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Man, has anyone bought the self-modification mod chip before? By the look of instructions: http://www.jvb.nl/download.asp?filef...Q.pdf&exp=m614

The replacement of chip requires advanced soldering skills. That looks very tough. Look at all those pins so close together! Even I have self-modified a Sharp DVD player to region-free before (removing a very small resister surrounded by lots of very small resisters and then adding a bigger resister). This mod-chip modification looks very tedious if you are planning all 3 modifications - region free, PALNTSC, and SDI, 3 chips in total perhaps. Since Pioneer 563 already can do PAL->NTSC conversion, there is no need for this modification.


Enlighten me if you will: The Pioneer 667 is a Taiwanese model (Region 3) and is a sister model of 563 because they share the same instruction manual. Many of DVD players sold in Taiwan are Region-free (either by factory or retailers), so could there is a software hack? I have heard a guy from another forum has a 667, which is region-free according to him. But I couldn't get hold of the guy to ask where did him acquire the 667. He is living in United States BTW.


Also according to another guy in: http://www.dvdrhelp.com/dvdhacks.php...ioneer+DV-563A

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Bought this player at BestBuy (Region 1) and sent it to a Pioneer Authorized Service. The technician said it can only be set to a specific region code (4 as I live in Brazil) with a software mod. Also he said there are mods that disable some features (like not playing SACDs).
 

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Anyone know where I can find reviews for the modified Pioneer 563A that HKFlix.com is selling? I'm in the market for a universal dvd player and a region-free player and wanted to know if anyone has had any experience with this particular player.
I placed an order for this unit from HKFlix and boy am I sorry!


1st the good news...Unit came quick and was nicely packed.


Now the bad news...The PAL to NTSC either sucks or was bad on this unit. I know that there is some conversion speed-up to contend with but this thing seemed to be on acid. Very jerky as well. The regular region 1 stuff played back fine...at first. By the 3rd or 4th day the video on the unit would literally go out after 20 or 30 minutes of use. I'd have to turn it off for an hour or so and then it would be OK for another 20 or 30 minutes.


At this point I e-mailed HKFlix and after a day or so of back and forth the bottom line was NO REFUNDS under any circumstances. Repair only. So I received a faulty unit, had it for 4 or 5 days all together, returned it for repair 2-3 weeks ago and have heard nothing since. I could not be more disgusted with HKFlix or their modified Pioneer 563A.


The really sad part is that this was not my first purchase from them but will most certainly be my last.
 

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According to the instruction manual, Pioneer DV-563A can do PAL->NTSC conversion by default but only with Region 1 disc. The the poor play back from PAL->NTSC may not be HKFlix's fault. That is why get me wondering why is it can real PAL discs eventhough it is a region 1 only player, should there be a region free software hack...


Sorry I cannot check the PAL->NTSC conversion for you because I only got a region 3 PAL disc, and my Pioneer 563 is region 1 unmodified. I have played that disc, Orange Road the movie (Anime), on LiteOn LVD-2001 looks very smooth. I have also played it on Electrohome 8168 (with VGA port) with stuttering result.
 
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