Originally Posted by manoharshetty9
Yes they did. Out of warranty service charge $99. but I think I will wait till the player completely fails to read Discs.
I noticed that the player makes the grinding/machine gun noise ONLY when the Laser pickup is trying to move towards the Disc Spindle while reading Discs. The Laser pickup module moves smoothly when it is moving away from the spindle/centre of Disc->outer edge, with no noise but every time it has to move back to centre it makes the noise because it is unable to do so smoothly. Therefore I guess when I lift up the rear end of the player that facilitates the Laser Pickup to move a little more easily towards the centre at an angle due to gravity and it reads discs without the noise. I saw this with the Top of the Player taken off. Looks like a simple fix for this should be there which I am unaware of.
This noise happens every time the Laser Pickup has to move towards the centre/Disc spindle even when there is no disc eg. when the Player is started up and there is initial movement of the Laser pickup to detect a disc.
I also remember this noise started happening specifically after one of the firmware upgrades a few years ago. I can't remember which. I would like to try out the older firmwares to see if that helps. How do I get my hands on the older firmware files? And is it possible to downgrade the firmware to older versions? I may only need the older loader firmware files to downgrade.
Originally Posted by plain fan
I'd be concerned that by the time you need it fixed, Oppo will no longer be repairing the players. I learned that the hard way in a different circumstance, I thought I'd wait and got burned. Just my opinion. Or just put that money towards one of the better UHD players out there.
I'd just get it fixed now. As mentioned, OPPO is going away, maybe not for three years or so, but they will step away eventually.
If you get it fixed now, it goes back to functioning without a problem and you're good for X number of years. If you decide to replace it with a player that does UHD as well as everything that the 83 does (which could be a tall order), you can sell it in one of the online venuels; it has held up surprisingly well pricewise, and could go a ways to letting you buy a new machine.
Either way, getting it fixed improves the situation. Oppo usually turns things around quickly, so you won't be without the player for long.
I have an 83, a 103D and a 203, and am planning to send the 83 (and maybe the 103D) for service just to make sure they are in good shape. I plan on keeping them for a long time.