Players that can play both NTSC and PAL formats are not necessarily region-free, but they can most often be made region-free quite easily.
In my recent quest for a new player, I sampled - and very easily freed the regions of - the following players:
- Yamaha DV-S5750
- Toshiba DVD-SD3990
- OPPO OPDV971H
I tested them out with a Region 2 / PAL DVD and was happy to see that they handled it very well.
Thank you for everyone's help. The links are a great help in understanding this. My sister who lives in Spain has brought me some DVD's (Region 2 & PAL) from Europe and obviously I would like to be able to play them. I don't mind purchasing a new DVD player to facilitate this.
Which of the above players did you like and how do you make it region free? Where are they available in my area?
Does my display, a four year old (Sony 60XBR800) have to be PAL ready or does the dvd player handle the entire conversion?