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First ever thread: will HD DVD player price drops in 2 months?


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#1 of 10 OFFLINE   Steve Tannehill

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Posted July 22 2006 - 02:53 PM

First, welcome to HTF!

I doubt the prices will drop soon, since the HD-A1 is already half the price of the competition. I'd expect to see new players and lower prices after CES in January.

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#2 of 10 OFFLINE   KeithMoechnig

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Posted July 22 2006 - 04:26 PM

The earliest I see a price drop is December/January. Keep in mind they're already losing $200-300 dollars on each unit.

#3 of 10 OFFLINE   Joseph Bolus

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Posted July 22 2006 - 05:32 PM

I sort of doubt that the price of HD-DVD players will be dropping anytime soon. In actual point of fact the prices could be going up over the course of the next six months or so!

Check-out this little blurb announcing Lite-On's entry into HD-DVD at a "sub-one-thousand" price point:

http://www.digitimes...60710PB203.html

The fact of the matter is, the Toshiba HD-A1 is probably the current bargain of the decade. The only reason it was introduced initially at a $500 price point was due to the large advantages that Blu-ray had over the HD-DVD format at launch (including multiple hardware vendor support; more studios supporting Blu-ray exclusively; and the threat of the heavily-subsidized Sony PS3).

Toshiba had to gain some traction in the marketplace, and they had to do it fast. Introducing a $1200 player for $500, while simultaneously delivering on promises of outstanding video quality, was one way to do it.

The upshot is that first generation adopters are getting a rare bargain with this player as opposed to the more traditional "arrows in the back"!
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#4 of 10 OFFLINE   Rakesh.S

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Posted July 22 2006 - 06:02 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by KeithMoechnig
The earliest I see a price drop is December/January. Keep in mind they're already losing $200-300 dollars on each unit.

Toshiba's head honchos have already come out and said that they're not taking a loss and they're in business to make a profit...

#5 of 10 OFFLINE   Ron-P

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Posted July 22 2006 - 07:32 PM

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Keep in mind they're already losing $200-300 dollars on each unit.
Not according to Toshiba.

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Reports that Toshiba is selling its HD-A1 high definition video player below cost are false, according to a senior executive from the company.

http://www.itwire.co...t/view/4817/53/
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#6 of 10 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted July 22 2006 - 08:02 PM

In any event, it seems the build quality of the Toshiba HD-A1
goes beyond its $500 asking price.

I would (and have) invest in this player without hesitation.

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#7 of 10 OFFLINE   Ed St. Clair

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Posted July 22 2006 - 08:09 PM

The price dropped in the FIRST two months!
People are finding the A1 for under $400US, now.
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#8 of 10 OFFLINE   RobertDW

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Posted July 22 2006 - 08:15 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ed St. Clair
The price dropped in the FIRST two months!
People are finding the A1 for under $400US, now.

Even lower about $364 see here http://www.avsforum....ad.php?t=693291

#9 of 10 OFFLINE   Pete T C

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Posted July 23 2006 - 05:03 AM

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Originally Posted by davidLo
I'm curious to know whether there is a good possibility that HD DVD players' price will drop in the next 2 months?

Thank you.

I wouldn't expect a pricedrop on standalone players until Q2 2007.

If $499 is too much for you, you might consider the $199 HD DVD addon drive for the XBOX 360 coming this fall - of course you need an XBOX 360 for that and the quality probably won't be as good as the HD-A1 since consoles generally don't look as good as standalone players.
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#10 of 10 OFFLINE   Harminder

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Posted July 23 2006 - 11:08 AM

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Originally Posted by davidLo
not that it's too much. I just don't want to buy it now and two months down the road the price suddenly drops.

Although I have no proof and this is strictly my opinion, I highly doubt that there will be a dramatic price reduction. It might come down $50 or something during the Christmas rush or boxing week, but I don't think there will be a significant drop in price for the Toshiba HD-A1 anytime soon.

The HD-XA1 however I think there might be a $100 price drop at least, before the end of the year.


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