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Toshiba HD-A1

HD DVD high-definition player

Item # 052HDA1

Toshiba's HD-A1 is the world's first HD DVD player.

Toshiba's HD-A1 is the world's first HD DVD player.

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About the Toshiba HD-A1

Toshiba's HD-A1 is the world's first HD DVD player. It produces the sharpest, cleanest high-definition images yet seen, and raises home theater realism and impact to a whole new level.

Toshiba's HD-A1 is the world's first HD DVD player. It produces the sharpest, cleanest high-definition images yet seen, and raises home theater realism and impact to a whole new level.

Sure, regular DVDs look good on an HDTV, but DVDs can't deliver true high-definition video, even if you're using an "upconverting" DVD player. As TV screens have grown bigger and better, DVD's limitations have become more noticeable — especially on the latest 1080p displays. HD DVD discs are designed to be viewed on an HDTV. Every aspect of this new format has been carefully engineered to maximize your home theater experience.

The HD DVD advantage starts with the discs themselves. High-definition video takes up much more disc space than standard video. An HD DVD disc can hold three times as much data as a DVD — enough for several hours of HD-quality video. Along with much better picture quality, HD DVD's increased disc capacity allows for higher-definition sound, too. New versions of Dolby Digital and DTS offer crystal-clear multichannel audio.

To ensure backward-compatibility with your existing DVD and CD collections, the HD-A1 actually uses a dual-laser mechanism: a blue laser for playing high-definition HD DVD discs, and a conventional red laser for playing DVDs and audio CDs. The HD-A1 can also improve the look of all your DVDs by upconverting the video signal to better match your HDTV's high-resolution screen.

In addition to truly stunning picture and sound quality, the HD-A1's advanced design includes polished on-screen menus and graphics. With HD DVD, Toshiba lets you experience the look, sound, and feel of the future.

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Shipping Note: Sorry, we can only ship Toshiba products to the 49 continental United States and Washington D.C.; we can't ship them to Hawaii or U.S. Territories. (Solamente es posible enviar productos de la Toshiba dentro los 49 estados unidos continentales y Washington D.C.)

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Product highlights:

  • plays HD DVD high-definition discs (selectable 720p/1080i output available through HDMI output — HDMI cable included; 720p/1080i output also available via component video on discs lacking ICT copy-protection)
  • plays DVD-Video, DVD-R & DVD-RW, and DVD-RAM
  • plays CD, audio CD-R & CD-RW, and MP3 and WMA CD-R & CD-RW
  • selectable 720p/1080i video upconversion for DVD (upconverted video available through HDMI output only)
  • built-in audio decoding for Dolby® Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD lossless (2-ch.), DTS® and DTS-HD lossless
  • HDMI version 1.1 digital output (combines video and multichannel audio with HDCP copy protection)
  • 1 set of A/V outputs (composite video, S-video, and component video)
  • stereo and 5.1-channel audio outputs
  • coaxial and optical digital audio outputs
  • Ethernet port for access to Internet-based content
  • two front-panel USB ports
  • remote control (multibrand for TV)
  • 216MHz/11-bit video D/A converter
  • multichannel 192kHz/24-bit audio D/A converters
  • 17"W x 4-1/16"H x 15-1/2"D
  • warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • viewing high-definition HD DVD content requires an HDTV or HD-ready TV with HDMI, DVI, or component video input
  • DVD movie playback is restricted to "Region 1" coded discs
  • MFR # HDA1

What's in the box:

  • Single-disc HD DVD player
  • SE-R0237 wireless remote control
  • 4 "AAA" batteries
  • 6.25' HDMI cable (has an HDMI connector on each end)
  • 57" Video cable (has an RCA composite video connector on each end)
  • 57" Audio cable (has left and right RCA audio connectors on each end)
  • 6.25' AC power cord
  • Owner's Manual (English)
  • Owner's Manual (French)
  • Product Registration Card
  • "Important Firmware Update Information" card
  • "Information" sheet (English)
  • "Information" sheet (French)
  • "License Information on the Software Used in the Toshiba HD DVD player" booklet
  • US "Stop--Need Help?" sheet (with Toshiba customer service phone numbers)
  • Canadian "Stop--Need Help?" sheet (with Toshiba customer service phone numbers - English/French)
  • Netflix promo

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Features

HD DVD Overview: HD DVD is a new high-definition disc format designed from the ground up to maximize the viewing experience available from today's HDTVs. HD DVD discs and players offer several advantages over the standard DVD format:

  • Better picture quality: HD DVD is a true high-definition format offering video at 1080i or 720p resolution. While standard DVDs look very good on an HDTV, they don't provide a high-definition signal (not even when you use an "upconverting" DVD player). HD DVD delivers an extraordinarily sharp, clean, detailed picture, with deeper, richer colors.
  • Better sound quality: HD DVD offers the same multichannel sound formats - Dolby Digital and DTS - you're accustomed to with DVD. But HD DVD goes further, offering advanced new versions of Dolby Digital and DTS decoding that will give soundtracks startling clarity and dimensionality.
  • Much greater storage capacity: What makes HD DVD's superior picture and sound possible is the much higher storage capacity of HD DVD discs. A single-layer HD DVD can hold 15 gigabytes of data, which is over three times the amount a standard DVD can hold. (Dual-layer HD DVDs hold 30 gigabytes.) This increased storage capacity allows HD DVD to fit several hours of high-definition video and high-resolution multichannel audio, plus the added features and material that require multiple discs with standard DVD.
  • Compatibility with your current disc collections: To ensure backward-compatibility with your existing library of discs, HD DVD players actually use a dual-laser mechanism: a blue laser for playing high-definition HD DVD discs, and a conventional red laser for playing DVDs and audio CDs.
  • Internet access: HD DVD players include an Ethernet jack for use with a high-speed Internet connection.

