Manufacturer: Toshiba Part number: HDXA1
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- Average user rating: 3.5 stars out of 13 reviews
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Fundelmentals picture quality and sound good; operationally very poor.
by multimedes on May 19, 2006
Pros: Sound quality of the DTS track good, picture quality acceptable but slightly below expectations
Cons: Every interaction with the player is very slow, this is a first generation firmware issue.
Summary: I was viewing the picture on a 12 foot screen using a Digital Projection 3 chip Projector with 2048x1080 resolutions up converted to 1080p. I compared the picture quality of ...
Summary: I was viewing the picture on a 12 foot screen using a Digital Projection 3 chip Projector with 2048x1080 resolutions up converted to 1080p. I compared the picture quality of The Last Samurai HD disc, from the XA1, with the same SD DVD output from a Kaleidescape server up converted to 1080i by the server and then to 1080p by the projector.
I was surprised that the differences were not as marked as I would have expected. Yes the standard DVD output from the Kaleidescape was softer with less detail and not as film like but I have seen pictures with more punch from my Satellite provider when transmitting content filmed in HD.
While setting up for this comparison the operational weakness of the player became very apparent;
1. Start up and stop times, minutes not seconds.
2. Response to any key on remote controller very slow, one initially thinks the controller is not responding.
3. When changing resolution of the player using the resolution key on the remote, the player stops, you then push the play button and the player starts up with the new resolution, but not from where the movie was when the resolution key was pressed but from the start of the movie. The problem is compounded if you need to go from 480p to 1080i the process needs to be completed twice, 408p-720p-1080i which takes several minutes to get back to were you started from in the movie.
4. The above process is similar when you switch from HDMI output to an analogue output, the player stops and returns to the beginning of the movie before setting the new output.
5. Trying to get the remotes back lighting to stay on for more than 1 second requires shaking the life out of it.
6. The menu structure for the player was quite basic.
My conclusion is that this product has been released with firmware in a very primitive state and/or the internal processors are too slow to achieve acceptable load and response times.
9 out of 9 users found this user opinion helpful.
Awesome quality, but with a couple setbacks
by samshady on April 26, 2006
Pros: Style/Finish is nothing short of superb; picture quality is excellent
Cons: Very slow (opening) tray and menu load time
Summary: I was really excited to pull this heavy piece of hardware out of the box...and it is beautiful! I bought this product, without even seeing a demo setup...I ...
Summary: I was really excited to pull this heavy piece of hardware out of the box...and it is beautiful! I bought this product, without even seeing a demo setup...I figured that the specs alone would stand up to its claim. I wasn't disappointed in sound and picture quality of next-gen home video. If I could describe the detail in clarity, it would be like watching 5-6 megapixel still picture, but in MOTION! The sound was a lot clearer also, with the 6.1 custom Bose/Klipsch setup that I'm running. Although this player only outputs 1080i, it was hard to tell with the 60" Sony SXRD (which has a native resolution of 1080p). Bottom line for quality of the hardware and audio/video output: 10 all the way!!
...However, gotta note the drawbacks. It seemed like my remote wasn't working, or the button inputs were delayed or something (I might have to play around with it more). Everytime I went to press the open/close button (or door button) on the remote, it wouldn't seem to respond - only to find out that it just took that long! Also, the motion sensor on the remote to activate the backlight seemed like a cool feature, but when I grabbed the remote to perform a function, it only stayed illuminated for a short amount of time (often not being able to finish pressing the buttons that you were looking for). You would then have to either set the remote down (then pick it up again), or shake the crap out of it! There is a button on the remote to turn the backlight on, but what good is it if you can't see it If it wasn't for the slow load time and remote (shortcomings), I would easily give this player a 10, but gotta go with an overall 8/8.5.
9 out of 10 users found this user opinion helpful.
Excellent 1st Gen Player that is upgradeable via firmware (internet/disc)
by PAntiGravity on May 12, 2006
Pros: Astounding picture quality; great sound; upgradeable
Cons: Slow "power-up"; quirky SD DVD menu navigation; quirky remote; only "core" audio decoding of DD TrueHD and DTS HD
Summary: This is a great showing for HD-DVD's 1st generation player. Very few bugs for a totally new player/format. Picture quality is better than anything presently available...better than ...
