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Toshiba HD-E1 HD DVD High Definition DVD Player

by Toshiba
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • DTS Decoder: Yes
  • DVD Player / Recorder: DVD Player
  • DVD-R Playback: Yes
  • DVD-RW Playback: Yes
  • HD-DVD Playback: Yes
  • HDMI Interface: Yes
  • Real Dolby: AC3
  • Table / Portable: Table
  • USB Interface: Yes

Region Two Playback Only

Blu-ray players and DVD players sold by Amazon.co.uk play UK (Region Two) Blu-ray discs and DVDs only. Discs from other regions will not play on these products.

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  • Important Information About Firmware Updates: Having trouble with your Blu-ray disc player? Will certain discs just not play? You may need to update the firmware inside your player. Click here to learn more.

Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 34.5 x 43 x 6.6 cm ; 4.1 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 7 Kg
  • Item model number: HD-E1
  • ASIN: B000I7IHHI
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 15 Oct 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,378 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Toshiba, instrumental in the DVD revolution, now brings you state of the art HD DVD players, for the next generation of high definition multimedia. HD DVD offers the convenience of DVD combined with incredible image quality and realism of HDTV where sound draws you from your seat and pictures come to life.
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High Definition.
High resolution is essential to ensure a detailed and accurate image on a large screen. HD DVD offers six times the resolution of standard DVD. In addition to standard DVD resolutions: 480i, 480p, 576i and 576p, The HD-E1 has the potential to produce 1080i and 720p lines of interlaced (i) or progressively scanned (p) information. Standard digital TV broadcasts offer 576 active lines of picture information, or around 589,000 pixels of data. An HD Ready TV is able to display 1280 x 720 lines, or around 920,000 pixels of data. The highest definition signal available today carries 1080 lines, with a possible 2 million individual pixels.Toshiba's 47 and 42WLT66 LCD TV models offer stunning high definition images thanks to 1080 HD resolution screens

How it Works.
The blue laser that reads from and writes to HD DVD has a shorter wavelength than DVD’s red laser. This means that HD DVD discs offer significantly higher capacity than conventional DVDs, so providing the opportunity for far greater levels of image detail, multi-channel audio and functionality.

HD DVD Disc Capacity.
Single sided single layer 15GB HD resolution 4hrs.
Single sided dual layer 30GB HD resolution 8hrs.
Single sided triple layer 45GB HD resolution 12hrs (under development).
Double sided single layer 30GB HD resolution 8hrs.
Double sided dual layer 60GB HD resolution 16hrs.
Double sided triple layer 90GB HD resolution 24hrs (under development).

Colour Reproduction.
High definition images offer a considerably richer colour palette with greater subtlety of colour transition and enhanced contrast. The result is greater precision, incredible detail and breathtaking realism.

Next Generation Sound.
HD DVD supports the next generation digital audio formats to bring you multi-dimensional sound to match the superior picture quality. Conventional DVD audio formats, including Dolby® Digital and DTS® are supported, as well as the newly developed Dolby® Digital Plus

For high-definition viewing, an HD DVD player must be connected to an HDTV using the latest advance in AV equipment connection, the High Definition Multimedia Interface, or HDMI™. HDMI™ is the first industry-supported, all digital A/V connection for transmission of uncompressed video and multi-channel audio on a single cable.

Product Description

Toshiba HD-E1 HD Ready DVD Player.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome - but no multi region for standard DVDs 12 Feb 2007
I bought the Tosh E1 3 days ago. I already have a Denon DV 3910 and a Yamaha Z9 with a Pioneer 50" so I'm used to serious kit. But the E1 blew me away. On HD DVDs the effect is jaw dropping. And the upscaling of ordinary DVDs has knocked spots off my Denon 3910 which is 3 times the cost!! But one of the reviews here has got it wrong in saying it doesn't upscale standard DVDs - it does and it's fantastic... providing you use an HDMI cable.

I have only one drawback that stopped me giving the E1 5 stars - there's no multi region facility (believe me, I've tried - it doesn't exist). So if you've got a lot of Region 1 DVDs in your libarary, they won't play on this machine.

