Originally Posted by iserum
i still have the first HD DVD player in entertainment center, i have 20 movies, never upgraded those movies to BD, Bourne trilogy, King Kong, Transformers and many, we still enjoy HD DVD, player is built like tank, PQ is awesome and close to Oppo. Wrong format won, but it is history now, i bought the player considering it will be used as a excellent CD player in case format would loose, and it is top quality as CD player. the HD A2 circuit City gave me credit towards a BD player purchase but i never traded HD A1.
What a solid tank it is! ...I have the same. ...Nowadays they don't build them BD players like that no more (2.1 pounds average versus 16-20 pounds).
Only the affordable Oppo players weight 11 and 17 pounds. Below that you get cheap plastic, and feather light weight; two-three pounds. ...That's why they only cost $50-200 on average.
* Toshiba HD-A1 and HD-XA1 = 1080i only.
...And most HD DVD discs = DD+ only (5.1).
They are still stuck in the distant past. ...Never have the chance to prosper, to get firmware updates for like 1080p high-def picture.
♦ Best HD DVD player = Toshiba HD-XA2 (1080p). ...The HD-XA1's replacement. ...Then the HD-A30.
<<<>>> Now we have Universal Oppos; with 3D, but no HD DVD.
As for Dolby Atmos, that's another new story; Sony seems to be more updated (their older BD players sync better with the new Dolby Atmos receivers than the older Oppo BD players). But Sony doesn't do HD DVD either.
Yeah, some of us have been following all the developments, all the misery, all the victories, from 2006 to now @ the threshold of 2015 (almost nine years). ...What a journey! ...With HDMI and copy protection and HDCP and CEC and BD Live and all the firmware updates and versions of HDMI and all the streaming and 3D and 4K and all that picture Darbee sound Atmos jazz. ,,,Ouf! ...And there is no stopping, and there is nothing perfect, and we still try to correct new and older issues.
In general it is smooth sailing though; if you truly want to keep up with the latest, and still have money in your bank account (the markets are a bumpy ride @ times).
Speaking of Toshiba; do they make BD players?