Just picked up an open-box LG BH200 from Best Buy today - one that I had actually had my eye on for a couple of months but just came down to a somewhat reasonable price. Out the door with no remote at $179 - figure if I can get a remote at a reasonable price and collect the $75 rebate, it's really not a bad deal compared to what these players fetch on Ebay, etc.
In any case, had a couple of questions - I'm sure these may be covered in the FAQ thread, but I'm having a tough time searching it, so I apologize for retreading things that may have already been discussed/covered:
- Definitely need to pick up a remote for this, and I'd rather go with the original equipment remote rather than a cheap universal unit. I saw some posts about LG Parts perhaps being the best source - has anyone gone through LG recently for a remote? Are they still in stock? Or is there another source of these that might be cheaper or better?
- I've tested a few movies that load up to the menu, but I can't select the "Play" option. I assume that this is because I need the remote - is there any way to bypass this just by using the buttons on the front of the player? I've pressed the play button on the player, but for these discs, the red cross-out icon appears on the screen, so I assume that the "Enter" button on the remote must need to be utilized for these movies. If there is any other way to watch these movies without the remote, I'd love to know so that I can do some additional testing while waiting for the remote.
- Similar to above, is there any way to change the resolution without the remote? It's currently set to output 1080i through HDMI, but I'd love to change to 1080/24p if possible.....
- One thing I noticed is that the picture is a bit darker than what I am used to when compared to the Toshiba HD-A3/A30s I have as well as my PS3 & Samsung BD-2500. Is there an option in the BH200 setup menu that affects picture brightness? Are there a lot of picture settings to play with? Or is this just how the unit happens to output?
So far, I've partially tested a Dark Knight BD and I Am Legend on HD DVD and watched about 90% of The Road Warrior HD DVD, and also watched a bit of Pirates of the Carribean SD DVD - all worked great, except I noticed that the Pirates SD DVD would have occasional, very slight jerks in the picture - is this normal? I tried a couple of other SD DVDs but could not get past the menu to play the film. Not sure if this is a big concern, as I don't really plan to watch many SD DVDs on this, but curious nonetheless. The other few BDs and HD DVDs I tried to play loaded up, but again could not get them to "play" from the menu.
Thanks for the help on this - I have to say this is a very slick unit, and I love the BD and HD DVD lights on the front....