Monday, October 30, 2006

HD DVD To Launch in Australia, This December

Toshiba Corp. has announced that its line-up of HD DVD players that is currently scheduled for release in the European markets starting next month - HD-E1 and HD-XE1 - will also be available for sale in Australia starting this December. The HD-E1 (Aus$1099) is scheduled to be available at retail from mid-December while the HD-XE1 (Aus$1,599) is expected to be available from February 2007. At the bottom of this post are image previews of HD-E1 (First) and HD-XE1 (Second). Both can decode and playback Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital-Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS and DTS-HD (DTS Core stream is played back) audio tracks but ultimately what you get is a maximum of 5.1-channel audio via the analog 5.1 outputs and/or HDMI.

HD DVD discs containing high definition content at a field rate of 50Hz or a frame rate of 25Hz cannot be played on HD-XE1 without a firmware update. Firmware update is expected in the future. Should you have any questions about the frame rate of your disc, please contact the disc vendor.

Main differences between the 2 models:

  • SD Upscale to HD resolution via HDMI:
    - HD-E1 (up to 1080i)
    - HD-XE1 (up to 1080p)
  • HD output resolutions:
    - HD-E1 (720p, 1080i)
    - HD-XE1 (720p, 1080i, 1080p)
  • 297MHz/12bit Video DAC (HD-XE1 only)
  • HDMI connection supported:
    - HD-E1 (HDMI 1.2a)
    - HD-XE1 (HDMI 1.3: Deep Colour feature supported but requires compatible display compliant with this feature)
  • Audio connections:
    - HD-E1 (2-ch analog, Digital Optical)
    - HD-XE1 (2-ch analog, 5.1-ch analog, Digital Coaxial, Digital Optical)

HD DVD Titles Currently Announced for HD DVD Format Australian Launch

20 November 2006

  • Pat Metheny Group - The Way Up: Live

6 December 2006

  • The Fugitive
  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
  • Lethal Weapon
  • Lethal Weapon 2
  • Superman Returns
  • Unforgiven
  • Under Siege
  • V for Vendetta

EzyDVD is currently accepting pre-orders for these HD DVD titles...



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