All-Region DVD and Blu-ray Player Advice

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

#1101 Post by Telstar » Wed Jan 07, 2015 3:57 pm

Zot! wrote:
Telstar wrote:I'd been curious about why there were volume controls on the Seiki's remote, until I bought a sound bar the other day and discovered that I was unable to get any sound out of it when playing a bd/dvd, regardless of how high the sound bar's volume was set, unless the Seiki player's sound was also turned up. According to the guy at Seiki customer support, this is "normal."
I assume you are using the analog output? That would seem normal to me, Oppo similarly has such a control. I assume it is to try to match output signals from other devices.
The player is hooked up to my tv by HDMI cable

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#1102 Post by Adam Grikepelis » Thu Jan 08, 2015 5:00 am

Well, it might be "normal" for Seiki, but that's pretty much where it ends.

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#1103 Post by jindianajonz » Thu Jan 08, 2015 10:44 am

Well, like Zot says, Oppo have a similar volume control, as do Playstations. I think the purpose is to allow you to set all your players' outputs to a similar volume, so that when you jump from a movie to a playstation, you don't get suddenly hit with a blast of 20db higher sound.

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#1104 Post by Adam Grikepelis » Thu Jan 08, 2015 8:54 pm

Yes, though (at least with Oppo,) they're not factory set to output zero volume from the player until you turn it up. Volume settings on such units are a little like 'gain' on an audio desk (though with a negative value as well), and really shouldn't be preset to restrict audio ouput entirely.

EDIT: though on re-reading Telstar's post, it sounds as if everything was working fine when running audio directly to the TV via HDMI, which suggests the player's volume level is there perhaps solely for the analogue outputs, which is just kind of perplexing really.

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#1105 Post by Oedipax » Fri Jan 16, 2015 10:44 pm

Just wanted to put in another positive word for the Seiki SR4KP1. My old Momitsu-clone Curtis Mathes player was showing definite signs of imminent death so I went ahead and bought the Seiki as a replacement. Just a couple months ago I bought a 4K Sony TV as well, which has an internal 4K upscaler algorithm for HD content. But I have to say, the 4K upscale this player is doing (using I suppose technology licensed from Technicolor) does a great job, much better than what the TV does on its own. In fact the TV no longer does any scaling, since you can configure the Seiki to upscale/output 4K natively. Now I think it's going to become my primary player over my PS3 - the difference is that good. I also tried playing back some 1080i50 titles and the difference in conversion is huge there - no more intermittent pixelation and glitchiness on fine detail, as was the case with the Momitsu. For the price, I think the Seiki is a steal.

The only thing that gives me pause about it, really, is the fact that it has its own internal color/contrast/brightness settings. I've left them on the defaults and everything looks good to me, after comparing the same title with my other player. I had no intention of tweaking, other than wanting to make sure the default settings weren't giving an altered signal before it hit my TV's calibration settings.

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#1107 Post by StevenJ0001 » Fri Apr 03, 2015 10:41 am

Wow, thanks!!

What's the deal with this player stretching 4:3 content to 16:9? Michael Kerpan said he fixed this by changing the TV settings, but I don't like the idea of having to change the TV settings each time I use this player (since I'll only be using it when I need region free).

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#1108 Post by scubadonc » Fri Apr 03, 2015 10:53 am

StevenJ0001 wrote:What's the deal with this player stretching 4:3 content to 16:9?
I've never had this problem. Could just be an issue between that particular TV and the player. Mine never stretched an image on my RCA or Hisense. Regardless of potential, easily fixed, stretching issues, it's a great player at an amazing price.

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#1109 Post by StevenJ0001 » Fri Apr 03, 2015 11:13 am

scubadonc wrote:
StevenJ0001 wrote:What's the deal with this player stretching 4:3 content to 16:9?
I've never had this problem. Could just be an issue between that particular TV and the player. Mine never stretched an image on my RCA or Hisense. Regardless of potential, easily fixed, stretching issues, it's a great player at an amazing price.
Yep, at $50 I don't have much to lose. Thanks!

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#1110 Post by pzadvance » Sun Jun 07, 2015 5:22 am

Hey guys, new to this whole concept but I think my current Samsung is crapping out on me and I'd like my next player to be region-free. I'm looking at the new Sony BDP-S6500, which "RegionFreeDVD.net" says is region free. Now, if I just went to Best Buy tomorrow and picked up this model, would I be good to go and able to switch region codes out of the box? Or do certain players need to be "fixed" in order to unlock this capability? And anybody have any experience/heard anything about this model?

Thanks!

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#1111 Post by NABOB OF NOWHERE » Sun Jun 07, 2015 6:56 am

I have a Sony BDP S1100 which I should imagine shares the same principle. With the machine switched off you press either the yellow button for Region 1 blue for Region 2 and so on which then activates the machine automatically ready for the disc.

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#1112 Post by jindianajonz » Sun Jun 07, 2015 10:41 am

Pza- in my (admittedly limited) experience, Sony players need to be modified in order to unlock region free capabilities. Although the site you linked to is very vague on the subject, the line "the player we tested is one of our own, and is a Region Free model" leads me to believe they had performed modifications on this model. Their FAQ is likewise kind of ambiguous on the subject, but they do mention "Our best advice is to find a model with the features and options you need, then compare the price from a major electronics store to the price of the region-free model" which implies the big box stores will only carry a region locked version.

