Toshiba HD-A3, HD-A30, HD-A35
Even though my gut feeling tells me that Blu-ray will come out victorious in the high definition battle between HD DVD and Blu-ray, Toshiba is putting up quite a fight. I just got a press kit letting us know that they will launch 3 new HD DVD players in the near future: HD-A3 ($299.99, October 2007), HD-A30 ($399.99, September 2007), HD-A35 ($499.99, October 2007). Full information inside.
Press kit from Toshiba:
Toshiba to Debut Third Generation HD DVD Players for High Definition Enthusiasts
Toshiba takes the Hi Def movie experience to a whole new level with 24 frames per second support, CE-Link connectivity, High Bit Rate Audio capabilities and unmatched interactivity functionality
WAYNE, N.J., Aug. 6 — Toshiba America Consumer Products, L.L.C. (“Toshiba”), announced today its third generation of HD DVD players for the U.S. market. Continuing to outpace the competition in sales of dedicated high definition players and responding to increased consumer demand, Toshiba revealed three new sleek and stylish models for an ultimate HD home movie experience. With all three new models priced under $500 (MSRP), Toshiba is delivering a powerful line-up of HD DVD players designed to meet the aggressive growth in demand for high definition TVs.
“With a majority market share in unit sales of next generation DVD players, consumers are speaking loud and clear, and they are adopting HD DVD as their HD movie format of choice,” said Jodi Sally, Vice President of Marketing, Toshiba’s Digital A/V Group. “Because of the proven manufacturing efficiencies of the HD DVD format, Toshiba can bring this level of innovation in technology to a new generation of players with cutting-edge functionality at affordable prices.”
Building on the success of its first and second generation players, new leading enhancements in select models in the third generation line include an improvement in video performance with 1080p/24 frames per second (24p) support. Movie films are traditionally captured at 24 frames per second and select Toshiba third generation HD DVD players will be able to maintain this frame rate allowing consumers to enjoy movies in their native frame rate.
Also added to the line is “CE-Link” (HDMI(TM)-CEC) connectivity which offers the capability to communicate with and control another CE device in a whole new way. For instance, using “CE-Link” with “One Touch Play” consumers will be able to turn on a CEC capable HDTV and a Toshiba HD DVD player, and start playing a movie, with a single touch of a button on the player remote.
Toshiba Third Generation HD DVD Models
Toshiba’s third generation family starts with the entry level HD-A3 player featuring 1080i output capability. The other two new models, Toshiba’s HD-A30 and HD-A35, will output 1080p resolution (1920 x 1080p), the highest HD signal currently available. Both models are capable of outputing signals at 1080p/24 frames per second so consumers can enjoy movies in their native frame rate. The HD-A30 and HD-A35 models also feature “CE-Link” (HDMI-CEC), allowing two- way control between the HD DVD player and a TV through an HDMI connection.
The top-of-the-line HD-A35 also adds support for Deep Color via HDMI allowing compatible display devices to deliver outstanding video quality – displaying millions of possible colors to billions of possible colors.
Additionally, the HD-A35 offers 5.1 channel analog output and High Bit Rate Audio (up to 7.1 channel) via HDMI. With content encoded in 7.1ch, this advanced surround sound is achieved through the HDMI connection bypassing the player’s internal audio processor and sending the signal to a 7.1 capable A/V receiver. High Bit Rate Audio will allow the consumer to integrate the HD-A35 with the latest multi-channel A/V receivers and enjoy a whole new dimension of high definition home entertainment.
All of Toshiba’s third generation HD DVD players are refined with new cosmetic designs. Rounded edges, slim chassis (only 59.5 mm – nearly half as tall as first generation players) and high gloss, black acrylic face plates create very sleek devices – a perfect complement to Toshiba’s award winning REGZA(R) HD LCD televisions.
Beyond the Hi Def Movie Experience
Starting with 1st generation players, all of Toshiba’s HD DVD players support the enhanced features of the HD DVD format mandated by the DVD Forum including picture-in-picture video, audio commentary and the ability to allow web-enabled network capabilities. Using the Ethernet ports found on all Toshiba HD DVD players, once connected to the network, users can access bonus features, as available, from a movie studio’s server. This data is then saved in the player’s persistent storage and can be accessed by the user. In addition to accessing new bonus features, some HD DVD discs may include locked prerecorded content which can be unlocked with a downloadable key from the studio’s online server. Web-enabled capability is now opening the door to a new entertainment experience beyond hi def video and audio.
“Consumers will always have a consistent experience with HD DVD as we have an established platform to keep the players updated to ensure the ultimate HD movie experience,” said Yoshi Uchiyama, Group Vice President, Toshiba’s Digital A/V Group. “A mandatory Ethernet port in all HD DVD players ensures that consumers can receive updates to their units to support the latest offerings from the studios and maximizing their investment in the format.”
Expected Pricing and Expected Availability:
HD-A3 ($299.99, October 2007)
HD-A30 ($399.99, September 2007)
HD-A35 ($499.99, October 2007)