Ok, my last big and heavy DVD player finally died and it isn't coming back.
Since then I've purchased 5 different DVD / Blu Ray players and each one was a giant POS.
First I started out with the $40 Sony stuff from Wal Mart. I quickly learned I need a front display and a remote that is large enough I can actually read what the buttons do. And they were so cheap it amazed me with flimsy trays that actually bend when you set a DVD in them.
On top of that, not suprisingly the $40 model skipped and choked on several of my DVDs. I have a lot of documentary stuff and rare films that were released as DVD-Rs.
So I went into the $100+ models (both DVD and Blu Ray) and while the remotes were sometimes bigger the player was still a cheap feeling piece of junk that failed to play some of my DVDs and a couple that actually seemed to die within a few weeks of regular use.
I don't mind spending money on something that is going to last. The last decent DVD player I had was a Sony that was purchased in 2001 and it was the last one to die on me. If I could find similar quality and life span I'd gladly spend the money, I just don't want to pay a lot for junk.
Ideally I'd love a changer, but it seems they haven't been made in years. So can anyone please recommend a DVD or BR player in the $100-200 range that will play all of my discs reliably and last a few years. I obviously don't know where to start as I've struck out 5 times now.
It's also hard to buy online sight unseen and get stuff that isn't flimsy junk and the stores only seem to stock $40 junk boxes.