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post #3961 of 3979
Found a post where it was suggested to repeatedly eject and load the disc 3,4, 5 times. Sounded like a stupid suggestion but I gave it a try. After 4th time, disc played perfectly.
post #3962 of 3979
sony needs to do a new firware for the unknown disc problem...it is clearly a glitch that could be fixed...
post #3963 of 3979

Sony BDP-S550 Worth Repair?

No longer reads any disc including DVD. Just says "No Disk."

Is it even worth considering repair? I'm guessing that maybe the laser has gotten weak. The drive would cost about $120 and there's not only no guaranty that will fix it but who knows if any special setup or alignment would need to be done. The only reason I'm interested is that this player does built-in 5.1/7.1 decoding and lets one suppress on-screen BS which is helpful in a professional situation. That's also a major reason I have not sprung for an Oppo. For that much money, I'd like that option. Oppo has heard from many techs that they'd sell a lot more players if they offered that, maybe with a future firmware update but they say they have no plans to. But I digress.

So barring repair, or aiming high with an Oppo, what low end players, are good, can suppress on-screen symbols, AND still offer an optical or coax audio output? I can use an external decoder if I have to in place of built-in decoding but I have no means to pick the audio off HDMI.
post #3964 of 3979
Questions about repairing belong here in the official thread. If you are looking for a new player, please use the Help Me Choose a Player thread.

http://www.avsforum.com/t/959985/official-help-me-choose-a-player-thread-cant-decide-start-here

S~
post #3965 of 3979
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Originally Posted by filmteknik View Post

No longer reads any disc including DVD. Just says "No Disk."

Is it even worth considering repair? I'm guessing that maybe the laser has gotten weak. The drive would cost about $120 and there's not only no guaranty that will fix it but who knows if any special setup or alignment would need to be done. The only reason I'm interested is that this player does built-in 5.1/7.1 decoding and lets one suppress on-screen BS which is helpful in a professional situation. That's also a major reason I have not sprung for an Oppo. For that much money, I'd like that option. Oppo has heard from many techs that they'd sell a lot more players if they offered that, maybe with a future firmware update but they say they have no plans to. But I digress.

So barring repair, or aiming high with an Oppo, what low end players, are good, can suppress on-screen symbols, AND still offer an optical or coax audio output? I can use an external decoder if I have to in place of built-in decoding but I have no means to pick the audio off HDMI.

Have you made any attempt at cleaning the laser assembly inside the drive? You may just have a dirty lens assembly?
Also - you might be able to pick up a used player that suits your needs. If you come across a S350 with a working drive, you should be able to swap it into your S550.
post #3966 of 3979
yes.If you are looking for advice on WHICH PLAYER IS RIGHT FOR YOUR SET UP, please take it to the sticky thread. thanks kec8
post #3967 of 3979
I was thinking about how it doesn't recognize CD's or DVD's either. That's a separate laser assembly so a weak BD laser would not necessarily affect those. There could be something else wrong with the drive which getting a new drive would correct but the weak laser idea makes less sense now that I remember that there are separate ones.
post #3968 of 3979
hello all, I finally got a hdmi receiver (Yamaha rx-a830) to pair with my sony bdp-550. the sony is still a beast. fantastic picture!!!!
post #3969 of 3979
Yep, was still mightily impressed with the upscaling of a DVD I threw in last night. Hoping it lasts for a bit longer yet.
post #3970 of 3979
I was wondering, has anyone found a need to upgrade the included 1GB USB drive that came in the box with the BDP-S550? I was picking up a drive for the S5100 I just purchased and was curious if anyone had upgraded the drive in their S550 and if so, what the reason was to do the upgrade.
post #3971 of 3979
Since 2008 we have owned a Sony BDP-S550 to play blu ray discs. To play SACDs, DVD-As, and CDs we use a 2004 Pioneer DV-59AVi. Both are in excellent working order. At times I feel I should replace these two components with a new single item: either a Oppo BDP-103 or a Sony BDP-S790. Our thinking is to have one device that does all or most of what we want instead of two. Although we occasionally download movies from Apple TV or AT&T Uverse, we still play blu rays. We don't use Netflix or any other such service. Is there any compelling reason to update the Sony and Pioneer, aside from reducing the number of boxes in our equipment shelf? I'm aware that the Sony BDP-S790 does not play DVD-A and that the Oppo does.

I'd appreciate your suggestions.
post #3972 of 3979
Sony S790 does not support DVD-A as you said. Sony only supports SACD. For DVD-A, you'll need a universal player such as Oppo, Denon, Marantz, or Pioneer.

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post #3973 of 3979
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Originally Posted by shrike424242 View Post

I was wondering, has anyone found a need to upgrade the included 1GB USB drive that came in the box with the BDP-S550? I was picking up a drive for the S5100 I just purchased and was curious if anyone had upgraded the drive in their S550 and if so, what the reason was to do the upgrade.

Nope, the 1 gig has been fine, although I dont think i've ever used the BD Live features of the BR player.
post #3974 of 3979
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Originally Posted by shrike424242 View Post

I was wondering, has anyone found a need to upgrade the included 1GB USB drive that came in the box with the BDP-S550? I was picking up a drive for the S5100 I just purchased and was curious if anyone had upgraded the drive in their S550 and if so, what the reason was to do the upgrade.

If you use BD-Live and download the extras before playing (vs. streaming them in lower resolution) and not delete them afterwards, you might benefit from a higher capacity usb thumb drive. But if you haven't run into a problem yet, it probably doesn't matter. And if you do run short of memory in the thumb drive, you can always simply clean it out.
post #3975 of 3979
Can anyone recommend a good laser cleaning disc for the s550..
The laser assembly is sealed from the top and is very difficult to access.
Thanks
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post #3977 of 3979
Thanks subavision212. I am getting the "unknown disc""cannot operate disc" messages on my Netflix bluray rentals and on some blurays in my own collection. This disc would be a "Hail Mary" effort to fix the player before buying a new Samsung BD F5900. I have repaired my Oppo standard DVD and Laser Disc players using isopropyl alcohol and a camel hair brush but those lasers were easily accessed.
post #3978 of 3979
I don't know what kind of lenses are used in these players, but I would think isopropyl alcohol would ruin plastic ones???
post #3979 of 3979
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Originally Posted by Digiti View Post

Thanks subavision212. I am getting the "unknown disc""cannot operate disc" messages on my Netflix bluray rentals and on some blurays in my own collection. This disc would be a "Hail Mary" effort to fix the player before buying a new Samsung BD F5900. I have repaired my Oppo standard DVD and Laser Disc players using isopropyl alcohol and a camel hair brush but those lasers were easily accessed.

I've always cleaned laser lens with: compressed air (to remove anything loose), gentle cleaning with denatured alcohol on a q-tip, then the compressed air again to make sure any alcohol residue is evaporated.
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