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post #5011 of 5306
$40 is a good deal as I feel it does a nice job of upconverting. However, I believe the a2 is hdmi v1.2 only.

jim
post #5012 of 5306
A2 is HDMI v1.2
Highest output resolution is 720p and/or 1080i
Converts all hi res audio codecs to PCM and transmits audio via PCM to your amp.
No bitstreaming of any hi res audio codecs and no DTS-HD/MA at all. (only one title in HD existance with that audio anyway)
Even with those limitations, the A2 still puts up a FANTASTIC picture and quality audio.
post #5013 of 5306
Thanks for the answers. So if I want to take full advantage of my Sony KDS50A3000, what model would be the best choice for the least amount of coin?
post #5014 of 5306
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Originally Posted by storey13 View Post

Thanks for the answers. So if I want to take full advantage of my Sony KDS50A3000, what model would be the best choice for the least amount of coin?

Is that tv model 1080p? If so I'd go with the HD-A30.
post #5015 of 5306
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Originally Posted by ebr View Post

Hmm... That's a 1.3 receiver even. I wonder if its just reporting it wrong on the display (I know the A2 reports its output incorrectly). When sending a legacy track over HDMI does DTS or DD light up as well? Do the speaker lights (that show the channels in the source) light up properly?

Sorry, I forgot about this.

I rechecked with Top Gun HD. I tried TrueHD, DTS-ES, and DD-EX. All tracks read PCM 48khz from my receiver. Receiver light was on "Auto", with other choices being "PCM" and "DTS".

When I play SD's, my DD and DTS light does light up on my receiver.

Standard DTS/DD of HD movies wil not bitstream.
post #5016 of 5306
got "ray" hd disc from netflix. put in player and my a2 (2.5 firmware) cimpletely froze. wouldn't load, wouldn't eject the disc, wouldn't accept any commands from the remote, wouldn't even turn off. killed power at the power strip for a minute, rebooted and could only get the disc to eject from the remote, not the button on the player. cleaned disc reinsert and same problem.

tried other discs and they play fine. disc is now back at netflix. wondering what would cause a problem like this? obviously something with the disc. i've had bad discs before and have always been able to clean them. this was something else. scary for a while as i thought my a2 had tanked
post #5017 of 5306
finally returned my A2 to Walmart this weekend and got a full refund. For those that may have also forgot, the extended date is April 30th. I decided to woot a Toshiba DVD recorder (DKR10B) yesterday which from all reports has the same upscaling circuitry as the A2.
post #5018 of 5306
Of course that recorder won't play hd-dvds
post #5019 of 5306
true, looking to get a PS3 and move on to Blu-Ray. I have the 5 HD-DVDs still shrink wrap from the rebate if anyone is interested I may post it to the forum's market place. I was thinking of getting the HD-DVD/BD combo drive for a future HTPC, but I doubt it will have Linux support.
post #5020 of 5306
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Originally Posted by tradewinds View Post

true, looking to get a PS3 and move on to Blu-Ray. I have the 5 HD-DVDs still shrink wrap from the rebate if anyone is interested I may post it to the forum's market place. I was thinking of getting the HD-DVD/BD combo drive for a future HTPC, but I doubt it will have Linux support.

Google for Linux support of HD DVD/Blu-Ray. You might be surprised.
post #5021 of 5306
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Originally Posted by allargon View Post

Google for Linux support of HD DVD/Blu-Ray. You might be surprised.

For the combo drive? I'll check. Thanks.
post #5022 of 5306
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Originally Posted by tradewinds View Post

finally returned my A2 to Walmart this weekend and got a full refund. For those that may have also forgot, the extended date is April 30th. I decided to woot a Toshiba DVD recorder (DKR10B) yesterday which from all reports has the same upscaling circuitry as the A2.

How do you qualify for a refund? I purchased mine in the "impluse November $99.00 sale"
post #5023 of 5306
If you purchased after Nov 1st., Walmart is basically "buying" them back for what you paid. Take your receipt (or copy of it if you sent the original for the rebate disks) and player (box not needed, but if you have it or have a copy of UPC, take also) with the following PDF.

PDF
post #5024 of 5306
How do I need to set my a2 so my Onkyo pro will decode true hd? If I set my SPDIF to bitstream and HDMI to auto my pre/pro reads 48k If I set the SPDIF to PCM and my HDMI to pcm I get 96k. How should set my A2 or am I doing something wrong on the pre/pro?
post #5025 of 5306
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Originally Posted by speeeedy View Post

How do I need to set my a2 so my Onkyo pro will decode true hd? If I set my SPDIF to bitstream and HDMI to auto my pre/pro reads 48k If I set the SPDIF to PCM and my HDMI to pcm I get 96k. How should set my A2 or am I doing something wrong on the pre/pro?