Summary: This is a great showing for HD-DVD's 1st generation player. Very few bugs for a totally new player/format. Picture quality is better than anything presently available...better than what you will get in 99.99% of theaters. This thing is priced to sell.
Outstanding job on upconversion of SD DVDs; better than the Denon 3910 and Oppo 971H...worth the price for that reason alone!
Firmware upgrades are promised and hopefully they can minimize "power-up" times (this is a PC after all and requires a boot-up process), hopefully they can fix the quirky SD DVD menu navigation and maybe even add other features like 1080p output (though not strictly needed for many reason at the present moment), full audio decoding of DD TrueHD and DTS HD formats and slightly quicker disc load times (but really isn't that bad; the Denon 3910 takes quite a while to load discs and has slow menu navigation...but I say you can't rush quality!).
Definitely worth the price of admission for most everyone...everyone else should probably wait to see if the minor issues are addressed simply through firmware or wait for 2nd generation players, either from Toshiba or other CE manufacturers.
5 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
Glitches as expected for new format
by pasprop on May 10, 2006
Pros: Stellar Video performance
Cons: Sound glitches, startup delay, easily gets lost
Summary: Ok, if your as crazy about HD as I am you will be looking into one of the HD players for your home. Be warned these are new format player ...
Summary: Ok, if your as crazy about HD as I am you will be looking into one of the HD players for your home. Be warned these are new format player and they will have problems. But if your willing to work through the difficulties it will be worth it.
The first thing I would suggest you do is turn on the audible beep that acknowledges the player got your remote command.
Second, wait for it to respond. Its responds like a busy PC without the progress bar to tell you its busy and will be confused if you give too many commands.
Problems; I noticed an audio drop out problem with all three of the HD DVDs I tried. The sound would drop out for a fraction of a second 2 to 9 per hour during the movie. It sound just like audio drop out you get when playing a DVD on a laptop with too many task running in the background.
Another problem is the player did not play any of my CDs. I tied Telarc CD, RCA CD and a three others. None of them would play on the HD XA1. I was told by Toshiba this was a hardware problem and the new unit should be sent in for repair. I think the problem may be in the audio setup and I just have not had the time to check it out. So far the Toshiba customer service has not been must help.
Movies vary greatly in how they look and perform in the player. Phantom of the opera makes a good HD demo for now. Serenity has a very clean picture, but the special features would not work and generated a motor boot type sound that seemed about to blow my speakers out.
Generally I feel HD DVD is a good 1st product for HD DVD early adopters. The firmware update feature should allow most of the glitches to be fixed without sending the unit in to the repair shop. For the average user that wants HD to feed their HDTV, I suggest waiting for the bugs to be worked out.
2 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
8.5 it excells where it counts!
by enrobriaffej on July 22, 2006
Pros: picure and sound quality, vibration sensitve backlit remote, inputs/outputs
Cons: Start up time/response time, size, not 1080p
Summary: Last piece of my home theater
Written by jeff, Dallas, Texas on July 8, 2006
After purchasing the Marantz SR8500, 1080p 42" Westinghouse(LVM-42w2) and all of the best, and ...
Summary: Last piece of my home theater
Written by jeff, Dallas, Texas on July 8, 2006
After purchasing the Marantz SR8500, 1080p 42" Westinghouse(LVM-42w2) and all of the best, and necessary cables(THX-HDMI/DVI and Fiber Optic audio), verizon fios programming, infinity 7.1 surround, soon PS3,the Toshiba HD-XA1 was my last componet.
The initial set-up did take a few hours; however after finally putting in my first hd-dvd was truly a breathtaking expierence. I, unfortunately, began with Syriana instead of the matrix, or some action packed equivalent. But throughout the entire movie i found myself making pre-pubescent oogling sounds. It does make that much of a difference!
However, if you do not plan on investing in hd-dvds, the difference this player will ultimately make is probably not worth it. The upscalled picture difference on standard dvds this player achieves would be equalled by most middle to high end dvd players on the market. I would recomend Denon or Onkyo.
