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Can anyone advise on what the currently best recommended all region pal/ntsc dvd player is? I've had a Denon 3910 which I did the firmware mod to all region several years ago which has been an outstanding player but my second all region dvd player in my bedroom (a nearly 10 year old Toshiba 2 disc player) died recently and I'm looking to replace at a reasonable cost. I have no need for SACD playback on this 2nd player but I place a premium on video playback quality. Ideally, it would be nice if the player could upconvert to 1080p via component output but that's obviously a tough thing to find now and not a critical desire.

I've looked at the Pioneer 420V-K but am unclear if this player needs some sort of firmware/hardware mod to play all region dvds or not.
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Quite a few, like Oppo and Philips could be made region free with just pushing a sequence of remote buttons. Most codes are on http://www.videohelp.com/

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I'd recommend the OPPO DV983H (if you can find one). Love mine.
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1001832

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+ 1 on the Oppo-983. In case you can't find one, try the Oppo 980H though.

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I think he wants a resonable cost one, Oppo 983 doesn't fit there
Denon DVD-2910 has a good picture quality and you can get it cheap. Up the range is DVD-2930 - I got mine new for 200$, so I figure used cannot be more.
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I think he wants a resonable cost one, Oppo 983 doesn't fit there
Denon DVD-2910 has a good picture quality and you can get it cheap. Up the range is DVD-2930 - I got mine new for 200$, so I figure used cannot be more.

Under $300 is doable for me if it matches or exceeds the Denon 3910 feature and quality-wise. Is the Oppo (either model) region-free out of the box or is it simple firmware or remote code hackable?
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Remote code hackable.

983
http://www.videohelp.com/dvdhacks/oppo-dv-983h/9251

980
http://www.videohelp.com/dvdhacks/oppo-dv-980h/8575

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Under $300 is doable for me if it matches or exceeds the Denon 3910 feature and quality-wise. Is the Oppo (either model) region-free out of the box or is it simple firmware or remote code hackable?

Finding a 983H is a problem. I found mine for $350 on ebay but there aren't any there right now. By default, the 983H is a Region 1 player. The 983H can be changed to work with any other region code, however, and it can even be set to "0" (in which case it will work with all regions). To change the region code, you first have to stop disc playback and press Setup on remote control to access the setup page. Once in the setup menu, you enter 9210 on the remote. A menu will pop up allowing you to specify a region, and you can select any number from 0 to 6. Once done, press "SETUP" on the remote again and you are good to go. The Denon was a $1500 dvd player when it first came out as opposed to the Oppo which was $500. So finding the Denon for $300 may be near impossible. Never really compared feature sets but I did read that when tested by Audioholics/HQV Bench Testing the Denon scored a 70 out of a possible 130; the Oppo scored 105, which was, and still is, one of their highest scores recorded. Here is a link to the Denon:
http://www.audioholics.com/reviews/t...chmark-testing
Here is a link to the Oppo:
http://www.audioholics.com/reviews/t...-viewing-tests

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Those tests don't really tell too much about PQ in a real world. Half of those subtests are unlikely to find on a comercial DVD (like the ones for Cadence DV 2:3:3:2 DV Cam and the Cadence 3:2:3:2:2 Vari-speed, Cadence Animation).
Also, subsequent firmwares can be handling better the tests - that goes for both players.
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I'm looking into either model of the two Oppo players mentioned here. Another Denon 3910 is a possibility as there's always at least a couple on eBay close to my price mark but I'm going to try and procure an Oppo.
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I'm in a similar boat. My Phillips 5140 has been a great little all-region player for me but it's starting to act up and I'm looking for a back up/replacement.

I see I can get another one fairly cheap. But figured there must be better player son the market by now. Not looking to spend too much more than $100-$150 unless it's a truly amazing player. But I love the PAL-NTSC playback on the Phillips- virtually no jagged lines like the old Sampo I used to have!

Also I like the fact the Phillips plays avi and divx video files so I'd like to find something that does this as well. Remote control hack preferred.

I keep reading about how Denon and Oppo are great multi-region players. I'm willing to give these a look- but are there any lower end versions that do the same job? Are there any newer Samsung or Phillips worth taking a look at? I'm a big Pioneer fan- so I'm open to any of those too.

Are there any Blu-Ray players that are multi-region hackable (for at least Standard Def DVD is not blu ray?) that output NTSC from a PAL disc?
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Ditto on the DV-983H, I've had mine for 2 years and wouldn't trade it for anything.
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If you're in US, this is what you need:
http://www.world-import.com/Pioneer_...dvd_player.htm

Heard very good things about this one.

Great allrounder for SD DVD. I've used UK version of this for SD DVD for the past 2-3 years. Quite reliable and it puts my Sony BDP-S770 Blueray player to shame for SD DVD.
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If you're in US, this is what you need:
http://www.world-import.com/Pioneer_...dvd_player.htm

Heard very good things about this one.

Great allrounder for SD DVD. I've used UK version of this for SD DVD for the past 2-3 years. Quite reliable and it puts my Sony BDP-S770 Blueray player to shame for SD DVD.
Have had this DVD player for several months. Reliable and no dvd fazes it. Also, the merchant understands customer service and is a good guy.
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Have had this DVD player for several months. Reliable and no dvd fazes it. Also, the merchant understands customer service and is a good guy.
J

Or for a wider choice....
http://www.world-import.com/dvd-converter-1.htm
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