Toshiba HD-EP30 HD DVD player PLUS 7 HD DVDs £197 inc P&P
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Toshiba HD-EP30 HD DVD player PLUS 7 HD DVDs £197 inc P&P

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Found 25th Oct 2007Made hot 25th Oct 2007
Toshibas new 3rd generation HD DVD players are about to be released (7th Nov) and they have finally started to hit a decent price level. Whats best about the current deals is the 7 free HD DVDs:

You get The Bourne Supremacy & 300 in the box then can choose 5 from another 13 via redemption voucher:

2 from Corpse Bride, Prestige, Troy, Swordfish, FullMetal Jacket.

2 from Hulk, Serenity, Chronicles of Riddick, Fast & Furious 2, Children of Men.

1 from World Trade Center, Dreamgirls, Black Rain.

If you factor in the price of the films (approx. £15ea) you can see how a good an offer this is.

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Original Poster

Details of the free HD-DVD promotion here:

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You could buy a 360 and the hd-dvd with 5 films for £300

Original Poster

dandoc2

You could buy a 360 and the hd-dvd with 5 films for £300




Plus £200 for a soundproof cabinet. :thumbsup:

Adidas Addict

Plus £200 for a soundproof cabinet. :thumbsup:


haha touche dude

Cant you use the 360 hd-dvd player on ur pc or am i talking rubbish ?

Damn it I really want one of these units, got a tv package coming this sunday from currys which includes a hd upscaling home cinema system, but i want the real deal and at this price I may have to bung the upscaler on ebay.

Good films too. Voted hot!!!

Original Poster

Caesar

Damn it I really want one of these units, got a tv package coming this … Damn it I really want one of these units, got a tv package coming this sunday from currys which includes a hd upscaling home cinema system, but i want the real deal and at this price I may have to bung the upscaler on ebay. Good films too. Voted hot!!!




Yeah upscaling is a bit of a con really, as the HD display always scales to the size of your screen anyway making it a gamble on wether your TV scaler is of better quality than the scaler in an HDMI dvd player. You would be amazed how many people think upscaling DVD players are actually HiDef :giggle:

dandoc2

haha touche dudeCant you use the 360 hd-dvd player on ur pc or am i … haha touche dudeCant you use the 360 hd-dvd player on ur pc or am i talking rubbish ?



You can but it's not something I'd recommend in place of a dedicated HD DVD system - getting the HD DVD drive recognised by the PC is easy enough (builtin with Vista, drivers available for XP) however you need a reasonably beefy PC to do the decoding and you also need working software, the latter generally proves to be a significant stumbling block.

On the 360 side it's actually reasonably quiet when watching an HD DVD, the main noise from the system when gaming is due to the DVD drive spinning at reasonably high speeds. However when watching HD DVDs, the main drive is idle and the HD DVD drive is quiet while there's still some noise from the fans it's not as loud and personally I don't find it's much of an issue as I usually watch HD DVDs with 5.1 as I'm sure most people will.

The 360 HD DVD drive is a little clumsy though as it needs both its own power supply and usb cable to the Xbox, not a big issue as I'm sure most people will just keep their setup static. I'm keeping an eye on the EP30 price as planning to get one for the main room and move the Xbox's HD DVD drive about as needed for the others.

John

Adidas Addict

Yeah upscaling is a bit of a con really, as the HD display always scales … Yeah upscaling is a bit of a con really, as the HD display always scales to the size of your screen anyway making it a gamble on wether your TV scaler is of better quality than the scaler in an HDMI dvd player. You would be amazed how many people think upscaling DVD players are actually HiDef :giggle:



I wouldn't say upscaling is a con unless you are expecting the quality of HD DVD/Blu-ray from a DVD which you're just not going to get, I don't think I've come across a TV which had a better upscaler than the external upscaling systems I've used.

John

dandoc2

You could buy a 360 and the hd-dvd with 5 films for £300




xbox 360 drive is 1080i the new tosh as above is 1080p great find as i just paid £179.99 for the earlier model and only got 5 older dvd's.

thought the 1080p issue would be fixed now that the 360's are coming with hdmi connections?

tempted by this as i've got the 360/hd-dvd drive combo and the audio downmix is appalling, hd-dvds i've got sound so weak compared to blu-rays on the ps3.

Just a shame the player is gash, i've read it takes a whole 2 mins to power up!

Where did you read that?

fozzy17

xbox 360 drive is 1080i the new tosh as above is 1080p great find as i … xbox 360 drive is 1080i the new tosh as above is 1080p great find as i just paid £179.99 for the earlier model and only got 5 older dvd's.



The 360 add on is 1080p now I believe.

voobydooz

Just a shame the player is gash, i've read it takes a whole 2 mins to … Just a shame the player is gash, i've read it takes a whole 2 mins to power up!



I believe that the older players took about a minute to load up however these are newer generation machines plus there have been newer firmware patches released which may have speeded up the loading times.

Voted hot as it's a good deal.

