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Thomson backs Toshiba with HD DVD player launch

April 24th, 2006 · No Comments

Those looking in vein for an player Stateside will soon have a second brand to choose from. Last week, Thomson US held a press conference to confirm the launch of its own RCA-branded player. The HDV5000 is a badged version of the Toshiba HD-A1 and will sell for $499. Its mirror-image specification includes HD output via HDMI and component, optical and coax digital audio outputs, plus support for Dolby Digital Plus, DTS, DTS-HD (5.1 channel) and Dolby TruHD (2 channel).
As with the Toshiba HD-A1, the model can’t deliver multi-channel TrueHD because standard digital audio connections do not have the bandwidth for 7.1 channels of non-compressed audio; the high-end $800 Toshiba player alone offers a bank of phono connections which are used to output True HD audio (exactly like an SACD or DVD-A player) to a receiver with multi-phono inputs. There’s also an Ethernet port for connection to the Internet, to exploit iHD- interactive capability on discs.
The player will mainly be available through Wal-Mart and Amazon.

Tags: HD DVD and Blu-ray · High definition TV · Trade

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