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post #3661 of 3694
I have the Dolby "Sound of High Definition" HD-DVD and the DTS demo disc, and neither will play in 7.1 when output via PCM. The only player I can hear both in 7.1 is the LG BH200, which I don't use since it stretched 4x3 material. My main player is a modified HD-A30 which can bitstream Dolby Digital Plus but not Dolby TrueHD- it will output the Dolby Digital Plus tracks on the demo disc in 7.1 bitstreamed but not through PCM, and there is no way to hear the TrueHD or DTS-HD tracks in 7.1. Of course bitstreaming loses the menu-button sounds and any overlayed audio.
post #3662 of 3694
Thanks, I will try and find an A35 on eBay.
post #3663 of 3694
Yes, the A35 is the desireable player to have.
post #3664 of 3694
I bought a Toshiba HD-A30 in the spring of 2008 and only used it lightly, but about a year after my purchase, it starts freezing up a lot during HD-DVD playback. I can play regular DVD's without ever having an issue, but I can expect HD-DVD discs to lock up solid 2 or 3 times during a movie. I'm forced to turn the machine off and on before it will work again. I've applied the firmware updates successfully too. It's not a big loss, but I did sink some money into the player and HD-DVD movies, and never really got to enjoy it a lot. I'd like to take it in for repair, but I have to wonder how much that would cost.
post #3665 of 3694
I wonder if your problem is heat related. Check if the fan is working, not clogged with dust, and not obstructed by your cabinet.

Not sure how brave you are but I would be tempted to open the cover and make a quick visual inspection, perhaps armed with a can of compressed air.
post #3666 of 3694
Thanks for that, might be worth investigating, although I doubt heat or dust build-up is the issue. However, you never know.
post #3667 of 3694
I now have FOUR HD-DVD players (plus the BH200, and an extra '2' series drive) so hopefully I will always be able to play my HD-DVD collection- have almost every US title now!
post #3668 of 3694
Just found a HD-A30 NIB for $45 at a Radio Shack while visiting my parents for Christmas. I don't think the manager knew what he had. I have a significant HD-DVD collection and my only current player is my Samsung BD-5000-UP combo player. It is starting to act up on me, so I thought $45 was a good deal for a backup player.
I am pretty stoked about the deal, even though I wish it was an XA2.
post #3669 of 3694
Still a great deal on possibly the ONLY HD DVD player left that carries a full factory warranty man. Congrats and Merry Christmas!
post #3670 of 3694
Bought an a30 off eBay a few months back and had an occasional issue with it turning on. After popping off the cover/front panel, then replacing them, the problem never returned so I kept the player. Well the probably returned more permanetly the other day.

Here is the issue;
When I turn the unit on, the welcome screen displays on the player, about 15 secs into booting up the player turns completely off. When I hit power again NOTHING happens. In order to get it to even attempt to turn on I have to unplug it for a minute. Then it still shuts itself off after trying again.

Here is the funny thing, if I remove the black casing and front panel, it will normally boot up and let me play movies.

Anybody have suggestions??
post #3671 of 3694
I have a brand new never used Toshiba HD A3 in the Video Source Items classified section, if anyone is looking for one ! smile.gif
post #3672 of 3694
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Originally Posted by chriss1241 View Post

Bought an a30 off eBay a few months back and had an occasional issue with it turning on. After popping off the cover/front panel, then replacing them, the problem never returned so I kept the player. Well the probably returned more permanetly the other day.


Here is the issue;

When I turn the unit on, the welcome screen displays on the player, about 15 secs into booting up the player turns completely off. When I hit power again NOTHING happens. In order to get it to even attempt to turn on I have to unplug it for a minute. Then it still shuts itself off after trying again.


Here is the funny thing, if I remove the black casing and front panel, it will normally boot up and let me play movies.


Anybody have suggestions??

Put each piece back on, one at a time including each screw, until you find the culprit. Could be a cable getting pinched or cracked circuit board somewhere.
post #3673 of 3694
What dac is used for 2 channel analog audio on the A3? (wolfson wm8740?)
post #3674 of 3694
My landlady has a HD-A30 sitting in the living room that she says she never uses. She doesn't even have any HDDVDs to play on it. At this point should I try to acquire this from her for cheap or maybe even convince her to swap it out for my regular Panasonic DVD player? I know this is a dead format but are these discs (HDDVD) available for cheap on the internet? Just wondering if I should pursue this.
post #3675 of 3694
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Originally Posted by Cla55clown View Post

