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Toshiba HD-A2

HD DVD high-definition player

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Take home theater to the next level with the sleek HD-A2 from Toshiba. This HD DVD player creates stunning high-definition images that are even sharper and more vibrant than HD television broadcasts. Movies come alive with startling detail and exceptional depth.

Take home theater to the next level with the sleek HD-A2 from Toshiba. This HD DVD player creates stunning high-definition images that are even sharper and more vibrant than HD television broadcasts. Movies come alive with startling detail and exceptional depth.

HD DVD: true high-def video from a disc
While regular DVDs look good on an HDTV, they can't deliver true high-def video, even if you're using an "upconverting" DVD player. On the other hand, HD DVD has been designed from the ground up with high-definition television sets in mind. HD DVD discs have a much greater storage capacity than regular DVDs, and can hold multiple hours of true high-definition material. Additionally, HD DVD uses newer, more advanced forms of video compression that allow for smoother, more natural images.

Better sound from your home theater system
This increased disc capacity allows for higher-definition audio, too. New versions of the Dolby® Digital and DTS® surround sound formats — known as Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD — offer purer sound with an unprecedented level of detail. The 'A2 can even decode 5.1-channel Dolby TrueHD soundtracks, which employ lossless compression to deliver a remarkably faithful reproduction of the movie theater experience.

Compatible with your current DVD and CD collections
The versatile HD-A2 can play standard DVDs and CDs, as well as home-burned CD-Rs and CD-RWs. The 'A2 can upconvert standard DVDs to resolutions that better match high-definition TV sets, so your existing DVD collection will look better than ever. It also includes a network port for possible future upgrades. And the remote has buttons that glow in the dark, making it easy to operate the player even when the lights are low.

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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.)

Product Highlights:

  • plays HD DVD high-definition discs (selectable 720p/1080i output available through HDMI output; 720p/1080i output also available via component video on discs lacking ICT copy-protection)
  • plays DVD-Video, DVD-R & DVD-RW
  • plays CD, audio CD-R & CD-RW
  • HDMI digital output (combines video and multichannel audio with HDCP copy protection)
  • HDMI version 1.2a
  • selectable 720p/1080i video upconversion for DVD (upconverted video available through HDMI output only)
  • 5.1-channel Dolby TrueHD available via HDMI output only
  • 1 set of A/V outputs (composite video, S-video, and component video)
  • stereo audio outputs
  • optical digital audio output
  • Ethernet port for possible future upgrades
  • remote control (multibrand for TV)
  • 32-bit SHARC® Digital Signal Processor for detailed, next-generation audio
  • 16-15/16"W x 2-9/16"H x 15-1/16"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

What's in the Box:

  • Single-disc HD DVD player
  • SE-R0252 Wireless remote control
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 6' Detachable AC power cord
  • 5' AV cable with a composite video RCA connection and stereo audio RCA connections on both ends
  • Owner's Manual
  • Product Registration card
  • Firmware Update card
  • "Important Firmware Update Information" sheet
  • "Stop Need Help" sheet

This is a sweet unit. Picture perfect. Booting up is fast enough. I rent the HD DVDs from the internet, so I dont care too much about the format war.

Buy it! You wont be disapointed.

Wade, Denver, Co

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Features

HD DVD Overview: HD DVD is a new high-definition disc format that is up to six times the resolution of standard DVD-video and is 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 formats 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.

Slim Cabinet Design: The Toshiba HD-A2 has a slim profile design and a depth advantage that allows them to fit into almost any home entertainment environment. The player measures only 16.9375" wide x 2.5625" tall x 15.062" deep (including cables).

Supported Surround Sound Formats: The HD-DVD player supports Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD (core only). The HDMI output will transfer all these surround formats while the optical digital output will transfer the Dolby Digital, DTS and a down-converted version of the Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby TrueHD signals.

Digital Audio Processing: The Toshiba HD-A2 features an advanced high-performance 32-bit SHARC Digital Signal Processor to provide you with incredible audio detail.

Dolby TrueHD: The HD DVD player supports Dolby TrueHD which provides you with surround sound that is equal to the original studio master.

HDMI Upconversion: The HD-A2 has the ability to upconvert a standard DVD signal to HD-compatible 720p or 1080i and pass it through its HDMI video output. Because this conversion is performed inside the player, the signal remains free from excessive digital to analog artifacts.

ColorSteam Pro Component Video: The player's component video outputs allow the video signal to be sent from the DVD player to a component video equipped interlaced or progressive scan TV. When this connection is utilized with today's HD-compatible sets, typical NTSC artifacts-like video noise, dot crawl, and flicker-are virtually eliminated, resulting in a low-noise, highly detailed picture with color purity.

