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Old 08-09-04, 06:14 PM
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best multiregion/region free player for less than $200

Hi all

New member here. I'm wondering what the opinion is on the best multiregion/region free player for less than $200 is. Ideally I'd like it to be less than $150. I just need a good player that'll play all regions, convert PAL-->NTSC, and play DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW discs. Anything over and above that is just icing.

Thanks in advance
Jeff
Old 08-09-04, 06:48 PM
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If you wanna go on the cheap, Amazon.com has the
CyberHome CH-DVD 300S Progressive-Scan DVD Player for just $37.99.
A few key features:
-Progressive-scan video (480p) with 3:2 pulldown support renders flicker-free images on high-definition and HD-ready TVs
-Plays DVD-Video, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, CD, CD-R, CD-RW, SVCD, VCD, MP3, and JPEG picture CD
-Picture zoom, last-disc resume
-Dolby Digital an DTS 5.1-channel surround sound passthrough (coaxial digital-audio output)
-Plays PAL and NTSC discs

As for it being region free, here's some info from the DVD Player Hack List.

FWIW, i've got the CH-DVD 500 and have been extremely pleased w/ it. Oh... and welcome to DVD Talk!
Old 08-09-04, 07:15 PM
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I would suggest the Toshiba SD-4900 or the 3900. The Cyberhome players have been known to break down after only a few months.
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I was actually looking into the Toshibas... are they still available???
Old 08-09-04, 07:27 PM
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http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...431098-1465529
http://cgi.msn.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI...sPageName=WDVW

There you go...
Old 08-10-04, 10:30 AM
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Stay away from the Cyberhome 300 because it doesn't do correct PAL/NTSC conversion. Any anamorphic PAL disc you play in it will be stretched on a 4X3 display.
Old 08-10-04, 11:45 AM
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Zenith DVB-318, upconverts to 1080i, does region free and Pal to NTSC conversion with a CD hack, available for 160 from Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...onics&n=172282
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I'm fully enjoying my Toshiba 4900 which I picked up online and had shipped for $86 buckaroos.
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Originally posted by dvdjoy
Malata players are also known to have the best PAL-to-NTSC conversion via the Mediamatics chip they use. Not sure about the 580, but I know the N996 & 520 did.
I've had the N996 for over 2 years now and it's been virtually bulletproof. I remember reading all the horror stories of them dying but took the plunge anyways. It was my main player until I got the Momitsu V880; which is great at upconverting standard 480p to 1080i on my HDTV via the HDMI imput. As for the N996 it's great for overscan with infinite x/y scaling. It's too bad their newer models don't have this feature. They should of just kept improving on the N996; I may have bought another one if it was on par with the V880.

Back to topic: I also have the Toshiba 4900 and it's a very good player and easy to hack and for less than $100 bucks it a good deal. I actually paid only $69 for mine.
Old 08-11-04, 10:53 AM
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Originally posted by mrhan
It was my main player until I got the Momitsu V880; which is great at upconverting standard 480p to 1080i on my HDTV via the HDMI imput.
I have the JVC 602 and like it but for a few idiosyncrasies. I was/am interested in the Momitsu but was wondering if there was any way to eliminate overscan - as the JVC has only coarsely grained zooms.
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Originally posted by Deke Rivers
i bought a jvc from them last year and its still going strong..plays every region Ive thrown at it
Have you tried R1 Mallrats or Phenomenon on it?
Old 08-18-04, 03:09 AM
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Originally posted by xraybies
Zenith DVB-318, upconverts to 1080i, does region free and Pal to NTSC conversion with a CD hack, available for 160 from Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...onics&n=172282
Where can you get the CD, is it a one time hack like the tosh 3900?
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Originally posted by shaggy
Where can you get the CD, is it a one time hack like the tosh 3900?
The files to create the CD is available here: http://lgregionfree.tripod.com/menu.htm
Download the files for the LG 6000 series and follow instructions to burn the CD. It is a one time hack unless you reset the player back to factory defaults.
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Originally posted by xraybies
The files to create the CD is available here: http://lgregionfree.tripod.com/menu.htm
Download the files for the LG 6000 series and follow instructions to burn the CD. It is a one time hack unless you reset the player back to factory defaults.
Thanks, does anyone have this player? How does it compare to the Tosh 3900/4900, does HD conversation make a big difference? Does it have any drawbacks, does it ever distort the picture or anything?
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Originally posted by shaggy
Thanks, does anyone have this player? How does it compare to the Tosh 3900/4900, does HD conversation make a big difference? Does it have any drawbacks, does it ever distort the picture or anything?
I'vd had this player for about 2 months now. The HD upconversion works great for newer DVD's that are mastered from an HD source, older DVD's don't look as good due to the upconversion revealing flaws in the picture. I haven't seen the Toshiba but this player compares favorable with the Panasonic XP30 which is one of the best rated DVD players. The main benefit of the Zenith is that it upconverts 1080i over component, other players only upconvert over DVI.