The good news, is there's no region coding on HD DVDs. Just get this machine, it's great.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic HD DVD Player 18 Mar 2007
I have just got this player and my first impressions are Mission Impossible III looked amazing the colour was sharp and so were the images. Have played Ice Age 2 DVD and was amazed at how well it upscaled the DVD the quality was excellent. It even upscales any DVDs that I have recorded on my Pioneer recorder to high definition. All in all I have to say that this is an excellent machine and well worth the [...] that was spent. Well done Toshiba.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit underwhelmed 5 Mar 2007
I just got the Toshiba HD-E1 HD player today. First impressions? Not bowled over,have tried 3 hd discs so far,The Departed,Enter the dragon and Batman Begins. Pic quality is excellent in hd but i wouldnt say that its really really mind blowing,yes there is some more detail but i was hoping for more to be honest,still it is better than regular dvd so it is a plus. On the downside i had trouble loading standard dvd's and had to phone toshiba for help,apparently there has been some trouble with the player recognising standard dvd's and was asked if i had a copy of the matrix,luckily i did! and it recognised that and then played the others,The matrix apparently is the only true r2 disc out there and as such the player needed to read this to accept the others. Upscaling of standard dvds is generally v good,though not sure if its as sweet as my old denon upscaler,still v good though. As stated Region 1 discs do not play but region 0 is fine,i have a few r1's which is a prob,i asked tosh if there was to be a firmware update for that and they said they werent sure,so dont hold your breath. All in all this is a good start to hd,no doubt things will improve but dont expect to be overwhelmed.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for "HD" fanatics....... 14 Feb 2007
By Dave 1
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I bought a HD tv last year, could not decide between "HD" or "Bluray" Dvd system . Both seem to do the same thing, but the big difference is the price !. Had shopped around and Amazon is Def cheapest, for HD player. The Toshiba is much better than i expected, HD movies are amazing !,really can see picture definition, and normal format DVD is also excellent quality !, upscales well. Was easy to set up, few minor issues with net connection, but got there. On some of the reviews i have read some have experienced problems, mine has been great, i guess sometimes with first models you expect few minor glitches.....
If you are on a budget go for the HD Dvd, excellent quality, good brand, good price.........
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A step in the right direction 8 Aug 2007
Looks are good and a simple set up (as long as you read the manual to make sense of the audio and picture options). It comes with 1 free HD DVD - The Pianist - not my thing but ok to see the full 1080i output. Normal region 2 DVD's do show a marked improvement in image quality and sharpness most noticably on close up shots of faces and skin. My normal DVD player plays at 576p resolution (the highest a DVD is made of in region 2). This Toshiba player upscales you to 1080i or if you want you can choose 720p or 576p/480p. When compared side by side the HD DVD player wins hands down. This is of course through an HDMI cable (which is included).
However, there is a slight problem with the sound. Whenever you skip from one part of the disc to another you get interference through the audio, whether it is the HDMI or RCA L & R or 5.1 optical. Not really a problem but a nuisance none the less.
The player does take a minute or so before you can open the disc tray but again it is only a gripe.
The firmware is v1.0 but you can use a ethernet connection to your broadband router to upgrade via the 'Maintenance' option in the setup menu. Or you can email Toshiba with your details and they will send you a DVD with the latest firmware on (currently v2.0)
The 2 minor issues are why only 4 stars. If you want high definition this player is a must have. The price on Amazon does fluctuate but I got mine when it was at its lowest.
I have seen the Blue-Ray player on a 1080p tv and there is no discernable difference in the picture. Probably because to have 1080p your set must be 40" or more, whereas 1080i tv's are 26" - 37" (I have a 32") so even though 1080p has many more pixels, they are spread over a much larger area hence the difference is impossible to detect with the naked eye.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent picture Quality 31 Dec 2006
Excellent machine high quality and easy to use. I've never really been as happy with my 42'' Plasma in comparison to CRT.

This Toshiba HD dvd Player changes all that, the HD Dvd picture in 1080i is stunning, the colours are vibrant and full of life the blacks rich and Dark.

Serenity and Harry Potter looked better than the cinema.

The up scaling of DVD is far better than my samsung up scaler.

Forget the overly priced Blu-ray HD - DVD Quality is stunning and far more economical for the average movies buffs wallet.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic player despite the format war being over
Ok, I know I may have purchased an "obsolete" machine, but, so what. It upscales my current DVD collection (Star Wars looks amazing), is region free for standard and HD DVD's and... Read more
Published on 26 Mar 2008 by Mr. E. Watkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars HD Rules! - or did...
This player is fantastic (considering its the first ever player to play HD format).
Personally I am gutted HD format is a thing of the past now and Blu-Ray has won the battle. Read more
Published on 25 Feb 2008 by Mr. S. P. Hazelwood
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sad Day For Democracy and Freedom of Speech!
In case you are looking at this product and have not heard the news - Toshiba announced world-wide today (19th Feb 2008) that it is ceasing the production of HD DVD players and... Read more
Published on 19 Feb 2008 by Maximus
3.0 out of 5 stars Discontinued
This product along with all other Toshiba HD DVD players will be discontinued as of April as announced by Toshiba on the 19th February. Read more
Published on 19 Feb 2008 by J. Palfrey
3.0 out of 5 stars HD DVD - no longer supported
Anyone buying this should be aware that toshiba have announced that they are no longer supporting this format - Blu-Ray is the HD format to go for. Read more
Published on 19 Feb 2008 by chooby
4.0 out of 5 stars Now it does it all!
After updating the firmware using the downloadable hack available via the AVforums website I am now the proud owner of a player which can handle just about any HD and SD disc from... Read more
Published on 15 Jan 2008 by M. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars toshiba hd e1
brought this for xmas,did not think upscaling would do much but how wrong was i!
upscaling was amazing until i popped in the mummy on hd dvd and was hit with the full force of... Read more
Published on 28 Dec 2007 by Wendy Rees
5.0 out of 5 stars Multi-region upgrade available
Got mine from amazon some time ago, very pleased, would have been 4 stars but... this week I have upgraded to enable playback for std dvd Region 1 and 2 discs. Read more
Published on 26 Dec 2007 by Andrew M. Dade
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't touch it with a barge pole
Spent weeks researching trying to get the right combination of TV and DVD player and settled on this HD DVD player. I might as well have burned the money. Read more
Published on 14 Nov 2007 by J. Saunders
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin!
This really is a satisfying purchase. I'd been wanting to go HD for a while, but this was the player to finally sway me. Read more
Published on 14 Nov 2007 by W. Lee
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