...but I can't help thinking that HD-DVD / Blu-ray will be the next SACD/DVD-Audio

i.e a flop. :oops:

[COLOR="DarkOrchid"]I think it's a waste of money buying of of these machines, as we don't know which format will become the standard HD-DVD or Blue-Ray. I personally think it will be blue-ray. I don't want to be spending a few hundered and buying all the DVD's for it, when it could turn out to be like minidisk which didn't last long did it. [/COLOR]

tylah3

[COLOR="DarkOrchid"]I think it's a waste of money buying of of these … [COLOR="DarkOrchid"]I think it's a waste of money buying of of these machines, as we don't know which format will become the standard HD-DVD or Blue-Ray. I personally think it will be blue-ray. I don't want to be spending a few hundred and buying all the DVD's for it, when it could turn out to be like minidisk which didn't last long did it. [/COLOR]



That was my opinion, but after seeing the 360 HD Drive deal with the 5 free dvds i'm going to take the chance, even if HD-DVD loses the format war i will just buy a dual format player when they come down in price, that way the only loss would be the 360 drive but after you deduct the cost of the DVDs it doesn't work out to be too expensive.

Ironic that you raise MiniDisc as a reason not to go ahead and buy. That was a Sony product that didn't quite make it.

With the news last month that there is a HD-DVD compatible blue laser format bein developed, it could get very interesting.

Personally, this deal might make me splash out on the player. I've no intention of going on massive DVD spending spree just yet. Though there are a few HD-DVD exclusives which will look stunning...

fozzy17

xbox 360 drive is 1080i the new tosh as above is 1080p great find as i … xbox 360 drive is 1080i the new tosh as above is 1080p great find as i just paid £179.99 for the earlier model and only got 5 older dvd's.



PLEASE DON'T BASE A POST ON COMPLETELY FALSE INFORMATION

The Xbox HD DVD player has been 1080p SINCE IT CAME OUT

jayuk

Ironic that you raise MiniDisc as a reason not to go ahead and buy. That … Ironic that you raise MiniDisc as a reason not to go ahead and buy. That was a Sony product that didn't quite make it.With the news last month that there is a HD-DVD compatible blue laser format bein developed, it could get very interesting.Personally, this deal might make me splash out on the player. I've no intention of going on massive DVD spending spree just yet. Though there are a few HD-DVD exclusives which will look stunning...



Don't worry mate, its not "ironic". He's just an idiot who doesn't know what he's talking about. The journey of the minidisc shares no paralells with HDDVD\Blueray

chrisapplegate

That was my opinion, but after seeing the 360 HD Drive deal with the 5 … That was my opinion, but after seeing the 360 HD Drive deal with the 5 free dvds i'm going to take the chance, even if HD-DVD loses the format war i will just buy a dual format player when they come down in price, that way the only loss would be the 360 drive but after you deduct the cost of the DVDs it doesn't work out to be too expensive.



Can also be used as an external DVD drive, and has 2 usb ports on the back for connecting other things

robo989

PLEASE DON'T BASE A POST ON COMPLETELY FALSE INFORMATIONThe Xbox HD DVD … PLEASE DON'T BASE A POST ON COMPLETELY FALSE INFORMATIONThe Xbox HD DVD player has been 1080p SINCE IT CAME OUT



Mate... I am afraid you are the 1 falling victim to your own post.

betanews.com/art…377

The 360 was not 1080P at launch...it had a firmware upgrade. Please dont base a post on completely false information :oops:

robo989

PLEASE DON'T BASE A POST ON COMPLETELY FALSE INFORMATIONThe Xbox HD DVD … PLEASE DON'T BASE A POST ON COMPLETELY FALSE INFORMATIONThe Xbox HD DVD player has been 1080p SINCE IT CAME OUT



Well i think your wrong there, games can run 1080p but HD-DVD'S run 1080i i suggest you read abit more before posting, it was taken from the microsoft site, i did abit of reading before i bought my add-on 360 drive, unless of course this has been fixed with a update since.


amybody?

robo989

PLEASE DON'T BASE A POST ON COMPLETELY FALSE INFORMATIONThe Xbox HD DVD … PLEASE DON'T BASE A POST ON COMPLETELY FALSE INFORMATIONThe Xbox HD DVD player has been 1080p SINCE IT CAME OUT



Do you Feel silly now?

i suggest you read about your facts before posting young man! :giggle:

robo989

He's just an idiot who doesn't know what he's talking about.



Ouch :thumbsup:

All in good humour :-D

Most people only have 1080i screens anyway...and I think that picture is as good as most human eyes can see anyway :thumbsup:

Well from what ive read Blueray is going to become the standard upgrade to DVD.
Im not going to believe everything i read and hopefully they will battle on some more as its us comsumers that benefit from the price wars.

But already ive been into Virgin and they held 1 bay for HD DVD and about 4 for Blueray:-(

Hmm trying to find a review..

Bit more info here: toshibahddvd.co.uk/pro…cfm

As is common in "3rd gen" players it claims to offer 24fps output which good for movies (as most movies are shot in 24fps). This aids smooth motion if your TV can successfully handle 24hz. Check yours here:
[url]avforums.com/for…php?t=540299[/url]

A previous Toshiba machine (HD-E1) suffered from the dreaded Chroma Bug (hometheaterhifi.com/vol…tml) .. hopefully this has been fixed in the EP-30 model.. but maybe thats just wishful thinking?

