The Toshiba HD-A30 (MSRP $400) is one of three models released as part of Toshiba's third generation of HD-DVD players announced September 8th, 2007. Most notably it now supports full HD video at 1080p running at 24 fps (1080p/24fps) meeting the highest video standards. It offers SD upconversion up to 1080p as well using its built-in video processor. All 3rd gen models feature the same form factor: a high gloss, black acrylic face plate, and are 1/2 the height 2.34" (59.5 mm) of 1st gen models.
- 1080p/24fps video output
- SD upconversion (480p/720p/1080i/1080p)
- Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital Plus, TrueHD Dolby, DTS and DTS-HD audio
- HDMI-CEC "CE-Link" to control other devices
- HDMI, component, composite, optical audio, analog audio (stereo) outputs
- Ethernet 10/100 mbps port for web enabled DVDs
- Slim chassis, half as thick as predecessors - 2.34" (59.5 mm)
- Dimensions: 16.9 x 2.3 x 12.9" (429 x 58.4 x 327mm)
- Weight: 7.26 lbs (3.3 kg)
The HD-A30 upgrades its HDMI output to HDMI-CEC supporting "CE-Link": a standard that sends controls signals over the HDMI capable allowing the DVD player to control other downstream devices. For example, you could start watching a DVD with a single button press on the remote.
The Toshiba HD-A30 was released in September 2007 and is now available. Onkyo has a new HD-DVD player, the Onkyo DV-HD805 ($900) that competes with the Toshiba line.