So, even though at this time hd-dvd players do not output 1080p resolution(as blu ray does), the picture difference still oddly favors Toshiba. Being that Sonys apparant pre-mature launch of blu ray has some kinks in picture performance. For now the best picture possible, in my area, will come from this hd-dvd player; but i will be purchasing a PS3 in November.
The fifth star would have been easily acheived if: the necessary firmware update was pre-installed, the response time of functions was better and if it wasnt nearly as big as my old amplifier. However, the overall design of the player and remote are top notch. Sound and image quality are lifelike. Oh, i wouldnt know about remote issues because i use a marantz learning universal for everything. But i must say the movement activated backlight IS VERY COOL.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
The Tosiba delivers an excellent picture to my Panasonic 7UY
by Ekmn on June 12, 2006
Pros: Sleek design, great picture from both HD-DVDs and standard DVDs
Cons: Slow loading and response times
Summary: The Toshiba is an excellent player which delivers a first class picture to my 720p Panasonic plasma. Don't bother running any resolution other than 1080i from this player though, ...
Summary: The Toshiba is an excellent player which delivers a first class picture to my 720p Panasonic plasma. Don't bother running any resolution other than 1080i from this player though, as it downconverts to 480 first, and then back up to 720. Better to leave it at 1080 and let your TV convert the signal to 720... you get a MUCH better picture. That said, I'm very happy with this player, and the picture my plasma displays at 720 is incredible. I initially had the same trouble that some others claim they have had with the Remote not backlighting, but the store I purchased it from had another unit in stock, and they gave my the remote from that one, which works perfectly. They also told me that they had talked with Toshiba about the problem, and they were told that once you put the remote through "learning mode", as you would if you programmed it for your TV, that the problem corrects itself. I have no way of knowing that personally, since they replaced my remote and it works fine.
Some of the response times are slow - such as starting up, loading and shutting down. If you give it a command, you can't use another button until that command has executed. This really isn't a problem once you figure it out, unless you are really impatient, and I'm not. This stems from the fact that the player is actually a small computer (it has a pentium processor and an ethernet connection for upgrades, etc.), and we all know just how slow some computers can be (weren't they supposed to make life easier and faster?). But it really isn't a big deal, because the wait times are not that long. It does open the tray quickly (if it isn't doing something else at the time), and I really like the remote controlled opening lower panel in front.
The player is first class construction all around and heavy. Very solid looking and elegant... I glad I got it and I enjoy finally watching my plasma at its potential. I'l will definitely be getting a Panasonic 1080p plasma sometime, but I won't be complaining about the picture on my 7UY with this player.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Fantastic HD DVD player, the best
by unotis on March 18, 2007
Pros: Up-converts DVDs to almost HD quality, Sound Quality Excellent!
Cons: Slow load/start-up compared to other DVD players
Summary: When I first recieved the player, I was amazed by the build quality. It was the way I remembered equipment use to be made, built like a tank and made ...
Summary: When I first recieved the player, I was amazed by the build quality. It was the way I remembered equipment use to be made, built like a tank and made to last. I will admit that it was a little buggy until I downloaded the firmware updates from Toshiba, now it runs flawlessly. I also thought the remote did not work really well until I replaced the Toshiba batteries with new batteries, now it also works perfectly. This unit also plays CDs with better sound quality then 99% of the CD players on the market, it easily equals the sound quality from a $1000 to $1500 high end audiophile CD player, very pleased and I highly recommend this DVD player as the the best value out there at present.
Low Cost Jump to HD HT and Dolby TrueHD
by projectapollo1972 on March 17, 2007
Pros: Close out price, build quality, firmware upgrade, picture quality
Cons: A bit quirky, as most others have discussed; high-rez audio set-up is a guessing game.
Summary: I made the upgrade to HD home theater by buying this unit (close-out on eBay for $385 shipped) paired with the new Mitsubishi HD1000U high-def 720p projector (only $875 from ...
