Tuesday, December 04, 2007

HD DVD Players (North America)

From Toshiba Corporation
  • HD-A3 ($299.99* MSRP) - Spec sheet
  • HD-A30 ($399.99* MSRP) - Spec sheet (Similar specs for the HD-EP30)
  • HD-A35 ($499.99* MSRP) - Spec sheet (Similar specs for the HD-EP35)

* These prices are subject to change (that is, lower than the MSRP) depending on the prevailing promotional prices set by individual retailers.

The HD-A3 outputs up to 1080i resolution for both DVD-upconverted and HD DVD Video content while the HD-A30 and HD-A35 are capable of outputting signals at 1080p/24 frames per second so consumers can enjoy movies in their native frame rate.

7.1-ch Digital Bitstream output is supported only on the HD-A35 due to compliance with HDMI v1.3 specifications. What this means is that you can pass high-bitrate audio (such as DTS-HD, Dolby TrueHD and Dolby Digital-Plus) through the HDMI connection to your A/V receiver to be decoded by your receiver (if your receiver supports decoding of these audio formats).

The HD-A30 and HD-A35 models also feature "CE-Link" (HDMI(TM)-CEC), allowing two-way control between the HD DVD player and a TV through an HDMI connection.

Freebies/Promotional offers for Toshiba's new HD DVD Players:

  • With Toshiba's new bundle promotion, consumers will take home the highly acclaimed HD DVDs 300 (non-combo version) from Warner Home Video and The Bourne Identity from Universal Studios Home Entertainment, and enjoy these titles right out of the box. Both HD DVD titles feature HD DVD-exclusive picture-in-picture access to video commentary, among other special features.

  • The Perfect HD DVD Offer - With the purchase of any Toshiba HD DVD player, consumers will be able to select five HD DVD titles for free, from a selection of 15, via a mail-in offer. The offer begins on October 1st 2007 and continues until February 28th 2008. Full details of this offer can be found on the new rebate form. Readers who have recently bought their first HD DVD player, models HD-XA2/A20/A2 or the Xbox 360 HD DVD Add-on Player or any applicable Toshiba laptops, could also use this new form to redeem the 5 HD DVD titles.

    The Perfect HD DVD Offer is also being extended to Toshiba HD DVD players and Xbox 360 HD DVD Add-on Player sold in other territories like Canada (Details here) and the United Kingdom (Details here for the Toshiba HD DVD Players and here for the Xbox 360 HD DVD Add-on).

  • Toshiba has also teamed up with CBS Home Entertainment, with plans to offer purchasers of the Star Trek: The Original Series Season One HD DVD boxed set and any Toshiba HD DVD player an exclusive, limited edition "Star Trek" Phaser remote control that will operate Toshiba's HD DVD players. This promotion is planned to coincide with the launch of the "Star Trek" HD DVD boxed set on November 20.


Venturer Electronics Inc.

  • SHD7000 ($249 MSRP) - Details
  • 2 Free HD DVD movies pre-packed with each HD DVD player (No redemption form required)


From Integra


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