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Meridian 596 region change?

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by meridian506, Sep 5, 2001.

  1. meridian506

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    Hi, does anyone know if this machine is region hackable?

    Don't really want to spend this sort of cash on a DVD player (the new Pioneer DV545 looks great value), but if it means I can reduce my stack by 1 box by getting rid of the Meridian CD player then great.

    Cheers.
     
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    Welcome to the Forum

    According to my Dealer the Meridian 596 can be made Multiregion. They download a few lines of modified software code to the 596 and viola!!

    I've had a demo of a modified 596 and it played all the Region 1 & 2 Discs including Region 1 RCE, I could throw at it. No Problems. Brilliant Picture and sound. <br />(we're talking goosebumps) <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

    Furthermore the 596 made MP3 discs sound very good indeed. Needless to say I'm waiting on the Meridian 598 (DVD Audio).

    Hope this answers your question

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    Thanks - I'll have to go talk to my dealer now...

    The thought of spending that sort of cash isn't nice!
     
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    David

    &lt;&lt;The thought of spending that sort of cash isn't nice!&gt;&gt;

    Ahh, I agree with the thought which is why I'm prepared to wait for the 598. The 596 may not be a wise buy at this time. The cost of upgrade from a (596) DVD CD Rom to a DVD-A may be hefty??

    It will still be worth it as I'm sure that it'll be a few years before you upgrade again. Anything less and you'll be upgrading to or three times to get the quality of the Meridian.

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    I have been lucky enough to own a 596 for about 6 months. The dealer made an adjustment (at no cost) so that the player is region free. So far no problems with R1 (including RCE), R2 or R4. It's a fantastic machine. I expected the sound to be better than my Pioneer 626 but I was amazed at the video improvement. Even Tartan DVDs look to have a good picture!

    If you are really interested in DVD-A then the 598 may be the answer but my guess it will be a long wait
     
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    There is useful info on this matter on the Hitchhikers Guide to Meridian site( <a href="http://www.softronix.com/cgi-bin/Ultimate.cgi" target="_blank">http://www.softronix.com/cgi-bin/Ultimate.cgi</a> ), and I converted my 596 to multi-region using a laptop quite easily. It is great that it then becomes multi-region, and you don't have to fiddle with the remote every time you change to a different region disc.<br />As for the 568, I understand that the 800 player is having it's upgrade before work starts on the 500 series players. Whilst you could wait for the 598, the 596 is great, especially as a CD player.
     
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    Thanks for the info guys - I never knew about the Meridian forum, cheers.

    Now for the hard part...spending cash!
     

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