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Just thought we should start a new Thread as the other one i started (power-buy) isn't really applicable anymore, and now has over 394 posts.

So I thought it would be a good place to start HD DVD talk in here from owners or those wanting to buy soon. Mine comes tommorrow or wed so hopefully ill have something to add in the next few days and how it compares to dvd upscaled, hd tv and xbox360 HD Trailers.

*No Blu-ray trolling please. If your into that format or want to argue which is better, start another topic. Lets try and keep this informative, and about the topic description. (see how long that lasts !) :blink:

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I'm very happy for you guys :D ! you lucky buggers :blink: !

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Well according to the tracking status I should receive my XA1 tomorrow, I am just so impressed with the efficiency of the USPS Global Express service. Below is my tracking info:

At Foreign Delivery Unit, October 23, 2006, 2:32 pm, AUSTRALIA

Out of Foreign Customs, October 23, 2006, 12:39 am, AUSTRALIA

Out of Foreign Customs, October 21, 2006, 12:31 pm, AUSTRALIA

Into Foreign Customs, October 21, 2006, 10:25 am, AUSTRALIA

Arrived Abroad, October 21, 2006, 10:25 am, AUSTRALIA

Enroute, October 19, 2006, 2:40 am, JAMAICA, NY 11499

International Dispatch, October 19, 2006, 2:40 am, KENNEDY AMC

I ask the dealer to do a system check on the XA1 in order not to receive a DOA unit and he agreed to do this for me. I have nothing but praise for the seller but sadly he has asked me not to identify where I bought it from.

Now if only Amazon could get their act together with shipping in stock titles! Still things are looking pretty sweet for the immediate future.

This is starting off to be a cracker of a week, my XA1 should be here tomorrow, our new HT lounge suite arrived today and boy is it ever comfy I have already had my first snooze on it. :D My replacement laptop screen will arrive from USA either tomorrow or Wednesday and I just bought a new HP DVD burner for my laptop off an ebay seller in USA for a third of the price it sells for here and that is delivered to my door. :blink:

Oh and I just received a call from a company wanting to employ me on my days off, sweet.

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Good to see a thread start! I was only thinking the same thing and BAM, daz does the business!

Mmm a new thread to hang out in :blink:

Mine has now been upgraded to 2.0 firmware so can do the lossless audio - an extra $15 - painless. will ship soon I am told. The ebay dude is very communicative.

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Still waiting for mine. hopefully wed now, as still sitting at customs.

Those that have the player, what are the exact measurements for height (incl the feet) and width. ? might have to change some things around as dont think it will fit in the top shelf.

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Still waiting for mine. hopefully wed now, as still sitting at customs.

Those that have the player, what are the exact measurements for height (incl the feet) and width. ? might have to change some things around as dont think it will fit in the top shelf.

I will probably be the same as now I am at the mercy of the Alice Springs PO. They deliver only when they feel like it and as the Masters Games are on this week I bet everything is on hold. Even when they do deliver they never bring the package they just slip a note in the letter box to say come and get it.

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So what is the difference between the A1 and the XA1? I'm seriously considering buying one now!

The case and a back-lit remote control for the XA1 are the only differences - functionally & component-wise they are identical.

Those that have the player, what are the exact measurements for height (incl the feet) and width. ? might have to change some things around as dont think it will fit in the top shelf.

It is 35d x 10h x 43w (cm) and it is about 7 kilos so it is pretty standard for a full size component (it's only a couple of cm longer than my 2910).

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looks liek you guys soon to have another club member ! hehehe

http://www.eastwoodhifi.com.au/THE_SHOP.HTM

What about my new toy then? Well, thanks to the power of the internet, we've found a mob in the US which will ship a Toshiba HD-A1 HD DVD (I don't give a bugger about the format - I just need a toy) for A$750 delivered, allow $120 for GST and customs and it's still a bargain. Considering all I need then is a 240V/120V converter ($50) and there are over 80 titles available already from Amazon.com it sure looks attractive. If anyone sees a downside, let me know.

hehehe you could send him that batman disc Will ! hehehe I'm sure HJ will be bombarding him iwht emails now of all the "downsides" hehehe

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Just waiting to hear back from Stuart (ssingleton), but it looks like I'll be very shortly joining the ranks of the early adopters, after Stuary kindly offered his second unit for a very decent price.

Damn you dtvforums, how am I going to hide this one from the wife :ph34r: :ph34r:

Where do you guys source your HD-DVDs from ?

I've looked at the extensive collection on amazon, but was wondering if there was anywhere else that was cheap and reliable.

Cheers,

Andrew.

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Just waiting to hear back from Stuart (ssingleton), but it looks like I'll be very shortly joining the ranks of the early adopters, after Stuary kindly offered his second unit for a very decent price.

Damn you dtvforums, how am I going to hide this one from the wife :ph34r: :ph34r:

Where do you guys source your HD-DVDs from ?

