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  1. Thanks for the additional information MLXXX. JB HiFi are having a 15% off sale this weekend, so I will likely get the LG 42LM6410. They haven't reduced the price on the Soniq, so it is not as attractive given its much more limited settings (although I think I prefer the CCFL backlight since it is what I have in my current excellent Sony 42EX500). I would like a much larger TV, however my impression is that the slim frames of current TVs are not as stable and result in a greater tendency to non-uniformity across the screen especially for larger sizes, hence the 42" might be less sensitive to distortion. I also think 3D might be something of a gimmick, so do not want to spend a lot to try it out. 42" is fine at the moment and I can move closer if required to visually increase field of view, but since passive 3D alternates polarising strips, I think too much closer (or a larger screen size) might make them visible. It's interesting you mention the orange hue to reds as the LG LM670 (UK version of LM6700) is also supposed to have a similar issue and I suspect the entire LM6xxx range as it is likely based on the same 60Hz panel.
  2. Interesting reviews. I would dearly like to watch 3D passive and have considered the current Panasonic 42ET5A and LG 42LM6410, but been swayed by the negative reviews of colour, uniformity or motion handling combined with the still high prices. The Soniq you have reviewed is still available as a refurb for 60% the price of the big guns and I was wondering if it was worthy of consideration. The main things I am unsure about is screen reflectivity, calibration and 24p motion handling. Has anyone performed a full calibration on the Soniq with the resulting gamma, white balance and CIE diagrams? 24p on an LCD usually results in jitter on panning objects because they move fairly large distances between each frame. This is usually attenuated by performing frame interpolation, however I have seen no mention of this with the Soniq. Alternatively, the backlight can be blinked, similar to the shutter used at the cinema to reduce this motion jitter. I have seen no mention of either of these mechanisms used with the Soniq in the manual, but perhaps they are incorporated and permanently turned on. I guess I am wanting to experience 3D, yet at the same time not blow a lot of money in case it turns out to be disappointing. Active 3D will be no good, because I am sensitive to plasma flicker and rainbow effect. Following the reviews of LG, it sounds like the visual quality has been deteriorating with previous years LW series being better than the recent LM series and LG focusing more on "smarts" than on the core display. I fear that this will continue until LG have a great Android media player with poor display. There aren't many options for good performing, passive 3D at reasonable prices at the moment.
  3. For sale, price includes postage: Mysterious Island [1961] (US, Limited Edition) - $40 The Rocketeer (US) - $20 True Blood Complete Season 2 (UK) - $22 Piranha [1978] (Roger Corman SE, US Reg A) - $18 Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Part 1 (UK, 2 BD discs, no DVD) - $12 + Bonus Hoodwinked (FR, forced French subs on English soundtrack, Reg Free) $100 posted registered/insured
  4. Transformers III Dark Side of the Moon 3D (UK, 3D disc only in case with original artwork and lenticular slipcover) True Blood Complete Season 2 (UK) Piranha 1978 (Roger Corman SE, US Reg A) Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Part 1 (UK, 2 BD discs, no DVD) + Bonus Hoodwinked (FR, forced French subs on English soundtrack, Reg Free) $60 posted registered/insured
  5. [quote name=' timestamp='1326051338' post='1771498] Ian reading your post above... If you are referring to me, I don't work in the industry just an amateur HT person and my opinions are based on my personal understanding, which of course could be incorrect: I have no insider knowledge. No-ones forcing you to respond at gunpoint and frankly ICBF with your attitude.
  6. IIRC, Sony mounted a challenge after the High Court case, although I am not sure if it was overturned. I don't think the situation changed for the consumer in a practical sense though. The introduction of Bluray players and their licensing seems to have enabled DVD region code locking to be re-introduced. At some point Cinavia was worked into the licensing too. In the case of Toshiba, I think you will find that they come factory locked to Region B/4 and you have to install the firmware on CD that is provided in the box before you can change the DVD or Bluray region code using an access code. Most manufacturers supply their equipment region locked, as per their licensing arrangements, but some have what might be called 3rd party techniques for the consumer to modify that for themselves, sometimes provided by the manufacturer. It must be a fine line satisfying both the licensing requirements and consumer demands. No Bluray player is BD region free: the best that can be achieved is region switchable. Even DVD can not be made completely region free for all titles by setting the region to 0 as the studios introduced RCE (Region Code Enhancement) to stuff that up with mainly Region 1 titles.
