While I don't own the Toshiba SD-2300 player, I have seen the unit in stores and read reports on it from others online who have bought it. It seems like a quality player overall (I hear the zoom is quite smooth on it), but it's lacking some of the features found in the Samsung Extiva DVD-N2000. For example, the VLM in the Toshiba features only 8 effects total, while the Extiva has 100+ (these were apparently cut due to concerns about the VLM effects inducing seizures). Also, there is no pack-in controller on the Toshiba, but the remote does seem to be quite good and the joystick on it felt better than the one on the Samsung. Another nice plus on the Toshiba is the flip-down cover for the NUON ports on the front, as opposed to the small cover that is completely removed from the Samsung to expose the NUON ports.
The player does come with a NUON Demo disk, like the Extiva, but you have to mail in a card to receive the disk. The good news is that Toshiba owners get a full copy of Hasbro Interactive's "The Next Tetris" included on their demo disk, a game which is otherwise unavailable.
For me, I'm completely happy with my Samsung NUON player. But, the Toshiba SD2300 has the benefit of wider availability and a more reputable name amongst videophiles, which will prove to be a benefit to its success. Had Toshiba left all the VLM effects and packed in a NUON controller, it would have had the advantage with it's SD-2300. But, as it stands the Samsung seems to be a better value since they can both be had for about the same price.
The SD2300 Includes all the Toshiba Standard Features Plus:
All Toshiba DVD Players have the following standard features:VIDEO
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