All-Region DVD and Blu-ray Player Advice

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

#1201 Post by fdm » Wed Apr 11, 2018 3:36 pm

Yeah that was a pretty good price. Usually all they do is just stick in (add to the player) one of the same hardware mod kits you could buy elsewhere yourself (pretty cheaply). Fairly simple to install it yourself if you want to open the player up, really really simple if you install it externally instead, but either way they, or you, are not actually changing any of the player's original hardware.

My external mod can also be installed internally, so you'd never know the difference between the two, they behave the same. But why bother going through all that when you can just stick it on the back in a couple minutes.

No difference regarding there being any firmware upgrade etc risks either, never had a problem or heard of any (with the mods out there I've seen recently).

(Some of the older (different/more complicated) mods used to have issues where you (or maybe it was actually someone else) would have to update the mod's firmware sometimes when the player's firmware was updated, but those were different animals, probably extinct by now. Fortunately I never had those kinds.)

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#1202 Post by Zinoviev » Thu Apr 12, 2018 5:16 pm

Does anyone know whether the Oppo 203 or any other unlockable BD players will play audio while fast-forwarding? My old (region-locked) Panasonic would play audio (and, if I recall, display subtitles) while watching video at 1.5x speed, and I really embraced this technique as a means to get through two-guys-talking-on-a-couch supplements a bit more quickly. The all-region Seiki, for all its virtues, won't play audio while fast forwarding.

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#1203 Post by Murdoch » Sat Apr 14, 2018 10:35 pm

So I bought a Seiki SR4KP1 but it's stretching films shot in Academy to 16:9. Under the Display Setting in the Setup menu the TV screen is set to 16:9 full (I'm using a 28 inch 16:9 computer monitor) and it won't let me change the setting. Anyone have a fix to this?

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#1204 Post by fdm » Wed Apr 18, 2018 5:04 pm

So a quick follow-up to the Oppo 203 and being able to use the Oppo 103 region free kit with it. I just tried it and it does work, so I would suspect they all do. The one I have I got from ebay a couple years ago was from seller avsdigital, never had a problem with it through many firmware updates and probably a similar number of region changes. Just plugged it in to the back.

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#1205 Post by jedgeco » Fri Apr 27, 2018 2:48 pm

I bit the bullet and bought the UDP-203. Plugged the external mod from my 103 into it, and region free works exactly the same, no muss, no fuss.

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#1206 Post by jorencain » Wed May 16, 2018 10:35 pm

I have the Toshiba BDX3300 blu-ray player, which is region-free. It has worked fine for me for several years, but a month or so ago it stopped recognizing discs when they are inserted. DVD or blu-ray, R1 or R2...it doesn't matter. I don't know whether a firmware update is the answer; all I can find online are firmware updates for BDX3300KU. Has anybody else encountered this issue? I don't have the money right now to buy another player, so I'm hoping this is fixable.

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#1207 Post by MichaelB » Thu May 17, 2018 3:46 am

My Toshiba BDX1200 gave up the ghost in a similar fashion. I’d had it for years, so I assumed that I’d just worn it down.

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#1208 Post by jorencain » Thu May 17, 2018 8:54 pm

MichaelB wrote:My Toshiba BDX1200 gave up the ghost in a similar fashion. I’d had it for years, so I assumed that I’d just worn it down.
Thanks. That’s probably the case for mine too, unfortunately.

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#1209 Post by Michael Kerpan » Thu May 17, 2018 9:34 pm

Different lasers for Blu-Ray and DVD (and yet another for CDs), I believe. So something fundamental would seem to have died. :-(

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#1210 Post by artfilmfan » Thu May 17, 2018 10:01 pm

Michael Kerpan wrote:Different lasers for Blu-Ray and DVD (and yet another for CDs), I believe. So something fundamental would seem to have died. :-(
... as time goes by. ;)

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#1211 Post by Askew » Thu May 17, 2018 10:21 pm

jorencain wrote:I have the Toshiba BDX3300 blu-ray player, which is region-free. It has worked fine for me for several years, but a month or so ago it stopped recognizing discs when they are inserted. DVD or blu-ray, R1 or R2...it doesn't matter. I don't know whether a firmware update is the answer; all I can find online are firmware updates for BDX3300KU. Has anybody else encountered this issue? I don't have the money right now to buy another player, so I'm hoping this is fixable.
Have you tried cleaning the lens?

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#1212 Post by jorencain » Thu May 17, 2018 10:57 pm

Askew wrote:
jorencain wrote:I have the Toshiba BDX3300 blu-ray player, which is region-free. It has worked fine for me for several years, but a month or so ago it stopped recognizing discs when they are inserted. DVD or blu-ray, R1 or R2...it doesn't matter. I don't know whether a firmware update is the answer; all I can find online are firmware updates for BDX3300KU. Has anybody else encountered this issue? I don't have the money right now to buy another player, so I'm hoping this is fixable.
Have you tried cleaning the lens?
You mean...like blowing inside the tray opening, like I used to do with my Atari as a kid?

After trying that ;) I took the top off of the player and cleaned what I could. It seems that the disc isn’t even spinning when I put it in. I don’t know if that’s the cause of the player not reading a disc, or a result of it not having read the disc. I think the diagnosis is that it’s just time for that big junkyard in the sky for the ol’ BDX3300.

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#1213 Post by Askew » Fri May 18, 2018 7:06 am

jorencain wrote:You mean...like blowing inside the tray opening, like I used to do with my Atari as a kid?

After trying that ;) I took the top off of the player and cleaned what I could. It seems that the disc isn’t even spinning when I put it in. I don’t know if that’s the cause of the player not reading a disc, or a result of it not having read the disc. I think the diagnosis is that it’s just time for that big junkyard in the sky for the ol’ BDX3300.
Chance are the reason why the player is not spinning, is because it cannot read the discs. Personally this happens about every six months to my Seiki player that I've had for the past eight years. When it starts acting up, I open the player and clean the lens with isopropyl alcohol on a q-tip. After cleaning the lens the player reads the discs just like when the player was brand new.

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