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kovacs01
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So my region free Philips kicked it a couple of months ago, and I finally decided i need a new one.  Armed with a $50 wal-mart gift card I head down there and grab this RCA player off the shelf.  Mind you, I'm just looking for something cheap and temporary until a region free HD player becomes available.  It says play DVD's in near hi-def.  Blah, whatever, they are just using the new buzzword.  Well, I get it home and to my surprise it has an HDMI out.  I soon discover that its a defective HDMI out.  Pretty annoyed at this point after testing the cable that came with it (yes it COMES with an HDMI cable) and the HDMI input on my tv, I tromp back out in the ice and exchange it.

Turns out this thing I just payed $73.61 including tax for really does upconvert to 1080i.  There is a marked improvement in the picture quality over my 2 year old sony player.  I'm very impressed so far!  And it took about 20 seconds to make it region 0.

The biggest drawback i have found, and its not a small one, is that it does not support DTS.  As soon as I can figure out how to access the service menu, I will see if there is a remedy to this.

Overall, I kinda doubt there is a better player out there under $75, and probably many in the $200 range that fall short of this one.
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That's impressive, especially since it comes with a cable!
The lack of DTS would be the killer for me though.  I'm too used to just expecting to be able to play the DTS track.  I wouldn't want to give it up.
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Quoting kovacs01:
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So my region free Philips kicked it a couple of months ago, and I finally decided i need a new one.  Armed with a $50 wal-mart gift card I head down there and grab this RCA player off the shelf.  Mind you, I'm just looking for something cheap and temporary until a region free HD player becomes available.  It says play DVD's in near hi-def.  Blah, whatever, they are just using the new buzzword.  Well, I get it home and to my surprise it has an HDMI out.  I soon discover that its a defective HDMI out.  Pretty annoyed at this point after testing the cable that came with it (yes it COMES with an HDMI cable) and the HDMI input on my tv, I tromp back out in the ice and exchange it.

Turns out this thing I just payed $73.61 including tax for really does upconvert to 1080i.  There is a marked improvement in the picture quality over my 2 year old sony player.  I'm very impressed so far!  And it took about 20 seconds to make it region 0.

The biggest drawback i have found, and its not a small one, is that it does not support DTS.  As soon as I can figure out how to access the service menu, I will see if there is a remedy to this.

Overall, I kinda doubt there is a better player out there under $75, and probably many in the $200 range that fall short of this one.


What exactly did you do to change it from R1 to R0?  PM me if you'd rather not talk on that openly.
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kovacs01
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What exactly did you do to change it from R1 to R0?  PM me if you'd rather not talk on that openly.


Tell me too!  I'm about ready to get a new player and I'd love a R0.
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Sorry for the little detour. You spoke of something that spiked my curiosity.
I assume my ignorance on this, so please don't take it the wrong way.

Are regions (and region locked players) still an issue at the U.S.?

I ask this because around here most of the players are all R0 out of the box, and, when they're not, you can almost always just ask the store where you buy it to unlock it for you before taking it home.
Some brands sell them region-locked but you can just ask for the unlocking CD and they'll send it to you (Pioneer, for instance, uses this method).

Of course that, with the huge offer of the American market, region locking is probably not an issue around there... 
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Quoting kovacs01:
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So my region free Philips kicked it a couple of months ago, and I finally decided i need a new one.  Armed with a $50 wal-mart gift card I head down there and grab this RCA player off the shelf.  Mind you, I'm just looking for something cheap and temporary until a region free HD player becomes available.  It says play DVD's in near hi-def.  Blah, whatever, they are just using the new buzzword.  Well, I get it home and to my surprise it has an HDMI out.  I soon discover that its a defective HDMI out.  Pretty annoyed at this point after testing the cable that came with it (yes it COMES with an HDMI cable) and the HDMI input on my tv, I tromp back out in the ice and exchange it.

Not bad at all, but I still prefer the Oppo 971 for just a bit more (under $150), which up-converts to 720p or 1080i (also comes with an HDMI cable), does DTS, Super Audio DVD, and SACD.




Turns out this thing I just payed $73.61 including tax for really does upconvert to 1080i.  There is a marked improvement in the picture quality over my 2 year old sony player.  I'm very impressed so far!  And it took about 20 seconds to make it region 0.

The biggest drawback i have found, and its not a small one, is that it does not support DTS.  As soon as I can figure out how to access the service menu, I will see if there is a remedy to this.

Overall, I kinda doubt there is a better player out there under $75, and probably many in the $200 range that fall short of this one.
Battling Butler
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Quoting kovacs01:
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So my region free Philips kicked it a couple of months ago, and I finally decided i need a new one.  Armed with a $50 wal-mart gift card I head down there and grab this RCA player off the shelf.  Mind you, I'm just looking for something cheap and temporary until a region free HD player becomes available.  It says play DVD's in near hi-def.  Blah, whatever, they are just using the new buzzword.  Well, I get it home and to my surprise it has an HDMI out.  I soon discover that its a defective HDMI out.  Pretty annoyed at this point after testing the cable that came with it (yes it COMES with an HDMI cable) and the HDMI input on my tv, I tromp back out in the ice and exchange it.

Turns out this thing I just payed $73.61 including tax for really does upconvert to 1080i.  There is a marked improvement in the picture quality over my 2 year old sony player.  I'm very impressed so far!  And it took about 20 seconds to make it region 0.

The biggest drawback i have found, and its not a small one, is that it does not support DTS.  As soon as I can figure out how to access the service menu, I will see if there is a remedy to this.

Overall, I kinda doubt there is a better player out there under $75, and probably many in the $200 range that fall short of this one.



Sorry, I'll try this again.  Not bad at all, but I still prefer the Oppo 971 for just a bit more (under $150), which up-converts to 720p or 1080i (also comes with an HDMI cable), does DTS, Super Audio DVD, and SACD, and can be made all-region in 30 seconds.
Battling Butler
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I promise I'll eventually get this right 

Make that the Oppo 970HD (the 971 has a DVI out)
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Are you using a receiver to decode your audio or are you counting on the player to decode it?

Reason I ask this is because if you the HDMI plugged into the TV and are getting audio out of your TV then I don't understand why DTS is such a big deal.

If it's plugged into the receiver then the receiver should be decoding the audio and not the player.

Am I missing something?
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kovacs01
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HDMI to the TV for video and Optical to the receiver for audio.  its decoded by the receiver, just wanted to point out for anyone else that was running a different setup.......

One other thing of note is that it does not do upconversion through the component out.  If you want to take advantage of this feature, you MUST use the HDMI out.
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Oppo has a new DVD playerfor $229.00:
OPPO DV-981HD 1080p High Definition Up-Converting Universal DVD Player with HDMI

From the Oppo web site:
"Introducing the OPPO DV-981HD upconverting DVD player for the ultimate home theater experience. Built upon the highly regarded OPPO OPDV971H, the DV-981HD is ideal for high definition TV's and home theater projectors. The DV-981HD excels at making standard definition DVDs look great at high definition resolutions through the use of advanced upconverting technology that outperforms most TV's built-in upconversion capabilities. The DV-981HD makes it possible for you to enjoy your existing collection of DVDs as well as new DVD titles that will continue to be released for years to come."

I'm looking at 1080p TV's now and will probablely buy a OPPO DV-981HD and wait till HD war settles down. My current TV is 720p, 1080i. I have the OPPO OPDV971H, it came with both DVI to DVI and DVI to HDMI cables as well as the component cables. You have to use the audio cables with both.
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