All-Region DVD and Blu-ray Player Advice

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Re: All-Region DVD and Blu-ray Player Advice

#1251 Post by Mitt Outsound » Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:49 pm

Drucker wrote:
Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:35 pm

Third: (and this is really basic): my receiver isn't very modern, and only has RCA inputs. Given this, I assume, I can just get an DIGITAL OUT>RCA cable and have the audio operate that way with no problem, correct?

I'm assuming that you are already using an Oppo player (either the BDP-93 or the 203) with your older receiver and that you are using the RCA analog outputs on the Oppo to the RCA analog inputs on your receiver. And that question three is in regard how to deal with the audio output on your proposed region A player. And if it's a generic Panasonic player, it most likely does not feature RCA analog outputs.

Perhaps I can offer another option on how to stream your audio to your receiver from your region A player (either your repaired BDP-93 or a new Panasonic).

My current set-up uses an older pre-HDMI receiver and an Oppo 103 as my main bluray player. I use the Oppo 103 to decode the various digital audio formats, convert the audio from digital to analog, and output the multi-channel analog audio using RCA audio cables from the Oppo RCA outputs to my receiver.

I connect additional disc players in my set-up using the HDMI Input on the back of the Oppo 103. For example: I connect my Samsung HD-DVD player using an HDMI cable from the output on the Samsung to the input on the Oppo. This streams both the video and audio from the Samsung through the Oppo to my TV and my receiver. This also allows me to use the video processor in the Oppo to improve the video from the Samsung and it also decodes the digital audio format from the Samsung and converts it from digital to analog and outputs it to my receiver via the RCA cables. The Oppo does not passively pass the video/audio directly through. The video/audio is effected by how I've set-up my Oppo. In order to watch the Samsung I need to power up the Oppo and use the Input select button on the remote to select HDMI IN. Since I have a satellite DVR and two additional disc players I use an HDMI switcher between these devices and the Oppo (my switcher is 4 inputs going to 1 output)

In your situation the Oppo 203 has an HDMI Input on the back. So hook-up an HDMI cable from the HDMI Output on your region A player to the HDMI Input on the 203. You can then play around with the set-up features of both the 203 and the region A player to see what works best. The only inconvenience is that you need to power up both players and use the Oppo remote to select HDMI IN.

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Re: All-Region DVD and Blu-ray Player Advice

#1252 Post by trevor_bartram » Mon Feb 24, 2020 12:16 pm

I'm on my second Seiki, the first one's laser failed after several years use (played <50 discs), the second one is two years old and played <30 discs. My question is:
1. What new player to replace it with if it fails (as Seiki or Orei are no longer available)? I'd prefer a player without hardware modification if possible (like the Seiki).
2. If I have have to buy a hardware modified player, which of the available regular Blu-ray players have the best reliability record?
3. Which of the player modifier companies (220 Electronics, Bombay, Code Free) has proven to be the best?
Thanks in advance, Trevor.
P.S. for those just requiring a DVD all region player there are several around $30 available at Amazon. I have the LONPOO bought in 2018 but it's not ideal, it doesn't output 4:3 correctly on a 16:9 TV however this is easily corrected at the TV. I see there's an updated 2019 model perhaps they've fixed that minor quibble?

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Re: All-Region DVD and Blu-ray Player Advice

#1253 Post by Godot » Mon Feb 24, 2020 5:53 pm

Hi Trevor, we posted some replies to these questions on page 48 of this thread, as well as on page 50. I am still using my 220-Electronics-modified Sony BDP-S6500 blu-ray players, fairly reliable, easy to use, great A/V feed. They freeze up once every 8 months or so (and they are used daily for estimated average 2 hours), and I reboot them with a hard unplug from the wall. We also use them occasionally for streaming content but they aren't as seamless as the Rokus. I've had both for 3-4 years, and the company was very easy to buy from, good customer service (and periodic 10-15% off sales).

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Re: All-Region DVD and Blu-ray Player Advice

#1254 Post by Minkin » Fri Jul 24, 2020 5:48 pm

I can't get my region free player (from 220 electronics) to change blu-ray regions. I'll hit "blue" + "2" all day but nothing will happen.

I think my best bet is to just get a Region B bluray player (I dont own any Region C discs, nor do I plan on getting any). Does anyone know a cheapest way of acquiring a Region B player?

Last time I checked, Amazon UK doesnt ship bluray players to the US, is that still the case?

