Toshiba HD-A1 DVD Player

DVD-RAM, DVD-RW, CD-RW - DVD Video, WMA, MP3 Playback - Progressive Scan - MPN: HDA1
Product Details
Description
The HD-A1 HD DVD player delivers outstanding resolution, bright, vivid colors and stunning sound from the next generation DVD standard adopted by the DVD forum. The HD-A1 is backwards compatible with standard DVDs and allows you to enjoy your existing collection of DVDs. The HD-A1 offers Video Up-conversion via the HDMI interface which scales the standard DVD video to output resolution of 720p or 1080i, matching the output to the resolution of your HDTV. And with the built in multi-channel decoders for Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD (2ch), DTS and DTS-HD, the HD-A1 will bring improved fidelity and sonic realism to your DVD movie soundtracks.
Quick Glance
Video Upscaling 720p, 1080i
Product Type DVD Player
Expert Reviews
Toshiba World's 1st HD DVD Player
4 Star Review  BurnWorld.com - May 18, 2006

Looking for a HD-DVD Player. Well here is the only one to date....

Read the full review »

Toshiba Hd-a1
2 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Jul 16, 2008

Toshiba Hd-a1 receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS score of 1.55 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #24 HD and Blu-Ray DVD player of all time. The overall rating represents an intelligent balance of features, value as a function of price to features, and a summary of reviews from a variety of sources. The TopTen REVIEWS' formula gives a picture of important consumer features, market value, and a product's acceptance and track record as it relates to similar products.

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User Reviews
Great DVD
5 Star Review   By member skanknpunx - Jun 11, 2007   

Strengths: Wonderful!

Weakness: Size

Unit is a little bulky if you are used to haveing a nice slim DVD player. Quite motor/fan. I have not heard anything when it starts up. DVD's are Awesome! can't beat it! Wonderful. Remote is basic and easy to use. I would reccomend switching over to a universal remote though.

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Exceeds expectations for a first-gen product
5 Star Review   By member cmndrjamesbond - Oct 17, 2006   

Strengths: Picture quality, upconverting DVD player, analog audio inputs, nice appearance.

Weakness: Long load times, no resume play function, remote.

Gorgeous picture! While the player doesn't support 1080p, inverse 3:2 pulldown means that there is no difference between 1080p/30 and 1080i/60. The analog audio inputs are essential for TrueHD audio. The long load times are annoying, but tolerable. So far, the resume play function doesn't work, but to my understanding the discs are to blame for this, and future titles will support this option. Lastly, the remote control is hard to read, and lacks backlighting. I imagine all of these flaws will be addressed with the A2, so if you're can hold off, I would recommend waiting. Overall, an excellent value.

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NEW TECHNOLOGY AT ITS BEST !!!
5 Star Review   By member DJS334 - Sep 12, 2006   

Strengths: UNBEATABLE PICTURE AND SOUND QUALITY! AN EXCELLENT BUY EVEN AT THE M.S.R.P.!

Weakness: NONE!

I struggled with HD DVD vs Blu Ray but in the end the price and the technology being compatible with standard DVD was a big factor in my decision to go with Toshiba. Having owned the player (over a week now) I can confidently say nothing on HDTV air/cable compares with the picture quality of this player which should be set to 1080i no matter what HDTV you own. Although it is at its best with HD-DVD's the picture quality that it has with regular DVD's is amazing. I was very impressed with how Toshiba has constantly upgraded the firmware on this player which now with 2.0 gives you full Dolby True HD and DTS HD support. This player is a steal at current prices which is cheaper than some standard DVD players. Highly recommended.

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Thoroughly Reviewed Product
4 Star Review   By member BSalita - Sep 11, 2006   

Strengths: Images

Weakness: Expensive, slow, some fan noise

The Toshiba HD-A1 is a very thoroughly reviewed product at Amazon. You won't get any suprises. This is an excellent first generation player (after firmware upgrades) but will surely be uninteresting when compared to future generations. I agree with all the positive and negative reviews. The main positive is that the images look great and it works well. I'm not so bothered by the negatives of slowness, uninteresting remote, audible fan noise, or non-1080p limit. However, I will welcome the future HD-DVD generations into my home. Expect smaller, lighter, quicker, smarter, cheaper and 1080p units early next year. Mine came with a 6 foot HDMI male-male cable.

