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I need to get a DVD player that excels at playing slightly scratched or smudged

DVD's (especially DVD+R's!).


I currently have Pioneer DV-525 that plays some well, but not DVD+R's that get worn.


This is important because I buy these expensive Disney or Pixar collector's sets and then I make a working copy to use day-to-day.


My 2½ year old really takes a toll on her favorite DVD's.
 

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Of the several dvd players I've had, the absolute best player I've had FOR PLAYING +/-R's, even scratched, smudged or badly burned has been a Terapin TT-2600 .... I got mine at Fry's electronics for $29.99 + tax. Its a 480p player which has all the standard stuff, toslink/coax, svideo/composite/component, silver with a cyan blue display and would probably play a tuna fish can lid if you burned it right.


I've got some disc burned on cheap fake TY's, got them from shop4tech (matrix -R's) ... NONE of them will play in my Pioneer DVL91 dvd/ld player. None will play in my various other dvd players like Coby, Mintek, Apex, Pioneer, Sony and Toshiba.... but that little terapin plays them like they are factory fresh. :cool:


GOOD LUCK.
 

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There are a bunch of cheap brands like Apex, Lite-On and Cyberhome that play different files (DivX, XviD, MPEG's etc.).

They all seem to have quality issues.

I have a cheap portable from Circuit City that I fear has damaged some of my discs.


I am looking for one that is reliable, available and good at playing messy discs.
 

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My Oppo has played everything that I've thrown at it. You're looking for a dvd player with a good loader, and there seems to be many dvd players out and more coming out that uses the same loader as the Oppo. The loader listed for the Oppo is the Sanyo Optics DV34S. You can easily identify it as the really thin plastic dvd drive found on the dvd player. Don't be fooled in thinking the loader is cheap though, it's been labeled as "child proof" in some countries as you can bend it a good deal without it breaking (compared to other loaders).
 

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Originally Posted by jm_etue
I need to get a DVD player that excels at playing slightly scratched or smudged

DVD's (especially DVD+R's!).


I currently have Pioneer DV-525 that plays some well, but not DVD+R's that get worn.


This is important because I buy these expensive Disney or Pixar collector's sets and then I make a working copy to use day-to-day.


My 2½ year old really takes a toll on her favorite DVD's.
From your title I thought you meant porn movies, lol. :D


Anyway the Samsung HD841 that I just bought seems to work well with scratched CDs and DVDs although the DVD back-ups that I have are not nearly as scratched as the CDs.
 

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From your title I thought you meant porn movies, lol. :D
exactly what I thought...... :D
 

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I have a device in my house that makes these play better on every DVDp. It's called the kitchen sink, specifically the hot side of the faucet.
 

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I have a device in my house that makes these play better on every DVDp. It's called the kitchen sink, specifically the hot side of the faucet.
I use that too, but I do wonder if using tap water is bad for the disc.
 

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I like the idea of the Oppo. I only need 480i right now, but if I upgrade TV's it would be nice to have the upscaled HDMI option.


Oh, those of you who thought the title of the thread was misleading - you are being added to a national registry by Homeland defense :)
 

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My Oppo has played everything that I've thrown at it. You're looking for a dvd player with a good loader, and there seems to be many dvd players out and more coming out that uses the same loader as the Oppo. The loader listed for the Oppo is the Sanyo Optics DV34S. You can easily identify it as the really thin plastic dvd drive found on the dvd player. Don't be fooled in thinking the loader is cheap though, it's been labeled as "child proof" in some countries as you can bend it a good deal without it breaking (compared to other loaders).
Hope your right...the first thing I noticed when I got my OPPO was the tray looked cheap...it works flawless so far...and I agree this player plays all my disc without a problem.
 

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In addition to a forgiving player, what else do you do to keep your discs playing longer?


Any of those disc repair products any good?
 

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Are you sure that the problem is with the discs? Have you tried playing the discs in another player? The Pioneer 525 has many known issues with compatability. If the discs play in another player, there is a good chance that the issue is a defect in the player, not with the discs.

www.pioneerdvdclassaction.com
 

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I didn't realize it had problems.

I thought this player was one of the early players that

had great compatibility.
http://www.videohelp.com/dvdplayers....archcomments

The pixelization I definetly have - but some other things are duplicated on

my portable and computer drives, so I don't think its all the pioneer.


Where can I find a list of the effected players.
 

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If the title of the thread was: "DVD Player for "DIRTY DVD DISCS", although it would be much more accurate, it probably wouldn't get as many viewings. :)
 

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I didn't realize it had problems.

I thought this player was one of the early players that

had great compatibility.
http://www.videohelp.com/dvdplayers....archcomments

The pixelization I definetly have - but some other things are duplicated on

my portable and computer drives, so I don't think its all the pioneer.


Where can I find a list of the effected players.


Its every Pioneer model sold from 1997 until the end of 2003, certainly including the DV-525. Does your 525 have a lip-synch issue?

http://www.pioneerdvdclassaction.com...assAction2.pdf
 

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Nothing I've attributed to the player - I always assumed glitches were disc related.


Either way, I'll probably replace it with the Oppo or other player that is highly regarded.


Are there any other players or brands specifically well regarded for their robustness?
 
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