Toshiba HD-A20 HD DVD Player: First Look

  • $599
  • Digital Video Output: HDMI
  • Video Upconversion: 720p, 1080i
  • Audio Decoding: DD, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, DTS
  • Ins and Outs: HDMI, others TBD
  • Feature Highlights: 2nd gen HD DVD player with 1080p output, full Dolby TrueHD decoding, upconverting HDMI and component outputs for standard-def DVDs

Toshiba's 2.5-gen player offers a step-up from the $499 Blue Light special by offering 1080p output. The main differences between this player and the $999 HD-XA2 appear to be that the HD-A20 will not feature HDMI 1.3, Silicon Optix video processing, or multichannel analog outputs. Due in stores in Spring of 2007.