CES: Toshiba to Debut New Mid-Priced 1080p HD DVD Player

Posted Mon Jan 8, 2007 at 01:19 AM PST by
Toshiba Player [Close-Up]

Adding to is growing line-up of second generation HD DVD players, Toshiba announced Sunday at CES that it will bring a new mid-priced deck to the market in Spring 2007.

Though full technical specs haven't been fully released, the HD-A20 will support the HD DVD, DVD and CD formats, and will handle video output at 480p 720p, 1080i and 1080p. And like it's second-generation cousins, Toshiba's HD-A2 and HD-AX2, the HD-A20 will decode Dolby TrueHD straight out of the box.

With a list price of $599, it will also be the manufacturer's cheapest HD DVD deck yet to handle 1080p. That puts it nearly on par with Sony's 20Gb model of the Blu-ray-driven PlayStation 3, which at $500 list is currently the cheapest 1080p-supporting next-gen player on the market.

Though an exact street date was not announced, the HD-A20 is expected by Spring.

Toshiba's planned release of the new deck was confirmed by Jodi Sally, VP marketing for Toshiba's Digital AV group, who spoke at the company's press conference on Sunday.

We'll be keeping you posted with all the late-breaking news to come out of this year's Consumer Electronics Show, so stay tuned for continued updates all week.

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