With A2 you can not have your Onkyo do the decoding of DD+, TrueHD, and DTS-HD. You need either A35 or XA2 to be able to do that.
post #5026 of 5306
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Originally Posted by mpotturi View Post

With A2 you can not have your Onkyo do the decoding of DD+, TrueHD, and DTS-HD. You need either A35 or XA2 to be able to do that.

True, but its probably no matter (except for DTS-HD) as the player-decoded tracks are exactly the same. So, unless your receiver won't process PCM the way you want, you should be fine.
post #5027 of 5306
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Originally Posted by ebr View Post

True, but its probably no matter (except for DTS-HD) as the player-decoded tracks are exactly the same. So, unless your receiver won't process PCM the way you want, you should be fine.




Thanks.
post #5028 of 5306
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Originally Posted by storey13 View Post

Someone is selling a A2 on craigslist for $40. I do not have a upconverting dvd or hd-dvd player yet. I have a SONY KDS50A3000 tv. Is this a good deal? Does this unit take advantage of the HDMI v1.3? If it doesn't, what would you recommend?

Support of HDMI 1.3 is not necessarily an advantage! My recommendation is to take the time to learn exactly what the A2 supports and doesn't support !
post #5029 of 5306
I'd just like to throw a shout out to my A2. It never hiccups or has playback issues unlike some of my other players. Even though I updated the firmware every time, I never really had to...which was nice. It does a fantastic job upconverting...the first place I put my dvds. And it's sexy...I said it. Because it's been so good to me, I'll never sell it.
post #5030 of 5306
I curently own three HD-A2 players and the only problem is the last purchased has an overly loud fan. I need that corrected, but otherwise, the A2 is definitely my cup-a-tea !
post #5031 of 5306
^That's odd. Mine is silent. Sometimes I stick my ear to it to make sure the disc is spinning.

Trevor, we pretty much have the same players. I also have a rebadged BD-P1000 (Philips BDP9000). In shout-out post, I was making a reference to the constant firmware updates I have to do with that player to avoid pauses and hiccups. Do you have the same issue?
post #5032 of 5306
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Originally Posted by TrevorS View Post

I curently own three HD-A2 players and the only problem is the last purchased has an overly loud fan. I need that corrected, but otherwise, the A2 is definitely my cup-a-tea !

My A2 is also a bit loud, and I would be interested in finding out how to fix that. I have 2 A35s that are very quiet. As far as the reliability of my A2, it has been rock solid.
post #5033 of 5306
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Originally Posted by Smarty-pants View Post

Is that tv model 1080p? If so I'd go with the HD-A30.

I wouldn't say that as a blanket statement. If the TV has a good upconverter I'm not sure that an individual can tell the difference between an A30 that sends 1080p vs an A2 that send 1080i and has the TV go the remaining step to 1080p.
post #5034 of 5306
...but doesn't the A30 have a better scaler in it than the A2? If so, then the A30 should yield a better pic.
post #5035 of 5306
I picked up a brand new A2 today at Wallyworld for 74 bucks on clearance.
I actually returned this unit a few weeks ago, unopened when it was 150+ but changed my mind and wanted a HD-DVD player to go along with the new Samsung BD-D-P1500 blu ray player I picked up yesterday.
Both are going to be hooked up to the living room tv.
Bedroom and office tv's already have BD&HD-DVD players.
post #5036 of 5306
Anyone had issues with Planet Earth (Sigourney Weaver edition) on this machine? My wife grabbed the 4-disc set plus Sunrise Earth set for $40 on the net and the 1st Planet Earth disc has a glitch that is a bit bothersome. Top 1/4 of the image occasionally hic-cups as if that part of one frame getting hung up while the rest continues, then it catches up with itself. It happens incredibly fast but is noticeable none the less. Seems more prevalent on certain sequences and nonexistent on others.

That aside, the PQ is brilliant. I had read many comments about the PQ not being "as good as broadcast TV" (whatever that means). I find it to be as good or better.
post #5037 of 5306
I've got the planet earth sigourney DVD and have played it in my A35 and A2 with no problems at all.
post #5038 of 5306
i expect my discovery edition P.E. to be in the mail in the next few days...
I'll watch and post back

edit:
received my copy today.. I didn't see what you were describing..from the few episodes I have watched, I too found the PQ to be stunning
post #5039 of 5306
Got an A2, very lightly used for $78 shipped on ebay, not the best price, but wanted a spare to my A3, and to go with the 14 movies I bought from that canadian company and the $50 Star Trek season 1 from Amazon.ca it's replacing my xbox drive connected to my HTPC. Powerdvd can be maddening!
post #5040 of 5306
It's a solid machine EJ. Enjoy .
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