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Any machines out there multi-reg, multi format with 2 scart sockets?

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by Nico Rosberg, Nov 7, 2004.

  1. Nico Rosberg

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    Hi,

    Ideally for the system I have I need a machine that will play region 1 & 2, record/play the + and minus formats and have 2 scart sockets.

    Anything like that out there? Cheers - Nico.
     
  2. mjcairney

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    I have just today purchased a Sony GX3 which works with the +/- formats and has two Scarts. Also, the store from which I purchased it made it Multiregion in five minutes before I took it home.

    Hope this helps.

    Cheers,

    Martin.
     
  3. Nico Rosberg

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    Thanks.

    Do you mind telling me which store & how much??
     
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    You are limiting your opitions considerably for very little benefit if you insist on this. Even if you only have one - ether plus or minus - the end result is a disk you can play on most DVD players. And you'll find if you want to use any of the 'features' such as Timeslip, Playlists, Editting then you have to use DVD-RW disks anyway.

    Sony have a achieved somewhat of a coup here as peope who don't know better panic over the perceived format war and buy one of their machines: even though the functionality is equal to/less than a Pioneer, Panasonic, Samsung, Toshiba etc etc. Don't get me wrong - the Sony DVD recorders are good machines - and in some cases are the ideal choice. However many people buy them because of +/- compatibility and that is never a good idea.

    Just for the record virtually every DVD recorder has 2 Scart sockets. And most DVD recorders can be purchased multi-region.
     
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    I bought it from the Sony Centre in Glasgow - cost £299.99 and they did the Multiregion upgrade for free. The only problem is, I believe it was the last one in stock.

    Cheers,

    Martin.
     
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    Rasczak - I have no doubt you are correct about the 2 scarts and multiregion on most/all DV recorders, but I think I would be correct in saying that many of the ones currently on the market do not offer RGB in. I may be wrong, but I seem to remember reading a lot of reviews making just this point. The GX3 does offer this facility. If I am wrong here, apologies.

    Cheers,

    Martin.
     
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    The following standalone DVD recorders have 2 scarts and RGB input:
    - Panasonic E55 (and previous generations: E30, E50)
    - Panasonic E65 (and previous E60)
    - Panasonic E75
    - Pioneer 220
    - Pioneer 320
    - Toshiba DR3
    - Sony GX300
    - Sony GX700
    - Samsung DVDR1000
    ...not to mention the Philips, LiteOns and a few other cheapies that your better off not knowing about.

    If your looking at HDD recorders again all Panasonics, the Toshiba RDXS32, Samsung and Pioneer models have RGB input and 2 scarts.
     
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    Thanks guys!

    I see the term RGB a lot in relation to scarts but I have never been too sure what it means.

    Is it similar to USB 2.0 being a better version of USB, or something completely different?
    Can anyone help?
     
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    It's completely different :) Briefly when you connect up various video equipment you use generally use Scart cables. Such cables can carry a number of signal types:
    - Composite (Video)
    - S-Video
    - RGB
    Although it depends upon the kit the picture quality of S-Video is far superior to Video and RGB (Red Green Blue) is better than both. Sky and Freeview boxes all offer RGB output and so it is a highly desirable feature in DVD recorders as it enables you to record in the best possible quality.

    Do a Google search if you want a technical description as this has been done to death all over the internet.
     
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    Hi,
    I just rang my local Sony store and they said the gx3 cant be made multi region,or if it can its a chip modification.

    weird!!!
     
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    Reply to original poster:

    I bought a Sony GX300 which is MR, has 2x RGB Scarts and is +/-

    I saw it at www.multizonedvd.com for #257. I bought it from www.superfi.co.uk who had it for #299 but price matched the cheaper price for me. Was delivered next day
     
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    Hi, I can assure you my GX3 was made multiregion by use of a remote control in the back of the store - I stood and watched them do it - a couple of minutes from start to finish, so your local Sony store is talking a load of :censored:

    Cheers,

    Martin.
     
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    Martin,have you the phone number of the sony store you bought it........

    cheers
    Paul.
     
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    Yes, it's 0141 248 7077 - the guy I dealt with is called Richard and he's very knowledgeable and helpful.

    Cheers,

    Martin. :thumbsup:
     
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    thanks...rang him today..50 quid they'll charge,unless you buy it there.
     
  16. mjcairney

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    To be fair to them, they did tell me that the remote they use for it cost them a few hundred £'s, so that's probably fair enough.

    Cheers,

    Martin.
     
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    DVDCodes.net will "rent" you a chipped remote which will program your GX3 to MR for £19.99. After you've programmed the unit, you send the remote back.
     
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    A cheap option is the Liteon5006. It does +/- formats,
    has 2 scarts (with RGB in). Multiregion hack is a simple
    remote code.

    I have one of these and it works well, however note that
    some people have complained about bugs (occasional
    jerkiness in digital reception).

    Specifications are here :

    http://www.liteonit.com/DC/english/lvw_5002_5006/lvw_5006_2.htm
     
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    I haven't done it myself :) but there is a hack out there which requires running via an infra-red remote control to make the GX3 multi-region (or I think you can run it via a PC with an infre-red device). I did have the file to do it but I've never played a non-UK disc on it so didn't bother (in case I screwed it up!). Check on the DVDRHELP site as I'm sure that's where I found the hack (or a link to the site).
     

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