My Oppo multi-regions DVD player finally died after nearly eight years, and I need help to pick a replacement. It had the special features called 'freeze-frame' and 'frame-by-frame advance', so if at all possible, I would want that. Most important though is I need it to play French DVDs (I assume these are in SECAM), and my new DVD player must be able to play them. My old Oppo would only play NTSC and PAL DVDs (I didn't know that when I bought it). I don't know if this means I also need a special (all-regions?) TV, or converter, or what....but I been collecting French DVDs for five years, and not been able to watch one! Can anyone suggest a brand/model to buy? I would like to keep the DVD player price under $350 (as under as possible), and I'm in USA, so I would be buying from B&H Photo, NewEgg, Amazon, etc. Thanks for any help.
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No such thing as a Secam dvd player. Secam is just an analog tv system. Digital tv from France is also PAL.
French DVDs are PAL. Even without a player that internally converts from PAL to NTSC, unless you have a multi-system tv, you should still be able to play them in on a PC with a software player.
You might want to look at region-free specialty stores (examples: 220-electronics.com and bombayelectronics.com) and consider buying a Blu-ray player to get at least some of the playback features that you want. The Sony BDP-S6700 is one of the more deluxe models available that is priced for ordinary consumers. Note that region-free Blu-ray players sold at these stores are typically only region-free for DVD, and if it is possible to make them region-free for Blu-ray as well, that costs extra. The product description for items sold by these stores also say whether or not the player can convert from PAL to NTSC for TVs that do not support input at PAL DVD resolutions and frame rates.
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I'm aware of the software that lets one play all-regions on the PC, but its not an option for me yet. My custom-build PC is nowhere near finished (when it is it will be able to handle this). Right now all I have is a used Dell Optiplex 755 I am using as an interim PC, and its onboard graphics is awful...DVDs look like the old analog over-the-air broadcast, on a CRT TV.
Its never given me a problem for over ten years, which shows me this site knows what its talking about, so I'm looking for recommendations (the more the better) of models that will do what I need done...and if it turns out to be an indestructible workhorse like my Polaroid, I wouldn't be heartbroke about that.
Regarding the Sony, it does not appear to have the right connectors according to its specs:
and once again no mention of 'freeze-frame' or 'frame-by-frame advance'. According to Crutchfield blurb it "plays Region A Blu-ray discs and Region 1 DVDs" which means it is not even a multi-region player. Its way under my $350 limit, but that's about it.
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Since I am on the other side of the pond I do not know the capabilities of modern US TV's (our tvs have always been able to handle NTSC). I read one post only a few days ago that a modern digital tv should handle 25 fps and any color issues. In the past one had to have a multi-system tv or a player that handled conversion internally. I guess your OPPO did just that.
1."analog connections on current model DVD players are often limited to composite video and stereo audio, with HDMI replacing component video connections for 480p or upscaled output, and if there is a set of component video connections on a DVD player, there is no HDMI port."
I assume by composite video you mean the Red/Yellow/White (RCA) connectors which is okay. I prefer 'component', but RCA connectors are good enough. I just don't have any use for the other junk (DVI, HDMI,USB etc.).
2. "You won't find a current model DVD or Blu-ray player made for the N. American market that is region free out of the box".
So far as I can tell, all the sources I'm aware of (BombayElectronics, 220-Electronics, CodeFreeDVD, etc.) advertise all their models as ready to go. I don't know if true or not. Maybe you can tell me. Like I said, my Oppo I got near ten years ago played NTSC and PAL DVDs... I did no flashing, input of esoteric codes or anything.
3. "It is necessary to download the manual from the manufacturer's website and read it to find out what kind of operational features a player has."
And that would be something I have not tried! Thanks! The manufacturers sure do not want to make it easy to buy from them, do they? I notice now one must deal with a crappy 'captcha' to shop at Penny and Sears; sure do got a high opinion of themselves.
4. "The Sony BDP-S6700 has a "Pause" button, which freezes the video at the current frame. Once paused, briefly pressing fast forward or fast reverse allows the video to play one frame at a time."
Close enough. I'll look for this brand/model at the sources I am aware of.
It says 'Internal Pal / NTSC Conversion'. Is this it? It also does not mention having Component or RCA connectors....should I assume it does not, or its just not something mentioned? Further down it mentions:
NTSC/PAL (60Hz/50Hz): Yes (NTSC only)
Should I be concerned about this? Sorry for all the questions, but specs have gone a lot more complicated since I bought my last player.
I'll repeat myself: The players sold by region-free specialists may have been physically modified (chips replaced) to remove region restrictions or they are gray-market imports made for other countries where the inhabitants demand region-free players. There is no manufacturer warranty.
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