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Toshiba XD E500

Toshiba XD E500
alaScore 90

713 reviews

Jul, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 713 reviews of Toshiba XD E500. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other DVD Players for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other DVD Players the Toshiba XD E500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 466 user reviews of Toshiba XD E500 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other DVD Players on

89% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Jul, 2016

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 162 user reviews of Toshiba XD E500 from The average user rating for this product is 3.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.6/5 for other DVD Players on

62% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Jul, 2016

Expert review by: Robert Heron (

Toshiba XD-E500


HDTV owners should experience the enhanced picture and sound quality of Blu-ray, but not all of them are ready to make the jump to a high-def disc player when traditional DVD is still perceived as good enough. Toshiba's XD-E500 DVD player ($149.99...

Energy efficient. 1080p24 output

Picture suffers a loss of detail with HDMI output. Default picture settings cause Sharpening artifacts. Overly softened image quality when displaying JPEG files. Low-resolution menus

If you don't want to spring for Blu-ray, there are plenty of upconverting DVD players to choose from, but the Toshiba XD-E500 is one to avoid.

Mar, 2009

Expert review by: Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity (

Toshiba XD-E500 DVD Player - Benchmark


The Toshiba XD-E500 is an exceptionally good low cost up-converting DVD player when used via HDMI and it received a perfect score under the HDMI section of the Secrets benchmark. In stark contrast was its de-interlacing performance using component...

Feb, 2009

Expert review by: Matthew Moskovciak (

Toshiba XD-E500 review:


When Toshiba finally pulled the plug on HD DVD , nobody was quite sure what the next step for the company was going to be. Would it go back to making DVD players, or would it forget the tensions of the format war and release a Blu-ray player ? Well,...

Solid DVD playback performance with extended definition (XDE) disabled; can play DivX, MP3, and WMA files burned on CDs and DVDs; can output DVD in 24 frames per second.

Expensive for a DVD player; XDE picture controls are best left off for the most-accurate picture; lacks features such as SACD playback and a USB port found on competing Oppo models; poor aspect ratio control on nonanamorphic DVDs.

The Toshiba XD-E500's XDE picture enhancements don't live up to the hype. While it's a solid upscaling DVD player, its high price makes it a hard sell.

Sep, 2008

Expert review by: David Vaughn ( Toshiba XD-E500 Upconverting DVD Player


Editor's note: You might be surprised to see a review of a DVD player at UAV, since we haven't published such reviews in quite a while. For more on this, see my blog about it

Decent DVD upscaling, Fast navigation of discs, Minimal layer-change delay

Picture enhancements don't work as advertised, Cheap build quality, Poor remote, Doesn't pass above-white or below-black

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Oct, 2008

Expert review by: Marty Sems (

Toshiba XD-E500


Toshiba dropped its support for HD DVD nearly a year ago, grudgingly conceding that BD is the de facto high-def optical disc format in much of the world. Still, the company hasn't exactly embraced Sony's format quite yet.

The difference between the XD-E500 and the BD-P1500 was most noticeable around the letters of the opening credits and the edges of stop-motion animated objects. The live-action DVD and BD versions of “X-Men: The Last Stand” looked extremely...

Expert review by: David Ramli (

Toshiba XD-E500-K-TY


The Toshiba XD-E500-K-TY is a DVD upscaler that delivers great image quality.

Very good at upscaling DVDs

Only half the price of an entry-level Blu-ray player with built-in DVD upscaler, no analog 7.1-channel audio outputs

The Toshiba XD-E500-K-TY provides excellent DVD upscaling for high-definition TVs. However, make sure you're certain that you don't want to fork out a bit more for a Blu-ray player instead.

Mar, 2009

Expert review by: Martin Pipe (

Toshiba XD-E500 review


The most exciting DVD player we've seen for some time. But can it rival Blu-ray?

Excellent upscaling ; Good DVD player ; Great value

In other respects, this player is a 'no-frills' budget model

As far as DVDs are concerned, this is one of the ultimate decks out there to make the most of your collection

Sep, 2008

Expert review by: Stuart Miles (

Toshiba XD-E500 upscaling DVD player - Pocket-lint


With the battle for Blu-ray and HD DVD over, Toshiba has changed its tack and launched a new upscaling DVD player, but does it have want to takes to recapture

Upscaling capabilities

Can't show the technology in action

At £120 the Toshiba XD-E500 is an impressive upscaling DVD player that is not only affordable but will go some way to revitalising your DVD collection.

Aug, 2008

Expert review by: Riyad Emeran (

Toshiba XD-E500 Upscaling DVD Player


With the demise of HD DVD, Toshiba has turned its attention back to DVD.

, it’s somewhat disappointing in a deck that will set you back around £130 on the street. The front fascia is reasonably busy, with a full complement of control buttons, along with the power button on the right. The left is dominated by the disc tray,...

Feb, 2011

Expert review by: Chris Kanaracus (

Toshiba XD-E500 review


But the Toshiba XD-E500's ability to upconvert DVD for up to 1080p resolution displays and a trio of special image-enhancement settings can add some HD-like zing to standard discs, Toshiba contends.

The Toshiba XD-E500 is a solid upconverting DVD player, even with the extra settings turned off, and the sharp feature definitely adds detail. But due to the player's £120 suggested price tag - roughly twice that of other upconverting players but...

Aug, 2008

Product Specifications

Fall in love with your movie collection all over again with the XD-E500. The XD-E500 not only upconverts standard DVD to 1080p resolution, but also enhances your viewing experience thanks to three user selectable modes: sharp for added edge detail, color for richer blues and greens, and contrast for enhancement of details in darker scenes.

Audio System

Sound Output Mode:Stereo
Surround Sound Effects:3D Surround

Dimensions & Weight



Form Factor:Tabletop
Media Load Type:Tray
Media Type:CD / CD-R / CD-RW / DVD / DVD-R / DVD-RW/CD-R / CD-RW / DVD-R / DVD-RW
Search Speed:100x / 2x / 8x / 30x/100x / 2x / 30x / 8x
Supported Digital Audio Standards:MP3 / WMA/WMA / MP3
Type:DVD player

DVD Features

HDCD decoding: Yes
Picture Zoom: Yes


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Toshiba XD