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post #4621 of 4877
refurbs? No thanks, even if they are units direct from the manufacturer. I just don't trust them. Why are they refubs? Broken units? miss-used units? which were repaired along with warranty returned units?
IMO I just don't trust them anymore, I've not had good experience with them in the past.
post #4622 of 4877
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Originally Posted by Super XP View Post

refurbs? No thanks, even if they are units direct from the manufacturer. I just don't trust them. Why are they refubs? Broken units? miss-used units? which were repaired along with warranty returned units?
IMO I just don't trust them anymore, I've not had good experience with them in the past.

It can be the luck of the draw, but then, anymore, so can buying a new unit be, in many cases.

Many, "refurbs, are returns that have never been used. Some places sell them as "B" stock or open box. When they are returned to the factory, inspected and re-boxed... they become refurbs. If you get a full factory warranty, you can't lose much. With the A35, after the demise of the format, lots of people probably returned them in their 30 day grace period, or due to the special offers some of the retailers made for purchasers of HD DCV equipment. In any case, a true refurb is supposed to have been completely tested by the factory befor re- boxing. They better do that if they are offering a full warranty...

I won't touch them unless there is a 30% to 40% or better savings and a decent warranty. ON that basis I have had real good luck with them... so far. I bought one of the HD-A35s that I have on that basis from Amazon Warehouse. It is still going strong after almost two years. The one I bought new is the one that gives me problems. I got a 3808 Ci for about 63% off list as a refurb. Two plus years later, it too is just fine. That is the best deal I have made in quite a while!!

Go figure. It IS the luck of the draw, for the right price and with a full warranty, I am willing to take a gamble.

Phil
post #4623 of 4877
And that happens. Happens with new products as well. One hears quite often about a new unit failing 1 month after the warranty expires and they are left holding the bag. Alot of refurbs are units returned due to buyer remorse, or someone got a better deal on a different or even same unit. Some because they were bought to be used for a specific event and returned, in other words, people used it as a 'rental'.

Point being there are alot of different (and valid) reasons for a unit to be a refurb. I am not trying to change your mind, as trust is something that must be earned, and it sounds as if you have had that trust destroyed and I am sorry to hear that.
post #4624 of 4877
Just picked up someones back up a35 off of ebay. The a35 is such a good performer, I decided to get another a35 as a backup. I was thinking about taking up Warner Bros offer to trade in the HDDVD for Blu rays, but with the 2nd a35, no need to.

Hooked up to Pioneer SC-05 and noticed audio dropouts every 3 minutes or so. Drop out lasted about 1 frame. Switched out HDMI cables and same result. Took the a35 and hooked up to Onkyo TX SR806 that I use as a processor for my main HT room. No drop outs. Seems to be an HDMI issue with the Pioneer. If I did not have the Onkyo, I would have blamed the a35. All of these HDMI issues are getting old pretty fast.
post #4625 of 4877
My a35 freezes when it comes to light scratches and scuffs on the disk. My Onkyo 805 does not do this to these disks. Is there something I can do to make the a35 read the disks better? Hints, tricks, tips???
post #4626 of 4877
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Originally Posted by rcserg View Post

My a35 freezes when it comes to light scratches and scuffs on the disk. My Onkyo 805 does not do this to these disks. Is there something I can do to make the a35 read the disks better? Hints, tricks, tips???

Back when Netflix still offered HD-DVDs, I frequently encountered skips and freezes with my A35. Sometimes, spraying the disc with eyeglass cleaner (spray stuff for anti-reflection coated lenses) and wiping it gently with a soft cloth would solve the problem. Sometimes it wouldn't ... At any rate, it's worth a try!
post #4627 of 4877
What firmware version are you running?
post #4628 of 4877
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Originally Posted by Splicer010 View Post

What firmware version are you running?

4.0 went straight from 2.0
post #4629 of 4877
luck of the draw sounds about right.in the case of new units i have watched the island uk import on 2 of my a35's and then taken it to my brothers house and watch it on his a35 and it would freeze up a couple of times during the movie on his machine.disc was clean as a whistle.my brother swears it never happens to his discs.all of our a35's were new at time of purchase and the island played perfectly on my a35's as well as xa2.its happened the same way on a couple other hd-dvd i have brought over to my brothers house.i guess quircky is a good term for this.as

as for a refurb if you got full warranty on it and a really good price from a reputable seller i say-why not.the prev.poster is correct they could be machines that were exchange models during the lets all go blu post hd-dvd sales insentive programs that firms like best buy and i think amazon had going.
post #4630 of 4877
hey guys, i'm thinking it might be a DVD issue but blood diamond wouldn't play with firmware v 4.0 so i rolled it back to 1.3 and nothing. updating to the next firmware finds the same issue - no blood for me.

