Toshiba Forgets HD-DVD. Remembers DVD

Toshiba Forgets HD-DVD. Remembers DVD

Toshiba got its clock cleaned by Sony by supporting the HD DVD format over Sony's Blu-ray discs. But the next-generation video war really didn't have any winners. Even with HD DVDs out of the running, Sony can't seem to sell enough Blu-ray players to afford enough red ink to print a chart of how bad they're doing with the format; if it wasn't for the Blu-ray player in the Playstation 3, next to no one would have one. And now Toshiba's back, and angling towards fighting the next-gen hi-def wars one more time: Let's go back to watching standard DVDs, played back in Toshiba's Extended Detail Enhancement players (XDE).

In a demonstration to reporters last week, Toshiba played the same disc in an XDE player and a standard, $70 upscaling model on side-by-side LCD HDTVs. The new player produced a subtle but noticeable sharpening of the image.

Toshiba didn't demonstrate the XDE against a Blu-ray or HD DVD player, and Louis Masses, director of product planning for the audio and video group at Toshiba America Consumer Products, was careful to stress that it's not meant to compete with or replace Blu-ray.

"If you want Blu-ray, go get Blu-ray. This product is meant to improve playback of DVDs," Masses said.

Perhaps Mr. Masses is being cute. The public has shown no interest in abandoning the DVD format for Blu-ray, and he knows it. Maybe Toshiba will win the format war after all, by offering Video Hamburger Helper instead of Sony's Video Kobe Beef.

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I really had no idea that blu-ray was doing so horribly....I can only think that it is due to prices being VERY slow to fall; I can tell ya right now if they would hit the sub-$200 level I would probably get a blu-ray player.

HEAR ME SONY?!?!? WORK ON LOWERING PRICES!!!

I would like to see a display of the XDE player....if its just another upconvert player then big woop; how does it work compared to an upconvert player?

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Hello Ice- Thanks for reading and commenting.

According to the article, the device was shown side by side to reporters with a upconverter. They reported a noticeable improvement with the XDE over the upconverter. It wasn't tested side by side with a Blu-ray.

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Are the load/render times of this player noticable? I know many cheap BD players and inexpensive upconvert players have just HUGE load times and often for not-that-great video quality...

I am not denying that XDE is innovative -- just skeptical I guess....kinda seems too good to be true; that and all articles I am reading through have very little detail

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I agree that the expense is the hold back. Lower the price folks.
Fold On!!!!

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Cheap guys like me refuse to pay the current high-prices for Blu-Ray drives. My car's gas tank comes first.

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I recommend to anyone that asks me to wait untill the price drops.

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Super Dave:

Cheap guys like me refuse to pay the current high-prices for Blu-Ray drives. My car's gas tank comes first.

i agree, i cant afford anything right now with college, heck books alone are a few hundred...

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I wonder if this thing upconverts any better than the HD-A2 that Toshiba pushed on me just before they pulled the plug?

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