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Topic # 96698 2-Feb-2012 18:21
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This is my personal opinion of this inexpensive Blu ray player; there may be errors in it and any comments to correct welcome.
CONS
  •   Display on device is very weak. Its hardly visible unless close up. Usually thats not an issue.
  •     Playing USB videos: Select a file to play and start, stop, select another and then it will play a random file. There seems to be no pattern to the random file selection. Not a problem if the file you select first is the one you want to play.
  •     Remote: First time I have ever had a remote which interferes with the operations of other equipment, but this one does. My STB changes channels when I turn the Soniq on with remote. It also influences other functions depending on button press. I used to be TV serviceman without any other product doing this, so I consider it a serious fault.
  •     If video file .mp4 and fps not 25 seems to be unable to read video.
  •     Some USB files are problematic with subtitle control, whereas on PC no problem exists.
  •     Network - if no network exists and 'Test Connection' is pressed the unit locks up.
  • Unlike some other makes it wont read reliably NTFS disk, although FAT32 is most common format.

PROS

  •     Playback on DVD and Blu ray is superb. DVD is much better than all DVD players I have used before.
    For example our Panasonic Home Theatre DVD player with a standard DVD. Compare same DVD in Soniq and its similar the difference between playing DVD and Blu ray on soniq. Standard DVD on soniq has much better resolution, colours, contrast and no flickering.
  • .mkv .avi no problems with excellent audio video sync.
  •     Blu ray: cant fault the picture, or any menu operations for Blu ray playback.
  •     USB expemplary in its ability to set perspective correctly according to source. EG some video files had perspective incorrect, but the Soniq sorted them out so they were either perfect, or not excessively distorted.
  •     Fast load on Blu ray.
  • If you need component output, this player has it as well as the norm; HDMI and composite only.
  • Multizone standard - this is an important aspect to consider on blu ray purchase.
  •     JBHifi who distribute are exceptional in support. They seem to stand behind their goods.

To summarise. if you want a player that is low cost and performs well apart from reliable .mp4 this model should be ok. I would expect that my STB remote control problem is an exceptional case.

Kind regards,
Alistair.

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  Reply # 576425 2-Feb-2012 19:24
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Is it multi-zone DVD or BluRay?



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  Reply # 576430 2-Feb-2012 19:36
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Dunnersfella: Is it multi-zone DVD or BluRay?

Blu as far as I know check the specs, or do a search.

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  Reply # 576435 2-Feb-2012 19:50
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The remote issue is really common when you get many off brand devices together that all use the NEC remote protocol, they basically just pick codes in it for whatever and that happens. Friend ended up with a sat box where the buttons messed up their LG tv, swapped for another cheap sat box and it was stuffing up their cheap DVD player.




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  Reply # 576439 2-Feb-2012 19:56
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Can be made region free depending on the firmware that's on it(hint: don't update the firmware)




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  Reply # 576440 2-Feb-2012 19:56
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It's multi zone DVD but not Region Free Blu-ray, though there is anecdotal evidence of it being unlocked if you can source the codes and remote.



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  Reply # 576443 2-Feb-2012 20:00
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richms: The remote issue is really common when you get many off brand devices together that all use the NEC remote protocol, they basically just pick codes in it for whatever and that happens. Friend ended up with a sat box where the buttons messed up their LG tv, swapped for another cheap sat box and it was stuffing up their cheap DVD player.

Guess ive been lucky as Ive had lots of various units STB, TV DVD (they break regularly) and never that problem before.

Thanks for the info.

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  Reply # 576447 2-Feb-2012 20:10
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gehenna: It's multi zone DVD but not Region Free Blu-ray, though there is anecdotal evidence of it being unlocked if you can source the codes and remote.


Region A and B codes for it
973501 for A and 973502 for B

Turn On Unit
Eject Tray
hit Setup
Press 8520
Region 0 (zero) 

That makes them DVD region free. But apparently if you enter one of the codes for A  where 8520 is and change Region to 1. That makes it Region A  



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  Reply # 576452 2-Feb-2012 20:19
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Can anyone please try the following .mp4 clip on their player/USB and confirm whether it plays properly or not?
DOWNLOAD

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  Reply # 576609 3-Feb-2012 01:43
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ageorge: Can anyone please try the following .mp4 clip on their player/USB and confirm whether it plays properly or not?
DOWNLOAD


Downloaded OK; played OK on my iMac with VLC and with MPEG Streamclip, although I think the geometry was a bit distorted with that.

Copied to USB stick.
My Onkyo 609 just plays the audio, a limitation of the receiver I believe.
No go on my Panasonic 50V20 TV.
No go on my Philips BDP.
No problem playing it on my Vu+ Duo satellite PVR.

FPR

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  Reply # 576611 3-Feb-2012 06:10
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Just tried it in my Samsung TV and it worked fine, no audio/ video problems both in sync.

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