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Old 2011-01-13, 01:16 PM
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Wanna play Blu-Ray and NTSC/PAL DVD's? with one unit?

Many of us here in NTSC land have issues at times playing PAL DVD's, and there are a LOT of them here. The solution is often to buy a cheapo dvd player to handle them, which I did for many years. But when my Apex dvd player started getting hinky I went looking for a reasonably priced unit that might handle all my discs, including Blu-Ray. There are a couple Blu-Ray players that will do this, but many are pretty pricey. There are also a few sites that offer Blu-Ray players that have been altered to handle PAL dvd's, like these two:

(Note - They are also concerned with region-free playback, which is rarely an issue here but some of you may run into this as well)

Anyway, someone at a forum I belong to pointed me to a Woot sale on New Year's Day, and I snagged a Sherwood BDP 5004 Blu-Ray player ( that really fits the bill. I've had it a few days now and, besides Blu-Rays it has played NTSC DVD+ -R/+ -RW, PAL DVD+ -R/+ -RW, avi cd's, jpeg cd's, mp3 cd's and audio cd/cdr/cdrw's. It's billed as Region-Free, which I haven't been able to test, but I understand a firmware update can fubar that function, so I can't speak to that.

I just thought I'd mention this unit, in case anyone was interested. I've seen some odd comments about it, but so far I'm very happy with it. It loads Blu-Rays pretty briskly IMO, which seems to be a common complaint for many other reasonably-priced units. You might want to check it out.
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Old 2011-01-14, 01:18 AM
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Re: Wanna play Blu-Ray and NTSC/PAL DVD's? with one unit?

Ever thought about streaming your files?
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Old 2011-01-14, 08:05 AM
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Re: Wanna play Blu-Ray and NTSC/PAL DVD's? with one unit?

love my Oppo BDP-83
alas, they've replaced it with something else

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Old 2011-01-21, 10:39 AM
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Re: Wanna play Blu-Ray and NTSC/PAL DVD's? with one unit?

I install AV systems for a living, well did when people spent money on them .

I used the Apex and the oppo units for clients that requested region free, but a friend of mine in the business referred me to this site, specifically for the samsung unit that I typically install.

I don't have one handy to test, but I have an install in a week or so with one, I'll report back with success.
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