Getting a Toshiba HD-DVD

We are getting a Toshiba HD-DVD this week. Yes, we do belong in the Blu-Ray camp just like all true geeks do, but it was ‘cheap’. The model is a second generation HD-DVD player, named HD-A2, which is the cheaper version compared to Toshiba’s higher-end HD-XA2. This version lacks some advanced audio features, 1080p (our TV only does 1080i anyway so it’s not a big deal), while it’s unfortunate that it only up-converts standard DVDs via its HDMI port while we will have to use it via its component output (our TV doesn’t have HDMI). Other than that, it’s really cool. We already awaiting from Netflix to send us the HD-DVD version of “Martch of the Penguins” to test the device out.


Derek wrote on June 14th, 2007 at 6:04 AM PST:

I suppose you’re right. I must not be a true geek then :)

Exotic is secondary to accesibility for me. I’m hesitant to purchase any HD formatted dvd media until a resolution happens or Samsung comes out with a true dual format player (no the LG doesn’t really count, it’s not a true HDDVD player).

I’m an early adapter when it comes to a lot of things but movies. I have over $5,000 in dvd purchases and had almost that much in VHS/Video disc. I’m hesitant to purchase formats until they are proven to be better. I’ve seen HDDVD vs SDDVD comparisons on a 107″ projection and i can’t see a noticable difference. Upscaling does just fine for me at this point. I’d rather spend $200+ on an oppo than even $200 on a new format.

Derek wrote on June 14th, 2007 at 8:14 AM PST:

Why do you think that true geeks have to belong to the blu-ray group? Because of the PS3? Storage ability?

I consider myself a geek, but i don’t belong to the blu-ray group…or the hd-dvd group. Although if I had to choose one, it would be the HD-DVD group due to the lower cost of entry.

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Eugenia wrote on June 14th, 2007 at 8:30 AM PST:

Which is why geeks would prefer the Blu-Ray. More exotic. ;-)

Billy wrote on June 14th, 2007 at 8:51 AM PST:

Eh, for the $300 or so for an HD-DVD player I’d buy a PS3 and tell myself “$300 for movies, $300 for games (eventually)”. :)

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Eugenia wrote on June 14th, 2007 at 9:15 AM PST:

I have blogged about this issue and I agree with you. DVDs are good enough for me too, even without an upscaling. The only reason we get an HD-DVD is because it’s a review unit and refurbished (*not* new). We don’t have plans to buy HD-DVD disks, we will rent from Netflix instead.

Jeff wrote on June 14th, 2007 at 11:49 AM PST:

For real enjoyment, check out the BBC version of the Planet Earth HD-DVD series (also available in Blu-Ray)… they’re amazing!

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Eugenia wrote on June 14th, 2007 at 8:55 AM PST:

Yeah, but I didn’t pay $300. Not even $200. Not even $100. ;-)

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Eugenia wrote on June 15th, 2007 at 12:16 PM PST:

Yeah, the Planet Earth series is the reason why MANY people will end up getting an HD player. I have heard the SAME thing out of 3 engineers so far here in the Valley: “I might get an HD player, just so I can watch Planet Earth”.

However, it’s a bit of a bummer that there isn’t a version that is at 720/60p. Even if the resolution is lower than 1080p, the 60 frames/fields per second would make it even more justice IMO.

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