I live in Europe and was just about to buy the Denon 2910 when the salesman told me that it wasn't region-free. (About 70% of my DVDs are Region 1.) He then went on to say that manufacturers are now deliberately avoiding this as an option (my old Denon from 1999 came with a region free remote control hack described in a separate sheet of paper in the box). Have I missed the boat on this? Is it already another thread elsewhere? Apologies if I'm digging up an old topic, but could anybody out there enlighten me?