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HORRIBLE REMOTE, SLOW player and NOISEY FAN
1 Star Review   By member ooobob - Sep 2, 2006   

Strengths: Great picture BUT...

Weakness: CONS: REMOTE CONTROL: Very poorly designed remote! Impossible to read labels on the buttons in a dimly lit room with out a flashlight (and a magnifying glass)! The buttons all look the same. The remote is too long, too heavy, is not ergonomic and it i

CONCLUSION: I am returning this player to BestBuy on Monday and I will wait to buy the new Sony Blu-ray BDP-S1 player when it becomes available. SUGGESTION: Wait for the Sony Blu-ray BDP-S1 player.

23% of readers found this review helpful.

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Good for now ... Until ( Someone comes out with a better unit )
3 Star Review   By member Altersounds - Jul 25, 2006   

Strengths: Great sound in DTS playback . Nice upconverting . Nice HD picture but sometimes can look normal as a standard player .

Weakness: Flaw in the audio section. Especially when skipping to the next scene... get a hum and then finally the sound comes on. Very slow in start-up compare to standard players. Kinda like your first comp.

Ok ... I got the software from Toshiba and loaded in the player but still didn't solve the player's flaw in the audio section playback . I would like to know why I get the hum at times when skipping to the next scene or when switching to another audio format (i.e. Dolby Dig. to DTS) . It's just so irritating considering for what people have to pay for . I have a standard player with upconvertion and I never once had this problem ( stupid HUM ) . If only the audio did not have a flaw , I would have given it another star . I guess we're stuck with it until a new one comes along . Hope for the better or best .

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Some fine eye candy at a reasonable price
4 Star Review   By member FranticInFresno - Jul 22, 2006   

Strengths: GREAT PICTURE! Pure eye candy. Picked up Serenity, Swordfish, and Constantine all in HD-DVD the vibrant colors blaze on the screen. The finest details and textures are clear as day in 1080i format.

Weakness: SLOW load times. Maybe a minute before the system finishes powering/booting up. Ocassional SLOW response to remote control input. Remote control difficut to read. sDVD upconvert only works on HDMI

Having a TV without an HDMI interface made my decision easier. My 3 year old 55" Mitsubishi projection HDTV only has component inputs. From what I have read of the Blu-Ray deck tech specs it ONLY has HDMI (this may or may not be true, since none were in stock to look at in my area, this comment is based on reviews/spec I HAVE READ), while the Toshiba HD-DVD supports multiple types of Monitor input (Component, HDMI, Video and S-Video) . So I sprang $499 at my local dealer.~~~ A couple of USB ports on the front are listed for use with game controllers. Could be useful in the future.~~~ The new HD-DVD features are innovative/progressive. Being able to pop up a transparent user menu while the movie is running is useful. ~~~ Having an Ethernet jack that allows HD-DVDs to poll the internet for streaming video of coming attractions is nice, and the same internet connection can be used to update firmware as new options become available. ~~~ All in all, at near half the price of Blu-Ray, a great value for the investment. I give it 4 stars, taking away one for the slow response times.

