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June 16, 2006

Toshiba HD-XA1 HD-DVD Player Review

If you're ready to be one of the first cool people on your block to own an HD-DVD player, be sure to check out the Toshiba HD-XA1 HD-DVD Player. GlobeandMail has a review that states:

Toshiba's HD-XA1 HD-DVD player represents the first chance consumers have had to go out and buy a next generation DVD player. In case you're in the dark on next generation DVD technologies, here's a quick rundown on HD-DVD and Blu-ray, the two formats that will soon be vying for your DVD-earmarked dollars. The former was developed by Toshiba, the latter by Sony, and both are capable of storing and playing back movies in the highest definition standard currently available, 1080p, as well as lower resolutions such as 1080i, 720p, and, of course, 480p, the maximum resolution of current DVDs.

They also state:

After playing with the XA1 for about a week, my final take was this: HD-DVD players (and Blu-ray players as well, for that matter) are, for the time being, best suited for home theatre enthusiasts who don't mind taking risks. Not only do we not know how the HD-DVD versus Blu-ray war is going to shake out, we also have to deal with the limitations of early generation players and limited availability of content (as of this writing, only about 20 HD-DVD titles were available in Canada, most priced around $35 or higher). The HD-XA1 has proven that HD-DVD can deliver an excellent quality picture. Now we need only be convinced of its practicality and longevity.

I have to agree. Unless you're a bound and determined early-adopter, you're probably going to want to sit on the sidelines for awhile till at least the pricing goes down and the availability of HD movies goes up.


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Posted by William Hungerford at June 16, 2006 12:41 PM

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