DVD Players

Toshiba XD-E500 DVD Player - Benchmark



The Toshiba XD-E500 is an exceptionally good low cost up-converting DVD player when used via HDMI and it received a perfect score under the HDMI section of the Secrets benchmark. In stark contrast was its de-interlacing performance using component video outputs which was some of the worst performance we have seen. With XDE modes engaged, the picture always possessed a hyper real look. Picture can be very subjective and there may be some who find the almost hyper real image appealing. For those individuals this player is a great fit. For those of us that seek a film like, deep, three dimensional image, present in Blu-ray media, the Toshiba falls a bit short. If your budget is 100 dollars then this up-converting DVD player is a great choice. The Toshiba is only outclassed by players like the Oppo DV-981HD that cost nearly three times more. Fine praise indeed.

Review System

Receiver: Denon AVR-3808CI
Main Speakers: B&W 805s
Center Channel: B&W HTM4S
Surround Speakers: B&W DS6 Dipole
Subwoofer: Rel R-305
HD Player: Sony Playstation 3
HD Display: Panasonic TH-50PX60U 50" Plasma