TrustedReviews has reviewed the Toshiba HD-XE1 HD-DVD player that offers standard DVD upscaling, 720p; 1080i; 1080p support via HDMI, an Ethernet port, 297MHz/12 bit video DAC, and 5.1-channel analogue output. Here is the conclusion.
The true home cinema enthusiast has probably been waiting for a player to arrive with HDMI 1.3, 1080p output and an Ethernet port. But what that early adopter probably didn’t expect was for all that to come at such an affordable price. The HD-XE1 is a highly featured HD DVD player that performs superbly. Yes there are a few issues with startup and load times, as well as a lack of responsiveness in menus, but those small niggles can’t take the shine off this player. With standalone Blu-ray players still pushing Â£900, the HD-XE1 offers fantastic value for money and makes a pretty convincing argument for the HD DVD format. In fact, if you really want to cover all the bases right now, the best option could be to have both an HD-XE1 and a PlayStation 3 under your TV.
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The Toshiba PA35 External HD-DVD Drive is the inexpensive way to do HD-DVD on your computer. It gives you HD video and sound, and also allows you to burn the standard DVD. Unfortunately, the Toshiba PA35 only allows you to read HD-DVD discs with no burning capability for them. But for ~$370, there’s not too much to complain about.
LG just released some and info regarding its Internal HD-DVD / Blu-ray Drive which will be unveiled at CeBIT. It’ll run about $1,200 when it comes out in May of this year. It has a 4x recording speed for Blu-ray and 6-10x for standard DVDs.
LG Electronics introduces the “Super Multi Blue” Player LG BH100 at the 2007 International CES. This advanced dual-format high-definition disc player will be the first player on the market with the capability to play both Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD. Using this drive, we are no longer forced to choose between the two formats. LG BH100 will be available in the States during the first quarter of 2007 with the expected price tag of $1,199.
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Here is the closer look at Toshiba’s SD-H903A, which is the first 1x HD-DVD write drive for PCs. We will see some faster drives in the near future.