Originally Posted by analog8
I'm about to pull the trigger on a theater upgrade and I'm intrigued by the BDP-83, especially the PAL to NTSC conversion.
I read the FAQ and visited the Oppo website but it's not clear when the BPD-83 will ship. Has anyone actually bought one yet (outside of the early adopters program)? I saw a powerbuy out there for one at a site I'm not familiar with.
Also, how can I set it up to ignore SD-DVD region coding? The FAQ says "Unofficial hacked firmware and hardware modified by third parties exist but are not discussed in this FAQ" which is fairly useless.
PAL->NTSC conversion is superb.
There is no release date specified for the general release of the player yet. However, if you go to the OPPO website and go to the page that lists the player and specs, you can sign up to be notified for information regarding the player. After a short period of time, OPPO may send you a personal invitation to buy one before it is released to the general public because they do have a limited number of players on hand. Many people have been able to buy one this way.
Hacked firmware to unlock region coding is not supported by OPPO. Anyone using such third party fw is subject to voiding their manufacturers warranty.
If you want more info about the actual fw and how it works, it is heavily discussed on the AVForums.com website.
The info is not included in the FAQ because the author does not want readers to think that OPPO supports such firmware. I agree with that sentiment.