Are some DVD players better at playing scratched discs than others?

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by Rich Tysinger, Feb 18, 2005.

  1. Rich Tysinger

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    Hello,

    It seems that I'm getting more and more DVDs from Netflix that are badly scratched. My aging, el-cheapo Cyberhome can handle most of them, but I guess it's time for an upgrade. I was wondering if there are certain DVD players that have been proven to handle scratched discs better than others and if anyone could recommend one. Thanks!
     
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    I don't know which machine is best, but the answer to your general question is yes, some are better than others. Some players have a more robust error correction section than others. It works on the same principle as for CDs. My car stereo has crappy error correction--slight scratches cause it to skip. The same discs play in my Marantz universal player with far fewer problems, and my Cambridge Audio is even a bit better. However, I've never come across a site or list of the best in error correction. Might be worth having.
     

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