December 11, 2006
Earlier today I was able to spend about 2 hours with Toshiba’s second-generation HD DVD player, the HD-A2. Of course this is by no means a full review (full review forthcoming) but I did want to give a few quick thoughts as I felt the improvements over the HD-A1 were notable.
First off the new player loads much faster than the HD-A1 or HD-XA1, I’ve read reports that clocked load times at or under 30 seconds (roughly half the time of the A1) but my own findings; with three different discs no less, all came in at 20 seconds or under, on-par with some of the Denon DVD players we’re so fond of. It looks like sluggish load-times are a thing of the past at least with the A2 and XA2.
The image quality was at least as good as with my XA1 but I do reserve final judgment on both HD and SD image quality until I can get the player attached to a display I’m more familiar with, i.e. in my own system. I did notice that SD playback might (and again I need to reserve final judgment) have been slightly better than what I remembered on the XA1, the differences were minor however.
The A2’s remote was also an improvement; this remote resembles a, well, for lack of a better term a DVD remote, go figure. Overall we were quite satisfied with the A2’s performance and found that it operated much more like a standard DVD player, with of course the added benefit of pumping out gorgeous HD images. Look for my full review of the Toshiba HD-A2 in the coming weeks.
Posted by Bryan Greenway | | Filed Under HD-DVD