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Toshiba announces new 1080p DVD player with XDE

August 19th, 2008 by Maxim · No Comments · 4,157 Views

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After a devastating and embarrasing loss to Sony in the high definition video disk war, Toshiba ended production of its HD-DVD players, but they still found a use for their powerful upscaler. Previously, Toshiba’s HD-DVD players were capable of up-converting regular DVDs to 1080p with amazing quality, and that’s where Toshiba believes the near-term future for its technology is. It’s new up-converting player, XD-E500 costs only $149.99 or less – compare it to the cost of existing Blu-Ray players, few of which support Blu-Ray Profile 2.0 and are not upgradable, so really the only full Blu-Ray specification implementation is available on Sony’s gaming console – PlayStation 3. Compared to other Blu-Ray players, XD-E500 seems reasonably priced.

In the heart of the player is a chipset with Toshiba’s XDE (eXtended Detail Enhancement) technology, allowing up-conversion to 720p, 1080i and 1080p (including 1080p/24p mode) with three optimization modes: Sharp for added edge detail, Color for richer blues and greens, and Contrast for enhancement of details in darker scenes. The XD-E500 also incorporates key features found on today’s up-converting standard DVD players such as HDMI-CEC, DivX certification, JPEG capability, MP3 and WMA playback and much more in a slim, high-gloss cosmetic design to complement today’s HDTV. It does not play HD-DVD or Blu-Ray disks.

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