From what I've heard, Seiki from Sears is one of the very few companies that allows region switching out of the box. Because it's Best Buy, you can always try it and return it if it doesn't work out, but I'd be very surprised to see them selling an unmodified region free player.

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#1113 Post by David M. » Mon Jun 08, 2015 1:58 am

BDA Licensing prohibits players from being "unlocked" with key presses. So generally you need to buy players that have either been mod-chipped, or had custom hacked firmware installed.

The only exception name-brand player I know of are some Toshiba ones. How they got away with that without upsetting the BDA, I don't know.

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#1114 Post by Lemon Curry » Mon Jun 08, 2015 1:55 pm

Longtime lurker here posting for the first time to confirm that my aging Panasonic machine (DMP-BD65) will play region B discs by simply pressing "stop" at the lock screen followed immediately by "top menu." That's seriously all it takes.

Whether this loophole is built into the player itself or the way the discs are authored I cannot say. I've only ever tried it with MOC / BFI blu-rays since those are the only region B ones I own. It doesn't work with DVDs, since this player won't accept PAL content of any kind (even if it's region free).

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#1115 Post by jorencain » Tue Jun 09, 2015 11:14 am

Wow - thanks for the heads up! I just tried the same thing on my Panasonic DMP-BD35, and it worked for me too. I just tried one disc (MOC "Profound Desires of the Gods").

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#1116 Post by D50 » Sun Aug 16, 2015 10:14 am

Is there a multi-region player that can play Blu-ray and dvd discs?

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#1117 Post by Drucker » Sun Aug 16, 2015 10:46 am

All blu-ray players can play DVDs. Not sure of your question.

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#1118 Post by cdnchris » Sun Aug 16, 2015 12:08 pm

I think they're asking about players that play both blu rays and dvds region free (so to speak).

I'm pretty sure that if the player allows you to switch between regions for blu ray it will also have a setting for DVD. Mine allows me to set DVD to region 0 (all).

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#1119 Post by swo17 » Sun Aug 16, 2015 12:14 pm

Yes, but there's technically no way to make a BD player similarly region-free, only region switchable.

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#1120 Post by charal » Sun Aug 16, 2015 8:07 pm

Thank you Lemon Curry. I have a Panasonic DMP-BD77 player and cannot play the two region A discs I have (Criterion dual format editions). I put PERSONA in the player let the player read it and when the screen turned black, before the play mode began, I pressed STOP then TOP MENU. The Criterion logo came up and the disc worked. On subsequent tries the player stayed in a black screen 'stop' mode. If this happened I pressed TOP MENU again and the disc worked. If anyone tries this note that if pressing TOP MENU brings up the top menu functions of the player (not the disc) it will fail. It must be a black screen.

In summary:
Insert disc
When disc is loading / reading (black screen before play function starts) press STOP
Quickly press TOP MENU
if disc doesn't load and screen is black (stop mode) press TOP MENU again
It should work. If not eject disc and keep trying, it is all about timing.

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#1121 Post by My Man Godfrey » Sun Oct 18, 2015 10:02 pm

Thanks to everyone above (h/t StevenJ0001) for recommending the insanely cheap Seiki player. I can't believe how good it is for the money. I haven't had the problems others have mentioned with image distortion.

For 10+ years, I'd been happily using my formerly-top-end Oppo region-free player. I never expected that regular PAL DVDs would look so much better on the bargain-basement Seiki; I just bought it to play region B Blu-rays. It's insane how much better PAL DVDs look on this thing.

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#1122 Post by StevenJ0001 » Sun Oct 18, 2015 10:24 pm

My Man Godfrey wrote:Thanks to everyone above (h/t StevenJ0001) for recommending the insanely cheap Seiki player. I can't believe how good it is for the money. I haven't had the problems others have mentioned with image distortion.

For 10+ years, I'd been happily using my formerly-top-end Oppo region-free player. I never expected that regular PAL DVDs would look so much better on the bargain-basement Seiki; I just bought it to play region B Blu-rays. It's insane how much better PAL DVDs look on this thing.
Glad you're enjoying yours--it's such a terrific little player for the money!

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#1123 Post by Raymond Marble » Sat Oct 24, 2015 11:06 am

Yeah, I bought a Seiki too based on the recommendations in this thread, and am also happy with it (though I am getting the image distortion on 1.33:1 DVDs, as some mention above).

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#1124 Post by Telstar » Sat Oct 31, 2015 10:49 am

Has anyone purchased a Seiki player recently? I'd decided to buy a second one as a back-up but when I searched for Seiki on Sears website (where I bought my first player) I found absolutely nothing.

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#1125 Post by Raymond Marble » Sat Oct 31, 2015 2:11 pm

Telstar wrote:Has anyone purchased a Seiki player recently? I'd decided to buy a second one as a back-up but when I searched for Seiki on Sears website (where I bought my first player) I found absolutely nothing.
I bought mine pretty recently. Maybe two or possibly three months ago?

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