Construction: A double chassis construction is employed to add strength and rigidity to the unit, guarding against unwanted vibrations that could interfere with the reading of the disc. To further stabilize the HD-A1, large insulated stabilizing feet are used, providing a rock solid foundation for the device.

Built-in Decoders: The HD-A1 has built-in multi-channel decoders for Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD lossless (2-ch.), DTS and DTS-HD lossless.

Video Upconversion: The HD-A1 has the ability to upconvert a standard DVD signal to HD-compatible 720p or 1080i and pass it through the HDMI and component video outputs. If the DVD includes copy protection, the upconverted signal will not be not passed by the component video output. In this case, the component video output will pass a 480i or 480p signal.

MP3/WMA Playback: This unit will play MP3/WMA audio files recorded onto CD-R or CD-RW discs using the ISO 9660 Level 1 format. Compatible bit rates include 32-320 kbps for MP3 and 48-192 kbps for WMA.

Resume Play: Resume play allows you to resume playback of a disc from the point where you last stopped. The stopping point is cleared when the Stop button is pressed more than once or the disc tray is opened.

Extension Ports: Depending on the features of the disc you are using, you may be able to connect USB game controllers to the two Extension ports to use some interactive features. Additional features may be supported in the future.

Cursor Function: Some commercial HD DVD discs will include game software and drawing software. This function lets you use the Cursor button on the remote to move the onscreen cursor, allowing you to interact with the software.

Internet Connection: By utilizing the rear-panel Ethernet port, you connect the player to the Internet via an always-on broadband connection. Some HD DVD discs enable you to access special HD DVD sites. If an HD DVD site includes content such as movie trailers, you can watch the content on the player via the Internet if your internet connection provides sufficient bandwidth. You may also use the Internet connection feature to update the player's firmware.

Bass Management: To tailor the output of the 5.1-channel jacks, this unit has built-in bass management that allows you to adjust the speaker size, distance to each speaker, and the crossover frequency.

Digital Audio Output: The Audio menu allows you to select the digital audio format that is passed through the optical, coaxial, and HDMI outputs.

  • Digital out SPDIF: This allows you to choose the digital audio format that is passed through the optical and coaxial outputs. You can choose from the following:
    • Bitstream: Select this when an amplifier equipped with built-in Dolby Digital, DTS or MPEG decoder is connected to this player. When you play a standard DVD recorded in Dolby Digital or DTS format, digital audio signal (bitstream audio) is output. When you play an HD DVD, the player decodes the Dolby Digital off the disc, then re-encodes it as DTS 5.1.
      • Note: When you play an HD DVD, the audio will always be output as DTS 5.1, even if the disc is recorded in Dolby Digital Plus.
    • PCM: Select this when a 2 channel digital stereo amplifier is connected to this player. When you play an HD DVD or DVD video disc recorded in Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS or DTS-HD format, sound is converted into PCM (2 channel) format and then passed through the optical and coaxial digital outputs.
  • Digital out HDMI: This allows you to choose the digital audio format that is passed through the HDMI output. You can choose from the following:
    • Auto: Select this when an HDMI device equipped with built-in Dolby Digital, DTS, MPEG or linear PCM decoder is connected to this player. When you play a standard DVD recorded in Dolby Digital or DTS format, digital audio signal (bitstream audio) is output. When you play an HD DVD, the player decodes the Dolby Digital off the disc, then re-encodes it as DTS 5.1. If a connected HDMI device does not support Dolby Digital, DTS or MPEG, sound is converted into linear PCM to output.
    • Bitstream: Select this when an HDMI device equipped with built-in Dolby Digital, DTS or MPEG decoder is connected to this player. When you play a standard DVD recorded in Dolby Digital, DTS or MPEG format, digital audio signal (bitstream audio) is output. When you play an HD DVD, the player decodes the Dolby Digital off the disc, then re-encodes it as DTS 5.1.
      • Note: When you play an HD DVD, the audio will always be output as DTS 5.1, even if the disc is recorded in Dolby Digital Plus.
    • PCM: Select this when an HDMI device that has multi-channel output is connected to this player. When you play an HD DVD or DVD video disc recorded in multi-channel in Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS or DTS-HD format, the sound is decoded and output in multi-channel in linear PCM format.
    • Downmixed PCM: Select this when a 2 channel digital stereo amplifier is connected to this player. When you play a disc recorded in Dolby Digital, DTS, MPEG1 or MPEG2 format, sound is converted into PCM (2 channel) format to output.

Remote Control

Multibrand Remote: The supplied remote is pre-programmed to operate this unit and a number of functions on other brands of TVs.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface): The unit's HDMI simplifies A/V connections by carrying video and digital audio all in one cable. This unit features HDCP copyright protection technology, and must be connected to an HDCP-compliant device. If your TV has a DVI input instead of an HDMI input, you can connect this unit to your TV using an HDMI-to-DVI adapter. You will also need to connect audio cables to the player because DVI is a video only cable.

Extension Ports: The HD-A1 has two front-panel USB Extension ports for use with compatible USB game controllers.

LAN: The rear-panel Ethernet port gives you access to Internet-based content on some HD DVDs.

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