"The best Toshiba so far"4.5 starson by nelll81
Pros: Slim design, Faster movie loading time, better remote control.
Cons: Lacks of the 5.1 surround sound for standard DVD, It should be easier to upgrade firmware via USB wireless internet connection and its finish is fine but is finger print sensitive.
Summary: The Toshiba HD-A2 is a piece of art, not perfect but art anyways. Mission impossible III (HD) did its job with my Panasonic HDTV 1080i, that was the first movie that I watched in the Toshiba HD-A2. I’m not going to be saying silly comments or be too technical about it. If you want to see it before you buy it go to Best Buy they have the HD-DVD demo and you can change the movies at your pleasure. The war between HD-DVD and blue ray is already in the field so I say bringer on.
For more info in which HD-DVD movies you should buy go to http://hddvd.highdefdigest.com/reviews.html
It was a lot of help for me to decide.Updated
To help more in this complicated subject here is part of the article from
http://www.hometheaterblog.com/hometheater/2006/12/toshibas_hda2_f.html , I hope this is more help to decide wich way to go.
Below is Evan Powell's (Projector Central) appraisal of the 1080i vs 1080p controversy.
The truth is this: The Toshiba HD-DVD player outputs 1080i, and the Samsung Blu-ray player outputs both 1080i and 1080p. What they fail to mention is that it makes absolutely no difference which transmission format you use—feeding 1080i or 1080p into your projector or HDTV will give you the exact same picture. Why? Both disc formats encode film material in progressive scan 1080p at 24 frames per second. It does not matter whether you output this data in 1080i or 1080p since all 1080 lines of information on the disc are fed into your video display either way. The only difference is the order in which they are transmitted. If they are fed in progressive order (1080p), the video display will process them in that order. If they are fed in interlaced format (1080i), the video display simply reassembles them into their original progressive scan order. Either way all 1080 lines per frame that are on the disc make it into the projector or TV. The fact is, if you happen to have the Samsung Blu-ray player and a video display that takes both 1080i and 1080p, you can switch the player back and forth between 1080i and 1080p output and see absolutely no difference in the picture. So this notion that the Blu-ray player is worth more money due to 1080p output is nonsense."