was there 30 minutes later and the salesman looked all over and including the back; he then checked their stock and said they have 4 on order. So I walked away empty handed. I am willing to bet they are there and he just couldn't find them as they hadn't been checked in yet. I should of asked the name of the person I spoke to on the phone.

You should file a lawsuit against that store. They raised your expectations and made you expend wear and tear on your car and use gas that isn't cheap. They should at least reimburse you for the gas and emotional distress.
post #49 of 5306
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Originally Posted by metalsaber View Post

Awaiting some feedback.

Me too. Mine doesn't come until tomorrow, but I want to know all about it right now. I want to know what to expect. It's space, right above my BD Panasonic is all ready to go, wired, and just waiting for the unit to be connected.
post #50 of 5306
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Originally Posted by StuDBaker View Post

Me too. Mine doesn't come until tomorrow, but I want to know all about it right now. I want to know what to expect. It's space, right above my BD Panasonic is all ready to go, wired, and just waiting for the unit to be connected.


Hehe I sold my Sammy upconverting DVD player to a co-worker and have a nice spot all ready for it.
post #51 of 5306
Seeing the A2 is in some folks homes, I'm going to start a new owner/user thread
post #52 of 5306
Hearing it has made it's way into a few lucky homes, it's time for it's own thread.
So please post your first hand opinions.
post #53 of 5306
Yessssssssssssss!
Just went over to my local BB. Got one
They had three in stock and one on display. Applied my 12% coupon , came to $ 439.99 total. No tax in DE.

Haven't opened the box just yet. I will post impressions when I do. All I can say it's very light
Life is good !
post #54 of 5306
Here we go again another thread with 4,000 posts can't wait to read each and every one.

Rob
post #55 of 5306
Please post pictures.
post #56 of 5306
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Originally Posted by darinp2 View Post

Has anybody checked the Continental Airlines onepass site to see if they are selling these? I don't have the login information right now to check it, or I would.

Thanks,
Darin

Just checked and still only showing the A1. I see BB.com still shows coming soon also. Wonder if that status will change before the weekend?
post #57 of 5306
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Originally Posted by lynx View Post

Yessssssssssssss!
Just went over to my local BB. Got one
They had three in stock and one on display. Applied my 12% coupon , came to $ 439.99 total. No tax in DE.

Haven't opened the box just yet. I will post impressions when I do. All I can say it's very light
Life is good !

Lynx, which BB? I live in De too and am going first thing in the morning.
post #58 of 5306
Reminds me when HD-DVD launched in April and every posting/picture on AVS Forum was greeted like CNN reports from Baghdad during the first Gulf War back in 1990.
post #59 of 5306
I picked one up tonight. I have already sold my old RCA special so I won't be able to do any direct comparisons.

post #60 of 5306
More Pictures Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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