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Product Details
Description
The HD-A1 HD DVD player delivers outstanding resolution, bright, vivid colors and stunning sound from the next generation DVD standard adopted by the DVD forum. The HD-A1 is backwards compatible with standard DVDs and allows you to enjoy your existing collection of DVDs. The HD-A1 offers Video Up-conversion via the HDMI interface which scales the standard DVD video to output resolution of 720p or 1080i, matching the output to the resolution of your HDTV. And with the built in multi-channel decoders for Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD (2ch), DTS and DTS-HD, the HD-A1 will bring improved fidelity and sonic realism to your DVD movie soundtracks.
Quick Glance
Video Upscaling 720p, 1080i
Product Type DVD Player
Summary
Product Title Toshiba HD-A1 DVD Player
Manufacturer Toshiba
Power Score 3.6 | 9 Reviews
Components and Compatible Media
Media Supported: DVD-RAM - Play, DVD-RW - Play, CD-RW - Play
Number of Discs Supported: 1
Interface
Audio Video Connectors: HDMI Yes, Component Video Yes, Composite Video Yes
Output: A/V (Composite), Audio - Digital Optical, Audio - Multichannel RCA (Decoded), Component Video, HDMI, S-Video
Interface Connection: USB Yes, Ethernet Yes
Video Quality
Video DAC: 11 Bit
Audio Quality
On-board Decoders: Dolby Digital
Audio DAC: 24 Bit
Dimensions
Height: 4.3"
Width: 17.7"
Dimensions: 4.33" Height x 17.72" Width x 13.39" Depth
Depth: 13.4"
Warranty
Warranty Information: 1 Year Parts, 90 Days Labor Limited Warranty
More Info
URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
Remote Control: Same Brand Remote
Audio Codecs Supported: MP3, WMA
Input: Ethernet - RJ45, Serial RS-232C - 9 Pin, USB - Universal Serial Bus
Video Features: Time Search (DVD Only)
Expert Reviews
Toshiba World's 1st HD DVD Player
4 Star Review  BurnWorld.com - May 18, 2006

Looking for a HD-DVD Player. Well here is the only one to date....

Read the full review »

Toshiba Hd-a1
2 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Jul 16, 2008

Toshiba Hd-a1 receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS score of 1.55 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #24 HD and Blu-Ray DVD player of all time. The overall rating represents an intelligent balance of features, value as a function of price to features, and a summary of reviews from a variety of sources. The TopTen REVIEWS' formula gives a picture of important consumer features, market value, and a product's acceptance and track record as it relates to similar products.

Read the full review »

User Reviews
Great DVD
5 Star Review   By member skanknpunx - Jun 11, 2007   

Strengths: Wonderful!

Weakness: Size

Unit is a little bulky if you are used to haveing a nice slim DVD player. Quite motor/fan. I have not heard anything when it starts up. DVD's are Awesome! can't beat it! Wonderful. Remote is basic and easy to use. I would reccomend switching over to a universal remote though.

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Exceeds expectations for a first-gen product
5 Star Review   By member cmndrjamesbond - Oct 17, 2006   

Strengths: Picture quality, upconverting DVD player, analog audio inputs, nice appearance.

Weakness: Long load times, no resume play function, remote.

Gorgeous picture! While the player doesn't support 1080p, inverse 3:2 pulldown means that there is no difference between 1080p/30 and 1080i/60. The analog audio inputs are essential for TrueHD audio. The long load times are annoying, but tolerable. So far, the resume play function doesn't work, but to my understanding the discs are to blame for this, and future titles will support this option. Lastly, the remote control is hard to read, and lacks backlighting. I imagine all of these flaws will be addressed with the A2, so if you're can hold off, I would recommend waiting. Overall, an excellent value.

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NEW TECHNOLOGY AT ITS BEST !!!
5 Star Review   By member DJS334 - Sep 12, 2006   

Strengths: UNBEATABLE PICTURE AND SOUND QUALITY! AN EXCELLENT BUY EVEN AT THE M.S.R.P.!

Weakness: NONE!

I struggled with HD DVD vs Blu Ray but in the end the price and the technology being compatible with standard DVD was a big factor in my decision to go with Toshiba. Having owned the player (over a week now) I can confidently say nothing on HDTV air/cable compares with the picture quality of this player which should be set to 1080i no matter what HDTV you own. Although it is at its best with HD-DVD's the picture quality that it has with regular DVD's is amazing. I was very impressed with how Toshiba has constantly upgraded the firmware on this player which now with 2.0 gives you full Dolby True HD and DTS HD support. This player is a steal at current prices which is cheaper than some standard DVD players. Highly recommended.