The issues with the Zenith are that there is a slight white crush through DVI, on certain sets while using 1080i through component there is a green undersaturation due to the Zenith sending SDTV color code when the TV is using HDTV color code, there is a problem with Y/C delay at 480p and 720p which shows up as color bleeding, and some TV's may not display 4:3 material properly if it locks into 16:9 mode when sent a 1080i signal.

None of these issues affect me as I use 1080i through component on a front projector where I can specify 4:3 or 16:9 mode. I would recommend this player for people who only have component inputs and can live with or bypass the above issues which are quite minor. If you have DVI you may want to check out the Momitsu V880 or the Bravo D2 instead but at a higher price. Also Samsung and Pioneer will have upconverting players out soon if they aren't out already.

For more info in the Zenith check out the FAQ at AVS: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...hreadid=400480
Old 09-10-04, 06:44 PM
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Originally posted by mrhan
Stay away from the Cyberhome 300 because it doesn't do correct PAL/NTSC conversion. Any anamorphic PAL disc you play in it will be stretched on a 4X3 display.
Thought I'd bump this thread to say that my Cyberhome 300 doesn't stretch an anamorphic PAL image. I used to have one that did, but I returned it to the store to get a Philips 727. I decided months later to pick up another one because Best Buy had them on sale for a mere $20. I've had it for two months, not really using it, and only realized today that it correctly displays the PAL image. I popped in tons of PAL discs including the new Shaun of the Dead, Crying Freeman SE, Killing Zoe SE, The Hitcher SE....you name it. Of course it will probably crap out on me in a few months, but I have other players, and it was definitely worth the $20. I see them out there now as much as $58 at Fry's. I wouldn't pay that much for another one. Better to get the Philips 642.
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pal discs on ntsc tv NOT progressive scan

can someone suggest some dvd players for me that will play pal discs on a ntsc tv, but not progressive scan? thanks.
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i thought you had to have a hdtv to use a prog scan dvd player, but you can use them with any tv right? its just that you will not get the benefit unless your tv is prog scan compatible. so i guess any of the players suggested here would be ok.
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i'm still a little confused. there is a link in this thread to this player:

JVC XV-N410B

heres the link
http://www.lasersedge.com/item_detai...38776&tMedia=5

i see that you can buy the player elsewhere for around $90, is it worth the extra $50 to buy from them? or could i get a stock one and hack it myself? thanks.
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I'm surprised no one has mentioned the Philips DVP642. You can get one for ~$70 and change. It has an easy-to-do region-free hack and plays Divx with subtitles. It reads almost every kind of media, also. I bought one 3 weeks ago and I love it.

Edit: It has pretty good PAL to NTSC conversion, as well.
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Originally posted by freudguy
I'm surprised no one has mentioned the Philips DVP642. You can get one for ~$70 and change. It has an easy-to-do region-free hack and plays Divx with subtitles. It reads almost every kind of media, also. I bought one 3 weeks ago and I love it.

Edit: It has pretty good PAL to NTSC conversion, as well.
looks good to me, amazon has free shipping on it, so it cost $70. I went for it, don't have any region 2 dvds yet, but i plan to pick up a bunch of the david attenborough series that are on region 2, but not region 1.
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I have a JVC myself....but I recently had my girlfriend's mother purchase a Daewoo 9200N for $50 from Target and the picture looks real sweet. The hack was easy enough. My next purchase, if and when I need it will be one of the more common players with a chip hack (like my JVC). However, if looking cheap, the Daewoo is worth it for the price.
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I took alot of your advice from the forum and picked up the Toshiba sd4900. Works great. I tried it with both pal and a region3 disk I had, all working fine. Very happy. Just wanted to say thanks.
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Another nod for the Tosh SD-4900. I've had mine about 6 months and couldn't be happier with it on my little WEGA set.

That Zenith upconverting player looks seriously tempting. I might have to get that if I finally am able to pick up a projector later this year...
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philips 642; region free, ntsc/pal conversion, progressive scan, mp3, but also plays DIVX, XVID, and just about anything you throw at it

$69, got it at compusa, can't go wrong

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