the error message i get is "this disc is not dvd format" and therefore cannot play disc.

any ideas?

raze
post #4631 of 4877
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Originally Posted by razorfish View Post

hey guys, i'm thinking it might be a DVD issue but blood diamond wouldn't play with firmware v 4.0 so i rolled it back to 1.3 and nothing. updating to the next firmware finds the same issue - no blood for me.

the error message i get is "this disc is not dvd format" and therefore cannot play disc.

any ideas?

raze

HD DVDs are, on occasion, sickeningly sensitive. So my guess is you have a faulty disc, as v4.0 plays Blood Diamond beautifully in my unit. Double-check that your disc is absolutely prestine and in spic-n-span shape. For even the slightest nick (or even a fibre of dust or lint) can wreak havoc on a player.
post #4632 of 4877
@basicblak

thanks for the reply! yeah, i've read they are sensitive so i'll check when i get home. my thinking is it's defective - it's brand new and never been played! i got it about a month ago but just now got my system re-established and checked all of my newer dvds, whcih worked perfectly.

blood diamond is the only one of the bunch giving me any grief.

i'll check though

raze
post #4633 of 4877
My discs seem to load up faster all thanks to the latest firmware update.
post #4634 of 4877
Hey guys, I'm sorry if this has been asked before but is the A35 a better DVD player than the XA2? And can the A35 and XA2 put out DTS HD Master Audio? Thanks
post #4635 of 4877
It is a personal chioce IMO as to which is better but after owning (and sold) my XA2 clone, the Onkyo HD805, as well as owning (and sold) my XA2, my choice was to keep my A35. I just think it is the better player. But speaking generally, not getting into likes/dislikes about either, it is about a wash. However the XA2 will play some porm discs that the A35 would not even after FW upgrade. But those and 1 polish disc (Arthur & the Invisibles) are the only A35 unplayable discs I am aware of. Other porn and import titles I have never had an issue with the exception (on both the A35 and XA2) the rare freeze/lockup that used to be an issue until FW 4.0 was released. But I really cannot recommend highly enough the A35.

The XA2 will only support those codecs after a FW upgrade.
post #4636 of 4877
Thanks man, looks like I'll be getting the A35 soon enough
post #4637 of 4877
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Originally Posted by SED <--- Rules View Post

Hey guys, I'm sorry if this has been asked before but is the A35 a better DVD player than the XA2? And can the A35 and XA2 put out DTS HD Master Audio? Thanks

I have access to both players and find the XA2 to be the overall superior one particularly with standard DVD. In my system, SD-DVD processing is noticeably cleaner on the XA2, and it allows for additional tweaking features (mosquito and block noise filters, etc) that aren't included in the A35.

1080/60p HD DVD is a wash between the two, though I give the A35 a leg up in the stability department with 1080/24p sources. Both players can be rather handshake-finicky (HDMI speaking, depending on one's AVR model), and both are somewhat wanting in the responsiveness department in comparison to what current optical disc players are capable of. This is to be expected, though, as both players have been discontinued for years. (Had HD DVD prevailed, I'm sure subsequent models would be on par with BD player performance today.)

Additionally, I find fan noise on the A35 to be a lot lower than that of the XA2, though my A35 is no longer as silent as it used to be. The XA2 also has a slight advantage in the analog audio department, but whether one can actually notice or not is highly dependent on any associated equipment connected.

Both players bitstream high resolution audio, so that's a non-issue. But if SD DVD remains a priority for you, on balance I would suggest the XA2 with its Reon processor. In my setup, there is a clear difference. For HD DVD, however, you really can't go wrong with either player as both provide stunning quality even by BD standards today.
post #4638 of 4877
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Originally Posted by SED <--- Rules View Post

Thanks man, looks like I'll be getting the A35 soon enough

I can't believe people are still looking to get these HD DVD players after all this time after losing the format war. BTW, I have an A1, an A30 and 2 A35's so I'm still using them for watching my 63 HD DVD titles.
post #4639 of 4877
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Originally Posted by lujan View Post

I can't believe people are still looking to get these HD DVD players after all this time after losing the format war. BTW, I have an A1, an A30 and 2 A35's so I'm still using them for watching my 63 HD DVD titles.

I bricked my first A35 with a FW update long after they had stopped selling them. Bought a replacement from eBay and then bought an A30 from eBay too, at a good price, just to be sure. I have 150 HD DVD discs and wouldn't want to suddenly have no player to play them on!

