All-Region DVD and Blu-ray Player Advice

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

#1176 Post by Zot! » Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:24 pm

There is one other critical thing, which is that your TV will need to support 50i content if you intend to get any (berlin alexanderplatz, decalogue...etc.) Shameless Seiki fanboy here, but that player support either voltage, and can convert to either video encoding standard. I use one in the EU, and also in the US.

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#1177 Post by Feego » Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:32 pm

Thanks Zot. I have actually gone ahead and ordered the Seiki.

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

#1178 Post by DeprongMori » Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:43 pm

FYI: Bombay Electronics is offering 20% off everything but OPPO. I bought my region-switchable player from them and have been quite happy with both the product and their tech support. Very responsive.
Offer valid on bombayelectronics.com through December 13, 2017 at 11:59 EST with discount code HOLIDAY20. Discount does not apply to Oppo Products. Discount cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts. Offer does not apply to gift card purchases.

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

#1179 Post by Drucker » Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:54 pm

Is there a non-Oppo region-free blu ray player that has RCA audio cables these days?

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#1180 Post by dx23 » Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:38 pm

I'm looking for a region free Blu-Ray and DVD player. The links in this thread show good options that are not longer available. Any recommendations?

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#1181 Post by Michael Kerpan » Sun Jan 14, 2018 11:59 pm

Drucker wrote:Is there a non-Oppo region-free blu ray player that has RCA audio cables these days?
How about this: http://www.codefreedvd.com/region-free- ... layer.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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#1182 Post by perkizitore » Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:35 am


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#1183 Post by fdm » Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:25 pm

No RCA audio cables. (And if you were going to spend that much you might as well get an Oppo and be done with it.)

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#1184 Post by perkizitore » Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:38 pm

Yes, I agree for the US that would be the best option, but the Oppo in Europe costs at least $900!

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#1185 Post by fdm » Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:43 pm

Well, maybe not then.

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#1186 Post by kekid » Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:12 pm

fdm wrote:
No RCA audio cables. (And if you were going to spend that much you might as well get an Oppo and be done with it.)
Is OPPO region free, or does it have to be modified? All the OPPOs I have owned needed to be modified. So which model are you referring to?

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#1187 Post by fdm » Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:31 pm

kekid wrote:Is OPPO region free, or does it have to be modified? All the OPPOs I have owned needed to be modified. So which model are you referring to?
What's available brand new at this point is model UDP-203, which still has the desired RCA audio jacks. A hardware mod is needed for region free (blu-ray) playback, though it looks like the region free kits for it (the cheap but they work ones on ebay that plug into the back) are not as cheap as they were for the UDP-103/105 series (my lesson for the day). (My BDP-103s are working fine.)

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#1188 Post by Drucker » Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:44 pm

I've decided to buy a brand new OPPO 203 that comes pre-modded. It seems that the options from both World-Import and 220 Electronics are now modded with hardware that should allow for it to be okay with firmware updates.

I post here since I'm wondering if anyone has any advice about why this is a bad idea before I pull the trigger. It seems both companies offer good service, but I figure I should ask one more time, just to be sure, that both companies are safe to buy from.

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#1189 Post by sinemadelisikiz » Sun Jan 28, 2018 8:15 pm

I got my OPPO years ago pre-modded from 220 Electronics and I would buy from them again honestly. They're legit.

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#1190 Post by fdm » Mon Jan 29, 2018 3:26 am

It seems the price for those is essentially the same as buying a new one from Oppo and getting an equivalent (no firmware update issues) mod off ebay. So probably a wash. (Was cheaper to do it yourself with their older players.)

Edit: And easy to install since you can just plug the hardware mod into the back, no need to open up the player if you get the right mod.
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#1191 Post by fiddlesticks » Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:40 pm

I have purchased several players and other accessories from 220 Electronics over the years and I have been entirely satisfied.

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#1192 Post by Godot » Sun Feb 04, 2018 5:07 pm

Like fiddlesticks and sinemadelisikiz, I have also purchased from 220-Electronics and been satisfied. I was dubious of buying pre-modified hardware, so I bought kits on Ebay to modify my Oppos. However, it takes a bit of time and skill to install the kits, so I took a gamble with 220-Electronics, buying a Sony BDP-S6500 modified for all-region Blu-ray playback. The experience was easy with good customer support (answering my questions before and alerting me to the shipment status), and I had no problems with the unit, so I bought another six months later when they had a sale.

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

#1193 Post by 371229 » Thu Mar 29, 2018 2:41 pm

I too have bought both my Oppo 103 and 203 from 220-Electronics... and have been very happy.

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#1194 Post by David M. » Thu Mar 29, 2018 3:22 pm

I'm another happy 220 Electronics customer.

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

#1197 Post by mfunk9786 » Wed Apr 11, 2018 1:45 pm

Not trying to gaslight you, hearthesilence, but moved Ribs' post about this from a little over a week ago into this thread in order to keep it all in one place.

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#1198 Post by hearthesilence » Wed Apr 11, 2018 1:49 pm

No worries - I originally came to this thread to look for more news about this.

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#1199 Post by fdm » Wed Apr 11, 2018 2:36 pm

As I posted in that other thread, I've been convinced that I may be able to use my Oppo BDP-103 region free external mod with the UDP-203. So I don't know why the mod on ebay for the 203 is twice as much (and no pictures to confirm/deny it's any different), probably somebody just price gouging. So player from Oppo + $58 external mod could be a more viable option instead of paying somebody what ends up being now a couple hundred extra to give you the same thing. (And so my post above from end of January is out of date and may not have been quite right about it being a wash either way.)

My new math: 549 for the player, under 20 for shipping (it may vary), 58 for the easy to install on the back mod if you don't already have one, that all comes to around $625. 220 Electonics is now selling the modified 203s for 799 (my recollection from January was they were charging 699). [And they are hugely gouging for a region free UDP-205 charging an extra 2200 over Oppo list of 1299... supposedly the 205s are likely to be getting one last production run in the next couple months (sign up if interested).]

I know that's in the stratosphere for many here, but those are the numbers I've come up with for US options (and somebody aside from 220 Electronics may have lower pricing). I'll probably order one from Oppo in a couple days (and confirm/deny if my mod kit will work on it).

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

#1200 Post by Drucker » Wed Apr 11, 2018 2:58 pm

I bought the 203 from 220 for a cool $649. The major advantage to buying from 220 is they mod the hardware itself, so there should be no risk w/r/t firmware upgrades and the like.

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