New Toshiba Gear
In DVD, the company showed several DVD-Video, DVD-Audio and progressive scan models at consumer-friendly prices. Picture CD compatibility has been incorporated into several models as well. Toshiba has not opted to add SACD to its players.
The biggest news was the introduction of Toshiba's first DVD recorder. The RD-X2 combines a DVD-RAM/R recording drive with a 80 GB hard drive. The hard drive can hold 36 to 75 hours of video. TV programs can be recorded onto the hard drive for time-shifting and then moved to a DVD for permanent storage. It does not include a program guide for the hard drive or FireWire input for digital camcorders.
Toshiba has taken a stance on the digital video interface issue by building DVI inputs into several of its new display products, including both plasma monitors, the new LCOS rear projection TV, five of the Cinema Series televisions, four TVs in the Theaterwide series and one direct view model from the FST Pure HD line. DVI is a one-way, uncompressed input format that competes with IEEE 1394. This implementation includes HDCP for copy protection. Ramirez stated that a newer version of DVI which includes audio transport will be coming in the future. He said he expects most U.S. manufacturers to support it.