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Old 03-16-2012, 03:26 PM   #101
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Hey so obviously those of you that tried this are very disappointed, but what would you say for a total newb? My dad just got his first 1080p tv and I couldn't pass this up for him so I ordered it yesterday.... He wants/needs NO bells and whistles... So will it simply play a BD without issue? That's all he needs... Feedback is, as always, much appreciated!
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Old 03-16-2012, 03:29 PM   #102
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Hey so obviously those of you that tried this are very disappointed, but what would you say for a total newb? My dad just got his first 1080p tv and I couldn't pass this up for him so I ordered it yesterday.... He wants/needs NO bells and whistles... So will it simply play a BD without issue? That's all he needs... Feedback is, as always, much appreciated!
I think he'd be better served with an entry-level model from Sony, Panasonic, or LG. The Sony BDP-S480 is on sale for $99.99 @ Best Buy currently, and that would work pretty well for him. Or you could get the BDP-S185 for $79.99 there if you want to save a bit more money...
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Old 03-16-2012, 04:00 PM   #103
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I think he'd be better served with an entry-level model from Sony, Panasonic, or LG. The Sony BDP-S480 is on sale for $99.99 @ Best Buy currently, and that would work pretty well for him. Or you could get the BDP-S185 for $79.99 there if you want to save a bit more money...
I agree, go with a Panasonic or other name brand & stay away from this Monoprice unit!!!!!!!!!
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Old 03-16-2012, 11:19 PM   #104
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why would one go through all the problems to mod the firmware for a $77 USD player that is slow loading and has other faults when there are many less expensive options that are available and have been proven to work as region free DVD/BD and covert NTSC/PAL???
Probably because Monoprice is selling it as an open source/modifiable firmware unit? The idea of being able to tweak something like that that a firmware update might otherwise take away does have an appeal.
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Old 03-17-2012, 03:50 PM   #105
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What a bummer, think I'll go with the Sony BDP-S480, and when my Pioneer dies step up to the Oppo with a region free mod kit.
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Old 03-21-2012, 09:01 PM   #106
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I was going to stick it in a closet in hopes that someone makes a hacked firmware. Nope I'm returning it. It is sooo slow and you have to point the remote directly at it. Total POS. Even if it was region free the Insignia is way faster and better. Ya I'm not trying to put firmware for a non 3D player on this.
Well, thanks for the heads-up and for volunteering to do this. Guess I'll hold onto my SEIKI player: at least I know that works.
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Old 03-22-2012, 03:19 AM   #107
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Alright, I'm in. I have a little work area with a 19-in 720p Toshiba panel and a 2nd gen AppleTV but no player, so, now I do.

Picture & Audio: Hookup is over HDMI. Picture & audio are what you get on a 19-in 720p display. No complaints though, it looks good.

Remote: Actually a touch larger than the TV remote. Small but ok to use. Did NOT use the "super heavy duty" batteries that came in the box but opted for my own alkalines. No problems with range, responsiveness, angles, nothing.

Menus: Simple and straightforward. May be a clone of another brand - not sure.

Speed/Responsiveness: I have an OPPO and a Samsung and do not find blu-ray to be especially responsive; this unit might be a touch slower but I haven't timed it or anything. Certainly not a speed demon. No one in the house has complained yet.

3D: Can't test; see nothing to note its presence though. See notes below.

Region/Format: I have a region 0 DVD in PAL that plays fine. For BD only plays region A.

Apps: None.

Network: Built-in wireless works; apparently is only for BDLive.

Items of interest:

-Unit reports the hardware is a Broadcom BCM7630 chip, which I believe is used in similar BDP units. Note that this chip is not listed as 3D capable by Broadcom.

-No physical buttons on the unit - they're behind a touch sensitive, illuminated panel.

-Firmware date shows May 5 2011. Monoprice confirms they are not going to provide future updates and that they will not distribute the existing firmware.

-Unit has been added to the database of at least one hack site - awaiting submissions.

That's about all I can think of at the moment.
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Old 03-22-2012, 09:47 AM   #108
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-Firmware date shows May 5 2011. Monoprice confirms they are not going to provide future updates and that they will not distribute the existing firmware.
If they're not, then who will? Tech/programming saavy users who are proficient in Java?
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Old 03-22-2012, 04:29 PM   #109
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personally, I don't see all the interest /fuss about this player. I say move on and we'll find another
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Old 03-22-2012, 11:21 PM   #110
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If they're not, then who will? Tech/programming saavy users who are proficient in Java?
The inference I took from the conversation is that, once the unit is hacked, it won't matter that there aren't future updates as you'll either: 1) be in the same boat as people who retain an old firmware in another player rather than update and lose the capability or, 2) have the hacker types around to deal with issues. I'd agree that #2 is unrealistic for their customer base so #1 is the likely outcome.
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Old 03-31-2012, 03:27 PM   #111
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Monoprice must have realized they were selling a pos because they removed it from their website.
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