Originally Posted by badboi
As far as playability problems, you must be the luckiest person on the face of the earth to not have any issues with that player. Nothing more frustrating than waiting 5 or more minutes for a disc to load, and only to get that "disc cannot be played' message appear on the screen.
Hey dude -- peace! I can think of at least four possible reasons for my having fewer problems.
1) One player had a drive and main board replacement immediately after I got it (because it went belly up). The other was replaced by a PS3 not too long after the seller purchased it -- meaning, it was in near new condition.
2) The only discs I play on either player are BD. So, I'd expect that to slow down any age induced pickyness.
3) It's entirely possible I haven't tried to play the discs that have been a source of trouble. So far, every disc I've tried to play has played properly with rev 1.3 (only exception being one with surface damage -- took a little spotting though). However, I've had to unload and reload a disc on occasion. The only disc I'm aware
of that causes trouble is the new X-Files film. Presumably there are others, but although I've asked, I still don't know them. As the new X-Files didn't interest me, I don't know if my players would have trouble or not.
4) The problem is specific to component playback, not HDMI.
On an associated note, I bought a sealed copy of Gothika HD DVD and couldn't play it on either my HDV-5000 or A-2 (both play my other HD DVD fine), but the sealed BD replacement played without a hickup
! That's the first time I've gone BD due to problems with an HD DVD. I think the HD DVD was defective, but the Amazon seller says machine compatibility issues -- whatever!
I've got plenty of BD I've yet to try, and if there are other problem titles that I happen to have, I'll give them a whirl. I just won't buy titles soley to learn if they'll play OK!