Cross the deep Blu-ray sea28/05/2019 - Author: admin
I walked into a big electrical retailer last week and asked for a disc player that would play American Blu-ray discs and also local ones. The guy told me it was illegal to sell such a player. At the next store I was told there was no such thing. And at the one after that, the salesman sold me one.
Purely out of interest, I asked at a few more places. One salesman told me they used to sell them but were forced by law to stop. Another said they had none and wouldn’t sell them if they had – the fascinating point being that there was a stack of them behind him.
I guess the lesson is that if you want to play American Blu-rays, you’ll need to exercise dogged persistence. There are certainly players around that do it, but in finding them you do start feeling a bit grubby, sort of as if you’re trying to buy drugs.
Toshiba has several multi-region-capable players but they need a separate firmware upgrade that some retailers will give you for free, while others won’t.
If not, you can find the download and instructions in mere seconds online. You load the upgrade just once, but every time you want to change Blu-ray regions you must go into the set-up menu and enter a code.
Laser freely advertises multi-region Blu-ray players on its website and even on the boxes.
There’s also a local internet retailer selling players it assures customers are multi-region Blu-ray capable, but you have to first buy the unit and then go through customer service to get an unlock code. Forgive our cynicism, but that worries us a little.
Or you can buy a Blu-ray player from the US and play your American discs on that (you’ll need a step-down transformer), and use your existing Blu-ray player for local ones.The US option
American Blu-ray players are made for Region A Blu-ray discs (we’re Region B), so buying a player from there means access to American discs. We saw a Sony BDP-S1100 for $US75 ($75.85) plus postage on one US website (several local retailers have it at $99). However, the American machine needs a 110-volt power supply and will fry if plugged into Australian 240-volt mains power, so you’ll need a step-down transformer offered by Jaycar and Dick Smith, among others, for about $50. Some internet sellers, such as Amazon, won’t send an American player to an Australian address.Toshiba BDX3200KY
Spotted for $169, toshiba苏州美甲美睫培训.au
Toshiba has Blu-ray players that can be made multi-region capable. Ask the retailer – some are still handing out the firmware upgrade disc. If not, you’ll find the software on the internet. From then on, you’ll need to go into ”set-up” and enter a code whenever you want to swap regions. It’s actually quicker than it sounds. The BDX3200KY is a premium Toshiba and a terrific player for the money, with 3D and high-definition upscaling. It gets BD Live through an ethernet cable. The image quality is crisp and fast and Blu-ray sound is fabulous. It’s quick to crank up, too.Laser BD1000
Spotted for $99,www.laserco.net
To change Blu-ray regions, you go into the set-up menu and enter a code. There’s no firmware upgrade but everything is in the handbook. This is the cheapest of the three Blu-ray players Laser says are multi-region capable. It packs a lot for the money, including full-HD video upscaling and a USB on the fascia, and it comes with a month of unlimited movie rental from Quickflix. The picture and sound quality are good for the money but there’s no resume function and no internet connectivity.Verdict
Changing the region on the Toshiba and the Laser involves mucking around, but it works. The Laser is the easiest to get working, but if you make the effort with the Toshiba, you’ll note the quality increase and its operating superiority. With these two machines available locally, the US option is overkill, but will appeal to purists.
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