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Item#: N82E16882116085

TOSHIBA HD DVD Player HD-A2

  • 1-Disc Changer
  • 1 HDMI Output
  • Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS HD (core only)
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Experience the full potential of your HDTV! Take everything you love about DVD, then add High Definition movies, increased interactivity through the internet and your home network. Toshiba's HDA2 HD DVD player connects to your HDTV with HDMI, the first industry-supported, all-digital A/V connection for transmission of uncompressed digital video and multi-channel audio on a single cable.

The HDA2 will output HD content through the HDMI interface in the native resolution of the HDTV display, 720p or 1080i. Since the HDA2 is backward compatible, you can play your entire collection of DVDs on this player.

The HDA2 has built-in processors to handle the multi-channel decoders for Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, and DTS HD (core only) to give you gorgeous, realistic sound on your movie soundtracks. It's like going to a movie theater in your pajamas and slippers, and without the overpriced concessions and loud theatre goers!

  • newegg HD DVD Playback Utilizing leading-edge efficient video compression standards, the TOSHIBA HDA2 supports playback of HD DVD at resolutions of up to 1080p, making it possible to experience the full potential of your HDTV.
  • newegg Multi-Format Playback The TOSHIBA HDA2 supports playback of DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-R DL, DVD-RW, CD, CD-R and CD-RW formats for incredible versatility.
  • newegg High Definition Up-Conversion with HDMI When connected to an HDMI-compatible TV via an HDMI cable, the TOSHIBA HDA2 up-converts DVD content to 720p/1080i/1080p resolution for high-quality high definition images.
  • newegg Silicon Optix Reon HQV Processing Technology The Silicon Optix Reon HQV Processing Technology delivers full HD resolution and detail and features user-adjustable picture controls for both high definition and standard definition materials.
  • newegg Powerful and Accurate Surround Sound With the integrated DTS (Digital Theater System), Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby TrueHD decoders, enjoy powerful and immersive surround sound like it was meant to be.

Learn more about the Toshiba HD-A2

General

Brand
TOSHIBA
Model
HD-A2
Player Type
HD DVD Player
Color
Black & Silver

Playback

Disc Changer
1-Disc Changer
Disc Playback Capability
HD DVD Video, DVD Video, DVD VR, DVD-R (Video), DVD-R DL (Video), DVD-RW (Video/VR CPRM not supported), CD, CD-R/RW (CD-DA)

Specification

Decoder
Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS HD (core only)
Video
HD Output: 720p/1080i

SD Upconversion: 480p/720p/1080i
Remote Control
Remote Control Unit: TV Control (preset), Glow Remote

Connectors

Connectors
Digital / Analog out simultaneously

Composite Video Output: 1

S-Video Video Output: 1

Component Video Output: 1

Analog 2ch Audio Output: 1

Digital Optical Audio Output: 1

HDMI Output: 1

Ethernet (10/100BASE): 1

Extension Terminal: 2
HDMI Output
1

Feature

Feature
OSD Language: English/French/German/Japanese

AV Cable (Video/L/R)

Advanced Navigation

Persistent Storage

Dimension

Height
16.9"
Width
2.58"
Depth
13.58"
Weight
8.76 lbs.

Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Charles G.
  • 6/14/2007 12:49:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsNot Perfect But Better Than Bluray

Pros: Plays HD DVD's and upscales DVD's to 1080i/720p. Picture quality is a lot better than Blu-ray (yes I know they use the same codec, the hardware is just better for HD DVD). Cheaper than Blu-ray.

Cons: Does not play at 1080p but thats why they have this model cause not everyone has a 1080p set. Start up time is a bit slow but thats due to HDMI handshake, not really HD DVD's fault. DVD upscaling is not perfect, looked bad on south park DVD's.

Other Thoughts: Some people in these reviews have said that they cannot play a lot of disks on this but I have yet to come accross any problems and I have played at least 30 different hd dvd titles on here.

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  • Alan W.
  • 5/24/2007 3:15:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Player, especially for the price!

Pros: Most retailers just dropped the price, so this thing is practically a steal now. 5 free HD-DVD Movies (main-in offer). The video quality of HD-DVD will blow your mind, especially if you have a larger display. This player does a fantastic job of up converting standard DVD's. Ethernet interface is a piece of cake to setup.

Cons: Before you buy this player, you have to accept that studios could potentially stop producing HD-DVD's if Blu-Ray wins the 'format war'. You should update the firmware as soon as you get the player. I would be willing to bet that the people having trouble playing certain titles, as well as other issues, have not done this. This player only comes with composite A/V cables. My only explanation for this is that it is some kind of geeky joke devised by a Toshiba engineer since these cables aren't capable of providing an HD output. Ha..Ha...very funny.

Other Thoughts: Most people are hesitant to invest in an HD player because they are afraid of the outcome of the format war. However, if you are aching to watch HD movies on your expensive HD display, HD-DVD is the way to go in my opinion. You can find this player for about a third of the price of a BR player...and I'm sure the quality is comparable (if not better) than BR. I'm actually beginning to wonder if the format war will ever really yield one winner. There's so much hardware out there for both HD-DVD and BR now, the studios would be stupid not to just support both formats. The 'multiple format' scheme already works for the gaming industry (for example, most games nowadays are released on both XBox 360 & PS3). It should be able to work for HD players too. Anyway, buy this player...it will make you very happy. :)

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  • Kevin M.
  • 5/20/2007 4:49:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsVery good, great price

Pros: Simple operation, stunning picture and sound. Update via internet (ethernet port), or DVD. Solid secord-generation basic unit.

Cons: Wish that the startup time was quicker -- currently about 40 seconds from power up to tray opens. BUt then, all the HD players have this problem, and most are slower.