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#1255 Post by domino harvey » Fri Jul 24, 2020 5:55 pm

There are sellers selling them on Amazon Marketplace but fulfilled by Amazon. Just search for region free Blu-ray players. I saw some for like $120, maybe less, when I was looking for a new player a month ago

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#1256 Post by artfilmfan » Fri Jul 24, 2020 5:59 pm

Minkin wrote:
Fri Jul 24, 2020 5:48 pm
I can't get my region free player (from 220 electronics) to change blu-ray regions. I'll hit "blue" + "2" all day but nothing will happen.
Try to press and hold the blue button until you hear the beeping sound and then press “2”. After that, you might hear one more beep to let you know that the change has taken place. That’s how it works on my OPPO player that I ordered from them years ago.

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Re: All-Region DVD and Blu-ray Player Advice

#1257 Post by Drucker » Fri Jul 24, 2020 6:03 pm

Minkin wrote:
Fri Jul 24, 2020 5:48 pm
I can't get my region free player (from 220 electronics) to change blu-ray regions. I'll hit "blue" + "2" all day but nothing will happen.

I think my best bet is to just get a Region B bluray player (I dont own any Region C discs, nor do I plan on getting any). Does anyone know a cheapest way of acquiring a Region B player?

Last time I checked, Amazon UK doesnt ship bluray players to the US, is that still the case?
FWIW, I have two players, one region free I just 'leave' on B, and the other on A.

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#1258 Post by domino harvey » Fri Jul 24, 2020 6:07 pm

I do the same, and I have internet turned off on the region B one so it can’t update anything to stop the functionality

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#1259 Post by cdnchris » Fri Jul 24, 2020 6:26 pm

I ended up buying a region B locked LG from Amazon UK (with a plug adapter) that could conveniently be unlocked to be region free for DVDs. I think it came to $60 with shipping. Have no idea if you can order it now, though, with the restrictions. I just used my UHD player for region A now.

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Re: All-Region DVD and Blu-ray Player Advice

#1260 Post by Minkin » Fri Jul 24, 2020 6:33 pm

Thanks for the advice.

I initially had the Sherwood - which worked fine for years until it one day refused to turn on. Now I have the 220 Electronics / Bombay modded region free player - which craps out from time to time, but mostly works fine. Its just super annoying to have a functioning bluray player that's supposed to be region free, and nothing I do can make it play a Region B bluray (I just wanted to watch Penda's Fen, jeeze). I know it worked in the past using the blue + 2 combination, but it just won't work now.

I found a UK bluray player on Ebay for around the price of a new region free player. I was hoping there'd be something around $75, but I guess this is the price one has to pay to get things to work.

Oddly enough, I couldn't find "normal" bluray players on Amazon UK -as they all seem to be different (more expensive) versions of region free players. Like where do people in the UK pick up a 50 quid LG player? I remember MoC's twitter telling us to just "buy a UK bluray player" but where does one do that? Is the quarantine preventing certain things from being sold on Amazon UK?

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#1261 Post by ianthemovie » Fri Jul 24, 2020 7:03 pm

For what it's worth, my Sony BDP-S3700 has never done me wrong. You push one button and it switches to Region B, push another and it switches back to A. Currently $165 on Amazon.com.

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#1262 Post by Rayon Vert » Fri Jul 24, 2020 7:11 pm

My Sony all-region (I forget the series number, I've had it for too long) switches from A to B by pushing 1 or 2 but the player has to be turned off for it to work. In case something like that is at play for you Minkin.

I'll second Sony as being extremely dependable. I had an earlier one that lasted many years, and this one now too has been with me for 5-6 years or so and never gave me a single problem. They were each about $200 Canadian. I'll stick to Sony whenever it's time to get a new one again.

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Re: All-Region DVD and Blu-ray Player Advice

#1263 Post by Never Cursed » Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:12 pm

Pursuant to another discussion I've had here, I think I'm looking to go region-free (which was probably an inevitability anyhow). Given that 4K discs are reasonably popular now, I figured whatever player I get might as well be a 4K one too. Given those conditions, what is the cheapest option for a region-free, 4K blu-ray player? Should I buy from 220-Electronics or is there a better storefront to shop from?

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#1264 Post by therewillbeblus » Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:23 pm

Pretty sure all region free players need to be hacked to unlock the region-locked function so they won’t sell them in stores. I’ve only bought from 220electronics, and have found cheap options there that last a while, but never looked for 4K.

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#1265 Post by criterionsnob » Mon Aug 03, 2020 12:18 am

I recently upgraded my old (and well loved) Seiki Blu-ray player to a Sony UBP-X800M2 4K UHD player. It’s from 220 Electronics, and only requires one button push to change Blu-ray regions, and automatically plays any region of DVD without a code. I’m very happy with it so far and recommend it.

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#1266 Post by Michael Kerpan » Mon Aug 03, 2020 10:08 am

Remember -- One needs not just region unlocking -- but PAL conversion for European DVDs. ;-)

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