My landlady has a HD-A30 sitting in the living room that she says she never uses. She doesn't even have any HDDVDs to play on it. At this point should I try to acquire this from her for cheap or maybe even convince her to swap it out for my regular Panasonic DVD player? I know this is a dead format but are these discs (HDDVD) available for cheap on the internet? Just wondering if I should pursue this.
I have one. I wouldn't bother at this point.
post #3676 of 3694
Ok, thanks. Yeah, you're probably right. More hassle than it's worth. High def streaming is where it's headed anyway...
post #3677 of 3694
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Originally Posted by Cla55clown View Post

Ok, thanks. Yeah, you're probably right. More hassle than it's worth. High def streaming is where it's headed anyway...
Entertainment may be heading toward streaming, but it's going to be a while before you will be able to get Blu-ray or HD-DVD quality via streaming.
post #3678 of 3694
Regardless, an HD-DVD player is worthless. It's slow. There are only a handful of red discs. And some of them won't play anymore. Why bother.
post #3679 of 3694
My landlady also has this Betamax player and I am wondering if.....Just kidding! Anyway, thanks for the practical advice. There are plenty of other worthwhile gadgets I can focus my energy into. I just had dreams of buying all these HD DVD titles off Amazon at fire sale prices and enjoying some older flicks. Oh well...
post #3680 of 3694
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Originally Posted by Cla55clown View Post

My landlady also has this Betamax player and I am wondering if.....Just kidding! Anyway, thanks for the practical advice. There are plenty of other worthwhile gadgets I can focus my energy into. I just had dreams of buying all these HD DVD titles off Amazon at fire sale prices and enjoying some older flicks. Oh well...
The fire sale was over years ago. wink.gif

If you already had a big HD-DVD collection and owned the same player, then it might be worth buying for spare parts, or as replacement insurance to protect your collection.
post #3681 of 3694
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Originally Posted by BIslander View Post

Regardless, an HD-DVD player is worthless. It's slow. There are only a handful of red discs. And some of them won't play anymore. Why bother.

I disagree - I have 3 of them and a large HDDVD collection (thanks to low prices all over A-Z) so if those prices are still out there (for NEW ones only) with a selection you like I'd consider it.
post #3682 of 3694
Still a lot of trading going on here:
http://forums.highdefdigest.com/hd-dvd-disc-exchange-14/

As well as dirt cheap items on Amazon and local pawn shops.
I even found a few titles for $2 at FYE Music recently.

The A30 would be nice to have. If you can trade with her, why not... but I would not want to rely on it as my ONLY player!
Edited by AVfile - 7/22/13 at 10:12am
post #3683 of 3694
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cla55clown View Post

My landlady has a HD-A30 sitting in the living room that she says she never uses. She doesn't even have any HDDVDs to play on it. At this point should I try to acquire this from her for cheap or maybe even convince her to swap it out for my regular Panasonic DVD player? I know this is a dead format but are these discs (HDDVD) available for cheap on the internet? Just wondering if I should pursue this.

I have multiple HD-DVD players and a fairly large collection of titles, and enjoy them all.
However, I would not encourage anyone to get involved in HD-DVD for the 1st time at this point with blu-ray players & titles readily available at reasonable/low prices.
post #3684 of 3694
^^ this. some blu-ray players are dirt cheap these days.. and unless someone's going to give you a bunch of free HD DVDs I wouldn't bother. The only reason I still use my players is the A2 makes a very nice CD player and I still watch my HD DVD collection on the A30, but that is becoming more and more seldom these days... but until those players die I will probably keep the HD DVDs around. wink.gif
post #3685 of 3694
Our HD-A30 doesn't get used much, but a few days ago I found that it seemed to have switched from standby to on all by itself. I tried using the sets selection button and the remote. I wasn't able to get it back into standby mode even after disconnection it from power for a while.

I left it unplugged for a couple of days and now it seems normal. Is any left around that might know what it's up to? confused.gif
post #3686 of 3694
Anyone have problems with the Mission Impossible movies on the A30? Playback of the movies was good on other players. MI:1 was apparently a rental disk that would not play on the XA-1 either but played on the LG BH200. MI:2 in like brand new condition was unplayable on the A30 but playable on the XA1. I thought the A30 was dead or dying but one of the HP movies played fine for the 30 minutes that I tested it.
post #3687 of 3694
Is there a simple way to make the A30 region free for DVD playback.
post #3688 of 3694
Anyone know where to get parts for these? The tray will no longer eject. I had an A-20 do this and it turned out the little belt was broken. The A-35, I cannot get the tray to slide out manually so I can get to the belt inside to replace. It is the DAV-RB722 drive.
post #3689 of 3694
Found out why the tray would not slide out. The loader belt broke as the laser mechanism was in the play mode. Spun the pulley and put the laser into recessed mode. The tray then slid open giving me room to change the belt out. Used an o-ring that seems to work just fine at least for now.
post #3690 of 3694
Thanks for the repair tips. They might come in handy at some point.
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