"Razor sharp pictures. Easy setup. Great price."4.5 starson by techcrazy
Pros: Next gen video playback in a nearly flawless package. Remote & KingKong a bonus =]
Cons: an HDMI out would have been nice, but not the end of the world.
Summary: Xbox360's HDDVD unit gets 10's across the board when it comes to style, ease of set up, picture quality, load speed, and price. I had to give it a 9 though, simply b/c it lacked an HDMI out. I know that MS & cnet have said that you still get 1080p from it via VGA (and via component pending firmware update), but in today's high tech world, HDMI would have made it just perfect. Still the best bang for the buck for trueHD playback, however. 9/10 Spectacular!Updated
Right out of the box, with King Kong, I timed the unit from closing the tray to seeing the Universal logo come up to 41 seconds. About 24 seconds faster than c/net's review. I wonder if ones being sold today are faster than ones made in the beginning. You might check yours to see if it too is faster than the one reviewed.
Picture quality is out of this world. You don't need a 1080p to see the improvement this makes over standard playback. 1080p is just icing on the cake.
One more thing. Considering you get an HD movie (30$) and the media remote ($30), your actual cost of the HD DVD player is only 139.95 if you think about it. And if you were lucky enough to clip out Circuit City's $40 off coupon good for anything 199.95 and above this month, you would actually only be paying $99.95 for your HD DVD add-on.