Need BD Player Buying Advice
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.
Only reason I am presently looking into getting yet another BD player at this point in time is due to the increasing number of anime titles (something I watch quite a lot of personally) which are getting BD-only releases. And I need to make it clear whatever I end up getting will be setup in a bedroom connected to a 20" monitor and used with the most basic audio setup imaginable, headphones.
The crazy thing is that, with the exception of the PS3's, my other players owned all had very light usage, maybe one BD movie every couple of weeks averaged at most were played. Sorry I do not have the makes and models owned so far all documented, but this much I can recall.:
1x - Sony high end unit. Complete playback failure of all disc formats after thirteen months.
1x - Philips unit. BD playback failure after a year.
3x - PS3's All suffered BD read failure within a two-year period. All could still read CD and DVD formats. Sold off two of them for parts, paid to have the ODD replaced in the third, while it is working, have reserved it exclusively for playing games on as movie playback seems to be a known killer of their optical disc drives (something I wished I'd known first go around).
1x - brand I don't recall which came from a discount store and worked for all of about five months.
1x - off brand player from a discount store, This was the only player that didn't suffer an optical drive failure. It was not a network connectable player, and kept running into the issue of needing a firmware update to play any then current BDs, so I had to download the firmware update onto a USB flash drive from the very sketchy official Chinese website of the manufacturer and installing the firmware update ruined the machine. The player's display post update would only show gibberish and device menus were no longer accessible.
1x internal SATA 5 1/4" bay Pioneer BD-ROM (PC). This worked for about fourteen months and was the most recent BD player I purchased back in late 2013. Drive is actually still installed in the very computer I am typing this post from, but can no longer even detect the presence of a BD disc, but can still read CD and DVD formats just fine. It was when this one failed that I gave up on the technology and sold off all my stand alone BD disc titles.
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?