Toshiba has announced a third HD DVD player for the European market. The HD-EP10, which will go on sale in May priced at 449 pounds, matches the already available HD-E1 in general specification and finish, but adds a 1080p video output.
Toshiba claims it will be the most competitively priced 1080p capable high definition disc player available. “Toshiba’s HD-E1 and HD-XE1 set benchmarks in high definition home entertainment, both in terms of performance and value for money,” says Olivier Van Wynendaele, Toshiba UK’s HD DVD guru, “and the HD-EP10 raises the bar yet again. We want consumers to experience the highest HD resolution currently available at a price that’s right for the market – and that’s exactly what the HD-EP10 achieves. With three quality standalone players, and more than 100 titles available in Europe by the end of Q1 2007, the launch of the HD-EP10 is another significant step towards establishing HD DVD as the natural successor to DVD.”
The player will also upscale standard definition DVDs to 1080p and can decode Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD and DTS HD audio formats.