Summary: I made the upgrade to HD home theater by buying this unit (close-out on eBay for $385 shipped) paired with the new Mitsubishi HD1000U high-def 720p projector (only $875 from The Projector Place, shipped -- see my review of this unit on CNET, as well.) Bought a 25' HDMI cable on eBay for under $20. Well, for $1260 I got the HD player and projector - made the leap to a 92" screen HD HT -- and the results are simply amazing.
Yes, this player is slow -- but by the time I'm done fiddling with my popcorn and drinks, the movie is loaded. Sure beats watching 20 minutes of trailers at the theater. And yes, the remote is annoying, but that is nit-picking in my view.
I did a lot of research on the blu-ray and HD-DVD world and here is why I bought this player: My investment is only $385 which gets me entry into the HD HT world with a high-quality player. Even if blu-ray wins, I'm not out very much at all. And the blu-ray players are still way too expensive. I chose this first gen Toshiba because of the close-out pricing, build quality, 5.1 analog audio outs (very important to me), and 5-free HD-DVD offer from Toshiba (after 3/1/07). Netflix is my source for HD-DVDs, so I'm not yet investing in an HD-DVD library. Netflix is just outstanding in this regard.
The projector/player combo has worked perfectly. I've had 2 HD-DVDs not work properly, but I think its because I had not upgraded the players firmware to 2.0 -- which I have now done.
Regarding the 5.1 Audio: My HT set-up has a very high end audio system, so I wanted to make sure my new HD player was up to the task. Only the Toshibas give you access to on-board decoding of the new Dolby Thue HD sound (and the second gen HDA2 does not.) I surely did not want to have to replace my HT receiver - so, on-board player decoding was a must for me. As best I can tell, no blu-ray player offers this even at their highest end product. The only low cost player with this capability is the HD XA1. The HDA2 dropped these 5.1 analog outs and the HDXA2 is too expensive for me. So, if you want cheap access to the new Dolby TrueHD with your legacy HT receiver, you really only have one player to chose from....this is it. I've fiddled with the sound set-up on this player quite a bit -- and the player does not give you much feedback on what kind of audio it is processing for you. I ended up leaving the bass management alone in the player (all speakers set to large) -- and going with a pure 5.1 analog out to my receivers 5.1 ins (that go straight to the amp section without any A-to-D or other bass management). So, my signal path is very simple, relying on the player to do the high-rez D-to-A converting. I'm very happy with the results, but still need to do more investigating. The big down-side for me is that I've had to relinquish my 5.1 ins on the receiver to this player -- and give up on my DVD-Audio and SACD play back capability, at least for now. The price of early adoption, I guess.
Bottom-Line: If you are looking to get into HD HT, I recommend this player over all the others based on price (close-out under $400) and feature set (on-board Dolby TrueHD decoding) and 5 free HD DVDs (after 3/1/07) from Toshiba, and HD DVD title availability from Netflix. Low investment, high reward. Pair it with the low-cost Mitsubishi HD1000U projector, and you have yourself a fantastic HD HT upgrade path for a very low price. The price of early adoption just got afforable.
For you audio freaks out there -- my HT system is 5 matched JBL studio monitors (4212A's, 3-ways with 12" woofer), a passive JBL 15" sub, a Buttkicker LFE device (very very cool device), Harmon Kardon HT receiver. I use seperate power amps (Adcom GFA 555's) for the fronts and the sub (bridged mono for 600 watts) -- and use the on-board amps for the surrounds. I use the Harmon Kardon's "direct 6 channel in" analog playback mode with this Toshiba player for the simplest signal path -- only need to push the sub channel up a few steps in level. Excellent results, so far.
Picture great ... Mechanically not so great .
by mesohomey on December 25, 2006
Pros: Well structurely built .
Cons: Door sucks . Closes at times before tray ... making stuck !
Summary: So far I owned this unit I start to find some annoying glitches especially what people have to shell out to pay for this unit . They could at least get ...
Summary: So far I owned this unit I start to find some annoying glitches especially what people have to shell out to pay for this unit . They could at least get it right . When closing the door , the tray at times get caught when the door closes first before the tray . Also when playing an HD DVD disc , the picture seem to freeze up and the counter still going . Oh yea and the disc is brand new . I guess they should have gone with the Intel Core Duo instead of a Pentium 4 or is it 3 but who cares . The main thing is the unit to work right . That's even with the firmware updated . What's up with that ... Tosh .
