New HD-DVD players in Europe coming soon...

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  1. Johannes S

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    I want one.
     
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    Certainly has a slimmer profile...but still looks classy. Very cool that more players are coming out and no doubt more players will drive more sales of software.
     
  4. Sam Davatchi

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    Good news for us. But still a long time to wait!
     
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    Frank,

    We'll know more at CEDIA in two weeks.

    If I were a betting man, I would plan on seeing the E1 model in late October or early November at $399-$499. I know Toshiba wants its out before the PS3. I'm sure Toshiba would like to get the XE1 out before December, but I would be surprised if that happens, considering how tight the supply is on HDMI 1.3 parts.

    The HD-E1 and HD-XE1 are not really second-generation players, however, they will feature a number of improvements over the A1 product. Forthcoming improvements you won't see on the spec sheet:
    • Instead of an Intel P4M 2.5GHz, they'll use a faster and cooler-running Intel Core Duo -- the same dual-core chip found in current Mac notebooks. This improves responsiveness and enables the lower profile design.
    • They'll have a new HD-DVD ROM drive with faster access times -- DVDs and HD-DVDs will load faster as a result.
    • Other logic board changes to speed loading of the software.

    Basically, these will be faster + slimmer versions of the current Toshiba A1 HD-DVD design. The software should be the same. As far as video and sound quality, I wouldn't expect any difference between the A1 and the E1. The E1 will feature a newer HDMI 1.2a part, which should improve display compatibility.

    Do note, however, the the HD-E1 lacks 5.1 analog outputs, and thus you would need a receiver with HDMI 1.1 or later to experience Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD, and True-HD 5.1 from that product. Only the [current] A1 and the XE1 have 5.1 analog outputs.

    The XE1 features a 12-bit/297MHz video DAC for those who rely on component output, HDMI 1.3 with "deep color" support, 5.1 analog outputs, optical and coaxial digital outputs, and a high-performance "I/P Converter & Scaler" to upconvert DVD to 1080p and deinterlace HD-DVD to 1080p for output over HDMI. Toshiba says the scaler/deinterlacer in the XE1 should match or exceed the performance of third-party 1080p solutions costing thousands of dollars. Price unknown but I would guess US$799 MSRP.

    Note: This information could be out of date.
     
  6. Sam Davatchi

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    That's too bad that HD-E1 lacks 5.1 analog outputs. My receiver has no HDMI input. If I buy a receiver with HDMI input, the audio is still decoded in the player, right?

    And also can I switch between audio and video independently? I mean I want the video of HDMI 1 input and the audio of HDMI 2. Is that possible?
     
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    Excellent information. However, I see the US version of the HD-E1 having a MAP of $499, but we are all pushing for $399. and the US version of the HD-XE1 selling for $999.

    Delivery I expect is End of October for the HD-E1 and sometime in December for the HD-XE1.

    I will be at CEDIA and plan on posting information on the USA models from the show floor.

    -Robert
     
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    Looks like the US versions will carry the names of HD-A2 and HD-XA2 instead of HD-E1 and HD-XE1. Differences between the European and U.S. versions? Response below from Amir Majidimehr, Corporate Vice President, Consumer Media Technology Group at Microsoft.

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