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post #121 of 228
They shipped my order on Tuesday. EDD is next Wednesday!
post #122 of 228
As of this moment, they haven't shipped mine yet. The whole plan was to have it by this weekend. I'm really not happy. I'm beyond disappointed, and rapidly approaching disgusted with them.
post #123 of 228
They aren't answering my e-mails now.
J
post #124 of 228
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Originally Posted by Big J View Post

As of this moment, they haven't shipped mine yet. The whole plan was to have it by this weekend. I'm really not happy. I'm beyond disappointed, and rapidly approaching disgusted with them.

When did you order the 899? The latest shipment might not have been large enough to cover the orders (although the web site does seem to indicate that all pending orders would be shipped).
post #125 of 228
I ordered it on the 11th. If they sold out, they should have told me. I know it hasn't shipped, because they haven't charged my card yet. Since they aren't returning my e-mails, I'm guessing they decided to just take a 4 day weekend and say to hell with the customers. Their customer service really sucks. This is why I stopped buying from them 3 years ago.
There is no excuse for this.
post #126 of 228
They are sold out again. They aren't saying when they will get more in. The way things are going, we are looking at weeks. At this point i would just as soon cancel my order, but they aren't returning my e-mails, so i don't even know if they read them. This really is about as bad customer service as I've ever had.
I don't think they care.
Rant over.
J

EDIT: I canceled my order.
post #127 of 228
Hong Kong Flix got my replacement deck to me this morning. I'm a little happier now, aye. This deck sure is easy to set-up once you switch the menus to English in about 15 seconds. I set the kodes for Wee-juns B & 2 for BD's and DVD's respectively.

I put in the Euro Hollywoodland BD (wee-jun B), and watched the first 10 minutes....it looked OK. I'll proably finish the disc tomorrow....
post #128 of 228
Any updates on this player? I have a lot of PAL SD-DVD's and discovered my new Panasonic 58" plasma doesn't support PAL. The Momitsu is the only Bluray player which might work for me because it does PAL-NTSC for SD-DVD in the box.

Am I going to be disappointed compared to the AV quality of a name brand Bluray player like a new Panasonic?

It sucks for consumers when manufacturers constrict consumer choice like this, by constricting support of foreign video formats (thanks for nothing Panasonic) and implementing region lockouts. It would be ideal if the US would follow the lead of countries like Australia and New Zealand who have proven that the primary reason for DVD region coding is a collusion between studios and manufacturers to maximize studio profits at the expense of the consumer. I believe the situation 'down under' is one reason why the BDA is probably unable to do anything about the Momitsu player, because pretty much all of the manufacturers create region free players/firmware for those regions in contravention of their DVD/BDA licenses.

The alternative would be a hardware modded US player but they don't do PAL-NTSC conversion so I'm still SOL.
post #129 of 228
analog8, have you heard about Graft? Kalifornie is the biggest state. They get what they want all too often.

My Momitsu has worked very well for me. The remote window is a bit narrow. That's mildly annoying. I have no major complaints.
post #130 of 228
When I got home from work today, I was pleasantly surprised to find my replacement Momitsu on my doorstep. I haven't had much time to play with it other than to hook it up and try a PAL R2 SD DVD and the UK Man on Wire BD. Very impressed with SD upconversion and PAL->NTSC conversion, BD content looks wonderful and PAL extras play flawlessly (so far). More to come....
post #131 of 228
Anyone know how the Momitsu does with PAL->NTSC conversion over component video? Thanks.
post #132 of 228
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Originally Posted by johnsusq View Post

Anyone know how the Momitsu does with PAL->NTSC conversion over component video? Thanks.

I have component hooked up for 4/3 material, so it's not locked into a 16 x 9 frame as is the case via HDMI. The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp and The Dambusters DVD's came off well.
post #133 of 228
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Originally Posted by Rachael Bellomy View Post

I have component hooked up for 4/3 material, so it's not locked into a 16 x 9 frame as is the case via HDMI. The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp and The Dambusters DVD's came off well.

