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Toshiba HD-A1

Toshiba HD-A1
alaScore 84

384 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 384 reviews from magazines and websites.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other DVD Players the Toshiba HD-A1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 384 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

User Reviews  

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Toshiba HD-A1

 

HD-DVD at times easily offers the finest home-theater experience we've had.

The Toshiba HD-A1, the first high-definition DVD player to reach the market, is perfect for those who have a really big HDTV, don't need 1080p, and have money to burn. Everyone else should wait until the price drops, more HD-DVD titles ship, and the...

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Toshiba HD-A1 HD DVD Player

 

Introduction Cracking open the box of my first HD DVD player, I can't help but think back to the days of the VHS vs. Betamax and DVD-Audio vs. SACD format wars. With the pending release of Blu-ray, the competing high-definition disc format, many...

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Toshiba HD-A1 HD DVD Player

 

Most of the reported 10,000-15,000 HD DVD players shipped to dealers apparently went to Best Buy, and if that retailer is representative, only 2-3 players were allotted to each store, along with a handful discs. The players were gone within a day—some...

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Toshiba HD-A1 HD DVD Player

 

Most of the reported 10,000-15,000 HD DVD players shipped to dealers apparently went to Best Buy, and if that retailer is representative, only 2-3 players were allotted to each store, along with a handful discs. The players were gone within a day--some...

Stunning image quality

Sluggish loading

Consumer review by:

Toshiba HD-A1

 

I just purchased the Toshiba HD-A1 HD-DVD player this weekend. I got a really good deal on it too. I did my homework between both Blu-Ray and HD-DVD...the latter won out. Blu-Ray is entirely too expensive at this time and not a pratical addition to my...

Clear, crisp, sharp picture! Affordable and an impressive amount of configuration choices

Loading is a bit on the slow side and the remote takes a while to get used to

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Toshiba HD-A1

 

I have been using this machine for 5 days now and am very satisfied.

Works wonderful. I have it set on 1080i and just leave it there it works great on both my standard and HD DVD's. It far exceeds my expectations on both

I don't need as many buttons on the remote. I only use about 8 of them

Consumer review by:

Toshiba HD-A1

 

First off to be clear I actually have an HD-XA1. The guts of both the XA1 and the A1 are supposed to be same;however concerns I've read about the A1's remote are not shared with XA1. I love the remote with its motion sensing backlight. The only...

Beautifully built/incredible picture/great job with regular DVDs

Minimal software

Consumer review by:

Toshiba HD-A1

 

HDTV, a lot of people think of this as "next-gen" technology...

Cheap, Inexpensive

Ya get what ya pay for, no 1080p. No new releases on HD-DVD, only old movies

Consumer review by:

Toshiba HD-A1

 

Bad design, loads slowly, has many glitches

Its cheap, only that

Bad design, loads slowly, has many glitches

Consumer review by:

A worthy unit for a first generation model

 

Excellent build quality, great picture, great sound, many features

Slow load times, definately need newest firmware to work their best

Product Specifications

As a logical evolution of the DVD market to high definition, the HD-A1 has backward compatibility, allowing users to continue to enjoy their libraries of current DVD and CD software. Supporting the leading-edge efficient video compression standards of MPEG-4 AVC and VC-1, as well as MPEG2, this model will utilizes the video decoder chip developed by Broadcom. Toshiba's HD-A1 supports a variety of HD audio options to complement HD video offerings. The mandatory audio formats for HD DVD include both lossy and lossless formats from Dolby Labs and DTS - including the newly developed Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD.
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