- Written by Brian Alvarez and Adrian Wittenberg
- Published on 20 February 2009
I can remember a time when Toshiba offered entry level DVD players and also high dollar flagship models like the SD-9200. As DVD players became a commodity Toshiba logically focused on mainstream consumer players much like the XD-E500 reviewed here.
The XD-E500 is a main stream DVD player priced at $99.99 and offering the features a player of this price offers. This includes the obvious DVD playback, the almost universal support amongst new DVD players for DivX playback, Mp3 and WMA. With the exception of the XDE processing the XD-E500 is just a standard run of the mil up-converting DVD player.
- Design: SD DVD Player
- Supported Formats: DVD-Video/DVD-R/DVD-RW/CD/CD-R/CD-RW/CD-DA DivX, Mp3, WMA
- Video Connections: Composite, S-Video, Component, HDMI (Version Not Specified)
- Audio Connections: Two-channel Analog, Toslink Optical, SPDIF Coaxial
- Dimensions: 2" H x 17" W x 7.8" D
- Weight: 3.5 Pounds
- MSRP: $99.99 USA
Toshiba has stayed out of the Blu-ray market and instead asserts the XD-E500 up-converting player can provide a near HD experience from standard DVDs using their XDE processing. Can a sub hundred dollar player really rival Blu-ray for picture quality? Will the XDE processing set it apart from other commodity DVD players at this price? Let’s find out how good the Toshiba XD-E500 is.