  7. As I understand it, currently Oppo USA are very good with warranty support of their products in Australia, including covering the cost of postage (which apparently is much cheaper than the equivalent Aus Post carriage costs). Once an Australian distributor is appointed, I expect Oppo will subsequently direct warranty support issues to that company for all Oppo products purchased prior to and subsequent to the appointment. If my own experience with local warranty support is anything to go by, postage to and from the distributor is often not included: for an item the size of the Oppo, I would expect insured postage across the continent to be approx $30 each way. To hear that International Dynamics will not honour labour costs for warranty issues for previously purchased Oppo products is additionally concerning. If my concerns pan out, repairs to currently purchased Oppo products could go from roughly $0 with Oppo in the current arrangement to likely $150+ minimum under a new distributorship. Oppo USA has also historically been very generous about supporting repair of out of warranty products: I would not expect to see this maintained from a new distributorship. Personally, I think the introduction of an official distributor will be a costly backward step for existing Oppo owners. If a specific AU version of the Oppo is being considered, I would have hoped that the above features would have already been implemented at launch, otherwise an AU Oppo simply becomes a Region 4/B locked USA Oppo with Aussie PC power cable and vapourware.
  8. The Toshiba 1200KY has an MC option for AVCHD which states "play BDMV in AVCHD", so I wondered whether it would play a Bluray BDMV. I copied the BDMV folder of a Bluray title to an AVCHD folder on a USB HDD and then attempted to play it with the MC AVCHD feature, but received a BD-Live prohibited message. I had BD-Live prohibited in the Setup, so I changed it to permitted: although I no longer received the error message, the title did nothing and the front panel displayed "rop" (restricted operation?). I don't have the player connected to the internet, so I can't say whether this will work if the BD-Live functionality is fully enabled. At this stage, I would say that Toshiba don't permit playback of standard Bluray material using the AVCHD capability. I think it merits more experimentation to see if removing Java from the source may allow playback. Whilst playing a 720p24 mkv title, upscaled to 1080p and with 1080p24 ON in Setup, I noticed it had many dropped frames and was very jerky. When I turned 1080p24 OFF in Setup, playback was now a "smooth" 1080p60. It almost looks as if the Toshiba is attempting IVTC on 24p material with 1080p24 ON. I have not tested the effect of Motion Video settings yet as I used the default Standard. More testing is warranted, especially for NTSC DVDs, in case the 1080p24 ON setting will actually perform IVTC on DVD and return a true 1080p24. Update: unfortunately 1080p24 ON and 1080p output does not perform IVTC on NTSC DVDs, it is output as 1080p60 regardless (damn!); 24p avi files are output as 1080p60 regardless too; its only 720p24 mkv files that seem to have this annoying quirk, so remember to turn 1080p24 OFF when viewing 720p24 mkv. I remuxed the 720p24 mkv file and explicitly defined 24000/1001 in the refresh rate, but it still had the quirk. Don't have a 1080p24 mkv handy to test to see if it reacts the same as 720p24. I have noticed PQ on a 720p24 mkv with the Toshiba is not quite as good as with an Oppo 93, but it is good. The Oppo 93 has the edge because it will upscale 720p24 mkv to 1080p24.
  9. This is possible right now, but there are 3 elements to the process: copying, storage and playback. Copying is relatively simple: just need a suitable optical drive to read the formats (around $60 for a DVD/BD combo drive but HD-DVD is mainly limited to the xbox360 HD-DVD drive) plus software to decrypt (AnyDVD HD is best but costly, but there are cheaper alternatives). HD-DVD may be free if you can find the keys for the titles already published and the AnyDVD free trial may already have them. Storage depends on how you want to save the material: easiest is to use AnyDVD etc to create a decrypted ISO 1:1 copy of the original without DRM, but it uses the same space as the original as everything is there (eg multiple soundtracks, extras, etc) which can be up to 30GB/title for HD-DVD or up to 46GB/title for BD. Budget on roughly 50 Bluray titles per 2TB HDD, so large collections are going to cost a lot to store, especially since it is a good idea to duplicate each HDD for security in case one fails. Alternatively, one can strip a title down to the movie only, with just the desired soundtracks and subtitles and save as ISO in BD format using free software such as ClownBD. This can have considerable space saving, but you lose the extras. ClownBD can convert the DD+ soundtracks used on HD-DVD to LPCM, since little equipment supported DD+, but at the cost of space: I see more equipment is supporting DD+ now so it is no longer so important. It is possible to save the movie-only to other containers such as mkv. An ISO of the Bluray structure also contains an M2TS file that can be played standalone, but it loses navigation features. Another alternative is to burn Bluray structure to optical disk (BD-R), which can be played in most Bluray players. This requires a Bluray burner (about $50 premium on read-only drives) and BD-R media (about the same price per GB now as DVD-R and slightly more expensive than HDD storage). Playback is the complicated thing as the studios have tried to ensure that it is as difficult as possible, to discourage copying. The Oppo 93, some media players and some PC software will play back an ISO from HDD with full navigation and features. MKV is supported by many devices, however there are often limitations in the features it will support (eg no HD audio or flaky subtitle support). It can be a costly exercise to backup all your discs in a form that can be readily played. Personally I don't think it worth it for the marginal increase in convenience. I think this is worth doing for those HD-DVD titles that are better quality than their Bluray equivalents or which haven't been released yet on Bluray: as players fail outside warranty, the cost to repair can become prohibitive (someone was quoted $600 to repair an XE1 motherboard), but without a player it is not possible to watch the titles. Converting those titles to another medium that is more readily playable is the only way to ensure continuity of availability. However, with the falling prices and increasing availability of Bluray titles, many HD-DVD are now superfluous.
