Repair or Replace?

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  1. Andrew 'Ange Hamm' Hamm

    Andrew 'Ange Hamm' Hamm Supporting Actor

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    Our Pioneer DV-333, a steal five years ago at $189, has been increasingly acting up lately. For a while, it wouldn't accept any "up/down" or "enter" commands from the remote until it had been on for several minutes, and now it won't accept the commands at all. So it's been replaced by a venerable old Toshiba SD-2006 (kickin it old school, baby!) while I decide what to do. The Toshi is not an acceptable permanent replacement as it has serious problems with many newer DVDs, especially Disney SEs.

    So I have a couple linked questions:

    1) Has anyone experienced this problem before? What was the repair like?

    2) Is it worth repairing, or should we go ahead and spend that money on a replacement deck? You can get more for $90 these days, it seems, than I got for $190 back in the day.

    3) What should we replace it with? This is a most complicated question, as I am a poor graduate student. I have a fairly standard 5.1 setup through a Pioneer XSD-D606 and a 32" standard Toshiba monitor using S-Video. I'm kind of torn between the desire to be a leeeetle bit future-proof and the need to be economical.

    Thanks in advance for the help. I'm not around here much these days, mainly because I'm poor and can't afford anything but software, and the Forum just makes me envious.
     
  2. Scott Merryfield

    Scott Merryfield Executive Producer

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    The repair bill would probably be at least as much as a new DVD player. It will probably cost $75 just to have a technician look at the player. Personally, I wouldn't put any money into a five year old player.
     
  3. SimiA

    SimiA Second Unit

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    And neither would I!
    Check out the new Denon's.
    They're sweet.
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  4. Andrew 'Ange Hamm' Hamm

    Andrew 'Ange Hamm' Hamm Supporting Actor

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    Word.

    How frustrating. If I can just get the damn thing to play, it looks and sounds magnificent...
     
  5. Steven_Lazarus

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    kick it to the curb!! it's always fun doing research on a new purchase!![​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  6. Jerome Grate

    Jerome Grate Cinematographer

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    Depending on your t.v. maybe you should look at the ones that upscale to 1080i. As soon as I get my Sony RPTV I plan to get either the Zenith 318 with Faroudja chip and upscale through the component video or the Samsung 841 through the DVI. Here's your opportunity.
     
  7. Lewis Besze

    Lewis Besze Producer

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    I never had a DVD player that lasted 5 years,and they all cost more then $189.They all got replaced.Currently on #5 already over a year old,still working though.
    What I'm try to say is yes replacement is probably cheaper and you get more up to date tech.Yes, a lot has happened in 5 years.
     

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