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RE: The search is on for a DEPENDABLE DVD-Audio Player

A transport mechanism is always going to have reliability problems compared to other electronic parts (except tubes, which have a definite controlled lifespan -- largely determined by the price of the tube -- a transmitting tube can last 100,000 hours but also cost nearly that much money).

You have a double whammy of lasers (which also have a limited lifespan, just like any other light source, plus motors, gears, belts, pulley, grease that thickens, lenses that get dirty...

In our experience with the second generation Pioneer transports, the lasers can last between two and ten years. There are a few other random failures that a usually easily repaired. The fourth generation transport used in their universal drives was much more reliable, with very few units failing at all, even after five years.

But one nice thing about Pioneer -- we can still get replacement parts for units that were discontinued ten years ago! I don't know how much longer they will be able to keep that up, but I don't think there is any other company in the world that offers that level of service.


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  Michael Percy Audio  


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