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Topic # 206189 13-Dec-2016 16:11
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Could I get some recommendations, please? I currently use my PS3 for playing blurays (incl 3D) and streaming from Lightbox and TVNZOD. I'm about to try Chromecast for the streaming side of things. All of my other streaming (Netflix etc) is handled by an Amazon Fire TV. I'm starting to get more and more aware of the PS3 fan (it's not getting any louder, just more irritating) and I'd be grateful for any recommendations, please. I'd like to keep the budget under $300 if possible. I'm not worried about 4K as my TV will not cope with it. Having region-free DVD playback would be a bonus. I don't play games on the console, so I'm not worried about that. Having all of the usual audio formats for my 5.1 rig is important.


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  Reply # 1696437 30-Dec-2016 10:42
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I'd be interested in this as well. 

 

We have a 3D TV and I have a few blu-rays that are 3D compatible, so I'm looking at buying a blu-ray player that supports 3D.

 

I have been doing the usual investigation via google, and looking at reviews on Amazon and am none the wiser. 

 

On Amazon, most of the brands (Samsung, Sony, Panasonic) have some negative reviews where commentators talk about machines (and their replacements) breaking down after a few months, or problems with the child-lock not being able to be disabled, or having to disconnect the power to turn the player off and remove discs etc. 

 

I haven't been able to nail down one particular brand which seems a clear winner. I can't afford the hundreds of dollars for an Oppo, either.

 

Any readers have an idea of which is a good brand in New Zealand? Now, while the sales are still on?

 

 

 

Many thanks.

 

 


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  Reply # 1696442 30-Dec-2016 10:51
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da5id:

 

I'd be interested in this as well. 

 

We have a 3D TV and I have a few blu-rays that are 3D compatible, so I'm looking at buying a blu-ray player that supports 3D.

 

I have been doing the usual investigation via google, and looking at reviews on Amazon and am none the wiser. 

 

On Amazon, most of the brands (Samsung, Sony, Panasonic) have some negative reviews where commentators talk about machines (and their replacements) breaking down after a few months, or problems with the child-lock not being able to be disabled, or having to disconnect the power to turn the player off and remove discs etc. 

 

I haven't been able to nail down one particular brand which seems a clear winner. I can't afford the hundreds of dollars for an Oppo, either.

 

Any readers have an idea of which is a good brand in New Zealand? Now, while the sales are still on?

 

 

 

Many thanks.

 

 

 

 

Panasonic. I had a Panasonic Blu Ray player and now have the Blu Ray Recorder. Both are 3D capable and I've never had a problem with them. The DVD section can made Region Free at any Panasonic Service Agent at no cost. Blu Ray section cannot be made Region Free but then most new Blu Ray discs are now region free anyway.


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1696443 30-Dec-2016 11:06
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Thanks!

 

 


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  Reply # 1696481 30-Dec-2016 12:51
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Im note sure if its the case anymore, but Sony Blu-ray players used to be region free for DVD playback out of the box (both my players at home are) and they have inbuilt apps like netflix etc. I think the Samsung ones come with Lightbox as an app (Sony doesn't)


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  Reply # 1696519 30-Dec-2016 16:13
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Thanks.

 

I ended up getting the Sony BDPS5500 from Noel Leeming. It was 20% off, and cost me $159.00

 

Has mixed reviews on Amazon but I hope it is reliable. Wirecutter.com recommends it.

 

 

 

 




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  Reply # 1696618 30-Dec-2016 21:54
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da5id:

 

Thanks.

 

I ended up getting the Sony BDPS5500 from Noel Leeming. It was 20% off, and cost me $159.00

 

Has mixed reviews on Amazon but I hope it is reliable. Wirecutter.com recommends it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is the DVD region free, please?


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  Reply # 1697381 1-Jan-2017 23:17
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I don't have a disc with which to test it, but from looking online, I suspect not. 

 

It doesn't appear to have an unlock code available.


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  Reply # 1697503 2-Jan-2017 11:28
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I have a Panasonic BD-84 blu ray player and it works well.

 

From what I understand, Harvey Norman are able to set the DVD to region free playback for $10.

 

Hope that helps.


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  Reply # 1697551 2-Jan-2017 12:49
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Nope - you can take it to any Panasonic service agents and they will do it for no charge - they get money back from Panasonic for doing so.




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  Reply # 1698167 4-Jan-2017 08:19
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Ended up getting the BDP280 from Hardly Normal and they did the deregioning there and then without charge. 


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