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Toshiba HD-A2 available for $197.99 right now

Yesterday, DailyTech reported that Wal-Mart was preparing to drop the price on Toshiba's 1080i HD-A2 HD DVD player. Images were taken of a Wal-Mart aisle end cap with the HD-A2 listed for $198. According to user who posted the picture online, the new price is to take effect on November 3.

Well, it appears that Circuit City has beaten Wal-Mart to the punch and is currently offering the HD-A2 for $197.99. The player is available online with free shipping or if having the player in your hands right now is a priority, you can choose in-store pickup.

Toshiba's HD-A2 was originally released in December 2006 with a $499 price tag. Over the past year, the price for the player has steadily dropped to $399 in April and to $299 in July. Toshiba's long-running five free HD DVD movie offer [PDF] has also been available to give customers more bang for the buck.

The Toshiba HD-A2 supports a 1080i resolution and comes equipped with an HDMI 1.2 port. The player features a SHARC DSP and supports Dolby Digital Plus 5.1, Dolby TrueHD 5.1, DTS 5.1 and DTS HD audio formats.

Updated 10/29/2007
$197.99 appears to the be the new retail price for the Toshiba HD-A2. is also showing the lower price tag. Other retailers are likely to follow.

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By andrewsdw on 10/27/2007 1:16:25 PM , Rating: 2
I thought HD-DVD couldn't do Dolby and DTS True HD because of limitations in the format (can't remember but it was either due to the size of the disc or the processing power in the player)? That's cool if it does.

RE: Hmm...
By andrewsdw on 10/27/2007 1:21:37 PM , Rating: 3
BTW does this come with 5 free movies like the BR players?

RE: Hmm...
By Brandon Hill on 10/27/2007 1:31:47 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, you can still do the five free movies. PDF link is in the article.

RE: Hmm...
By DesertCat on 10/27/2007 3:15:22 PM , Rating: 2
As far as Dolby TrueHD, the devil is in the fine print. When you look at the detailed specs page at Toshiba here:

you will see that it lists "DTS® HD (core only)". From what I read at other sites, the "(core only)" means that it is really only doing the equivalent of regular DTS.

The difference between full DTS-HD and only the core is explained, to some degree, here:

RE: Hmm...
By DesertCat on 10/27/2007 3:16:50 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry crossed over thoughts on DTS-HD and Dolby TrueHD. According to my latest Crutchfield catalog, Dolby TrueHD is only available through HDMI.

RE: Hmm...
By bplewis24 on 10/28/2007 12:53:09 AM , Rating: 2
You were probably misled by some blu-ray fans who didn't know what they were talking about. There is no such limitation for HD-DVD. The only thing I can think of that you may have heard is that a particular release didn't have enough size left on the disc for a lossless track compared to blu-ray. But in most circumstances that's not the case.

On another note, Circuit City continues to be very aggressive in pricing. If you keep tabs on it you'll notice they have some of the better pricing around for B&M stores, and constantly have drastic price drops for no apparent reason.


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