Toshiba’s new players, coming later this year, are going to use HDMI version 1.3, which doubles bandwidth, and support 720p and 1080p playback. The two models, HD-A2 and HD-XA2 will replace their HD-A1 and HD-XA1 players, which have had bugs and other quirks that made sales slower than expected.
The HD-XA2 will have the HDMI 1.3, 1080p resolution, and 297MHz/12-bit Video DAX with 4x oversampling and picture setting functions. This may seem like tech jargon to you – it is – but it allows users to customize contrast, brightness, noise blocking, and other parameters to optimize the image output.
The HD-A2 will be $499 in October, and the HD-XA2 will be $999.