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It's an unpredictable old world. Just when I was warming to HD DVD, Blu-ray goes and wins the hi-def format war – thanks primarily to the PS3 and Warner. But rather than swallow its pride and switch to Blu-ray, or count the millions of dollars it spent on backing HD DVD with tears in its corporate eyes, Toshiba has instead considered what is arguably a much more important problem – improving the subjective quality of DVD discs,
Toshiba may have lost out with HD DVD, but thankfully it hasn't forgotten the key role it played in DVD's development. A decade after its UK launch, the format remains the default carrier for movies. Most of us, then, will appreciate the Japanese giant's research into improving playback quality.
DVD players are getting cheaper by the day and you can now find big name brands stacked on supermarket shelves alongside more obscure names, often with little noticeable difference in price. But even at bargain basement prices it’s better to go for a trusted name, and in the budget DVD player realm they don’t come more trustworthy than Toshiba.
With its black finish and improbably slim dimensions, the SD-370E is a hugely attractive DVD deck that perfectly compliments Toshiba's latest range of Regza LCD TVs and HD DVD players.
Few, if any, DVD brands have a finer reputation for affordable quality than Toshiba. But its latest deck, the SD-270E, retails for the relatively puny sum of £50. Surely this has just got to be too little to get you any genuine quality?
Despite its wallet-friendly £60 price tag, this ultra slimline DVD player is actually Toshiba's top-end model. Its main claim to fame is its HDMI output, which offers upscaled 720p and1080i pictures designed to make the most of DVDs on an HD Ready display
Toshiba has an impressive new lineup of DVD recorders fresh from Japan, and the first to wash up on UK shores - for an exclusive review in our megatest - is the RD97DT. It sports multiformat DVD recording, analogue and digital tuners, and - like all of its competitors except Sony - a healthily-sized 250GB HDD.