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Seiki BD660 Discussions

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I hope nobody minds I'm starting a new thread with this specific subject... I read this as-branded player is supposedly of limited distribution, time-wise and country-wise (I got mine at Walmart in Canada), so best to get the little I know out while it's meaningful to those who may be interested. The distinguishing feature of this player is that it can play DVD and BD from all regions, via a not-so-secret manufacturer's menu (select Setup without a disc loaded, then press 8,5,2,0).

Please bear in mind I just opened and turned this thing on tonight. So this is just some pertinent info, not details. I also have a PS3 and OPPO BDP-83, fairly reasonable standards to form an initial contextual opinion. $88 +$2.75 Eco fee (not a tax! :)) in Ontario at WM...a little over $100 overall with HST.

Absolutely first: especially important to those who are like me and are dubious of cheap stuff they might want to return: the remote will probably not work with "regular" North American AAA batteries, like Duracell and Energizer. Yeah, you used those, didn't you, so that if the player was a dud you could return the whole package in relatively pristine condition? (OT mostly, but apparently WM uses a service to make sure some returned goods are "correct". IOW they don't seem to care...but thanks for being thoughtful anyway!) Compare NA/Japanese standard AAA cells with the ones Seiki includes...notice the subtle physical diffs. The included batteries have a longer + "prong", and the protruding plastic at those ends of the battery compartment will not allow most of our regular AAA batteries' + terminals to touch the contacts. Result: dead remote, almost useless player. Now the remote has a prominent QC sticker on it, so naturally I was pissed. I do have proper tools to open stuff like this without leaving a mark, but in this case a credit card or two would work if you're curious re guts (it's kinda slick really). Six mostly passive electronic components inside, how could it work if they really did QC? Answer: they used batteries like they supply LOL. Solution: with a small screwdriver/needle-nose or something similar, pull out both + contact springs a tiny bit. After all, those supplied C-Zn batteries won't last for long and you'll need to use normal ones... Numerous people complained they had a dead remote right out of the box, probably people who do like me.

Next thing: the bottom right side (as viewed from front) of this player gets incredibly hot. It is the only BDP (of four) I've ever had without a fan. One way they keep the price down. It's the quietest BDP I've ever owned! :) I would try to elevate the player by an inch; the shape of the bottom makes this a bit awkward, but not too bad if you can put something only under the existing feet.

Odd stuff: The tray requires two hands to take a disc out (for me) can't grab the disc by the edges and lift it out anyways, have to poke it up from underneath first. No front panel problem for me, and I've never seen a BDP you could actually set up and totally use normally without a TV/display (like for playing music only).

More important stuff: This player is VERY fast and responsive to commands. Nice. FF speeds are similar to the Oppo, up to 32X only ("5") which pales compared to the PS3 (120X). Remote is very usable...let's just say it's a lot more usable (to me) than some remotes from certain companies who sell stuff at 20X+ the price (cough Denon/Anthem). Cheap but not unpleasant, buttons have shape differentiation and decent spacing (unlike Sony's PS3 BT remote e.g.). The differing button shapes/spacing help considering there's no backlight. Also decent IR output level and sensor sensitivity. (I expect most people will use another remote if they keep the player, as I will, but JIC.) There is a player-specific control menu (unusual IME) that you can pop up at any time, unlike the player Setup menu which you can't. You can view and change quite a few parameters from there, but some you can't change (typically separate buttons for those). Displays separate audio and video bitrates which are occasionally interesting (Oppo can't, PS3 can).

I only used HDMI audio and video. It sends ALL forms of audio bitstreamed via HDMI just fine, and I tried uncommon types like 6.1 TrueHD and 6.1 DTS-HD MA with no problem. The common 5.1 and 7.1 HD formats are fine, as are all PCM. Likewise with DD 5.1 EX and DTS 6.1-ES (both discrete and matrixed) from DVDs. Short: no limitations when bitstreaming current DVD and BD audio formats; totally as expected, but you never know...

1080p/24 BD looks very good. It's hard to screw this up, and they don't. If there's any diff between what the Seiki puts out, compared to the Oppo and PS3, I can't tell at this point.

