I *may* be in the market for a "new" DVD player. I haven't cleared this take-off with the tower yet....
My current player has worked great for about 18 months (Apex AD800). But I've noticed an increase in the audio drop-outs, and it has started consistently missing the same words at the same point in movies. Example, I bought T2 last week, and the player misses the words "liquid metal" when Arnold is explaining to the kid about the other terminator. Every time, the sound just aren't there.. bleep. Video is great. This will be a fine upstairs, nonHT player. Edit: in the player's defense, it has received HEAVY use. We don't have cable and usually watch movies when we watch anything.
I'm severely budget-restrained, to the point that I may not buy anything right now if I can't afford something I want. The good thing is I don't covet expensive players... just basic play-back quality. I think $150 is probably about it. Another positive is that I don't care about a changer. Single drawer is fine.
My first thought is to look at used 'better' players. Examples:
(Actually, I'm not sure how good the Tosh is; I've heard good things about JVC's upper stuff, I'm not impressed with their cheaper stuff)
I can get a new single-drawer player in that price range from just about every major mass manufacturer, including Onkyo, which I consider a step above JVC, Sony, etc. I won't buy Panasonic. I'm curious about Pioneer's regular stuff.
Progressive scan isn't important right now, although I've noticed it has trickled down to most but the most basic players. Built-in decoders are not necessary.
I want to be able to put in a disc, press play, and watch a movie without thinking about the player. That isn't happening anymore with the current unit.
This may or may not happen, but I'm curious as to opinions, history with certain brands, and whether anyone here has the itch to upgrade or has a player 'lying around' that they would sell.