Pioneer 525 - known failure?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Seth Paxton, Nov 1, 2001.

  1. Seth Paxton

    Seth Paxton Lead Actor

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    Well, I have now seen this twice. Once on a test player at work, once on my home player.
    Both died in what appears to be a laser pickup problem as best as I can tell.
    Code runs because you get output on the display, tray opens, but you can simply never load the DVD. It's not just loading DVD code problems though, as neither player seems to even be able to run a CD either.
    I had been suspicous that the test player at work had been bumped or something, but my home player never moved or temp. cycled. The player at work lasted about 4 months. My home player lasted about 18 months.
    I was wondering if this failure has already made the rounds of discussion here. I'm certain it must be a known fault with Pioneer, although I'm just getting ready to investigate and see what they say.
    I used to respect Pioneer, but now... a DVD player should last at least 2 years. This is a joke.
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  2. Doug_L

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    Can't really help you here. I have a 525 and have not had any problems with it (knock on wood). Although this isn't the greatest player ever made, and nobody seems to love it, I don't remember reading posts that there was either a design or manufacturing defect, although that's certainly possible.
    Good luck in you hunt. I'll certainly be watching this thread.
     
  3. Han

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    I have one too. No failure yet, but I don't doubt it could happen someday. I agree, not the greatest player, but at the time, it was the only one I felt had the least amount of problems with certain troublesome DVDs.
    ...Until a progressive player comes out that I like...
     
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    I had a 414, and right before it was a year old it had a problem with the laser pickup. Fortunately, it was fixed under warranty. I gave it to a friend and it has worked fine for two years now after the fix.
     

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