Originally Posted by SuckRaven
I bought my 09FD around a year ago, but haven't used it much, as I only recently started adding components to my HT. I am now afraid that these read disc failures will start to happen to me eventually as well. =( And, as infrequently as I sit down to actually watch a blu-ray movie, I'm afraid my warranty will have expired if/when problems do occur. I'd rather not send it in for repairs until there is actually a problem, but a few months from now, or even a year down the line, who knows if Pioneer will even have the replacement parts necessary to fix the issue. It is kind of upsetting that this should even be happening in a $ 2k player.
On a different/slightly unrelated note, those of you that are using the analog outputs, can anyone recommend some decent cables? Also, is there a 09FD thread that has to do with connection types? I'd love to see some pics from people using the analog audio outs.
Everything that follows here is just my personal opinion...
Anything that anyone else says is just their personal opinion.
Just use your 09FD to your heart's content and care for it as you would any high end component in your system. Chances are you will be just fine for years to come. Your 09FD will either develop the "CAN'T READ" problem or it won't. I doubt there's anything you can do to avoid your ultimate destiny - GOOD or (hopefully not) BAD.
Those of us who did experience the problem and had our 09FDs repaired by Pioneer have never reexperienced the symptom. That together with the fact that many people on this forum never had any such problem is proof enough for me that Pioneer knows what caused the problem - some subset of drive units and/or ancillary parts they used in some 09FDs were substandard. It was either A bad run OR they figured it out along the way OR they figured it out after the initial failed units showed up for warranty service.
Any good analog cable will serve you well. I'm using 0.5m Kimber Kable Silver interconnects. Use what you know works well with your other components. And, shorter is always better. FWIW, watching films via a BD player is not a like listening to music on a turntable where eeking out every next layer of transparency is worth the $$$ it can often cost. Save as much as you can and buy more BDs and DVDs to WATCH - there are 1000s of excellent films available.
ENJOY your BDP-09FD!!! It truly is the best sounding (via analog outputs) and one of, if not the best, looking BD/DVD players out there! And, it's not too shabby for listening to CDs either, though many of the dedicated reference quality standalone CD players best the 09FD in that regard.
When/if my 09FD ever breaks down again (it has moving parts so I'm sure it will), my first choice for a replacement BD player would currently be an Oppo. Hopefully manufacturers will continue to service us high-end analog people and provide even better sound for years to come. Just a few decades will take care of me, maybe less, hopefully more