Just got my HD DVD player!!! (1 Viewer)

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Just picked up an HD-A1 this morning from a local Best Buy store. Unpacking it right now! :cool:

Update: The first pictures are attached. I'll post more pictures later today. Stay tuned...
 

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Looks great. Better than I though it would. Feels really solid and heavy...
Unfortunately our Best Buy store wouldn't sell any HD DVD discs until Tuesday, but even if they did, I don't think we would be allowed to post any review of them until then... :(
 

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teamerickson said:
Picture quality looks better or the unit itself?
The unit itself. :D
Hard to judge the picture quality without any HD discs.
I am watching The Fifth Element (Superbit Edition) right now. Looks great, but it's not HD...
 

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Also bought one this morning, it is sitting in the backseat of my truck till I close up at 6 t-nite, also Best Buy would not sell any software, but I will be back there Tuesday morning to get some.
 

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Posted some pictures in the first post above. Enjoy!
 

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nuts4scuba said:
I see that it has 5.1 channel jacks. Will it play SACD's?

Nope, the 5.1 jacks are for the new sound formats like DD-Plus, DD-True HD, DTS-HD, etc, etc.

There are no pre-pro's or receivers that supports the new formats, but it will still output regular DD, DTS via optical or coaxial.
 

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nuts4scuba said:
I see that it has 5.1 channel jacks. Will it play SACD's?
No, it won't play SACD or DVD-Audio.
However, the 5.1 analog outputs are very important: the player has built-in decoders for Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD and dts-HD. There are not too many A/V receivers out there that can handle these new audio formats.
(Bruce beat me with his reply ;))
 

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It comes with an HDMI-to-HDMI cable in the box. I am using an HDMI-to-DVI cable right now.
 

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Just tried playing a DVD-R. No problems!
It won't play DVD+R (with MP3 music) though. I also tried a European All-zone PAL DVD - no luck.
 

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I was out running errands and stopped by the local BB. They had two sitting on a bottom shelf, but had no display. The sales rep said they haven't received Toshiba's "official" display yet...the promo won't kick off until them. Anyway, I was the only one looking at them. They were placed in the middle of the sub $100 DVD players and stuck out like a sore thumb (huge box and huge price comparatively speaking). I also noticed BB had a boat load of XBox 360s. I was tempted, but I'm still hoping to kill two birds with one stone (PS3). I don't know if I can hold out 'till fall.
 

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We went to BB today and they had 3 on a skid and one hooked to a TV. 5 BB employees were trying to figure out how to play a movie! The A/V manager told me they could get the instructions to play (?) but they still (after 2 hours) couldn't figure out how to get it to play a movie!

I'm still laughing.
 

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How hard is it to connect to display, plug in to wall, turn on, insert disc, close/press play? I mean, it should be exactly the same as a current DVD players. These guys CAN'T be that stupid? That alone would bump me to 100%, from the 95% I am at now, of NEVER buying from a retail chain outlet.
 

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