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Good: Superb image quality at a bargain price
Bad: Still a slow load time
Comment: Like all HD players the load times are still a little long, however once up and running I find this unit faultless. Watching PiP Bluescreen commentary on 300 is just fantastic. At it's current price point it's worth it just for an upscaller, add to the mix the quality HD-DVD aspects and it pretty much unbeatable.
Good: Cheap entry level HD, good quality picture
Bad: Seriously flawed 'resume' facility
Comment: This is a competent player (though nothing warms me to it, it is just a box). The loading, deloading and open tray delays are really tedious, but I understand standard for HD.
What I found SO annoying, that I nearly threw the thing out on the first day, is that there are few circumstances where you can resume play from where you stopped, mid movie. And that becomes zero circumstances after you've put the machine on standby. So if you're like me, and frequently want to pause a film part way overnight, forget it. You're back to the start of the disc and manually finding your place again.
Toshiba tell me there is a free firmware upgrade (they can send a cd) which will improve the situation, but not completely cure it as HD disc manufacturers are apparently not yet coding the resume function into their discs.
COME ON GUYS - grow up. There are people out here who want equipment that works efficiently. If an ordinary DVD and DVd player can do this with no problems, an HD should be able to as well.
Oh, and apparently the EP30 doesn't play MP3 files, another backwards step.
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