Monday, January 08, 2007

HD DVD Hardware (Set-top Players)... Toshiba's HD-A20 & LG's Super Multi Blue Player

Toshiba is introducing the new HD-A20, which is expected to retail at $599.99 (Spring 2007). With the 1080p capabilities of the HD-A20, Toshiba has taken high definition to the next level at an attractive price point. The HD-A20 joins the existing Toshiba HD DVD line-up which includes the entry level HD-A2 and the top of the line model, HD-XA2. Images of this player via this website.

To match the resolution of your display, Toshiba's HD DVD players output HD DVD content through the HDMI interface in 720p or 1080i for the HD-A2, and 720p, 1080i or 1080p for the HD-A20 and the HD-XA2. Through the HDMI interface, standard definition DVDs can also be upconverted to match the resolution of HD displays.

The HD-A2, HD-A20, and HD-XA2 are all backward compatible, so users can continue to enjoy their libraries of current DVD and CD software.

Both the HD-A20 and the high end HD-XA2 HD DVD player are designed to output 1920 x 1080p, the highest HD signal currently available, via HDMI.

All of Toshiba's HD DVD players support a variety of HD audio options to complement its HD video offerings. This includes both lossy and lossless formats from Dolby Labs and DTS® including the Dolby® Digital Plus and Dolby TrueHD. For more information, visit www.toshibahddvd.com or http://tacp.toshiba.com.

LG’s Super Multi Blue Player (BH100) - plays HD DVD discs - is available to U.S. consumers during the first quarter of 2007, is expected to sell for about U.S. $1,199. Images of the player available via this website.

The unit supports various A/V formats, including MPEG-2, VC-1, H.264 video, MPEG1/2 audio, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital+, DTS and DTS-HD audio, and includes multiple inputs/outputs such as HDMI out, component/composite video outputs, and optical/coaxial/discrete 5.1 channel audio outputs, among others. For more information, visit www.LGusa.com.

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