Toshiba today announced the launch of its second generation HD DVD players in the Japanese market. The company will roll out two new players, HD-XF2 and HD-XA2, from late December.
The new HD DVD players are smaller and offer improved speed in loading and
response times over the HD-XA1, the world's first HD DVD player, brought
to market by Toshiba in March 2006. The new high-end HD-XA2 supports Deep
Color technology, an optional standard under HDMI that improves
representation of color tones and achieves finer color gradation. HD-XA2
also provides support for the superior high-definition images of 1080p
The two new players can playback pre-recorded HD DVD sources.
Both players offer advanced navigation and interactive features. A Picture
in Picture (PIP) function include the ability to play supplementary video
over the main program, allowing viewers to watch bonus content, such as a
superimposed director's commentary or a documentary about the making of
the movie, while the movie plays. The players' "pop-up menu" displays
movie chapters with thumbnails while the movie plays, and allows users to
navigate menu features without pausing playback.
The new HD DVD players incorporate Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD and
DTS-HD, advanced surround-sound formats. Both players support PCM5.1ch
output through HDMI output, and HD-XA2 integrates analog 5.1ch output,
allowing consumers to enjoy surround sound by connecting the player to an
Through the HDMI interface, high-definition pictures stored on a disc can
be displayed digitally in HD, on digital TVs and displays that incorporate
HDCP capable HDMI input. Through the HDMI interface, standard definition
DVDs can be up-converted to an output resolution of 720p or 1080i (1080p
for HD-XA2), to complement the performance of a HDTV.
HD-XA2 integrates a 1080p compatible up-scaler and a high performance IP
converter that supports Deep Color technology to achieve finer color
Toshiba took the home video experience to the next, high definition level
in March 2006 when it launched the world's first HD DVD player HD-XA1, and
built on this achievement in July 2006 with the introduction of RD-A1, the
world's first hard disk recorder with HD DVD drive. Toshiba launched a
high-end HD DVD player HD-XA1 and mainstream model HD-A1 in the US in
The availability of HD DVD content continues to increase, with more titles
expected within this year from various content providers including
Paramount Home Entertainment, Universal Pictures and Warner Home Video.