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Toshiba returns to DVD

Blu Ray not for us
Mon Aug 18 2008, 08:29

AFTER A KICKING in the next generation video format wars, Toshiba is returning to DVD.

The outfit is releasing a new DVD player that it says does more than previous models to improve the look of DVDs on high-definition TVs.

The XD-E500 will cost $149.99, double the price of most "upconverting" players, which also improve the look of a DVD. It is still half the price of Sony's Blu-ray player.

Tosh showed the the same disc in an XDE player and a standard, $70 upscaling model on a side-by-side LCD HDTV to hacks. The AP hacks agreed that it showed a marked improvement.

Of course Tosh did not show it against a Blu-ray player because that would show the hacks that for a $100 more you might as well get full HD. Still... the thought was there.

The XDE technology, or eXtended Detail Enhancement, will ship on other players soon. µ



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