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Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by Robert Harris, Apr 27, 2019.
Does Value Electronics offer the region free modifications on their players?
Just a thought. Instead of using the two HDMI outs from the player, just split the one HDMI (video+audio) feeding one cable from the splitter to the TV and the other to the receiver. This MIGHT solve the lip synch issue. I used to do this years ago when my old Yamaha receiver could not pass 3D--- split the HDMI output from the PS3 with one to the projector and the other to receiver. It worked without any lip-synch problems.
Denon X4400 for $799 last December:
Yamaha for the win.
You guys are killin me.
Probably not, as such modifications can potentially void their warranty and Value Electronics pushes their status as an authorized dealer for Sony and Panasonic for example.
Plus, AFAIK, region-free hardware mods are not available for Panasonic players.
Pioneer Elite fan here. And the most recent models will be upgradable to Apple AirPlay 2 compatibility! A nice combination to use with HomePods.
I know that for 4K blu-ray there is no region coding so any 4K blu-ray will work.
Well... The demand for region free is there because there's still a big population of movie collectors out there still holding on to their DVD collections... Certainly region free UHD discs brings us back to the laserdisc appreciation kindof freedom that had long lost ......for 20yrs?
Well, having the Region-Free option within my player has been a very important consideration on any future purchase. Yet, after many months, I have opted first and foremost for the highest quality that I can find; both in picture and sound quality; as the number of discs I already own far exceed the smaller amount on my wish-list of Region-locked titles.
As it is, I'm just flat-out going to aim for the Panasonic 9000.
They might be gone, long before the monies gets saved; but that's the chance I'll take.
No short cuts, no trade-offs on quality, no quick fixes; not for my next investment.
From all of my readings since 2015, Value Electronics is well worth the goal in every respect.
You can buy a stand-alone Sony or LG region-free player for $150 any day of the week, so for me the lack of this capability in the UB9000 is a moot point.
Well, almost any; after all, tomorrow is Mother's Day.
P.S. Agreed to all the rest, Doug; albeit a ways off, but that'll be the follow-up purchase, thereafter.
So Doug, in your opinion the 9000 is worth the extra $500? And why?
I can not address your specific needs, Tino, but some things just simply rings true and solid when it comes to reviews. With all my readings on the Panasonic 9000 already being solid beforehand, now comes along the highest of praises from Robert Harris. RAH, as far as I've known, has never reviewed equipment before; and if he has, then its been rare. Sure, with some of his BD reviews there are contextual references towards displays or projectors, but this was seemingly his first review committed to one specific player. And for that, plus all that he wrote, this became the ultimate selling point for my future hopes. Re-read it. With the Panasonic 9000 player he has stated "I no longer feel like a second class citizen". As it is, I thought it was going to be a far longer wait in our seeing an heir apparent to the infamous and discontinued Oppo player. In the end, Tino, we're all rooting for what's right and best for your budget and viewing happiness.
Anyway, I'll give the floor back over to Doug, who undoubtedly has more experience.
And buying from Value Electronics would assure you that they would get your UB9000 (or UB820) working properly with your system, hell or high water.
As Mr Harris says (in message #42)---"If one visits Value, and has a question, you won’t be speaking with a salesperson. You’ll be with an engineer, who interrelates with the manufacturers."
I would love to give Value my business. I love supporting establishments like that.
But they’re 45 minutes away and BB is 5. And I have that Elite Plus status(45 day return for any reason with full refund) at BB.
What is Values return policy? Anyone know?
I've only had the player for a few days Tino, but for me the answer is yes. It's built like a tank, with excellent construction, and the unit just screams quality. Totally unlike the cheap plastic of the UB820, and it even leaves the Oppo UDP-203 in the dust as far as materials and fit/finish are concerned. In the PQ department is it better than the Oppo? Again, for me the answer is yes. No question. Is it better than the UB820? Maybe, maybe not. I didn't have a lot of time to compare them, but the 350 nit HDR optimization mode in the UB9000 was important to me to future-proof a possible upcoming projector purchase. The UB820 lacks that.
So, whether or not it's worth a thousand dollars is a fairly subjective question. I didn't absolutely *need* this player, but I could afford it and decided to get it. I'm very happy with my decision so far!
If you've got projection or plan to, then clearly a 90-minute round-trip would be well worth the next few years of your happiness.
I looked up the number for Value Electronics, Tino, and they are open 'till 5 pm: (914) 723-3344
And you have it hooked up thru a Dolby Vision capable Yamaha receiver right? Same OLED as me with no lip sync problems?