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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. Amazon.com is also showing the lower price tag. Other retailers are likely to follow.


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By FITCamaro on 10/27/2007 1:39:49 PM , Rating: 3
It's hardly a subpar product. It just doesn't support 1080p. That's really not that big of an issue. Especially for people (like me) with a 720p TV. And any good 1080p can easily and flawlessly convert a 1080i signal to 1080p (and LCDs and Plasmas do this anyway).


By Mitch101 on 10/27/2007 3:22:54 PM , Rating: 2
Doh! you right SunAngel my bad typo 10/31 and no edit function.

As for 1080i vs 1080P I have a 65" HDTV and my Buddy has close to that (61" or 63" I think). Mine is 1080i and his 1080P. In Movies we both agree mine looks better than his especially wood tones. I calibrated mine. In sports we both agree again his looks better than mine (High Contrast?). Im betting its how we have ours calibrated more than anything else.

Both look incredible and for the record both are technically 1080 lines of resolution.

Funny we think my 720P projector beats both of them in a near pitch black room and that runs at 108". Fitcamaro is right its not that big a deal being 1080i over 1080P.


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By BansheeX on 10/28/07, Rating: -1
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By BMFPitt on 10/29/2007 12:35:11 AM , Rating: 2
So explain why the vast majority of us who have non 1080p HDTVs should care? I'll surely be able to buy a much nicer and cheaper player in this (or the next) format by the time I buy another TV that supports 1080p (or higher.)


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By SunAngel on 10/29/07, Rating: -1
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By masher2 (blog) on 10/29/2007 12:21:06 PM , Rating: 5
> "man, i'll tell you. noob postings on the 1080i/1080p issue is getting stupid"

The "noobs" are those who don't understand that there are differences in an interlaced signal between broadcast video and an HD disc player. A 1080i signal from such a player has the frames synched in the temporal domain, which means it can be bit-identically deinterlaced to the original 1080p signal. No image quality loss whatsoever; just a simple "bob-and-weave" operation.

In fact, all the original "1080p" BD players are doing just that deinterlacing anyway...its' just happening within the player, rather than your TV. The original 1080p source is output as 1080i by the chipset, then reconverted to 1080p just before being ouptut by the player.


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By bplewis24 on 10/29/2007 2:28:44 PM , Rating: 3
The "noobs" are also the ones that assume that just because a 1080i signal can be deinterlaced bit-indentically, that it will be always. For example the current generation of HDTV flat panels have a minority of TVS that actually pass 1080i film resolution loss tests.

Brandon


By masher2 (blog) on 10/29/2007 2:44:35 PM , Rating: 3
> "For example the current generation of HDTV flat panels have a minority of TVS that actually pass 1080i film resolution loss tests"

I'd be interested in seeing that link. Here's a link to loss test between a 1080i source (HD-A2) and a 1080p source (BDP-S300), in which both players scored equally in both film resolution loss and video reconstruction.

http://www.hometheaterblog.com/hometheater/2007/06...

In any case, the primary point is such tests are done with reference disks and evaluated by professionals. Your average consumer viewing movies isn't going to see a difference regardless, even if their HDTV "screws up" the deinterlacing. Anyone who says 'I won't buy 1080i' regardless of other factors is being sadly misinformed.


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By BansheeX on 10/29/07, Rating: 0
By Locutus465 on 10/30/2007 10:12:11 AM , Rating: 2
Well, unfortunetly I'm going to lose my mods in this artical to post this... but seriously, downscaling and deinterlacing? You do realize that all HD video is stored in progressive? and all players support 720P? Just so you stay informed, my HD-DVD collection looks much better on my 50" Toshiba 720P TV than upscaled DVDs which are which some times look really nice and other times look like absolutly horrible (particularly with fast movement on screen).


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