Toshiba Corp. has begun shipments of its high-end HD XA1 HD DVD player in
Initial shipments of HD-XA1, until April 27, 2006, will bundle two complimentary HD DVD movie discs, “Resident Evil” and a Japanese film, “Moonlight Jellyfish”. Earlier the company delayed the release of the HD-XA1 and HD-A1 players in the
The first HD DVD players to be offered by Toshiba in the U.S. – HD-XA1 and HD-A1 – are capable of HD DVD, DVD and CD playback as well as hardware decoding of H.264 (MPEG4 AVC), VC-1 (a superset of Microsoft’s WMV9) and MPEG2 (standard DVD) streams using a chip from Broadcom. Additionally, the players feature four digital sound processors to process audio in Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD (2 channel), DTS and DTS-HD formats. The players can output video in 720p (1280x720) and 1080i (1920x1080) resolutions using HDMI interconnection and multi-channel audio using HDMI or S/PDIF connectors.
The construction of the HD-XA1, in addition to performance improvements, features a motorized door which conceals the disc drawer, function buttons and two front USB ports, for convenient connection of gaming controllers. The HD-XA1 also includes three different user selectable interfaces to further enhance customization and a backlit remote control that is conveniently motion activated. Furthermore, the model employs double chassis construction to add stability and strength against vibrations and the HD-XA1 adds insulated stabilizing feet to provide a steadfast foundation for the device.
The players are to be available for estimated retail price of $499 and $799 for the HD-A1 and HD-XA1 respectively.