Toshiba comes out with XD-E500 for high definition experience through DVD

Touted as its payback on Sony’s Blu-ray, Toshiba Corp. has come up with the ‘eXtended Detail Enhancement’ (XDE) DVD players to lift up the status of the DVD format it backed. The Japanese company brings the XD-E500, its latest innovation.

Toshiba Logo So what does this XDE exactly do? It up-converts your DVD’s picture quality to a near high-definition quality (480i/p to 1080p)! It seems that users of the traditional flat-panel television sets have to set their TV’s resolution to 720p or 1080i output to match the display.

“Consumers have embraced the DVD format like no other technology and invested in large libraries of their favorite movies. As the market moves towards high definition, XDE lets them experience their existing DVD library and the tens of thousands of DVD titles in a whole new way,” said Louis Masses, Director of Product Planning. “XDE offers consumers a simple solution to add on to their HDTV purchase. XDE works with existing DVDs to deliver a near HD experience with enhanced detail and richer colors. Toshiba is delivering to consumers what they want — a high quality experience at an affordable price.”

The new XDE players by Toshiba come with a support for WMA, DiVX, MP3 and JPG file formats. It also sports an output of 24fps. Other features that the XDE sports is the Sharp Mode, Color Mode and Contrast Mode.

The Sharp Mode is offered to enrich colors and for a detailed display and a high-definition experience. The Color Mode helps enhance the Sharp mode settings for vivid and realistic picture and claims to be ideal for outdoor scenes. The Contrast Mode can be used to make clear the dark scenes or foregrounds for a more visible picture.

The Toshiba XDE-E500 players will be shipping in this month and are priced at $149.99 (MSRP).