Icom BD780 3D Multi Region Blu-ray Player Review

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  1. teachsac

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    This arrived on my doorstep some time today. I picked it up because several 3D titles have not been released in the U.S. (Disney -mostly region free, Need for Speed 3D, etc.). This player is designed as a region free player and does not hack/modify any manufacturers' firmware.

    Features:

    Price: Varies by site. $133 on Amazon.
    110/220 power supply
    NTSC/PAL Compatible
    DVD Region: 0-9 (0 default)
    BD Region: A, B, C (A by default. menu selectable)
    File Formats: AVI, JPEG, M4V, MKV, MOV, MP3, MP4, MPG, VOB
    Audio: Bitstream/Internal decoding 5.1
    Streaming Apps: None

    Visual: I was worried that everyone said it was cheap (but worked). The casing is actually aluminum with a plastic face. I find it much sturdier than my recent Panasonics.

    Set up: Easy setup. Typical settings, Video Auto, 24p on, secondary audio off. I went back into the setup menu. Video default was RGB. Changed it to 4:2:2. 3D looked much better.

    DVD Playback: I threw in Star Wars Episode 3. The battle scene at the beginning is a good test of motion handling and scaling. I was quite surprised at how good it looked. Colors look accurate and no visual edge enhancement halos.

    BD Playback: I threw in Oblivion just because it is visually flawless. Looks just like any other BD player.

    3D Playback: I threw in Monsters U because so many players have severe audio dropouts with the Dolby 7.1 track. My Oppo 93 and BDT230 are horrible with this one. The iCom had a couple glitches, but they were really minor.

    Multiregion Blu-ray Playback: Got Need for Speed from Amazon UK since it's not being released in 3D in the US. Changing regions is simple. Hot the setup button, hot the 4 digit code, scroll to BD Region, and hit 2. Done. On;y error message I got was not having the internet connected for BDLive :D

    Overall Impressions: So far so good. The real test will be when I get the Region B Need for Speed 3D in. If it works as well as it has so far, I'll keep it in my theater system and move a few other players around.


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  2. teachsac

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    I am getting anxious. Want Need for Speed 3D to arrive, so I can test out Region B. Unfortunately no tracking when ordering from Amazon UK.

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    I'm looking forward to hearing how it works out myself. :)
     
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    According to HDD the US Blu-ray is Region ABC. Amazon UK has it as Region B. Disney usually is not region locked. We'll see when it arrives. Wonder why the House of the Mouse has stopped releasing 3D in the US?

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    That was quick. Arrived today. It is indeed Region B. I'll watch it tonight.

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    Keep us updated.
     
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    Success. Worked like a charm.

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    Have to remember if Maleficent is Region B locked ...
     
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    That is good to hear!
     
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    No details yet. I've got my eye on that, Tarzan 3D, Age of Extinction 3D, and some others that aren't on the US site. I just saw Ratatouille came out this week, too. Should have ordered it with Need for Speed.

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    i have an icom bd-780 and facing problem with playing movies having AAC encoded audio. Its not decoded and i am not hearing any sound output (from optical, aux, coax).
    any idea how to resolve this? also is there a manual available online ?
     
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    How do you have your audio set? Try setting it to bitstream.

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    did, but with AAC it doesnt work.
     
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    can someone share the link for the manual if you have.
     
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    I have never been able to find any info online. The only thing is the small pamphlet that it came packaged with.

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    You never even see icom admit they sell the darned thing. Look on their site and you seeall the radio gear we have been buying for years, but absolutely no consumer electronics.
     
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    AAC audio is usually used in music or .iso files. The Icom doesn't support audio type files. For audio that goes with movies on legit discs, Icom supports PCM, DD, DTS, and lossless TruesHD and Master Audio.

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    I do not think the ICOM you are referring is the one that manufactures the blu ray players.
     
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    I tend to agree, but it makes one wonder about copyrights and trademarks.
    I am guessing this is one of those fly by night Chinese companies.
    I also think this is gray market stuff in the US.
    The real ICOM is well respected in communication equipment http://www.icomamerica.com/en/
     
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    Has anyone determined whether it's Cinavia-compliant?
     

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