At the kind of prices you can pick them up it makes sense to buy them just as an upscaler for DVDs really. And then you have them as a backup in case your main HD DVD player dies.

Kind Regards,

Keith
post #4640 of 4877
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Originally Posted by Splicer010 View Post

It is a personal chioce IMO as to which is better but after owning (and sold) my XA2 clone, the Onkyo HD805, as well as owning (and sold) my XA2, my choice was to keep my A35. I just think it is the better player. But speaking generally, not getting into likes/dislikes about either, it is about a wash. However the XA2 will play some porm discs that the A35 would not even after FW upgrade. But those and 1 polish disc (Arthur & the Invisibles) are the only A35 unplayable discs I am aware of. Other porn and import titles I have never had an issue with the exception (on both the A35 and XA2) the rare freeze/lockup that used to be an issue until FW 4.0 was released. But I really cannot recommend highly enough the A35.

The XA2 will only support those codecs after a FW upgrade.

I have both the XA2 and A35 as well and the only unplayable disc I've found in my collection is "Phantom of the Opera"--consistent "unknown disc" error after playing about 30 minutes in the XA2. The A35 plays it just fine though.

As far as upscale, the A35 does have the ABT chip which is no slouch. But I'd give the edge to the XA2 for that. HD should be all the same IMHO.
post #4641 of 4877
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Originally Posted by snowghost View Post

I have both the XA2 and A35 as well and the only unplayable disc I've found in my collection is "Phantom of the Opera"--consistent "unknown disc" error after playing about 30 minutes in the XA2. The A35 plays it just fine though.

As far as upscale, the A35 does have the ABT chip which is no slouch. But I'd give the edge to the XA2 for that. HD should be all the same IMHO.


Interesting........ I have played Phantom in both my A35 and XA-2 without a problem...

I would agree with your statement on upscaling SD-DVD's, I think the XA-2 does a little bit better job. However, I am currently playing SD-DVD's on my Samsung C-6900 BluRay player and it does a very nice job of scaling also.

However, my Blu-Ray version of Phantom does tend to stick on the scene at the jewelery store... just before the fireworks.
post #4642 of 4877
My A35 remote suddenly stopped working. The player still operates fine with the front controls on the player, but does not respond to the remote at all. Has anyone encountered this? If so, what did you do.
post #4643 of 4877
Change the batteries?
post #4644 of 4877
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Originally Posted by lujan View Post

I can't believe people are still looking to get these HD DVD players after all this time after losing the format war. BTW, I have an A1, an A30 and 2 A35's so I'm still using them for watching my 63 HD DVD titles.

Not hard to believe when you can get the hd dvd version of a favorite movie for 2.00 compared to a used 10-15.00 blu ray version. I just picked up a MINT A35 with 65 movies for a tad less than 200.00. Was previously using the 360 hd drive to view the 100+ movies I've collected in the past 4 years and the picture difference is definitely noticeable(considering I paid 20.00 for the 360 drive, can't complain). Closing in on 200 discs that I will never get rid of and at the same time adding to my Blu-ray collection as well(movies that aren't available on hd dvd obviously).

*This player has 4.0 on it and so far no quirky issues. After reading hundreds of posts about issues people have, I was concerned. I haven't let it play an entire movie thru but after putting in 40 or so discs and letting them play 10-15 minutes, not a single hiccup. I'm praying I got a player that doesn't lock up an hour into certain movies, but at the price I paid it was worth it just for the movies because they were all titles I wanted.
post #4645 of 4877
Changed the batteries 3 times. fresh ones, just bought. Still no response from remote and unit.........need some help here. Go buy another remote? Thought about doing a firmware update, but can't access menu after if I do.
post #4646 of 4877
Try a universal remote. Or hit eBay for a replacement.
post #4647 of 4877
Or try programming the remote you have now to also control your TV and see if it powers the TV on/off. If it does, the remote itself is fine. If not you know it is a bad remote.
post #4648 of 4877
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Originally Posted by Splicer010 View Post

Or try programming the remote you have now to also control your TV and see if it powers the TV on/off. If it does, the remote itself is fine. If not you know it is a bad remote.

Tried to control the Tv with remote as I had setup previously... nothing works. Seems the remote is shot. Going to look for another remote for replacement.
post #4649 of 4877
A good choice is the Harmony line of remotes.
post #4650 of 4877
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Originally Posted by Splicer010 View Post

A good choice is the Harmony line of remotes.

Yep. Works well with all my components and is very easy to configure.
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