Originally Posted by Qualar
Here's my dilemma.
Would like to purchase a reliable BD player, but am not sure if Sony has ever managed to resolve the hardware failure issues with the technology. Have so far owned eight BD players and or hybrid player devices to date, all of which have suffered BD read failures within a profoundly short period. Two years ago I said forget it, if Sony's blue laser technology is this crappy I can live without it.
Would also like to point out I am also a HD DVD player owner. My original HD DVD player lasted a good five years as the primary video player in the living room and saw rather heavy usage during it's time from all members of the family, and when it died it was some manner of mainboard electronic failure, not a drive failure (rather impressive). And even at present, I replaced that HD DVD player in the living room with another same model used HD DVD player that is still chugging along quite nicely. I only bring this up because HD DVD discs are also read by their respective players using a blue laser and yet Toshiba seemed to have worked out how to make that technology reliable.
1. Is there such a thing as a reliable BD player?
2. Is there any particular make/model el-cheapo (under $50) player that one would recommend over its' peers?
Looks like you spent a fair amount of money on players.
You can get another similar player now, and given your experience, get a couple of years out of it.
I have one Oppo (BDP-83) that I bought six years ago which still cranks along without having had any issues. I have another (BDP-103D) which I bought three years ago and has had no problem.
Both are used daily, the 103D is used to clean up the cable signal, so it is in constant use. I expect both to last me for a long while, they show no sign of problems and Oppo has great support.
I bought my parents an Oppo BDP-80 five years ago, it has performed flawlessly for them.
All of those players still have high resale value right now (check the usual resellers).
As teachsac notes, this is just anecdotal, since he's had success with many brands. You have not.
So the question is - do you want to get a reliable player that lasts a long time, or a placeholder for a year or two.
If the former, I'd say get an Oppo 203 UHD (I think the 10X's are discontinued now) when it's available (soon), or get a Panasonic which may last a while.
There's a large price difference; in my case it was worth it, it depends on how you want to spend your money.