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Toshiba's first HD DVD player was a big letdown. It was slow, chunky, and did nothing to wow HD fans. Last week, Toshiba started shipping its second generation player, the HD-A2, which was supposed to be slimmer and load twice as fast as its predecessor. So, how did it fare?

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Well, the folks at Home Theater Blog seem to like the new player. Not only does it cut the load time in half (it takes about 30 seconds to load a disc), but it's also a lot thinner and more modern-looking than the VCR-like HD-A1. The guys also seem to like the HD-A2's new, easier to use remote. Image quality, however, has remained pretty much the same, so I still wouldn't recommend buying one, though it's nice to see some improvements coming from the HD DVD camp.

Toshiba's HD-A2: First Impressions [via Home Theater Blog]