0 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Got it!!!!!!! and it's ......swwweeet
by t1973 on June 20, 2006
Pros: Extremely Clean picture Quality........nuf said.
Cons: start up time dadada tick toc tick toc start upalready!!!!
Summary: first let me say i went to best buy to see how the blueray , the sales guy said they did not have any demo movies for it "could not find ...
Summary: first let me say i went to best buy to see how the blueray , the sales guy said they did not have any demo movies for it "could not find it or something like that but they did have new ones to purches also they had like 2 blueray samsung left 999.00 however the sales guy told me what i already heard the...toshiba hd picture was wayyy better then the blueray, yeah thats what im hearing on the net. they did'nt have anymore toshibas but he told me to try tweeders next door, went in and picked up this toshiba hdxa1 799+tax+2yr wrty for $70 dollars. even with all that im still under 999 dallors yes!!! $958.00 Yeah!!!! at home setup was a challenge,I had to call tech support they kindly walked me through, no problem an they are going to send me a updated disc. i have 1 hd Dvd syriana, the picture looked clean NO noise sharp clean smooth colorful very much High def!!! also the trailers looked awsome on this thing!!
million dollar baby looks sharp in high def!! also i played some of my old dvds and the upscaling to 1080i makes them even look better!I forgot i was using the hdmi wires that "came in the box"...yes the"free junk" and the picture still looked great!! I have some 4 foot belkims on the way they should of gotten here by now..@$#@??!!! but this is a sweet unit the door comes down and up all-automatic-like. the looks of the unit itself is very solid the blue led light adds to the modern clean minimalist look that I love. personally i think if sony cant put-out a better blueray product! for 999.00 duck!!! thier is no doubt there in a world of trouble.. Hd Dvd is looking very very good today!!!! it sure suprized me!!Updated
also the remotes look is smooth very classic 007-like fashion you know that 70's high end flavor... however you have to press it and holddd..it for at less half a second in order for the toshiba to recognize commands, also looky!! it lights up when you move it! very 007 very unique! hay i guess 1977 was a GOOD YEAR after all!!!!
0 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Toshiba
- Part number: HDXA1
- Description: The HD-XA1 player takes advantage of the superior capabilities of the HD DVD format, including outstanding visual quality supported by leading-edge video compression technologies, the high resolution audio specifications and the capability for enhanced functionality including, Advanced Navigation, also referred to as "iHD."
- Component type HD DVD player
- Form factor Tabletop
- Dimensions (WxDxH) 17.7 in x 13.4 in x 4.3 in
- Media Type DVD-RAM,
- Video D/A Converter 11bit / 216MHz
- Audio D/A Converter 24bit / 192kHz
- Built-in Audio Decoders DTS-HD decoder,
Dolby Digital Plus,
- Media Load Type Tray
- Picture Modes Letterbox,
Pan and scan
- DVD Repeat Modes A-B repeat
- Supported Digital Audio Standards WMA,
- Additional features Screen saver ,
WMA playback ,
On-screen display ,
Parental lock ,
Video black level expansion
- Sound Output Mode Surround Sound
- Digital Audio Format Dolby Digital output,
DTS digital output
- Connector type 1 x 5.1 channel audio line-out ( RCA phono x 6 ) - Rear,
1 x HDMI ( 19 pin HDMI Type A ) - Rear,
1 x Component video output ( RCA phono x 3 ) - Rear,
1 x S-Video output ( 4 pin mini-DIN ) - Rear,
1 x Composite video output ( RCA phono ) - Rear,
1 x Audio line-out ( RCA phono x 2 ) - Rear,
1 x Digital audio output (coaxial) ( RCA phono ) - Rear,
1 x Digital audio output (optical) ( TOSLINK ) - Rear,
1 x Network ( RJ-45 ) - Rear,
1 x Serial ( 9 pin D-Sub ) - Rear,
2 x USB - Front
- Type Remote control - Infrared