Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Portland, OR, USA
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John and Brandon,
What would be your definition of "startup reading errors"? Does it include inordinate loading times and subsequent failure to load?
The reason I ask is that with my D1 with the FUSS loader, I had problems with inordinate load times (2 to 5 MINUTES) (I define load time as when D1's display says "LOADING") and in most of these cases, the loading process would time out and the display would change to "NO DISC". Repeated cold-restarts (usingthe power switch on the D1) would result in marginal (1 in 10) success. Cleaning the discs, cleaning the lens, canned air, fervent praying - nothing worked.
With the LiteOn, the load times are between 1 and 2 seconds. And every single disc that I've thrown at it has played just fine. Very much like my 3 year old Sony DVD changer.
For the record, my D1 is on a shelf all by itself (it's a shelf with 5 racks and the D1 is on its own rack), with atleast 18" of clearance above and below it. The shelf is in an air-conditioned room with a fan blowing in its general direction from 3 feet away. The fan is to account for other components on the lower racks of the shelf. So, heat has never been an issue.
Also, last weekend, before mounting the LiteOn inside the D1 (it was outside for a couple of weeks while I was stress testing it), I tried the FUSS loader again just for kicks. Tried 4 rental DVDs that I was watching that weekend (every one of these had played/would play on the LiteOn) on it and EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM failed to load with the FUSS loader.
Personally, I am convinced that the D1 - atleast my D1 - has a loader issue. I've never had audio stuttering issues or freezing issues and so, cannot comment on them.
All in all, as a ~ $260 (200 for the D1 + 20 for shipping and 40 for the LiteOn) DVI-DVD player, it has been a fantastic investment and I have no regrets. The picture quality more than makes up for the hours of "will it play this DVD, or won't it" anguish that I had early on.
Once again, mucho thanks to John (the OP) for experimenting with the loader and sharing his findings with us. But for that, I am pretty sure I'd have picked a scrap with VInc, returned the D1 and would have turned into a bitter, bitter individual.