Toshiba HD-DVD recorder pulls out the big guns

— 11:52 AM on June 22, 2006

Toshiba's HD-A1 HD-DVD player hit U.S. stores just a couple of months ago, but the company hasn't been sitting idly by since then. In Toshiba's pipeline for next month is the RD-A1, the world's first set-top HD-DVD recorder. The RD-A1 will launch in Japan on July 14 with HD-DVD burning capability and a massive 1 TB of built-in storage. Reuters says this capacity will enable it to store up to 130 hours of high-definition TV broadcasting and just under four hours of HD-DVD-quality video.

There are a few catches, though. First, Toshiba says it has no plans to export the RD-A1 beyond Japanese shores. Then there's the price—¥398,000, or a mind-boggling $3,432. According to Japanese site Impress (translate here), the device will take up quite a bit of shelf space, too; its dimensions are 18" x 16" x 6.26", and it weighs in at a whopping 33 lbs. This behemoth may be confined to Japan for now, but its future siblings could make it to U.S. shores. Toshiba says it eventually plans to introduce HD-DVD recorders overseas, although it has no concrete plans just yet. Thanks to Engadget for the link.

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