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Toshiba SD-370E

Toshiba SD-370ERight now the HD disc format wars are no where nearer the end, and people do not want to pay out for something which might never take off, so many want to make the most of the existing DVD collection, and if you have a HDTV this is where Upscaling DVD players come in to the picture. They take your standard DVDs which have only 576 lines of video information and turn it into a high HD resolution of 1280 x 768 or 1920 x 1080 pixels to suit your HDTV perfectly.
The Toshiba SD-370E upscaling DVD player, even though though from a big name will only cost you just over £50 ($100) and upscale / upcovert your DVDs to either 720p or 1080i and even support DivX playback and video on demand. The sleek looking black SD-370E is only 4cm thick and designed to suite well with the Toshiba HDTVs. The Toshiba SD-370E has a HDMI output, component, and a scart output, but of course you will want to use either the HDMI or component. TrustedReviews have tested the Toshiba SD-370E and say, Enhanced Picture Mode (EPM), which allows you to adjust the brightness and sharpness of the image. Increasing the latter introduces a fairly severe white line around edges, so keep it at a low level. This is joined by Enhanced Audio Mode (EAM), which lends a ‘3D effect’ to stereo sound.
On the whole the SD-370 is an excellent little player. Terrific picture quality, including solid upscaling, makes it a surprisingly accomplished performer, while the sleek, slimline design is a bonus. But the best part is that you get all this for a great price, giving a cost-effective way to prolong the life of your DVD collection.