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post #61 of 516
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The XA2 has a max. resolution of 1080p 60 Hz. I am 100% sure we will have a upgrade to selectable 1080p 24 Hz or 60 Hz by February '07.

The XA2 is a powerful, high end premium HD DVD player. We will all be exploring all of its exclusive benefits as our very highly skilled avs forum members begin evaluating this unit.

-Robert
post #62 of 516
Just wondering why J&R sale the HD-XA2 for less than Value Electronics?
post #63 of 516
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^^

-Robert
post #64 of 516
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Originally Posted by Vega View Post

Just wondering why J&R sale the HD-XA2 for less than Value Electronics?

not inclusive of shipping, no extra FREE HD DVDs and no extended warranty .. give Robert a call, many forum members here are satisfied with Robert's price.

BTW- The price that you are referring too convinced me that the MSRP price of the XA2 is set in such in allows retailers to be more "creative" in their offerings
post #65 of 516
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Originally Posted by DTV TiVo Dealer View Post

^^ Only because they don't have them.

But nobody has them right now, correct?

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The cost difference is small considering the forum deal and 2 additional free HD DVDs of your choice.

Isn't there still about a $100 price difference with the forum deal (minus shipping)? Please correct me if I'm mistaken here. Of course the 2 free HD DVDs are nice and a $44 value. But that still gives J&R about a $55 price advantage. Some could say that's small change considering how much you're spending, but still...
post #66 of 516
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Originally Posted by Mikedit View Post

Robert,

I have a Pioneer 1540HD plasma that is not a 1080p set but has the ability to accept a 1080p/24 signal. I was going to buy an A2 but would I see any improvements by going with the XA-2, any comments you have are appreciated.


Robert, this is a question I had also. Have any thoughts on the subject?
post #67 of 516
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^ Spur, Up till today I would have recommended for you to get the A2, but now that I have been told of the high end video processing on the XA2 I would consider the XA2.

-Robert
post #68 of 516
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Originally Posted by Rambler358 View Post

But nobody has them right now, correct?


Isn't there still about a $100 price difference with the forum deal (minus shipping)? Please correct me if I'm mistaken here. Of course the 2 free HD DVDs are nice and a $44 value. But that still gives J&R about a $55 price advantage. Some could say that's small change considering how much you're spending, but still...

I can't speak for other retailers, but I believe you will be hard pressed to find XA2s for a few weeks and even then they will be limited availability.

Actually, their is about a $39 difference, considering the extra shipping charges. Faster delivery, better extended warranty.

-Robert
post #69 of 516
Robert,
My remote is programmed for the A2 (which I own) codes - will the remote codes of the XA2 be same as A2?
Thanks
Ash
post #70 of 516
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Originally Posted by Rambler358 View Post

But nobody has them right now, correct?


Isn't there still about a $100 price difference with the forum deal (minus shipping)? Please correct me if I'm mistaken here. Of course the 2 free HD DVDs are nice and a $44 value. But that still gives J&R about a $55 price advantage. Some could say that's small change considering how much you're spending, but still...

I've purchased through J&R in the past, but I haven't seen anyone from that company answering questions on the HD-DVD forums, or lobbying Toshiba for the inclusion of features for which many members have expressed a strong desire. If I had any choice in the matter, I would most certainly be ordering from Robert.
post #71 of 516
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Originally Posted by Ash Sharma View Post

Robert,
My remote is programmed for the A2 (which I own) codes - will the remote codes of the XA2 be same as A2?
Thanks
Ash

Ash, the codes are the same, but there are some newer features on the HD-XA2 that are not part of the gen 1 or A2 features. Like there is no one button to change the resolution, and there is a "video" button that calls up the picture adjustment menu.

-Robert
post #72 of 516
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Originally Posted by DTV TiVo Dealer View Post

^^ Only because they don't have them.

The cost difference is small considering the forum deal and 2 additional free HD DVDs of your choice.