Is this not the second time sony have tried to launch blu-ray after it initially fell by the wayside in around 1997?

It looks to me like the movie studios that are supporting blu-ray are responsible for the low number of hd titles on the shelves with their usual bullying tactics but they should remember that microsoft are in the hd camp and sony should also not forget about the betamax `v` vhs format war which is not that far in the distant past.

Both gaming consoles should ensure a future for both formats but if sony insist on being greedy and keeping their prices high then they could well find themselves fighting a losing battle especially with the new vmd-hd (i think thats correct) format just recently released onto the market place.

My brother has spent the bucks for Blu-ray and poured a LOT of money into his Tv etc. He has spent more on an HDMI lead than I have spent on my DVD player.

In all honesty I CAN see a SLIGHT improvement compared to my system when it comes to viewing a movie. However, set aside all the specs and the geeky terminology and it seems to me that what one gets for the extra HUNDREDS of pounds is very little...

Maybe if my wallet was a bottomless pit I may jump into all the new techy spechy hardware - maybe I wouldn't. Sure as hell I shall be holding onto my money for a while until i SEE a difference that is worth the LOTSA money they are trying to tug from my wallet

Not sure about this player, I have the HD-E1 and it does take about 42 seconds to open the drawer on boot up which you'll agree is a terrible performance.

Having said that, the picture quality is fantastic via my Toshiba 37c3030db and the HD-DVD offer is available to anyone who has purchased a Toshiba unit, check their website for information.

I'd be wary of buying these just yet, Toshiba are developing a 50GB HDDVD disc which won't be compatible with current players.

sherrie197

Is this not the second time sony have tried to launch blu-ray after it … Is this not the second time sony have tried to launch blu-ray after it initially fell by the wayside in around 1997?It looks to me like the movie studios that are supporting blu-ray are responsible for the low number of hd titles on the shelves with their usual bullying tactics but they should remember that microsoft are in the hd camp and sony should also not forget about the betamax `v` vhs format war which is not that far in the distant past.Both gaming consoles should ensure a future for both formats but if sony insist on being greedy and keeping their prices high then they could well find themselves fighting a losing battle especially with the new vmd-hd (i think thats correct) format just recently released onto the market place.




lol i remember betamax, better, smaller, but yet sony were left red faced as VHS was the moviemakers choice (probably down to lisence fees Sony were charging for Betamax!!)
Its going to be tough, Sony have upgraded the software on the PS3 to now do thing like upscaling of standard DVD's, and with been able to pick up the PS3 for as little as £300 with freebies thrown in, i think they will shift a fair few for xmas.
Then next year i think the battle will be decided.

I have heard rumors that the PS3 has a fine enough laser to read the 100GB blueray discs and with a firmware update it will be supported

It's deals like this that could swing it though, if Toshiba et al can fill enough homes with affordable players it has decent prospects.

do only certain models have this offer or the 2 free inside?

theres a toshiba on dixons which is 186, take off tonights 10% off code and thats under 168 quid, which is good if it has free movies too

It's funny you should mention licensing Blackhorse as gadget friend of mine said to me the other day that the downfall of betamax was due to sony's refusal to grant licenses to the adult movie market and apparently a similsr thing is happening today with sony not wanting any association with the adult market.

horacehogarth

I'd be wary of buying these just yet, Toshiba are developing a 50GB HDDVD … I'd be wary of buying these just yet, Toshiba are developing a 50GB HDDVD disc which won't be compatible with current players.



Some people are wary of getting up in the morning - the really sexy & exciting people get their wallets out and buy the technology that exists today.:giggle:

I hear that one day we'll have flying cars - do you still ride the bus because you're waiting for that?

Taken the plunge, getting impatient, I want it now!!! I'm so sad!!

sicknote

Not sure about this player, I have the HD-E1 and it does take about 42 … Not sure about this player, I have the HD-E1 and it does take about 42 seconds to open the drawer on boot up which you'll agree is a terrible performance. Having said that, the picture quality is fantastic via my Toshiba 37c3030db and the HD-DVD offer is available to anyone who has purchased a Toshiba unit, check their website for information.



I have the HD-E1 as well. The time it takes to load up/open drawer did annoy me as well to start off with, but it's a fantastic DVD player in terms of performance.

ive just bought this but not allowed to open till xmas and want to claim free films I can see model no but no serial no. Do you have to open box to find it?

mix69

ive just bought this but not allowed to open till xmas and want to claim … ive just bought this but not allowed to open till xmas and want to claim free films I can see model no but no serial no. Do you have to open box to find it?




No you don't have to open the box, the serial number is on white stickers on the side of the box. It says the model number first ie HDEP30KBS/No:----------- (the letters/numbers, where I have put the ----------- lines is the serial number). I think the serial number usually starts with SLC (thats what mine starts with anyway)
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