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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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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:

http://www.tacp.toshiba.com/dvr/product.asp?model=...

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:

http://www.dtsonline.com/dts-hd/better-sound-today...


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.


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