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Toshiba Lowering A2 HD DVD Player MSRP to $399 April 1st

Old 03-20-07, 04:19 PM
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Toshiba Lowering A2 HD DVD Player MSRP to $399 April 1st

According to a few retailers at the AVSFroum on April 1st Toshiba will change the MSRP and the least expensive model; the A2 will now have an MSRP of $399. The A2 isn't the only model with a new price, as the other two models see a drop as well, the A20 will be $499 and finally the high end model, the XA2 for $799.

http://www.engadget.com/2007/03/20/t...ective-4-1-07/
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Old 03-20-07, 04:43 PM
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This is one half of the puzzle. The other is more releases. With Price reductions and more releases, HD DVD still has a very good chance of winning this thing. Blu Ray cannot keep up, not really, based solely on price because the technology is more expensive.

So it will be interesting to see how this unfolds.
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Agreed. If HD-DVD had an onslaught of bigger titles right at the time Best Buy puts the A2 out there at $299 on sale, they could do a lot of business.

Sadly, the titles announced are less than exciting in many cases.
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April 1st, no joke?
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Originally Posted by Identify
April 1st, no joke?
I was thinking the same thing.
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Old 03-20-07, 10:21 PM
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Here is the reality, folks...
It's very simple.
How many studios and hardware manufacturers are behind each format.

You do the math...And Blu-Ray has the major advantage.
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You do the math...And Blu-Ray has the major advantage.
Yet they continue to squander it.
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Originally Posted by DVD Josh
Yet they continue to squander it.
Toshiba is the only hardware manufacturer...
Really...how long can that last?
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Onkyo is supposed to release their HD DVD player this year. And let's not forgot those cheap Chinese players which will be arriving this Fall.
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Originally Posted by audiomixer
How many hardware manufacturers are behind each format.

You do the math...And Blu-Ray has the major advantage.
All those manufacturers and Blu-ray *still* can't put out a sub-$800 standalone unit?
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http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-BD-P10...4476075&sr=8-1

$499.99 brand new
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The big difference though is that is a first generation Blu-ray player for $499.77 rated 3/5 by Amazon customers, as opposed to a second generation HD DVD player for $356.99 rated 4.5/5 by Amazon customers.
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amazon ratings aren't of much value

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Blu Ray cannot keep up, not really, based solely on price because the technology is more expensive.
in what respect?
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Originally Posted by Mr. Cinema
Onkyo is supposed to release their HD DVD player this year. And let's not forgot those cheap Chinese players which will be arriving this Fall.
Supposedly, at least one is coming out in Q2.
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Originally Posted by Burnt Thru
amazon ratings aren't of much value
Actually, they are to some people. Either way, though, the Samsung is $499 *now*, after being out for almost nine months. The HD DVD players, however, have recently released G2 units priced for even less than that.
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Well apparently Sony is going to putting out a unit soon with MSRP of $599 if i remember right. I haven't seen any REAL announcement from them, but that is whats rumored.

And if we're going off amazon. Right now, you can get for the same price as the samsung, these: HD-A1($499), HD-A2($356!!), HD-Xa1($438), and the RCA player($466). And if you're willing to go up to $599 you can get the HD-A20 or the HD-xA2(amazing price for this right now!!).

EDIT: Apparently, Amazon jumped the gun on the price drops or else they are just pricing these crazy cheap.
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When brands like Panasonic/Sharp, etc come out with HD Dvd players for about $200 and 720p Projectors can be bought for about $800, I'll jump into the pool
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When brands like Panasonic/Sharp, etc come out with HD Dvd players for about $200 and 720p Projectors can be bought for about $800, I'll jump into the pool
You can get an LCD 720p projector for 600 after rebate - the Hitachi PJTX100.

I bought one 2 weeks ago to upgrade from my X1 480p DLP and it's stunning. Just an amazing upgrade.

You can buy a refurb a1 for about 300 from overstock.
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Awesome. If only Value Electronics would lower their price like Amazon. And of course keep the free movies and hdmi cable
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Originally Posted by Vipper II
All those manufacturers and Blu-ray *still* can't put out a sub-$800 standalone unit?
You wait.
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Originally Posted by audiomixer
You wait.
Okay, and while we wait HD DVD prices will drop.
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Originally Posted by audiomixer
You wait.
Spoiler:
That seems to be Blu-ray's motto...
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Originally Posted by DVD Josh
Yet they continue to squander it.
I'm curious why you think that.

Blu-Ray has consistently sold more discs this year than HD-DVD. The recent half off sale at Amazon certainly helped gain more share and Casino Royale appears to be the biggest selling HD title yet. Plus they have the Pirates of the Caribbean movies and Cars coming up soon. So I'm wondering why you think they are squandering their advantage? If anything, it seems that a better case could be made for HD-DVD squandering their early lead.
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Originally Posted by Vipper II
Spoiler:
That seems to be Blu-ray's motto...
Check out the titles being released this year and we'll see who'll be waiting...
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Originally Posted by audiomixer
Check out the titles being released this year and we'll see who'll be waiting...

Wow. This is almost like being back in grade school, guys. "My dad could totally beat up your dad -- you wait and see!!" Please, let's not allow this to devolve into a bunch of petty bickering.

Jim, I think the point DVDJosh made was specifically regarding the discs released thus far by Fox. Yes, there have been (with more on their way) a handful of fairly cool BD releases in general, but to date, those released by Fox have been largely devoid of special features, and carrying MSRPs on par or higher than that of an HD DVD combo disc! The fact is, BD does have potential. LOTS of potential! We would be seriously remiss were we not to recognize that. However, the BD-only studios -- and I will go so far as to include all of them -- have not been at all consistent in their releases.

As for the waiting issue: we're early adopters! We DON'T wait!! Seriously, though, BD has been playing "catch-up" since its release, and -- in a lot of ways -- still is. Hardware prices are a big deal. Full functionality is a big deal. Quality software releases which are reasonably priced are a big deal. Please -- and I'm asking this with all due respect and sincerity -- some one tell me why should people be expected to wait for those things, when they are already being offered by HD DVD?
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