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New Player for DVDs & CDs

Old 10-15-02, 07:30 PM
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New Player for DVDs & CDs

Just received my new Panasonic RP-82s from Crutchfield's ($213 delivered). Works great on DVD's but is now giving me tremendous problems with CD-R's, of which I have a lot. It's not that it simply rejects them as unplayable -- some tracks it will play, others not, some it drops out for a while and then returns in the middle of the track. Sound is lousy on some tracks (lots of background distortion). In short, a real mess.

So unless anyone has some brilliant suggestions as to how to get this machine running properly, it's back to Crutchfield's for a replacement. And the question I want to raise is what I should go with for a replacement? I listen to CDs/CDR's a lot, so the ability to play these is important to me. I'm running this through a regular TV, so progressive scan isn't really necessary, and my receiver decodes DD/DTS, so a decoder is also unnecessary. I've also been thinking that a multi-disc changer might be nice, though I worry about any extra mechanicals that can break down over time.

Right now I'm considering Sony, either the 715 or one of the two multidisc changes, the 615 or 655 (which looks like the multi-disc version of the 715). Any comments on these or other players that are particularly strong on playing both CDs and DVDs would be welcome. By the way, my previous player (a Phillips DVD825) did very well on this count for 3 years, playing pretty much every disc I threw at it up until the day it died. It did have dual lasers and I'm wondering if this might have been a factor in its performance.

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