Chase Sechrist and Dan Weatherford went to work on Toshiba's HD-A1 HD-DVD player and, while it's pretty much only good as a doorstop now, at least it says something nice. [Doom9's Forum—thanks Mazyar!]
This may be the first-generation HD DVD player and it may be refurbished, but hot damn if this Toshiba HD-A1 isn't cheap. $179 is all you need now to get into the HD game, which is probably the cheapest place you can get an HD DVD player other than the HD DVD add-on for the Xbox 360. [Newegg - Thanks Phil!]
If you're looking to get into the HD DVD game, Toshiba's got a set of rebates coming up that'll sweeten the pot. Starting May 20, if you buy a Toshiba HD-A2 (lowest price, $295 on Froogle) you'll immediately get a $100 rebate in store. Whether that means online store is qualified, we're not sure yet.
How is this possible? How does LG's Blu-ray/HD DVD player end up being smaller than the cheapest HD DVD and Blu-ray player? Apparently by skimping on the HD features, though we don't imagine that'd add any noticible size to the device.
Amazon is offering up this HD DVD player for $400 shipped. The player was originally announced with a $500 price tag, Amazon has since knocked off $100 directly. No rebates, no BS. Also, buy 3 HD DVD movies with the purchase of the HD-A1 player and receive them for free, after mail-in-rebate.
We're giving away a biggie—the Toshiba HD-A1 HD-DVD Player valued at $499. To win this it is pretty simple, write up a haiku about high-definition video. A haiku is a style of poetry. It is a three-lined poem—the first line containing five syllables, the second line containing seven syllable and the third line…
Reviewers at Consumer Electronics Net weren't impressed with the $500 Toshiba HD-A1 HD DVD player, calling it "a disgrace." Fan noise, crashing, a clumsy remote and slow performance doomed the first-to-market player, and the reviewer wasn't too impressed with its standard-definition DVD up-rezzing capability, either.…
Despite the almost total lack of support, Toshiba hasn't given up on HD-DVD yet. Blu-ray be damned, they are introducing two HD-DVD players onto the market this year: The HD-XA1 and HD-A1. They are promised for March of 2006.