If you set your HDMI display to 16:9PB instead of 16:9 in the menu, all material will be displayed properly. If I watch 4:3 extras on a R2 BD, they display as 4:3, not stretched. Very similar to widescreen/auto (or whatever it's called) on the Oppo 983. I don't use component, though, so I don't know if it works the same way.
post #134 of 228
I read somewhere, that the loader is somewhat noisy. Is true?
Another question: does it play mp4 made from BD mkv files?
I(m tempted to buy one here in Japan, but if it's so noisy, I might wait for the Oppo or LG.
post #135 of 228
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Originally Posted by Dragonsf View Post

I read somewhere, that the loader is somewhat noisy. Is true?
Another question: does it play mp4 made from BD mkv files?
I(m tempted to buy one here in Japan, but if it's so noisy, I might wait for the Oppo or LG.

No noise that I can discern unless I'm on top of the unit. I mean, the usual swishing and whirring sounds when the disc is loading for a few seconds, but no more than any other player I've heard. No clunking or anything out of the ordinary. I wouldn't let that turn you away from the player.

I can't answer the mp4 question (no experience in that area).
post #136 of 228
The BDP-899 cannot play mkv files.
post #137 of 228

Hm that isn't so good..I have been looking at this one for a while, region free being the biggest attraction
post #138 of 228
There are a number of tools available to convert mkv files to avi. Not an ideal solution, but I don't use mkv that often so I just convert to avi when I need to. A couple of options I've used:

http://forum.videohelp.com/topic241422.html

http://www.erightsoft.com/SUPER.html
post #139 of 228
Will the player play DVD type VOB files? (I'm pretty sure it will). If so, why not convert the MKV files into DVD stule VOB files?

Seggers
post #140 of 228
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Originally Posted by Ted_K View Post

No noise that I can discern unless I'm on top of the unit. I mean, the usual swishing and whirring sounds when the disc is loading for a few seconds, but no more than any other player I've heard. No clunking or anything out of the ordinary. I wouldn't let that turn you away from the player.

I can't answer the mp4 question (no experience in that area).


The thing sounds like a boat motor when it's starting up or loading a disc, but once it's running, it's quite silent. In fact, I find it to be quieter than my old Sony BDP-S350 during playback.
post #141 of 228
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Originally Posted by Ted_K View Post

If you set your HDMI display to 16:9PB instead of 16:9 in the menu, all material will be displayed properly. If I watch 4:3 extras on a R2 BD, they display as 4:3, not stretched. Very similar to widescreen/auto (or whatever it's called) on the Oppo 983. I don't use component, though, so I don't know if it works the same way.

Thanks! I'll try that.
post #142 of 228
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Originally Posted by seymouru View Post

The BDP-899 cannot play mkv files.

I realized that, too bad. But what I ment, can it play MP4 files encoded in H.264? Because, it's quite easy to convert mkv to mp4 using the same codec.
post #143 of 228
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Originally Posted by GoldenBoy View Post

The thing sounds like a boat motor when it's starting up or loading a disc, but once it's running, it's quite silent. In fact, I find it to be quieter than my old Sony BDP-S350 during playback.

A boat motor? Quite the exaggeration, I must say. I can't even hear it load from my seat. I'll admit that the QC on these things leaves something to be desired (my first unit was a lemon), but I can't believe our 2 players can be that far apart! I agree with the rest of your comments, though.
post #144 of 228
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Originally Posted by Ted_K View Post

A boat motor? Quite the exaggeration, I must say. I can't even hear it load from my seat. I'll admit that the QC on these things leaves something to be desired (my first unit was a lemon), but I can't believe our 2 players can be that far apart! I agree with the rest of your comments, though.

Okay, maybe more like an immersion blender.

In all seriousness, it is loud, the loudest I have ever heard of any BD player and I've owned or reviewed quite a few. But, like I said, once it is playing it is quite silent.
post #145 of 228
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Originally Posted by Ted_K View Post

A boat motor? Quite the exaggeration, I must say. I can't even hear it load from my seat...

Same here. I've never even noticed any noise from my unit that isn't typical for any DVD player.
post #146 of 228
Just received my unit from HK and am looking forward to ordering some discs from around the world.

Has anyone tried playing 1080i/50 discs on this player with a North American HD/NTSC set?
post #147 of 228
I have not noticed any excessive noise on my player.
post #148 of 228
The video converter is designed for SD DVD so the resolution should be set to 480i and the TV will up-convert. The world-wide standard for BluRay is 1080P/24, there is no PAL or NTSC, so the resolution should be set to 1080P Of course if your TV supports 720P then set the resolution to 720P.

