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What a price!!!,
This review is from: Toshiba BDX3200 3D Blu-Ray Player with BD Live (Electronics)
When I first saw this price, at first glance it was not such a surprise as it could have been these days for a budget Bluray player...but only at first glance, that is.
When you look more closely, thee 3200 has a fair few trick up its sleeve to keep the most ardent value seeker happy. It is (of course) a fully functional and rather decently enabled Bluray player that give a good clear and strong picture and delivers all the lossless audio you will ever need. For that money and the TOSHIBA name...that might be enough for most cautious buyers.
But it's when you look '...under the bonnet' that the really interesting stuff starts to show itself. For a start, this is also a fully functional 3D equipped machine, so matched up to a 3D TV it will give you all the depth of field that the new 3D systems (either polarised/passive or shutter/active) can provide, and it does it well. But it also does it with full provision of the lossless audio...unlike the PS3, which if you are using it for your 3D viewing will happily and efficiently give you the visuals, but with only the regular DD5.1 and DTS via optical exactly as from regular DVDs.
But the best bit, the very best bit is that you can easily update this machine with totally 100% official TOSHIBA firmware to make it region free for DVDs from anywhere in the world (which it will then obligingly up-scale to 1080p and so give you a very much improved image from your ordinary discs).
But the cream of the crop...This simple piece of 100% official firmware will also give you access to adjusting the Bluray region, so you can buy your Blurays with confidence from the internet, conventions...etc and this machine will be able to handle them. There is no 'multi-region' option for Bluray in the same way as there is for DVD so you physically have to set it for the region you want it to play. Obviously if most of your collection is region B, or an unlocked region A, that's how it will stay for most of the time anyway. It's only when you need to play a locked region A disc that you'd need to switch it. It really does sound more complicated than it actually is, it literally takes about 10 seconds!
An exceptional machine with great features and an unbeatable price point. It is very hard to argue with those qualities.
TOSHIBA...making Bluray players...after their (sadly) failed HD DVD, who would have thought it...?
Before I finish, I would like to make it clear that when I am referring to a person making the adjustments I mentioned above, it is with reference to a UK buyer in a region 2/B location. I do not take responsibly if someone reads this and misunderstands.
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Initial post: 3 Mar 2012 18:11:37 GMT
Dr. M. Naish says:
Thank you for your input. Most appreciated since I am a total ignoramus on this field. How do you make this equipment region free? Is it a matter of contacting Toshiba, or maybe a download or extra bits purchased through Toshiba? Many many thanks in advance.
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Mar 2012 18:49:27 GMT
One of the dedicated AV forums would be the place for that kind of information...
...and the like.
Hope this helps.
In reply to an earlier post on 17 May 2012 16:16:23 BDT
Sorry to trouble you but can you tell me how to make the dvd region free using the 8520 code???Sorry completely technofobe and haven't a clue what I am doing.....
No need for me to even try upgrading the blu-ray as don't have any non-UK region ones...will try the blu-ray region free option should I buy any....
In reply to an earlier post on 17 May 2012 16:56:31 BDT
Surely will Caroline,
If you go to the url in my previous post....
That one...it will give full and precise details of what to do. The firmware is official TOSHIBA firmware, so it's not illegal and has the DVD region hack within it. The option to change the Bluray is open to you to use or not.
In reply to an earlier post on 17 May 2012 18:43:00 BDT
Unfortunately when I tried to download to USB I was re-diected to a very dodgy looking company called Rapidshare where I was "forced" to register and am now being asked for more money to download anything...
In reply to an earlier post on 17 May 2012 20:51:05 BDT
my email is email@example.com Drop me a line and I'll see if I can't walk you through it...
In reply to an earlier post on 19 May 2012 14:16:01 BDT
Hi i would just like to say thank you for leaving the link for the region free firmware. I downloaded it onto my usb stick and it worked straight away. THANK YOU ! Steve.
In reply to an earlier post on 19 May 2012 14:17:06 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 19 May 2012 18:13:25 BDT
No worries Steve, glad to help.
You take your USB stick and insert it into your computer. The create a file name called UPG_ALL on it.
Then this is the link you want, https://rapidshare.com/files/2610635776/B
That is where it looks like you have to pay because it show a price in a red box in Euros...it is actually the next box along which has the white-on-green, downward pointing arrow and is pointing you towards a green box saying "Download Now" on it.
That's the link you want. You can then download that file directly into the file you have created on the USB stick (UPG_ALL) Once it's in there, you should just be able to plug that USB drive straight into your player and it detected it automatically when I did it.
If you are still having trouble, let me know via email.
Hope this helps.
In reply to an earlier post on 20 May 2012 11:41:39 BDT
Tks for contacting me...much appreciated but ACTUALLY that is exactly what I did the first couple of times. But tried again and rapidshare are still saying I must purchase Rapidpro to download!! Do you actually have an account with them?? All I have done is register.