67% of readers found this review helpful.

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Thoroughly Reviewed Product
4 Star Review   By member BSalita - Sep 11, 2006   

Strengths: Images

Weakness: Expensive, slow, some fan noise

The Toshiba HD-A1 is a very thoroughly reviewed product at Amazon. You won't get any suprises. This is an excellent first generation player (after firmware upgrades) but will surely be uninteresting when compared to future generations. I agree with all the positive and negative reviews. The main positive is that the images look great and it works well. I'm not so bothered by the negatives of slowness, uninteresting remote, audible fan noise, or non-1080p limit. However, I will welcome the future HD-DVD generations into my home. Expect smaller, lighter, quicker, smarter, cheaper and 1080p units early next year. Mine came with a 6 foot HDMI male-male cable.

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HORRIBLE REMOTE, SLOW player and NOISEY FAN
1 Star Review   By member ooobob - Sep 2, 2006   

Strengths: Great picture BUT...

Weakness: CONS: REMOTE CONTROL: Very poorly designed remote! Impossible to read labels on the buttons in a dimly lit room with out a flashlight (and a magnifying glass)! The buttons all look the same. The remote is too long, too heavy, is not ergonomic and it i

CONCLUSION: I am returning this player to BestBuy on Monday and I will wait to buy the new Sony Blu-ray BDP-S1 player when it becomes available. SUGGESTION: Wait for the Sony Blu-ray BDP-S1 player.

23% of readers found this review helpful.

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Good for now ... Until ( Someone comes out with a better unit )
3 Star Review   By member Altersounds - Jul 25, 2006   

Strengths: Great sound in DTS playback . Nice upconverting . Nice HD picture but sometimes can look normal as a standard player .

Weakness: Flaw in the audio section. Especially when skipping to the next scene... get a hum and then finally the sound comes on. Very slow in start-up compare to standard players. Kinda like your first comp.

Ok ... I got the software from Toshiba and loaded in the player but still didn't solve the player's flaw in the audio section playback . I would like to know why I get the hum at times when skipping to the next scene or when switching to another audio format (i.e. Dolby Dig. to DTS) . It's just so irritating considering for what people have to pay for . I have a standard player with upconvertion and I never once had this problem ( stupid HUM ) . If only the audio did not have a flaw , I would have given it another star . I guess we're stuck with it until a new one comes along . Hope for the better or best .

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Some fine eye candy at a reasonable price
4 Star Review   By member FranticInFresno - Jul 22, 2006   

Strengths: GREAT PICTURE! Pure eye candy. Picked up Serenity, Swordfish, and Constantine all in HD-DVD the vibrant colors blaze on the screen. The finest details and textures are clear as day in 1080i format.

Weakness: SLOW load times. Maybe a minute before the system finishes powering/booting up. Ocassional SLOW response to remote control input. Remote control difficut to read. sDVD upconvert only works on HDMI

Having a TV without an HDMI interface made my decision easier. My 3 year old 55" Mitsubishi projection HDTV only has component inputs. From what I have read of the Blu-Ray deck tech specs it ONLY has HDMI (this may or may not be true, since none were in stock to look at in my area, this comment is based on reviews/spec I HAVE READ), while the Toshiba HD-DVD supports multiple types of Monitor input (Component, HDMI, Video and S-Video) . So I sprang $499 at my local dealer.~~~ A couple of USB ports on the front are listed for use with game controllers. Could be useful in the future.~~~ The new HD-DVD features are innovative/progressive. Being able to pop up a transparent user menu while the movie is running is useful. ~~~ Having an Ethernet jack that allows HD-DVDs to poll the internet for streaming video of coming attractions is nice, and the same internet connection can be used to update firmware as new options become available. ~~~ All in all, at near half the price of Blu-Ray, a great value for the investment. I give it 4 stars, taking away one for the slow response times.

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