-Robert

Hey Robert, I'm itching to get my hands on one of these players. You mention a forum deal above, did I miss something? I don't recall seeing a forum deal mentioned anywhere, and I know that you don't have a powerbuy going, could you enlighten me as to what the forum deal is? After all, a penny saved etc. Thanks very much.
post #73 of 516
Dang, this is tempting. I just dropped $1,500 on some Klipsch Reference LCR's...I think the wife would have my balls, but it might be worth it ...

Anybody know what this thing would do with a 1-month old Sammy 61" 1080p DLP as far as 60hz/24hz 1080p? I'm not sure I quite understand the differences. Is 1080p 24hz the most ideal input I want with this set?
post #74 of 516
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Originally Posted by DTV TiVo Dealer View Post

^ Spur, Up till today I would have recommended for you to get the A2, but now that I have been told of the high end video processing on the XA2 I would consider the XA2.
-Robert

Thanks Robert, I think this is the news that will push me to pick up an XA2.

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Originally Posted by rto View Post

I've purchased through J&R in the past, but I haven't seen anyone from that company answering questions on the HD-DVD forums, or lobbying Toshiba for the inclusion of features for which many members have expressed a strong desire. If I had any choice in the matter, I would most certainly be ordering from Robert.

Well said, I find Robert's feedback here unbelievable and invaluable.
post #75 of 516
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...I think the wife would have my balls...

She already does!
post #76 of 516
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Originally Posted by dad1153 View Post

She already does!

I guess you're right. As soon as I said I do, hehe. Well, many months before that I guess too.
post #77 of 516
Well I have one on order from Robert and I have to say he is the best Ive talked to him a couple times and he has been super helpful.
post #78 of 516
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Anybody know what this thing would do with a 1-month old Sammy 61" 1080p DLP as far as 60hz/24hz 1080p? I'm not sure I quite understand the differences. Is 1080p 24hz the most ideal input I want with this set?

No, Samsung's 2006 models only accept 1080p60 input. The 1080p24 feature is of no benefit to your particular display.

The 2007 Samsung 1080p DLPs with 1080p24 support will be announced / demoed at CES in two weeks.
post #79 of 516
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Originally Posted by bfdtv View Post

No, Samsung's 2006 models only accept 1080p60 input. The 1080p24 feature is of no benefit to your particular display.

How about the Pioneer PDP-5050HD model? It's a 1080i plasma not 1080p, but wonder if the XA2's video processing enhancements would help any?
post #80 of 516
Just placed an order for the HD-XA2 with VE. Have the HD-A1 and after reading all the comments here am looking forward to the upgrade
post #81 of 516
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Originally Posted by Rambler358 View Post

How about the Pioneer PDP-5050HD model? It's a 1080i plasma not 1080p, but wonder if the XA2's video processing enhancements would help any?

If it's 1080i likely not. The PDP-5070HD or the or the 1080p version though would. When 1080p/24 is implemented on the XA2 in February it will accept it, apply 3:3 pulldown to display at 72 Hz. Read a review of this though and it was felt the display wasn't as good and clean as 1080p/60. So much for 1080p/24. As long as your set has a good interlacer shouldn't be a difference.
post #82 of 516
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Originally Posted by HPforMe View Post

If it's 1080i likely not. The PDP-5070HD or the or the 1080p version though would. When 1080p/24 is implemented on the XA2 in February it will accept it, apply 3:3 pulldown to display at 72 Hz. Read a review of this though and it was felt the display wasn't as good and clean as 1080p/60. So much for 1080p/24. As long as your set has a good interlacer shouldn't be a difference.

The Silicon Optix chip will probably come into play mostly with SD content, particularly video-based content. I imagine it would also improve HD video-based content (if/when there is any).

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Steve
post #83 of 516
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Originally Posted by Spur View Post

Thanks Robert, I think this is the news that will push me to pick up an XA2.



Well said, I find Robert's feedback here unbelievable and invaluable.

I 2ND THIS OPINION!

Last I checked it's still a free country. If you want to purchase from J&R, BB, CC or CF then feel free to do so. I have chosen VE because who else is going to take their valuable time to come onto this forum and provide excellent customer service way above and beyond anything I as a consumer have ever experienced.

