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I see we don't have a thread for this yet, but how about we discuss our reports on the upcoming Toshiba HD-XA2. Mines is scheduled to deliver in two weeks. Let's have some feedback on the first 1080p HD-DVD player ever made.


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reopened: I hear some XA2's have been received
 

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I luckily found and bought a HD-XA2 today. The store I bought it from just got it this morning and only received five. I paid $999.99 plus tax for it ($1,080 total). I didn't get much time to play with it, but here are the specs.


1. Structure is very similar to the HD-A2, except in a different top cover and the nice aluminum door at the front.


2. Loading time appears to be two seconds faster with a HD-DVD disc than the HD-A2.


3. Feels three pounds heavier than the HD-A2.


4. Picture quality is slightly better in 1080i (not much difference at all) than the HD-A2.


It was hooked up with my Toshiba MW26H82 26" HD CRT TV/DVD/VCR combo. The TV doesn't accept 1080p resolution, so I'll let someone post another review.


Will get back to you guys later tonight.
 

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I would imagine it would be very difficult to tell the difference between these players on a 26" screen.
 

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I luckily found and bought a HD-XA2 today. The store I bought it from just got it this morning and only received five. I paid $999.99 plus tax for it ($1,080 total).

This is the AVS Forum equivalent of a religious person seeing the Virgin Mary on a toast (or a profile of Jesus in a spot of grease on the grill). It's a sign from above people, convert to HD-DVD or else!
 

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could we please limit posts to USER REPORTS on the XA-2

 

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could we please limit posts to USER REPORTS on the XA-2


Yes!!


So anyone have it paired with a 1080p display?
 

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I luckily found and bought a HD-XA2 today. The store I bought it from just got it this morning and only received five.

Do you mind telling what store had it?
 

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Do you mind telling what store had it?

Fry's Electronics in Anaheim, CA. Not sure if they have anymore, so call before you go. Good luck.
 

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Fry's Electronics in Anaheim, CA. Not sure if they have anymore, so call before you go. Good luck.

Was just curious, I've actually already ordered mine from Robert @ VE and should have it this Friday.
 

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Picked up the HD-XA2 tonight



Just to preface I am a big DVD collector that only recently starting getting AV equipment to boost the movie viewing experience. As a result may not know that many technical details but will try to make a few comments


Build: Not the armor plated HD-A1 but quite solid. Still a fairly large unit compared to the other DVD players that I have had. Slimmer then the A-1 with what I would call a typical height and fairly deep. Certainly much cooler looking then the A-1


Remote: Same style as the A-1 but much more responsive. Not exactly what I was expecting but an improvement. Better and more readable labels. Personally I do not really care for this style of directional control but maybe that is because I rarely play video games


SetUp: Screens are simular to the A-1 but with a few more options


StartUp: My times were about 30-35 seconds to the welcome screen and about 45 seconds to begin play of HD DVD[King Kong] from power on


Picture: On my 42 inch 1080p LCD I noticed an upgrade in picture over the A-1 via the HDMI output. More then I was expecting
Detail and depth in King Kong seemed better to my eyes with more robust blacks


Audio: Functions differently over the analog outputs then the A-1. Hard to specify but the default base level is certainly different


Overall I am pretty pleased with this player so far. Note that in addition to the A-1 which I am now retiring I have the PS3 60 -- Ed
 

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Excellent looking player, feels solid and is rather wide.


I can only acheive 480p on my 50" 720p DVI only Samsung Plasma via my HDMI-DVI adapter coming out of the Onkyo 674 which then connects to the DVI input on the TV.


Yet I switch to the PS3 with the same connection and I can get 1080i.


I can't wait to purchase a 1080p HDMI Plasma or LCD and I might not even wait for HDMI 1.3, that's how much this DVI connection bothers me.


Oh well.


P.S. That is the longest Remote I have ever used! It's like a sword! Looks and feels good though.
 

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Excellent looking player, feels solid and is rather wide.


I can only acheive 480p on my 50" 720p DVI only Samsung Plasma via my HDMI-DVI adapter coming out of the Onkyo 674 which then connects to the DVI input on the TV.


Yet I switch to the PS3 with the same connection and I can get 1080i.


I can't wait to purchase a 1080p HDMI Plasma or LCD and I might not even wait for HDMI 1.3, that's how much this DVI connection bothers me.


Oh well.


P.S. That is the longest Remote I have ever used! It's like a sword! Looks and feels good though.

Sorry if this is insulting...


Do you go into the menu of the HD-XA2 and ensure that the resolution is set propery...I think it's "up to 720p", or "1080i"?...
 

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Originally Posted by J y E 4Ever /forum/post/0


Excellent looking player, feels solid and is rather wide.


I can only acheive 480p on my 50" 720p DVI only Samsung Plasma via my HDMI-DVI adapter coming out of the Onkyo 674 which then connects to the DVI input on the TV.


Yet I switch to the PS3 with the same connection and I can get 1080i.


I can't wait to purchase a 1080p HDMI Plasma or LCD and I might not even wait for HDMI 1.3, that's how much this DVI connection bothers me.


Oh well.


P.S. That is the longest Remote I have ever used! It's like a sword! Looks and feels good though.

This might already be obvious to you, but did you try changing the video output setting to something higher than 480p?
 

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Sorry if this is insulting...


Do you go into the menu of the HD-XA2 and ensure that the resolution is set propery...I think it's "up to 720p", or "1080i"?...

Not insulted, sometimes the basic things are overlooked.


I do have the setting to 1080i.


As Yoda would say, "Very unfortunate this is".


Will take pics tomorrow. It's a really sexy looking player and yes I just said sexy, sorry, but it is.
 

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Made in China = $999

Made in Japan = $499


Something is wrong here. Is it possible that HQV chip worth that much more?
 
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