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Old 02-03-2012, 04:32 PM
 
Location: United States
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I have went through 3 dvd players in a year. Today just bought a new Sony and its doing what the last 2 did, freezing up all over the place even with a brand new disc. In 1999 when I went to dvd from vhs my players would last about 4 years. Now I'm lucky to get 6 months out of one. So are they being built poorly or what's going on? This is crazy I have about 350 dvds and I can't even watch them.
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Old 02-04-2012, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Stand alone players have gone to cheap and junk. VHS RECORDERS are rare now. DVD player/recorders for computers still seem to be OK.
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Old 02-04-2012, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Houston
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The most expensive dvd player Panasonic, my fave brand of player, sells costs all of $49....and feels like it.

But not a big problem, because Blu-ray players also play dvds and CDs (except for some reason the first Sony BD player would not play CDs). Though many less expensive BD players aren't exactly paragons of quality either, since cramming in all that highly sophisticated circuitry cost big $$ so to keep the price manageable for us non-king and queens, physical build quality usually ends up being sacrificed e.g. flimsy loading drawers, thin gauge sheet metal everywhere and my biggest pet peeve, only play/stop/pause buttons on the player itself so if you lose the remote, you're screwed.

I am sure this is happening because the companies want us to transition to the BD format, and I have to kind of agree: building two different sets of players is expensive and most Blu-rays look much better on the larger screens, say 42" and up (some cheapskate studios do lousy jobs of transferring film to BD and those can look worse than their dvd counterpart).
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Old 02-04-2012, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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I bought an exxternal USB CD/DVD combo; both RW +/- when I bought my new OS X Mac Mini. I have had zero trouble with it.
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Old 02-04-2012, 10:29 PM
 
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I have went through 3 dvd players in a year. Today just bought a new Sony and its doing what the last 2 did, freezing up all over the place even with a brand new disc.
A specific disc or multiple discs?
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Old 02-05-2012, 03:47 AM
 
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It seems build quality of electronics has generally gone down the bin. I've had phones in recent years that had to go through the warranty procedure four or five times, despite no drops onto the street, water exposure or other rough handling.

As for DVD/CD players, I think the main problem is the "rubber rings" which keep the DVD in place by friction... These dry out in a short time (conspiracy?) and then you have problems because the disc will sometimes slightly skip. Opening the players up and re-lubricating said rings cures the problem, but this is often so difficult that it is easier to just trash the player and get a new one...
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Old 02-06-2012, 09:33 PM
 
Location: in your dreams
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I've gone back to VHS. No problems there, lol.
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Old 02-07-2012, 03:25 AM
 
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Haha "no problems".... don't know what to say about that... VHS players used to break as well, especially cheaper varieties, and when they did, they destroyed the tapes by jagging the edges.

DVD is greater than VHS, but that no raw recording mechanism was implemented to DVD-RW capable players is a big mistake (i.e. being able to just connect to a signal source and push record on the player to record a new clip).
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Old 02-07-2012, 06:55 AM
 
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buy a playstation 3
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Old 02-07-2012, 05:33 PM
 
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Haha "no problems".... don't know what to say about that... VHS players used to break as well, especially cheaper varieties, and when they did, they destroyed the tapes by jagging the edges.
There is different methods to fix VHS, time consuming when the tape is damaged and there is no guarantees. While on the topcic and just a heads up for anyone reading this but if you have tapes that haven't been mangled but are still skewed, jumpy etc similar to tracking problem that can usually be fixed with the right hardware. Any of these mass conversion services offered by the big box services will not have it. I thi8n most people are under the impression there is something wrong with the tape but that is not the issue, it's the timing. Over time they stretch out and the siganl being sent to the TV is not timed correctly. All the information is there but there is not enough "slop" in the chain to compensate for the timing. This is not something you can do yourself unless you want to put down $500 on a TBC.


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DVD is greater than VHS, but that no raw recording mechanism was implemented to DVD-RW capable players is a big mistake (i.e. being able to just connect to a signal source and push record on the player to record a new clip).
I don;t know abut the players but you can do this with a capture card and the right software on a computer. Don't know what the current state is but it was very buggy years ago, firstly you need a computer that could encode real time which meant at minimum a 3ghz p4 processor. Inevitably something would screw up along the line somewhere, buffer would get overrun etc. Capturing video direct to HDD is hard enough let alone throwing in encoding and burning a disc.
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