The Toshiba HD-A2 is a value priced HD-DVD player released in late 2006 as a successor to the Toshiba HD-A1. This revised version of Toshiba's lower end HD-DVD player sports all the same features as the HD-A1, and has subsequently been replaced by the third generation model, the Toshiba HD-A3. Improvements over the previous model come in the form of faster loading and response times, and an improved controller with a more logical button layout. It has a maximum output resolution of 1080i/60, and does not support the newer 1080p or 24p standards. It includes an HDMI output with support for audio over HDMI. The HD-A2 does a good job of upconverting the old DVD format.
- HD-DVD player (2nd generation)
- HDMI output with support for audio over HDMI
- Upconverts old DVDs to 1080i
- max resolution: 1080i/60
- does not support 1080p or 24p
- built-in Ethernet jack for firmware updates
- dimensions: 16.9" x 13.58" x 2.58"
The HD-A2 originally retailed for $499, but has seen seen a significant price drop to $200, and is currently available for $100 as a sale at Wal-Mart and Best Buy. The HD-A2 was originally release in October 2006 as a successor to the HD-A1, and has now been succeeded by the HD-A3 third generation model released a year later in October 2007.