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I popped my first cherry today. Felt so good!
I recently purchased 4 additional Sony BDP-CX7000ES Blu-ray changers on EBay. I've only got around 100 slots left in my 6th Blu-ray changer so I needed room for expansion. I also own 6 Sony DVP-CX985V DVD changers which are nearly filled to capacity and wanted to migrate all the DVD's I haven't purchased on Blu-ray yet over to Blu-ray changers, just under 1,200 discs. The DVD's I've already upgraded to Blu-ray I plan to sell, also just under 1,200 discs.
I paid an average of $700 each for the 4 additional Blu-ray changers. Considering how cheap the buyers were willing to let them go for I was expecting potential issues, irrespective of the fact no potential issues were disclosed. Sure enough, one of them arrived with the carousel out of alignment. Couldn't play discs as a result. Found that the carousel was off by one per the given slot I selected with the front knob. I was able to fix that pretty easily by just reaching in through the front door to the left and adjusting the lower sensor bracket which wasn't screwed down tight. Another changer arrived with a DVD left in it. When I powered the changer one it failed to load the disc displaying the infamous invalid disc error. Tested a number of Blu-ray's in the changer at that point encountering no issues. Tested a number of Blu-ray's in the other 3 changers as well. No issues. Thought I was all in the clear. Sadly that was not the case which I just realized yesterday after spending several days migrating DVD's over to 3 of the changers.
Last weekend I started the process of migrating the DVD's I didn't own on Blu-ray yet over to the Blu-ray changers. This involved updating my DVD database in DVD Profiler, then moving the DVD's over in batches. I already had tags in DVD Profiler to designate which DVD's I hadn't upgraded to Blu-ray yet and which DVD's still haven't seen a Blu-ray release. As such, I created separate categories for each. Sorting each group alphabetically I then proceeded one group at a time moving batches of DVD's over from my DVD changers to the given Blu-ray changer, renumbering the Collection ID's in DVD Profiler as I went along as I use the Collection ID to determine the changer and slot number a given disc resides in.
So I finished all that up a couple days ago. Unfortunately I found that 2 of the Blu-ray changers would fail to read pressed DVD's quite a bit. After extensive testing I then realized that the changers wouldn't read DVD+R's at all! I could tell right away when the given changer was about to fail to load a disc as you could hear that the disc wasn't being accessed, wasn't spinning. Of course the error messages "can not operate this disc" or "invalid disc" were soon to follow. Thankfully all the changers were able to read and play Blu-ray's without fail. I really had my heart set on using 3 of the additional Blu-ray changers for the DVD's I don't own on Blu-ray yet though. Was very disappointed to say the least. As for DVD+R's, I own a whole mess of DVD's that are flippers, Side A containing the Feature Presentation, Side B containing the Bonus Materials, Side A containing Part 1, Side B containing Part 2 and so forth. When originally purchasing my Sony DVD changers I ripped all my Side B's to DVD+R as to avoid having to eject Side A, then flipping it over in order to watch what's on Side B. Sort of defeats the purpose of using a changer when you're having to flip discs over. :-P
That being said, several years ago I purchased 8 Sony KES-430A Laser Lens Optical Pickups. I purchased them just to have on hand in the event I needed to swap out one of the pickups in the original 6 Sony BDP-CX7000ES Blu-ray changers I own. Never had a need to use one of them until now. I had purchased them from a seller on EBay. Had yet to even open the package! Thankfully when opening the package all 8 pickups were present and accounted for. So to make a long story story, I popped my first cherry today. I hadn't as much as taken the top lid off one of these Sony Blu-ray changers before. Took my lunch hour today and replaced the pickup in the worst of the Blu-ray changers I just purchased. Was so easy a caveman could do it! More importantly, I'm happy to report that the changer has no problem reading DVD's now, whether pressed or DVD+R. Spent the last 3 hours off and on selecting discs to play. Not a single disc has failed to play. Gotta love it!
I'll mention as well, I plan to replace the pickup in another one of these Blu-ray changers over the weekend. Since I'll have more time I'll take it nice and slow documenting the steps involved from start to finish taking pictures as I go along. I'll then work up a nice post for anyone that might find it useful. Until then, be well my friends. :-)
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