by Shannon T. Nutt
Toshiba has announced the release of their second generation of HD-DVD players: the $500 HD-A2, and the $1000 HD-XA2. Both models will replace the current HD-A1 and HD-XA1, which will stop being produced when these two models are released.
The new models speed up load time, and feature support for Dolby TrueHD audio right out of the box. The more expensive HD-XA2 model also will support HDMI 1.3 as well as native 1080p output right out of the box.
The HD-A2 is expected to start shipping in October, while the HD-XA2 will be released in December.