18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
A step in the right direction,
This review is from: Toshiba HD-E1 HD DVD High Definition DVD Player (Electronics)
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.
Stick with HD DVD and ride the wave of consumer choice.
Don't forget this Toshiba HD DVD player can be upgraded via the firmware so when new enhancements come out in the future it can be upgraded free via the internet or a DVD through the post from Toshiba. Future proof technology at half the price of Blue-Ray!