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blackacidevil
07-15-03, 02:38 PM
saw these two deals for all-region players... any thoughts?

http://www.pcclub.com/promo/stuff/liteon/images/2001_thumb.jpg

Product Link (http://www.pcclub.com/promo/stuff/liteon/LVD2001.htm)

1. press: open/close
2. press: 2
3. press: 9
4. press: 6
5. press: 0

now you are in a special-menu of this dvd-player.
take the cursor to "0" for code-free! and you can take the cursor to "Macrovision: Yes/No"

when you are ready, press: Open/Close or Enter!

Now enjoy your codefree liteon dvd-player.

OR

http://images.hsn.com/images/product/704617_img.jpg

Product Link (http://www.hsn.com/cnt/prod/default.aspx?webp_id=1328115&web_id=1328115&sz=0&sf=&dept=&cat=) Cyberhome Prism DVD

blackacidevil
07-15-03, 06:51 PM
Bump with update.

philo
07-15-03, 08:52 PM
Apparently there is a remote hack to make the Prism region free. The hack can be found here. (http://www.dvdrhelp.com/dvdhacks.php?select=Cyberhome+Prism)

You might want to ask around and see how the player handles anamorphic PAL material. Some players out there will not do proper conversion and the picture can appear stretched.

Bilbo Baggins
07-15-03, 10:21 PM
That Lite-On LVD 2001 looks very interesting. Anybody know if it converts anamorphic PAL DVDs properly?

DVDude!
07-16-03, 01:28 AM
Originally posted by Bilbo Baggins
That Lite-On LVD 2001 looks very interesting. Anybody know if it converts anamorphic PAL DVDs properly?

My question exactly. :) Any idea, blackacidevil? Thanks.

blackacidevil
07-16-03, 01:59 AM
not sure about the conversion of anamorphic Pal... but found this info:

http://www.liteonit.com/liteweb/lvd_2001.htm
http://www.liteonit.com/liteweb/lvd_2001_2.htm

"Other advanced feature includes a powerful scalar to scale 480i signal up to 1080i for crystal clear video regeneration."

10-bit/27MHz Video DAC
Support DVD-Video/VCD/SVCD/CD/CD-R/CD-RW/DVD-R
480p Progressive Scan Video Output with 3-2 Pulldown Recovery
480i scalable to 480p & 1080i
MEPG-4(DivX Ver4 & 5)/MPEG-2/VCD/MPG Playback Capability
Digital Photo Browser (Photo VCD Compatible)
Direct Memory Card Playback On TV
Component Video Output
NTSC/PAL TV System Compatible

blackacidevil
07-16-03, 02:25 AM
a good review can be found here:

http://www.slcentral.com/Lite-On-LVD-2001/

Numanoid
07-16-03, 09:21 AM
The Cyberhome Prism got a pretty poor review over at Home Theater Mag. (http://www.hometheatermag.com/showarchives.cgi?162)

DVDude!
07-17-03, 12:05 AM
Thanks for the additional info, blackacidevil. I read the info and none of it says whether or not the player does PAL conversion. If it does, based on the reviews and the fact that it has MPEG-4 support, this is an amazing player. Keeping my fingers crossed that it does do PAL.

philo
07-17-03, 03:03 AM
The LiteOn does handle PAL/NTSC conversion. There's a remote hack to disable region coding and macrovision. This site (http://www.kitsapcomputers.com/lvd2001.htm) has a bunch of details from someone who bought it. Only thing it doesn't mention is how the player handles anamorphic PAL.

DVDude!
07-17-03, 11:45 PM
Originally posted by philo
The LiteOn does handle PAL/NTSC conversion. There's a remote hack to disable region coding and macrovision. This site (http://www.kitsapcomputers.com/lvd2001.htm) has a bunch of details from someone who bought it. Only thing it doesn't mention is how the player handles anamorphic PAL.

There's a new page now that apparently was posted today: http://www.kitsapcomputers.com/lvd06.htm. I'm still sort of confused. It sounds as if it'll handle anamorphic PAL, but I'm not sure... The techo speak is confusing to me, especially what I bolded in red below:


I was very impressed by the quality of the picture with several different DVDs I have thrown to the LVD-2001. The playback is just as good as the high-end Pioneer Elite model or any of my several Sony dvd players. There were no noticeable distortion while playing French PAL DVDs. The zoom feature worked quite well. Very impressed. The EM8500 supports 480p, 576p and 720p, although it is limited to 480p for copy-protected DVDs, unless DVI/HDCP or HDMI/HDCP is used. The EM8500 can output up to resolutions of 1920x1080i or 1280x720p. Other resolutions are also possible since the scaling is programmable. However, the resolution is limited to 720x480i, 720x480p or 720x576i for copy-protected DVDs, unless DVI/HDCP or HDMI/HDCP is used.

syphon00
07-21-03, 01:27 PM
I totally wanna get this preakin' awesome player
but that site don't seem to take orders any more