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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 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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