I checked the reviews for this product and was excited to purchase it because it seemed to do everything I wanted it to do. Setting it up was easy and the DVD player itself looked sleek and attractive. I popped in a Japanese DVD to test it for about a minute and it seemed to work just fine. However, when it came time to actually WATCH the Japanese DVD, the disc would inexplicably pause randomly and the remote control would become unresponsive. This happened every few minutes when playing the Japanese DVD. The screen would literally freeze with no sound. I then put another Japanese DVD in the machine to see if there was a disc problem, but the same random pausing happened again. This product might be advertised as being able to play DVDs from all over the world, but that might not be entirely accurate.
When packing up this DVD player to send back to the seller, I saw an interesting warning on the box. It says in English and Japanese: “NOTICE FOR FOREIGN TOURISTS IN JAPAN: THIS PRODUCT IS NOT FOR USE IN JAPAN.” I don’t know if that means it won’t play Japanese DVDs or if there’s a voltage issue that will prevent the DVD player from working properly.
I was very disappointed with this purchase. I don’t know if I got a defective product or if this DVD player really is not “region free” despite its advertising.
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I bought this DVD player this week and its quite sleek and plays all those DVDs which were not playable on my samsung DVD player…so very happy about the performance. The only draw back is that it doesnt have HDMI but connected it with the component output cables. Picture is crisp and sound quality is good…controls are easy except that the batteries seem to be a loose fit in the remote so make a rattling sound. I have yet to try out the Karaoke, USB and CD ripping functions..will discover it at my leisure. For now, im quite satisfied with the output.
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