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    are dvd players now disposable?

    my second dvd player has stopped working. It is a four year old panasonic. The other player was a nice denon that crapped out after 3 years.

    why do players not last that long? I have a Sony 5 disk that I purchased in 1987 and it still works fine. Is the saying true, they just don't make them like they used to?

    I will replace my panasonic with a cheap one and just expect three years. It is for my bedroom and outside speakers so no big deal.

    thanks?

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    DVD players have been disposable for years now, especially since they've been readily available for less than $60. If you want better performance, there are higher end models out there, but the build quality is certainly not going to last you for a long period.

    Aside from a few higher end models, most of the attention and tank-like build quality is now going to the Blu-ray players, which can also upscale regular DVDs. With HDTVs now the norm, more and more of the market is shifting towards HD sources, and Blu-ray's part of that shift.
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    I've been saying that for some time. When your DVDP will no longer do movies, use it as a CD transport. Buy a really good DAC and treat players as consumables. These are not the good old days when a turntable could be a family heirloom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trollgirl
    I've been saying that for some time. When your DVDP will no longer do movies, use it as a CD transport. Buy a really good DAC and treat players as consumables.
    Given that 90% of time when DVD player quit playing movies is because of mechanical issue, using it as a transport might also be out of question

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smokey
    Given that 90% of time when DVD player quit playing movies is because of mechanical issue, using it as a transport might also be out of question
    Also, I agree with Frank Van Alstine that the DAC is responsible for the greater difference between the two. Not that I wouldn't want an EMM Labs unit. Transports are mechanical and wear out. Buy a new one!

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    Cool

    TECH is moving so fast that when something breaks its time to get another anyway, so they go for a low price in construction.
    A lot of people cant understand that these days most everything is disposable, just not worth fixing, so toss it and get a new one with more updated features
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    Breaks down, are you sure your not doing something to damage it, I doubt the player is dying out by default, 4 years doesn't even exceed the gurantee you can purchase with it.

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    Hell, I bought and assembled a Heathkit DVD player back in the early 70's. It still works just fine. Uh, hold on a minute, my wife just said it's time to take my Focus Factor.

    RR6

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