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Tuesday, 01 January 2008
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Toshiba HD-A35 HD DVD Player
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The Downside
Once again, Toshiba has engineered another fabulous player in the HD-A35. I found it to be a bit more robust in terms of build quality over the HD-A20, but when comparing the performance of the two units, things got a bit tricky. While price is never considered a downside, and at $499 retail one can hardly call the HD-A35 expensive, when comparing it to the cheaper HD-A20, I’m not sure the subtle changes are worth it. The two are nearly identical in terms of internal technology and features, save the multi-channel analog outs you’ll find on the HD-A35. Audio performance, whether two-channel or multi, proved to be pretty much equal between the two players, as did overall video quality, at least on the displays I had available to me at the time of this review. While the HD-A35 has 1080p/24p capabilities, as well as Deep Color via its HDMI output, I’m not certain the performance leap is large enough to warrant users spending more or replacing second-generation HD DVD players. If you’re new to the marketplace, and the HD-A35 is to be your first HD DVD player, then by all means pick it up, but if you bought into the XA2 or HD-A20, then you’re probably already set.

What we have here with the HD-A35 is another terrific example of why HD disc formats are a great idea and a smart investment from Toshiba, the company that brought them to you first. At $499 retail, the HD-A35 is the most expensive third-generation player on the market, but it’s also the most current, featuring all of the latest bells and whistles, like HDMI 1.3, 1080p/24p output and Deep Color. However, with generation two players still available and at lower prices, if you were contemplating getting into the HD DVD game, there are just as effective ways to do so for less. But if you’re one of those who must be first on the block with the latest toys and consider yourself an aficionado, then there is no better HD DVD player on the market than Toshiba’s new HD-A35.

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