Originally Posted by David Susilo
Well, I bought the HD1 when blu-ray was first introduced and to this date it still plays everything I put into it. That player is about 5 or 6 years old - as old as the blu-ray format itself. My BDP-09, also $2K, still works perfectly and plays everything.
I also have a $1K Samsung (considered "cheap" back when Sony & Pioneer made $2K players) still works but with no firmware upgrades
So I still believe in you get what you pay for.
Well, perhaps I can one-up you? Though not a blu-ray player, I had bought the Sony S7000 DVD player when DVD first came out. It cost some $$$ too, and for eons after, it was still being used as the benchmark for all DVD players to be compared to. And boy, was it a killer unit! That mechanical door that opened to insert the disk, I'd just open and close it to watch in amazement, haha. Eventually though, it too began to have problems playing newer made store bought DVD disks. I still have it too!
But in regards to you get what you pay for? I bought the 23FD, which is an ELITE model. All ELITE equipment has the longer warranties - due to the higher standard components supposedly being used, and thus should have a longer use life. I used to have both the 56 and 59 Elite DVD player (one of the earliest HDMI players too!) and receiver, and ages later they were still working! Sold on eBay for a good price yet too! If not for BD being better, and needing a receiver that had HDMI ports, I'd have still been using them.
If you look back, *I* was the first to start posting about new BD movies not playing any longer in the 23FD, with the cannot read disk error. Back then, most thought I was nuts, but now it is seen I was correct. And so sadly, I had to put the unit away, and began to use my PS3 as my disk player. Occasionally using my old Toshiba A35 HD DVD player for its better upscaling of regular DVD movies. What a waste that felt like, cause I did love the 23!
The other night, I brought the 23 out of mothballs again to try it out. It. Using all store bought (Best Buy) BD movies:
It played Expendibles 2! I was excited, perhaps it was working again?
But then it failed with
So on a whim, I went to Best Buy yesterday, mostly out of frustration. They had the latest Elite 3D BD players on sale, the 52 and the 62. Next to them was the Panasonic BDT500, and for near $100 less. I so wanted to go Pioneer, to better match with my SC05 receiver! But being now burnt by the 23, I bought the Panasonic instead. I still keep thinking about the newer 62, but then I look at the 23 now gathering dust again. Still I was tempted, as my experience with the QDEO upscaling chip in an early dual HD/BD LG player was quite impressive. But do I want to get burned again? No!