I've looked at the extensive collection on amazon, but was wondering if there was anywhere else that was cheap and reliable.

Cheers,

Andrew.

LOL, DVDBoxOffice in canada isn't bad but overall Amazon is the best source. :blink:

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Just got mine :blink:

Part 1 of 2 (unpacking/quality)

Well it finally happened. Went down to Australia Air Express today in Keilor and picked up my HD-A1 HD DVD player.

Was sent sat 5pm, from USA and was sent to my house on Tues but I wasn’t home, all for $720AUS delivered.

So I signed for my item, resting on is side !! Wow, huge box. About same size as normal dvd player but double the height.

Drove home (within the speed limit) then unpackacked it carefully. I was dreading, what if I power it up and doesn’t work? Lucky that didn’t happen.

I must say I was impressed with the look and build of this machine. When everyone is saying it’s built like a tank, I know what they mean. It’s similar in size to the upmarket denon dvd players and the piano black faceplate with brushed aluminium looks gorgeous. A real quality player. Last time I saw quality like this was when I opened up my Sherwood Newcastle R-965 receiver. Now these two machines working together should be bliss.

You get a hdmi cable (see PS3, not that hard !), yellow video cable, red and white audio cable which are all put in a box as I don’t need them, and the power cable along with instructions, warranty and the usual additional papers. One thing I was surprised with is that the packaging in the box isn’t foam but cardboard, but mine arrived safely, so does the job I guess.

Once I connected the power to my 120W transformer, I connected the player to my 68 cm TV, so I could change all the settings in the menu and mainly to make sure it worked before I hooked it to my HT. It does load like a computer. Didn’t take too long, 30 sec at most I reckon. Maybe I was still excited to notice the time, but was pretty quick. First thing I did was pop in my firmware 2.0 disc I downloaded and updated it for TrueHD. Worked beautifully. Took about 5 minutes all up. It stopped at 50% for about a minute, but in all was easy as pie.

The remote on the player is awesome. Don’t know what all the yanks are whingeing about. Mine is SO responsive, just like any other remote. Its pretty long (25cm) and weighs a tone for a remote. Again the quality is outstanding. Brushed aluminium with piano black face. Couldn’t be happier. Theres not a huge amount of stuff to change in the menus which is good as i hate all these internal picture modes and stuff with dvd players. The menue is clear and simple to use. I couldnt find the setup button until i slide donw the bottom of the remote door to find more buttons hiding. But all in all, good menus and buttons on remote.

After the firmware was updated, I disconnected it all and left it for 5 minutes for a hard wire reset, just in case there are any problems/bugs, as a few on avsforum have recommended.

Now I’m ready to hook it up to my HT, via a Panasonic AE700 720P projector and a Sherwood Newcastle R965 receiver via 5.1 analogue.

Back later tonight with my first impressions and how I think it compares to Xbox360 HD trailers/HD TV/ Hdmi upscaled SD dvd.

Part 2 coming later tonight (first impressions)

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now why did you have to post that daz !

oh man ! I am so tempted ! :blink:

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now why did you have to post that daz !

oh man ! I am so tempted ! :blink:

Have I not been nudging you for weeks Al?

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Just got mine :D

Part 1 of 2 (unpacking/quality)

Well it finally happened. Went down to Australia Air Express today in Keilor and picked up my HD-A1 HD DVD player.

Good work Daz, I am still waiting for Australia Post to pull their finger out. It is quite literally taking longer for the parcel to move through Aust Post than when it was in the hands of the USPS. My tracking on Aust post has not been updated for 2 days now it still says it is at some network parcel Hub. :blink: It would not surprise me in the least to find out the parcel is lost and some Aus Post worker is enjoying it in their lounge room right now.

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Good work Daz, I am still waiting for Australia Post to pull their finger out. It is quite literally taking longer for the parcel to move through Aust Post than when it was in the hands of the USPS. My tracking on Aust post has not been updated for 2 days now it still says it is at some network parcel Hub. :blink: It would not surprise me in the least to find out the parcel is lost and some Aus Post worker is enjoying it in their lounge room right now.

I know how you feel, I only paid for mine a couple of hours ago and the wait is already killing me :D

Shhh... Don't tell anyone what I just found at EzyDVD

http://www.ezydvd.com.au/item.zml/790768

20th of November?

7 days after Europe starts.

very interesting.

Bring it on! I say

All we need is kmart to start stocking them and we'll be laughing :P

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Shhh... Don't tell anyone what I just found at EzyDVD

http://www.ezydvd.com.au/item.zml/790768

20th of November?

7 days after Europe starts.

holy crap ! is that the first HD-DVD up for sale in Oz ?

bloody hell..already I didnt think that woudl happen for quite a while

I tell you guys of ezydvd is selling them this is goign to be mainstream in no time

and look at the price $29.99 ! thats pretty fair ! I was expecting a much higher sticker price for HD-DVD

this is sensational news !

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