Yes Robert is here to sell, sell, sell but I've never seen a salesman like this in my life! He deserves every sale he receives because he has earned respect from his customers by offering constant updates related to his products. Heck, i'll even go further with my opinion and guess that he actually enjoys Consumer Electronics as a hobby!

I'm a new VE customer and my experience has been very satisfying!

Seriously, as far as i'm concerned Robert and VE have earned my business and even if J&R had been another $100.00 cheaper I would've still prefered VE.

Yes, money is very important in our lives but it isn't everything. Customer service still counts for something as far as i'm concerned. I'm very grateful to the AVS forum for having pointed me in the direction of VE, especially since I live in the next town over yet I had no clue they existed, doh!

Now cut VE some slack and not nickel and dime someone who has proven that he actually cares and stands behind his products and customers.

I personally can't wait to shake his hand and thank him for all the posts he's placed here on AVS describing all the technical details and delivery status on what just might be one very exciting Consumer Electronic product.

Excelsior VE!
post #84 of 516
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Originally Posted by DTV TiVo Dealer View Post

You guys are going to truly fall in LOVE with this player.

The only thing better than the excellent design and build quality is the fabulous picture and audio quality this HD player delivers.

-Robert

How do you "know" about the audio quality?
And is that compared to the XA1 audio/video quality or what?
Thank you.

As always, thanks for "all" your answers & hope "this" thread can stay on topic!
post #85 of 516
I have the A2 which I bought from Robert, and also have the XA2 on preorder with him.
The extra few bucks it *MIGHT* cost from Robert is WELL worth it.
I just received an e-mail from Robert confirming the XA2 will ship on 1/3. UPS/FedEx usually get stuff from New York to me in two days, so hopefully I'll have my XA2 a week from tomorrow.

Thanks Robert.
post #86 of 516
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Originally Posted by Jacksmyname View Post

I have the A2 which I bought from Robert, and also have the XA2 on preorder with him.
The extra few bucks it *MIGHT* cost from Robert is WELL worth it.
I just received an e-mail from Robert confirming the XA2 will ship on 1/3. UPS/FedEx usually get stuff from New York to me in two days, so hopefully I'll have my XA2 a week from tomorrow.

Thanks Robert.

Same here with the email.

Because i'm next door to VE, I'll be picking up my XA2 at VE.

I've passed beyond Excited Noob!

Next stop, a 1080p LCD/Plasma hopefully with HDMI 1.3!
post #87 of 516
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Originally Posted by hays0023 View Post

not fair...not fair - I feel as if I am being taunted....I don't want to wait until next week....

Try having to wait until February at the earliest as we have to in Australia. The suspense is almost unbearable. Reading these forums is such a tease!

Michael
post #88 of 516
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Originally Posted by kanefsky View Post

The Silicon Optix chip will probably come into play mostly with SD content, particularly video-based content. I imagine it would also improve HD video-based content (if/when there is any).

--
Steve


Hi, does this mean it'll have better upconversion for SD DVD films?

Also, someone made a comment earlier regarding it's audio performance but don't think he's returned an answer to clarify what he meant. So I'll ask the question, what sort of audio DACs would we find in the XA2?

BTW, cheers Robert for all the info and if I lived in the US or you shipped to the UK you'd definately have my custom.
post #89 of 516
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Originally Posted by MI55ION View Post

Hi, does this mean it'll have better upconversion for SD DVD films?

Yes, that's the main reason for including the chip (although I suppose it's also good for doing inverse telecine of 1080i, assuming that the player is doing the same 1080p-1080i-1080p trick as the Samsung Blu-ray player).

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Steve
post #90 of 516
Just looking for answers to all this HDMI stuff.

Anyone here going to use this with the Panasonic 65" 1080p Plasma (TH-65PF9UK)? Are you intending to use component and wait for the HDMI 1.3 card like I intend to, or use the current HDMI card that's available?

thanks,
rb
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