I only tried specifically-selected VERY good DVDs, so this wasn't a torture test. (The Oppo excels at upscaling crappier ones, but not really crappy ones like for some TV shows. The PS3 is quite poor at upscaling many DVDs *in comparison* to the Oppo.) Let's talk the (PJ remake) King Kong DVD, which IMO is among the very best PQ ever put out on that medium. With the Seiki I bet somebody would have to (casually/unknowingly) watch this for quite a while to tell it isn't the BD (which also has VERY good PQ BTW, but not quite as "impressive" considering the medium). I also tried the R2 Narnia: Prince Caspian DVD, and it also looked very fine, no worse than I remembered it from an Oppo 2 weeks ago. So, we know the other region feature works, and still looks very good when outputting in *PAL* (sorry, did not check the PAL->NTSC conversion yet, it is not something I would ever normally use with my Pio display). I do not have any non-region-A BDs now. That was my main intention for getting this player. I have some on order from my long want-list of BDs not available in our region (Canadian films even!) so can report on that aspect in about a week.
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I've had my player for about 1 year now without any problems and all of the sudden, BD playback is giving me issues. BD playback is freezing for about 1 second (more like skipping) about 15-20 times per movie. This appears to happen regarless of the BD movie I'm watching. It is quite annoying. I'm just wondering if anyone else has experienced this. I'm connected via HDMI directly to the TV.
I'd suspect the drive mechanism is out of whack.
I'd suspect the drive mechanism is out of whack.
Thanks, I hope you are incorrect though. I was going to try to replace the HDMI cable tonight to see if the cable is faulty.
Easy to confirm with any other video connection, composite, component, etc. If it's the player mechanism, you'd see the same thing. Previous thread link below discussing mechanisms, laser, etc. Have you tried a regular DVD?
Good idea, I'll try a different connection altogether. I have not tried a DVD yet but I'll do that as well. Thanks.
Hello everyone.

Just bought the player from WalMart Canada today and upon setting it up and figuring out the multi region factory page, everything seems to be working perfectly. A big THANK YOU to everyone for your feedback and info on this great little secondary/region free blu ray player! :D

I am a little wary of bothering to track down and installing the 5.0 firmware update as it may contain an audio bug? Can anyone confirm this? As far as I'm concerned, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Personally, I couldn't care a less about connecting it to BD-Live, and when I connected my USB stick-drive, it played the few files I tried without a hitch. I am now officially looking forward to trying out my first Region B blu ray title (the lt ed DEMONS/DEMONS 2 steelbook) which is already on the way from
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When I play Region B locked Shaolin Soccer, I get sporadic image judder. Lasts for a second or two each time throughout the movie. Any ideas? I have the newest hardware version of the Seiki. I did play Shaolin Soccer on my multi region Toshiba and there is no image judder at all, so this at least ruled out a faulty disc.
I need some serious help. I disconnect the power and the HDMI cable for my Seiki BD660 for about 15 min., after I plug it back in. I no longer get 1080p on my blu-ray player (I have 1080p for 10 months), and it dropped to 480i. Reload factory default value does not make any difference. Tabbing the HDMI button doesn't work. Any resolution higher than 480i, my screen blinks on / off.

Can't find any firmware upgrade, the firmware upgrade page don't even show this model.

Can any1 help?
Try another HDMI device that can 1080p with the same TV input & cable. If there is the same problem, that means you have a cable or TV problem.
Had the BD660 for about 2 years now, always played fine (well sometimes had problems with blurays), but the past 2 weeks it has been very eratic trying to play DVD's and now won't play them at all.

Put dvd in and then only thing that happens is screen says "NO DISC". When this started i would eject and relaod once or twice and it would pick it up, but not at all anymore. When i put a blu ray in it works just fine, so it's only with DVD

Anyone have any idea ?

Laser wear I reckon. I have DVD players the DVD laser wears, but still play CDs.
PAL & Multi Setting Problem

When I set my BD660 to PAL, I get fast horizontal lines running across my Toshiba 20A43 TV screen (manufactured in 2003). I've already set the 8520 factory menu DVD region to 0, so I know it's not the region. The horizontal lines were so fast that I had a really hard time setting the TV System type back to Multi. I eventually got it back to Multi, but it was a shot in the dark! After I set it to Multi I didn't get the horizontal lines again until I tried to play a PAL DVD. The horizontal lines were not as fast this time and you could see that the PAL DVD was playing behind all the horizontal lines. Now I'm afraid to experiment with the PAL TV System type, as it was nearly impossible to get it back to Multi the first time. I'm hoping that someone can please suggest something that might help...
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Set the BD660 TV setting to NTSC
Dear bobbosan,

Thank you for your reply. The BD660 works fine on the NTSC setting. It's the PAL setting I'm having trouble working with. Do you have any suggestions as to how to keep the horizontal lines from scrolling down my screen?
Here are my video settings on my Seiki which I have had for a number of years. The Seiki will play PAL converted to NTSC internally using these settings provided the machine is set up as region Free

TV Screen 16:9 Full
Resolution 1080P
TV System NTSC
Color Space RGB
HDMI Deep Color Off
HDMI 1080P 24HZ

I have set up Seiki purchases for a number of my friends and family using these settings and it does deliver a good conversion of PAL material to NTSC,

Good Luck
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