As part of the day's announcements, Toshiba launched its second generation HD DVD players for the U.S. market, the HD-A2 and HD-XA2. Both units offer an enhanced sleek cosmetic design with the HD-XA2 model designed to output 1080p (1920 x 1080) resolution, the highest HD signal currently available, via High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) 1.3. HDMI version 1.3 is the most current, major enhancement of the HDMI specification, which more than doubles bandwidth speed and adds support for Deep Color technology.
According to the company's initial press blurb, "Toshiba's latest players
are poised to continue momentum
generated by the success of the HD-A1 and HD-XA1 models, which are estimated to be in approximately 25,000 U.S. homes already." We hope to get a full press release with more technical details soon.
The HD-A2 will begin shipping to U.S. retailers in October, with the HD-XA2 to follow in December. Prices will list for a suggested $499 and $999 respectively.