Other Thoughts: Due to copy protection changes, newer discs won't work until older players are updated, but current units should be OK.

SOme folks might prefer the HD-A20, which adds 1080p output, although no one claims to be able to see the difference between 1080i & 1080p.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/23/2007 7:31:40 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsToo many HD DVDs won't play

Pros: Standard form factor for a DVD player. Quiet fan.

Cons: About 50% of my new HD DVDs won't play. Google: Good Shepard, Children of Men, Smokin' Aces, etc. I'm not alone.

About 1-1/2 minutes from startup to play.

Very bad FF & Rev. capabilities.

Pausing for too long forces you to FF from the beginning.

Other Thoughts: If only I had kept the packaging so I could return this dog.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/13/2007 1:28:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHD is addicting

Pros: This is a great player. I was not going to get into the next gen DVD wars, but after getting HD channels on cable I had to try it out. HD-DVD is a nice format with good features. The picture is great even with component video (I do not like or own any HDMI devices). DVD's without Copy-Protection are up-converted as well and look great.

Cons: Copy-protected DVDs are only show as 480p without HDMI. Nothing a blank DVD and off the shelf software can't fix, but this is an annoying step that is fruitless since it is easy to get around.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/8/2007 8:52:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsSolid Product, Fast Shipping

Pros: Picture looks fantastic on my 92" Sony HS-10 LCD Projector using component cables. Start-up time was less than 30 seconds. Let's hope Toshiba wins the format war so my product doesn't end up collecting dust with my Betamax.

Cons: You must supply your own cable. Toshiba includes the inferior composite cables -- not sure why they even bothered including these. Creates consumer confusion and incorrect hookups. Shame on Toshiba.

Other Thoughts: Ordered Monday night, received Wednesday afternoon. Newegg as always is quick and reliable. Proudct was double boxed.

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  • joseph s.
  • 3/2/2007 3:04:43 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsHD-DVD

Pros: Nice player nice looking. HD looks stunning.

Cons: I dont know what player everyone else recieved but this player has no zoom feature so you have those black lines at the top and bottom of widescreen movies. Not good for Plasma.

Other Thoughts: Its ok, my cheap JSI had alot more options. Wouldnt recommend till they get a little better.

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  • Philip W.
  • 3/2/2007 12:56:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGreat value!

Pros: Just a year into the HD DVD format and this second generation player is out for less than four hundred bucks. I paid more for my first DVD player! Great picture with an HDMI capable LCD or Plasma.

This player also does a Superb job of up-converting standard DVDs, probably better than any of the other upconverting players priced below it.

Cons: Not much downside here. Great player.

Other Thoughts: Remember to add an HDMI cable when you order. Newegg has some good cable prices - you do NOT want to go to your electronics retailer and buy one of these. WAY overpriced at the retail stores.

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  • Shaun M.
  • 2/24/2007 12:13:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsExcellent product and technology

Pros: The player is not as big as some other hd dvd and blu ray players which is good, sleek look, load times are not as bad as other models, hook up and setup was easy, sound is amazing, especially the truehd track, i know not many recievers can decode it fully yet, but mine decodes it as dts sound just with higher bit rate and it is huge improvement over dolby 5.1, extreme clarity and resolution, menus are easier, interactive and on the fly while watching the movie, has a zoom feature which zooms in 2x the picture in a certain area of the screen, and even after zooming you can see that the resolution is superior to dvd.

Cons: I have watched batman begins and king kong now on 3 different HD sets in my home and I have 3 completely different displays in 3 different rooms and each has different quality. The displays out there are not ready for this technology quite yet, they are just starting to use the full potential of HD. What many people dont realize is that 1080p is not really the hype of what makes 1080p worth while, its the resolution of 1080 either i or p. 1080 means resolution of 1920x1080, 'i' for interlaced and 'p' for progressive. Most sets can decode 1080i but not at its full potential, either 1024x768 for 42" plasma or 1366x768 for 50" plasma and similar for LCD. I would be happy with a true 1080i if there was one out, but they jumped straight to 1080p. So what consumers dont know is that 1080i never really existed unless you got 1920x1080 max resolution interlaced on your display, although it can decode 1080i to the max resolution of your set. Oh well

Other Thoughts: Ive got a 1080p 40" sony, and it has the clarity and resolution to make HD DVD AWESOME, but lacks the contrast and color vividness of my 50" panasonic plasma i planned to use in my main theatre room, and my plasma lacks the high sharpness and resolution of the Sony LCD. I am in a lose lose situation. I also have a sony 34" wide crt HD tv ready set with dvi and that actually has the absolute best all around picture for HD DVD but lacks the large size. Either way, my opinion is that a 1920x1080 resolution plasma tv with high contrast and color would probably be best for viewing HD content or a CRT which would be smaller. My honest opinion is that HD DVD is about 30% noticable improvement in picture over standard DVD when viewed on anything.

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  • James L.
  • 2/9/2007 11:38:36 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsToshiba HDA2

Pros: I bought the earlier HDA1 some months ago, and found it very slow in booting up and starting the DVD. I returned it and bought the A2 model, and find it much quicker to start up. It's a sleeker deck, while the A1 was rather bulky. The picture and sound quality are first-rate on my 42" Sony plasma TV, using an DVI to HDMI adapter cable.

Cons: Very little. The startup could still beq uicker. The deck does not play at 1080p, unfortunately.

Other Thoughts: I tend to be an early adopter of new electronics, and this purchase did not disappoint. I do hope that, at the least, both Blu-Ray and HD DVD can co-exist, and more dual capacty decks will enter the market.

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