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Anyone own a multi-region Blu-ray player?

Robee J Shepherd (undefined) posted this on Tuesday, 4th July 2017, 17:57

I currently have a Sony Blu-ray player which is multi-region DVD, and an LG 3D Blu-ray player that I hate for all sorts of reasons (a few of which are it freezes and remote sensitivity is awful), and the way things are going I suspect to buy discs I'm going to have to venture outside of Region B.

Has anyone got one? Or can recommend a retailer?

Ordered one off Amazon, for £120 odd, it came without a PSU making it totally useless, so that's going back. :/

I see Multiregion Magic are still going, maybe I'll give them a chance.

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RE: Anyone own a multi-region Blu-ray player?

Jitendar Canth (Reviewer) posted this on Wednesday, 5th July 2017, 10:53

Would it be cheaper to just buy a Region A player in addition to the Region B units?

This Panasonic Region A unit ships with an external AC adapter which looks as if it accepts 240V input.

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RE: Anyone own a multi-region Blu-ray player?

Chris Gould (Elite) posted this on Wednesday, 5th July 2017, 10:56

Probably both cheaper and more future proof, as the modified region B units will invariably require firmware updates in the future, which make them lose their multi-region capability forcing you to pay again (at least that's the business model they used to adopt).

I buy so few Blu-rays these days, which with all of the Euro releases as well there's hardly anything I haven't been able to source from region B. MR DVD players were essential, but I haven't found that to be the case with BD.







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RE: Anyone own a multi-region Blu-ray player?

Robee J Shepherd (undefined) posted this on Wednesday, 5th July 2017, 12:22

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Chris Gould says...
"Probably both cheaper and more future proof, as the modified region B units will invariably require firmware updates in the future, which make them lose their multi-region capability forcing you to pay again (at least that's the business model they used to adopt)."

Most ABC units are hardware modded and apparently updateable when new firmware comes out.

I'm keen to avoid yet another Blu-ray player eating up HDMI slots and power sockets, I already have two. :(

I'm now trying to decide what I want to pay, and if all this talk of mid-range players delivering clear noticeably more vibrant pictures than a budget unit is anything but typical What Hi-Fi lunacy.

After all, it's stored digitally, there is only one way to decode that digital data and it then gets thrown down a digital connection. How can one machine look noticeably better than another?

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RE: Anyone own a multi-region Blu-ray player?

Jitendar Canth (Reviewer) posted this on Wednesday, 5th July 2017, 15:39

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"there's hardly anything I haven't been able to source from region B."

Given the amount of anime that I watch, and that half of all anime is  released Region A locked with no Region B equivalent, I have often been tempted by going multi-region. But then I look at my backlog, which at the moment stands at 63 titles (I'm into season 2 of Star Trek TNG and I have the Complete X Files to follow, so some of them are big titles), I realise that I'll never get around to it being a serious concern.

Blu-ray players don't live long enough anyway. DVD lasers just keep on shining, but Blu-ray lasers start losing power after just three years, at least that's what's happening to me. My second player is starting to give me the occasional NoDisc error. So paying £150 for a £60 player at MRM just for a region free chip in a player that will be dead in three years doesn't appeal to me.


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RE: Anyone own a multi-region Blu-ray player?

Robee J Shepherd (undefined) posted this on Thursday, 6th July 2017, 15:06

I suspect you use yours more than I do. :) My first one is still going strong.

I don't mind paying (just over) twice the price, it's a niche modification, they have to cover the warranty (obviously they couldn't sent it back to Sony!), and everyone has to make a living.

Ordered the Sony BDP-S6500, will let you know how I go.


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