Originally Posted by FiguredMaple
Remember, the Toshiba HD-A2 has all of the following formats built in: Dolby Digital, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS, and DTS HD and is currently selling for less than $300 US.
All the players claim that they can play the new Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD formats. However, none of us can ultilize those soundtracks on any of the players on the market (Blu-ray or HD DVD). This due to the following: The players currently available are not capable of decoding the Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD formats within the player, and only a few (ie: the HD-XA2) can actually pass along the Dolby and DTS signals. The only way for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD to travel is through HDMI 1.3 (due to the necessity for bandwidth). The current problem is that receivers do not have HDMI 1.3 specs available and/or the receivers are not capable of decoding the Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD signals. So, in the end, none of the players currently can decode the information so it will be left up to the receiving component. As of right now the players convert the Dolby and DTS signals into PCM.
So as for the HD-A2, while it is priced at $399 (cheaper from online retailers and with the current promotion), it will never be able to output Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD, it is not 1080p capable (only 720p/1080i), and lacks the Silicon Optix or Anchor Bay DVDO Video processors that are found in the in the HD-XA2 and HD-A20, respectively.
That just my two cents.