Pros 1080P output, ethernet connection
Cons can not output HD audio in bitstream
Summary Sure it takes a long time to load the discs, but I knew that long before I ever bought one. I actually like the HD-XA2's remote a little better. It feels more substantial while the other one feels kind of cheap. The only thing I can really complain about is the light that surrounds the power button. It is very distracting when you're trying to watch a movie in the dark. Even a dimmer would have been nice.
"Great Product"on by rwdirtbike
Pros Amazing picture quality
Cons Long load up time
Summary I have had this product since April of 07 and I think it is a great product. I have it hooked up to an Toshiba Regza 42" 1080P TV and the picture quality is great. It makes regular DVD's look good. It has superior sound quality as well. The only downfall of it is that when you turn it on it takes a while to get up and going but once it does it works great. It even came with 5 free HD DVD's. Highly recommended.
Pros Excellent build, easy setup
Cons Slow load like all the others (15 to 30 seconds)
Summary 4 months ago I began upgrading my whole system. I bought the Sony KDS-55A2020, an Onkyo AV and the Toshiba A2. 2 Months ago I received a $500.00 gift card for Best Buy which I instantly turned into a Toshiba A20 and 4 HD DVD's and I have never been happier with a step up in a technology before.
The up-scaler and the sound are almost identical to the A2 (excellent) but the real difference is when you get that picture quality of unbelievable sharpness and detail of a true 1080p HD DVD. T3 is like a different movie and King Kong (2005) looks like the T Rex is in the room with you.
The sound quality of both the A2 and the A20 on V for Vendetta is to die for and the only thing I could really complain about is the fps playback, 30 in the US 25 overseas, but even this has been fixed by a recent release of firmware version 2.5. This update to a true cinema 24fps is simply proof that Toshiba is staying on top of things and will keep up with the ever developing market of HD.
Just one more thing- If you are on the fence about HD DVD and Boo Ray remember that the final thing that decided the battle of VHS and Beta was the adult video market and Sony is, once again, fighting the pressing of Blu Ray Adult DVD's. http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070112-8602.html
Pros Great reproduction of sound, and video
Cons Load times need work, lack of 6 ch analog audio
Summary Fresh out of the box the A20 needs a firmware update. After the update, the unit is set for smooth sailing. While the load times, and lack of an 6ch analog audio output may make this not pratical for some, it works perfect for me.
Compaired to the A1, this thing smokes it. Compaired to the Xbox 360's HD DVD player, this is an obvious choice.
First Impressions: Support for HD audio.
If you have a HD compatible receiver, then you NEED this unit. The upgrade in sound is spectacular. Plain and simple. I am in awe of how my Klipsch Rf-35's pound, and the clairity is that of anything I have ever heard. It sounds better than the theater - Seriously!
Overall, if you don't have a 1080p tv, get the model below this - If you have 1080p or plan on getting it, this is for you
Pros 1080P looks great on my Sony LCD. Upscales old DVDs to near HD Quality
Cons Yes it has slow load times but no worse than others.
Summary I love this machine. It has an great picture and I have not had one problem with it. I liked it so much I bought another toshiba for my other TV. If you have an HD TV and you haven't picked up either an Toshiba A2 or A20 you are missing out on some great quality movies. The Matrix and the 300 look absolutely stunning with these players.