Resolution Setting: The HD-A2 allows you to select the video resolution output for the HDMI and Component video outputs. You can choose from 480i, 480p, 720p, or 1080i for both. The component video output will only display 480i or 480p resolution on copy protected discs.

Simultaneous Video Output: The HD DVD player supports simultaneous output of video on its HDMI and component video ports. However, when both are connected the HDMI will only output the maximum resolution of the component video cable when watching a copy protected disc.

Auto Video Adjust: The HDMI output can be set to change automatically to match the maximum available resolution of your display. If you have the HDMI and component video cables both connected the resolution on the component output will also change when the HDMI output auto-adjusts.

Compatible Discs: The HD-A2 is capable of playing back the following disc formats.

  • HD DVD
  • DVD
  • DVD-R, DVD-R DL, DVD-RW
  • Audio CD
  • CD-R, CD-RW

Note: This unit is not capable of MP3 or WMA playback and does not support Blu-ray discs.

Playback Speeds: The HD-A2 offers the following playback speeds when viewing your disc.

  • Skip: allows you to skip to the beginning of the previous or next chapter or track
  • Frame by Frame: while the picture is "Paused" you can playback the video frame by frame
  • Fast Forward/Reverse: allows you to fast forward or fast rewind through a scene or track at 2x, 3x, 4x or 5x speed.
  • Slow Motion: allows you to play a video forward in slow-motion at a 1/4x, 1/2x or 1/8x of normal speed

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.

Title Search: Title Search allows you enter the number of the Title, Chapter and/or elapsed time of a scene you want to view on a disc and then directly go to that spot on the disc.

Repeat Mode: The Toshiba HD-A2 features the following repeat functions - All Repeat, Chapter Repeat, Track Repeat, Disc Repeat, and A-B repeat.

Extension Ports: The two USB extension ports may be used in the future for additional control options and firmware updates. Future control options include extra storage for downloadable content off of HD DVD discs.

Note: The USB ports are simply "gateway" interfaces for the player and its movies so their potential is limited to downloadable disc content.

Cursor Function: Future HD DVD discs may include game software and drawing software. If they do, 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. Future HD DVD discs will 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.

Camera Angle: If a scene has been recorded with multiple angles, you can change the camera angle of the scene you are watching on the disc.

Picture Settings: The Toshiba HD-A2 offers the following picture adjustments through its Picture Setting screen.

  • TV Shape: select between 16:9, 4:3 or 4:3 letter box
  • Enhanced Black Level: select this feature "On" to adjust the black level to a deep richer black
  • Picture Mode: select between Film, Video or Auto

Audio Settings: The HD DVD player provides the following audio adjustments within its Audio settings screen.

  • 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.
    • 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 output.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • Dynamic Range Control: The DRC function makes faint sounds easier to hear even if you lower the volume during late-hour playback. You can choose from On, Off or Auto. This function is only available for HD DVD and DVD video discs recorded in Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus or Dolby Digital TrueHD format.
  • Dialogue Enhancement: This feature increases the dialog volume of a DVD video disc during playback. You can turn this feature On or Off. This function is only available for Dolby Digital recorded HD DVD or DVD video discs.

Language Settings: The HD-A2 allows you to make the following language adjustments to your player and disc.

  • Disc Menu Language: select between English, French, Japanese or German for your disc's menu if applicable
  • Subtitle Language: select between English, French, Japanese or German for the subtitle language if applicable
  • Audio Language: select between English, French, Japanese or German for the disc's sound track audio if applicable
  • On Screen Language: select between English, French, Japanese or German for the player's on-screen menu display

Parental Lock: The Parental Lock feature allows you to use to activate an 8-level ratings system protected by a 4-digit password to limit what discs can be played back on your player.

Screen Saver: When activated a Screen Saver will appear if a picture is paused continuously for about 20 minutes.

Auto Power Off: When activated the Auto Power Off feature will turn the player off if picture pausing continues for about 20 minutes.

Dimmer: From the remote control you can dim the display of the unit or turn the display completely off.

Controls

Front Panel Controls: The following controls are located on the front panel of the unit behind a fold down door accept for the Open/Close button.

  • Open/Close: opens and closes player
  • Skip: skips to previous or next chapter or track
  • Pause: stops playback momentarily
  • Stop: stops playback
  • Play: starts playback

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

Inputs and Outputs Notes

Rear Panel Connections:

  • 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.
  • LAN: The rear-panel Ethernet port gives you access to Internet-based content on some HD DVDs.
  • Audio Out: The HD-A2 features a single optical digital output for transferring Dolby Digital and DTS information as well as a stereo analog output.
  • Video Output: The HD DVD player is equipped with one component video output, one S-video output and one composite video output.

Front Panel Connections:

  • Extension Ports: The HD-A2 has two front-panel USB Extension ports hidden behind a fold-down door.

 

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