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1080p Up-Scale, True 576 PAL Support, Region Free!
on May 12, 2013
I like Samsung players, this is my second as my first which is a Blu-ray player does NOT support PAL or is it region free.
Here's The positives:
1. Has true PAL 576 support. Unlike some players that actually convert PAL to NTSC with "choppy" video, this is true PAL video at 576i or 576p, as long as your TV supports it (not all HD TVs do). Since you will probably use 1080i/1080p upscale it will not matter.
2. Region free so ignores the discs region codes and will play any DVD. I have not been able to test and confirm if it plays ones that contain RCE (Region Code Enhancement) which were made to not work on Region Free Players (i.e. if the Region is set to 0 instead of a number).
3. Supports 1080p up-scaling and HDMI.
4. Also supports CD Music (if you care about that) and price is cheap for what you get, considering it is hard to find a DVD player that supports true PAL and is also region free.
Here's The Negatives:
1. 720/1080 up-scaling has no 4:3 settings, so all DVDs will output at 16:9. If they are 4:3 they will be "stretched" and you have to use the "EZ Mode" on the remote to change it to 4:3 (called Vertical). My newer Samsung BD player has the setting in the menu for Aspect Ratio to be "native" this lacks it and is a bit annoying.
2. The DVD has an old slide out tray (not a front insert) and it seems a bit on the cheap side. It's one of those players you know after use will have tray problems.
3. The unit is very basic, no USB/SD card support (though it plays DivX and mp3 files from a disc).
4. No Blu-ray disc support.
Overall: If you want a basic DVD player that will play any DVD with any region and features HDMI 1080p up-scaling (or native res) this is it. If you also want a player that plays Blu-ray and is region free for BD, you have to spend a little more money.