Toshiba HD EP30
Without DivX Playback - DVD-RW Player - DVD-R Player - DVD+R Player - with DVD+RW Playback
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Review of "Toshiba HD EP30"
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When DVD came out, it made VHS go crying to it's momma and you didn't think things could get much better. But of course technology is always evolving and now Hi-Def is that latest phase of eventually beaming things directly into our brains.Now I'm sure you've all seen something about the format war for Hi-Def DVD. In one corner you had the HD-DVD, in the other you had Sony's Blu-Ray. Both offer superior picture quality and sound but there was always only going to be one winner. This turned out to be Blu-Ray that left a lot of PS3 owners happy and the adopters of the HD-DVD format in the mire.dvd's in the box, namely 300 and The Bourne Supremacy. You could then mail in your receipt and receive a further five titles free. This made the deal fairly sweet and there certainly wasn't a blu-ray player around that could match the deal.
The player itself is pretty slimline and lightweight. It's has a sleek black style and minimal buttons on it's display. As with most technology, the operation is mainly based in the remote control.Personally I find the remote control a tad small and crowded. In comparison to other remotes it doesn't have the ease of use that allows you to operate the thing in the darkness of a room. It's forward and back buttons are also differently arranged in comprison to most DVD remotes. But I suppose this is a small gripe once you get to grips with it.
HD-DVD discs look the same as normal dvd's, the cases are more slimline and take on a different design, but the sizes are all the same. I hooked my player up to the TV using the HDMI lead included in the box. It was good to see that Toshiba give you the leads to experience HD straight out of the box rather than giving the retailer an upsell opportunity.The first thing I noticed is that access to the film is not as quick as normal DVD. There is a loading time that can seem like an age although it's probably only about 45 seconds. Then it hit me, you think dvd quality is great well HD raises the bar. Watching 300, a film created in the digital realm was a real experience, The clarity of the picture and richness of colour is just amazing and any film enthusiast will have to concur that watching films in HD at home is the way to go. The sound mix also seems to have better definition.
With regards to some of the long loading times, the player can be connected to an Ethernet port and is capable of downloading online updates to its firmware. I couldn't do this but Toshiba sent me a disc within 24 hours of phoning them. This update seems to have corrected some of the problems.Of course all this is mute when you have a player that is part of a dead format. Well the good news is that the EP-30 plays regular DVD's and can upscale them to enhance the quality a little more. I have to say you do notice a bit of a difference when doing this. Sadly there is no multi-region out of the box so far but it is a possibility with a firmware update if available in the future.
Of course the other reason to buy one is that they've been greatly reduced in price and you can pick one up for around £50-60. This represents a great deal for a good quality dvd player despite the sad news regarding it's HD capabilities. For that reason alone I'd recommend buying one.Not only that but you're starting to see a lot of the available HD catalogue crash in price, meaning you can pick up some great HD material for around a fiver. That my friends is a bargain.
I'm now consigned to the fact that I have to invest in Blu-Ray at one stage but I don't regret my decision, after all I got a great deal and it's still a good piece of kit.
Product Information : Toshiba HD EP30
Manufacturer's product descriptionWithout DivX Playback - DVD-RW Player - DVD-R Player - DVD+R Player - with DVD+RW Playback
EAN: 5017151618782, 5017151619246
Table / Portable: Static
DVD Player / Recorder: DVD Player
Integrated VCR: without Integrated VCR
Show View: without Show View
Electronic Program Guide (EPG): No
DVD-R Playback: DVD-R Player
DVD+R Playback: DVD+R Player
DVD-RW Playback: DVD-RW Player
DVD+RW Playback: with DVD+RW Playback
DivX Playback: Without DivX Playback
Super Video CD / Video CD Playback: No
HD-DVD Playback: Yes
DVD Audio Playback: without DVD Audio Playback
Super Audio CD Playback: without Super Audio CD Playback
DVD-R Recording: No
DVD+R Recording: No
DVD-RW Recording: No
DVD+RW Recording: No
DVD-RAM Recording: No
MPEG4 Recording: No
Blu-ray Recording: No
HD-DVD Recording: No
MP3 Encoding: No
DTS Decoder: with DTS Decoder
Real Dolby: Dolby Digital
1080p Upscaling: Yes
DVI Interface: Without DVI Connection
USB Interface: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
IPTV (Internet Protocol Television): No
Type of Memory Stick Interface: No
Type of SD Card Interface: No
Standby Power Consumption in Watts: 0.9
DLNA certified: No
BD Live: No
PC Streaming: No
Width in mm: 430
Height in mm: 59.5
Depth in mm: 320
Weight in Grams: 4100
WiFi Connectivity: No
Listed on Ciao since: 19/11/2007