  10. When the postal system receives excess demand beyond capacity, I think they operate a lazy FILO (First In Last Out) approach. This would explain why parcels posted later arrive earlier as the earlier postings are still waiting in the bin during high demand: it wouldn't be until capacity exceeds demand again that those in the bin get processed. I'm still waiting on a couple of orders dispatched 17 and 22 December, although the earlier one isn't due until today. Update: The later despatch arrived today (not due till 6 Jan via Royal Mail) but the earlier despatch (due today via Deutsche Post) hasn't turned up.
  11. WD do have the previous WDTV Live (now replaced by the WD TV Live Streamer) which was $86 from Officeworks IIRC, but it's no longer listed on their site and DSE want $114. It was still a very capable media player. You might still find old stock or even a returned unit as it was being sold until very recently. Alternatively, the Soniq B100 ($79 from JB HiFi) or Toshiba 1200KY ($88 from HN) Bluray players will likely play many things from an attached powered HDD. Even a cheap DVD player with USB input may play SD multimedia from an attached powered HDD, but it's all a lottery as to which ones work and very little will play flv files from Youtube etc.
  12. The following LD equipment and discs for sale, in good to excellent condition, price does not include postage: Pioneer CLD-2950 laserdisc player (PAL/NTSC/auto-turn/modified for AC3-RF output) - $50 [needs adjustment as it sometimes slips at high speed or locks up player at end of side B] Denon 3200 AVR (5.1 CH I/O, DD decoding, includes AC3-RF input & internal demodulator) - $50 [centre channel works intermittently] Laserdisc prices are $7 each and letterbox, unless otherwise specified. American President Black Rain Blade Runner Director's Cut Bodyguard Cocoon (4:3) Copycat (Side 3 many dropouts) - $3 Die Hard + Die Hard 2 + Die Hard With A Vengeance (AC3) - $20 Doctor Dragonslayer Forever Young Ghost & the Darkness (THX/AC3) Heart & Souls Henry V Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Jumanji (THX) Land Before Time (4:3) Lethal Weapon + Lethal Weapon 2 + Lethal Weapon 3 - $20 Loch Ness (cover wear) - $5 Long Kiss Goodnight (AC3) Mrs. Doubtfire (THX) My Life Ordinary People (REMASTER) Out of Africa (4:3) Philadelphia Predator Pretty Woman (4:3) Primal Fear (AC3) Prince of Tides (cover wear) - $5 Priscilla: Queen of the Desert Rising Sun (THX) Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Rock (AC3, cover wear) - $5 Shadow Sneakers Star Trek I: The Motion Picture + Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan + Star Trek VI: Undiscovered Country + Star Trek: First Contact (AC3 + 30x60cm poster) - $26 Thelma & Louise Thing Thunderheart (4:3, cover wear) - $5 Time After Time Top Gun (Like New/THX/AC3) - $15 Total Recall (THX) Twister (CAV/THX/AC3) Video Essentials (4:3, includes blue filmstrip) OR $400 for the lot. Note 1: 2950 and 3200 come with original packaging and accessories, but the boxes exceed Aus Post dimension limits so would have to be sent by courier or collected. Note 2: due to the size of laserdiscs, minimum postage is likely to be > $15, with best value around 8 titles in 5kg Express satchel ($21). Please PM any questions.
  13. With a measly 600 pixels extra horizontal resolution, why would anyone bother spending money on such a poor incremental improvement that requires a new display and player? It's only a minority that cares about black bars on their display. The industry needs to realise that the money is in technology that is revolutionary, value for money and hooks the consumer interest: it can't be replicated with incremental improvements on existing tech. DVD was such a revolution, but the studios are deluding themselves that they can make the same or more profit with only incremental improvements, and if they continue to frustrate the consumer with their DRM and outdated or botched masters, I predict Bluray will soon experience a decline. OLED and VOD (if they can provide the bandwidth) will be such a revolution: 3D and 4K, not so much unless they piggyback 3D on OLED HMD and market to the younger generation.
  14. Whilst Amazon do permit items to be added to an order that hasn't shipped, there are so many exclusions that it is usually unworkable. However, email Amazon regarding your existing order (Help->Contact Us->email) and ask if they can add the required item to your order: they are usually happy to oblige. Otherwise, place a new order for the items you want and then cancel the previous order: this may be the quickest solution.
  15. Items specified are still for sale. Increase your post count above 5 and then we can PM: I don't normally phone mobiles and you might want to remove the phone number from public view.