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Toshiba HD-A35 HD DVD Player

by February 02, 2008
Toshiba HD-A35

Toshiba HD-A35

  • Product Name: HD-A35 HD DVD Player
  • Manufacturer: Toshiba
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStar
  • Review Date: February 02, 2008 19:43
  • MSRP: $ 299
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Power requirement
32.0W

Power supply
120V AC 60Hz

Mass
3.3kg

External dimension
Width 430 x Height 59.5 x Depth 327mm

Signal system
Standard NTSC Color TV system

Laser
Semiconductor laser
Wavelength: 405nm/650nm/780nm

VIDEO output
1.0Vp-p (75Ω), Sync signal negative, Pin jack x 1 system

Component output (Y, PB, PR)
Y output (green), 1.0Vp-p (75Ω),
Pin jack x 1 system
PB, PR output (blue, red), 0.7Vp-p (75Ω),
Pin jack x 1 system each
Analog audio output
2.0V (rms), 2.2kΩ or below, pin jack
(L, R) x 1 system
2.0V (rms), 2.2kΩ or below, pin jack x 6

Digital audio output (BITSTREAM/PCM jack)
Optical connector x 1 system

LAN port
100BASE-TX/10BASE-T x 1

Extension port
1 system

HDMI output
19 pin, Type A connector

Remote control
Wireless remote control (SE-R0252)

Operating conditions
Temperature: 41°F ~ 95°F (5°C ~ 35°C)
Position: Horizontal

Clock accuracy
Quartz (monthly deviation: approximately ±30 seconds)

Pros

  • 1080p/24 video is amazing
  • Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD audio support
  • Ethernet connectivity for updates and bonus features
  • 6 Channel analogue output for older systems

Cons

  • Slow startup times
  • No backlight on the remote
  • Slow response for FF/RW/Skip, etc

Introduction

Some may say that the Toshiba HD-A35 is the last of a dying breed as it is the current top-of-the line HD DVD player. With the Warner’s recent shift over to the Blu-ray camp, it may very well be. Of course, HD DVD will live on for a while longer and there are still a couple of larger movie studios backing the format. If you have a small library of HD DVDs, and are looking for a 1080p player that supports 24p or deep color, look no further. Since this format looks like it just might fade away, we’re guessing you’ll probably find a pretty good deal on the HD-A35, as well.

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About the author:

Jim Robbins is, by profession, a computer programmer. His technology interests started back in 1989, when he became SysOp of his High School's BBS (anyone remember those?). Of course, as most intelligent and geeky high school students, he also loved video games. Those video games were a force driving him into self discovery as an audioholic!

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Recent Forum Posts:

Buckeye_Nut posts on February 16, 2008 23:52
I never noticed my A3 making any fan noises.
PENG posts on February 15, 2008 20:40
Johnd, post: 375847
I think it's defective PENG. My A3 is whisper quiet.

That is strange, I have had the A3 for a few days, it was noisy like my 47LX196 with or without a disc in it. I replaced it with the A30 and it sounds just about the same. Not super noisy but definitely not whisper quiet. Both players played DVD and HDDVD flawlessly. Either I just happened to end up with two defective units (the fan) or you are so lucky to have an exceptionally quiet one.

On another note, I read through everything available on the Toshiba website and the ony differences I noted between the A30 and the A35 are on the audio side. Is that the reason why you are willing to pay more for the A35? I actually think I made a mistake paying $50 more for the A30. The A3 is every bit as good because there is no clear advantage of the 1080p output unless the TV can do 1080p 24.
Johnd posts on February 15, 2008 07:31
PENG, post: 373224
I don't know about the A35 but you can hear the A3 and A30 from several feet away. I think it is the fan.

I think it's defective PENG. My A3 is whisper quiet.
mike c posts on February 10, 2008 22:08
PENG, post: 373224
I don't know about the A35 but you can hear the A3 and A30 from several feet away. I think it is the fan.

thanks. was worried mine was defective.

what a crappy fan they put in.
PENG posts on February 10, 2008 21:49
I don't know about the A35 but you can hear the A3 and A30 from several feet away. I think it is the fan.
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