Originally Posted by CharleyCross
I'm thinking of buying an Oppo BDP-93, and wondering whether those of you with experience with it could comment on how well it handles damaged discs.
We watch a fair number of DVDs that we get through the local public library system. They have often been handled badly and have unreadable spots. This usually freaks out my current Sony Blu-ray player. It usually hangs, but sometimes displays an error or even ejects the disc spontaneously.
What I want is a player that's smarter about damage. I don't expect it to cure the damage, of course. But it seems there out to be logic that says something like, "I've found a spot I can't read; let's try 5 seconds later" until it gets beyond the damage. Or maybe offer the user the possibility of manually advancing past the defect.
When my current player gets to such a spot, even the advance buttons become unusable. It can take a long time to try to manually navigate to a spot on the disc that's beyond the damage--always with the risk of stepping in the damage again and having to start over.
So does Oppo handle this sort of situation better? Thanks for any feedback!
Yes it actually does quite well with bad spots on SD-DVD and Blu-ray discs. As a Beta Tester, my practice is to play rental discs WITHOUT cleaning them first just to see what the Oppo does with them.
For the most part, it is quite good about reading through minor damage. If the read errors are uncorrectable it has several different levels of recovery. Normally you'll get brief skips -- repeatable if you play back through that section. If the read error is more severe the player will automatically hunt forward looking for a place where it can resume playback. Depending on the nature of the disc damage, this can take a while as the player may attempt to restart at one location only to discover it really has to skip further along. If you bring up the on-screen display, or watch the front panel, you'll see the time code advancing in jumps as the player continues to look for a place to resume play.
Very rarely, the disc damage is such that the player can't interpret the format of the disc any longer, in which case it will Stop playback.
I've had the Oppo 93 play discs quite handily which my PS3 can't handle. The 93 also appears to do a better job than the 83 -- which was no slouch in its own right.
Note that the recovery options available for music discs are less sophisticated.