Gallery: Cracking open a Toshiba HD DVD player

Gallery: Cracking open a Toshiba HD DVD player

Summary: Since the Toshiba HD-A30 is the pinnacle of HD DVD set-top boxes and might be the last production HD DVD drive ever, I thought I’d crack it open and take a look inside.


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  • Just what we need, another remote control to add to my collection of dozens of remote controls.

  • Here’s the Toshiba HD-A30 unit sitting on a table and it’s fairly small and light weight.

  • After popping off a few screws on the Toshiba HD-A30, the cover came off. You can also see what the back looks like. It comes with an RCA audio/video standard definition output, an HDMI HDCP output, an analog component HD output, and a S/PDIF digital audio output.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware, Toshiba

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  • Might as well crack 'em all open at this point...

    ...and salvage whatever you can of the money wasted on it.
  • RE: (Gallery: Cracking open a Toshiba HD DVD player)

    May not be all that bad. I still have my laserdisk player and still watch movies. Of course, I have a bigger selection..
  • RE: (Gallery: Cracking open a Toshiba HD DVD player)

    Wondering if Toshiba is planning to compensate those who went for their product over Blue-ray, since Blue_ray was so expensive when it all came out. Pitty that the Blue-Ray out done HD, but who could afford the darn thing? Look at the blue-ray now..."TOSHIBA" What a waste!!
  • RE: (Gallery: Cracking open a Toshiba HD DVD player)

    Probably should just dump in in the trash and forget about it now.
    • wrong

      They still wonderfully upconvert standard DVDs and also play HD-DVDs that can be had very cheaply now.
  • Opening a Toshiba HD DVD player

    What is the point of this photo story?
    I cannot see that it tells me anything I didn't already know.
  • Thanks for the Pics

    Imagine, you now own a piece of tech history. I agree with one of the posters--salvage what you can and then dump it!

    Another joke pulled on the consumer. I am old enough to remember the VHS vs. Beta war. There should be a law against using consumers and their hard-earned money as guinea pigs.
    • Why dump a great upconverting DVD player?

      Why dump a great upconverting DVD player? Why dump all those free HD DVDs and all those dirt cheap titles being clearanced out? They still play beautifully and "300" on HD DVD is still much better than the version on Blu-ray. What's worthless are all those Blu-ray set top boxes when the newer BD profiles come out. Heck, people are already suing Samsung over the profile 1.0 BD players.
    • But

      This time the best won,with blu-ray having twice the density it's more future proof as there does not seem any quality difference's,
      as the betamax gave better quality ,this time best won.
  • RE: (Gallery: Cracking open a Toshiba HD DVD player)


    Why do you consider the A30 the top of the heap. Would not the XA2 with the REON chipset win that honor?

  • Something good happened?

    Comparing the HD-DVD/Blu-Ray situation to the VHS/Betamax situation is not entirely accurate. THIS time, the better product "won". Nice.

    In the U.S., the better product almost always fails.
    Master Dave
    • nothing good happened.....

      the good thing would have been for sony and toshiba to get together and build the perfect cheap player that could sell for $40 in wall mart!
    • Better product?

      Crappy JAVA based software, expensive player, expensive, hard to manufacture discs, is that what you call "better"? HD-DVD was a more mature product, cheaper and easier to manufacture, with more durable discs. No, the better product lost out to Sony's bribes.
      • Better product

        Hey ITPRO,

        Where were ya when they needed ya? Maybe if you spoke up sooner, Toshiba might have won?
      • Sounds like sour grapes to me

        You seem to have a chip on your shoulder about the size of a Toshiba HD-DVD player! Maturity, cheapness and ease of manufacture don't make something better quality per se. And there are more things running under your so called 'crappy JAVA' than you can possibly imagine. Nice to see some unbiased comments though! :-)
        • Yes, to some extent

          Yes, I did purchase a Toshiba player, for two main reasons. First, it is a great up-converting DVD player, and second, it was not a Sony. I have followed the development of HD players since the earliest days, and will readily admit that I was rooting for HD-DVD to succeed because of a bias against Sony. Rootkits, exploding batteries, corporate arrogance, declining quality, all have lead me to conclude that I have no use for Sony products.

          Technically, though, I preferred the Toshiba design as it would allow prices to come down faster, and had a more mature software spec than BD. And, yes, I know that Java is used in many devices and programs, but I have never found any to be satisfactory. I have some Java apps running on my computer, but all are unstable and buggy. Sometimes a Java update fixes things, but more times than not it introduces more problems than it corrects. I admire the concept of portable apps that can run on most any type of system or environment, but in reality I have found them to be more headache than they are worth. From what I have read about BD players and their instability, crashes and bugs, it appears that Java is at least part of the problem. In comparison, my Toshiba player has been very stable and has a better feature set.

          So, unbiased? No, I will not pretend to be unbiased when Sony is involved. I have no plans to purchase a BD player, regardless of the brand, because I know that Sony is behind it. I will continue to buy DVDs, download content, capture movies from my DVR, and watch for newer alternatives, but I have no interest in BD.
      • But now

        See the prices come down as all makers compete with each other,and other aspects can be honed down to make this system prove it's worth,but then again there's hard drive downloads which could prove it's downfall,only time will tell.
        • Many options

          Prices may come down, but without any competition that will slow. Remember, it is not just the players, which remain expensive, but also the content. BD movies are still running about $35 average. For that price, I can buy a month of several premium movie channels and several PPV movies or rentals. So, let's see, I can buy one movie or watch HBO and Showtime for a month, along with several rentals? Not a good comparison. Besides, my HD-DVR supports external hard drives, allowing me to capture recorded content, in HD, to my computer. I can then play that back on demand with a set top box on my HD-TV, along with all of the downloaded content that I have collected. At some point, I will also rip all of my DVDs as well. For the price of a BD player, I can add a couple of Terabytes of storage and set up my own "on demand" media server. With all of that, why would I consider a BD player?
    • Something good happened?

      "Comparing the HD-DVD/Blu-Ray situation to the VHS/Betamax situation is not entirely accurate. THIS time, the better product "won". Nice.

      In the U.S., the better product almost always fails."

      This time it's outside the US the better product failed..
  • RE: (Gallery: Cracking open a Toshiba HD DVD player)

    There may be an upside to the demise of HD-DVD. Now, all the titles for that machine will probably go WAY down in price.