I tested many SD DVD's in PAL and at first they played very jerky, like a robot, until I changed the resolution from 1080P to 480i. After changing the resolution the converter worked perfectly and my Sony Bravia did a great job of up-converting to 1080P. The PAL DVD's played perfectly and the picture quality was excellent for SD.

I then played "Boys from Brazil" BluRay which I purchased from Amazon UK with the resolution set at 1080P. The picture was fabulous on a par with most of my BluRay DVD's. I set the region code to 973501 and Boys from Brazil played. Maybe old titles are not region coded for BluRay?

Setting the resolution to "Auto" confuses the converter and it will not work. You have to provide the converter with a set resolution to convert and as stated it works best with 480i.

I set the audio to "Bitstream Legacy" and sent the signal to my Sony S/PDIF receiver via optical cable. (I am sure coaxial will work just as good.) The sound from either SD or BluRay DD/DTS 5.1 was terrific. The subwoffer and rear speakers were very active.

This player does an excellent job of up-converting and my SD DVD's stood up pretty well to BluRay. Consequently, I will not be re-purchasing most of my SD DVD's, just flippers and those in letterbox 4 x 3.

I don't have any DVD's coded in 1080i/50 so I can't comment how the player handles this format. All in all I am very happy with this player and recommend it for those that purchase PAL DVD's.
post #149 of 228
So far, none of the iTV titles, which Boys From Brazil is one of, have been Wee-jun locked. I have about a half-dozen of iTV's releases.
post #150 of 228
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Originally Posted by ernie6 View Post

The video converter is designed for SD DVD so the resolution should be set to 480i and the TV will up-convert. The world-wide standard for BluRay is 1080P/24, there is no PAL or NTSC, so the resolution should be set to 1080P Of course if your TV supports 720P then set the resolution to 720P.

I tested many SD DVD's in PAL and at first they played very jerky, like a robot, until I changed the resolution from 1080P to 480i. After changing the resolution the converter worked perfectly and my Sony Bravia did a great job of up-converting to 1080P. The PAL DVD's played perfectly and the picture quality was excellent for SD.

I then played "Boys from Brazil" BluRay which I purchased from Amazon UK with the resolution set at 1080P. The picture was fabulous on a par with most of my BluRay DVD's. I set the region code to 973501 and Boys from Brazil played. Maybe old titles are not region coded for BluRay?

Setting the resolution to "Auto" confuses the converter and it will not work. You have to provide the converter with a set resolution to convert and as stated it works best with 480i.

I set the audio to "Bitstream Legacy" and sent the signal to my Sony S/PDIF receiver via optical cable. (I am sure coaxial will work just as good.) The sound from either SD or BluRay DD/DTS 5.1 was terrific. The subwoffer and rear speakers were very active.

This player does an excellent job of up-converting and my SD DVD's stood up pretty well to BluRay. Consequently, I will not be re-purchasing most of my SD DVD's, just flippers and those in letterbox 4 x 3.

I don't have any DVD's coded in 1080i/50 so I can't comment how the player handles this format. All in all I am very happy with this player and recommend it for those that purchase PAL DVD's.

In theory, that is the acceptable procedure and correct, however, not with this Momitsu. The player doesn't de-interlace 1080i content properly, so it only passes 540 lines if you set it to 1080p and playback a 1080i disc.

The I haven't noticed any jerkiness playing back PAL DVD's with the resolution set to 1080p. Anyhow, as I believe I mentioned much earlier in this thread, and as you can see in the review here, the best setup for the Momitsu is to set HDMI Resolution to "Auto" and turn on the 24p Film Mode. This activates a semi-Source Direct Mode. Set this way, the Momitsu will pass 1080p/24 as 1080p (24p or 60p, depending on your television, of course) and 1080i as 1080i, but it will upscale NTSC DVD's to 1080i/60. Now, it's important to remember that PAL-to-NTSC conversion will not work with HDMI Resolution set to "Auto." I have found setting the player to either 1080i or 1080p for playing back a PAL DVD gives very acceptable results; better than the PAL-to-NTSC conversion on my old Denon DVD-2200 universal player.
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