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Master Geek
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Topic # 226083 19-Dec-2017 17:26
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I have an old but very nice Pioneer DV-717 DVD player that has stopped working.  The question is - will it be worth repairing. 


I can use my new Xbox One S instead as it has a 4k Blue Ray Player in it.  However I was wondering if the output quality would be as good or better than the older Pioneer mentioned above that I purchased in April/1999. 


The Pioneer front panel display lights have gone out and the DVD tray will not function at all.  (there is a tiny light that shows up from above the main power button, but the rest of the unit seems very dead)


I looked inside and the internal fuse is still good and I see no sign of visual damage, though I have no experience here) 


My initial feeling is that it might be time to move on from this device. I do not use Blue Ray DVD's, but have a VERY large collection of DVD Zone 1,2 & 4 disks.


Any comment appreciated.

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Ultimate Geek
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  Reply # 1922375 20-Dec-2017 09:59
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Is the xbox multizone for DVD, that would be the only reason to look at repair and/or replacement now I would have thought?


For a few bucks at the big red shed, you can pick up a cheap DVD player, that should be multi-zone (I think the Sony BD players are multizone for DVD out of the box, but not for Bluray).I have serious doubts that the extra money for a "high end DVD player" is worth it now, 576p is only ever going to look ok next to 1080p/4k

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Uber Geek
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  Reply # 1922379 20-Dec-2017 10:10
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Repair an 18 year old DVD player? No.


A new Sony DVD player from JB Hifi only costs $67 (just having a quick look on their page).


You can get a Panasonic 'smart' blu-ray for $91.


More to the point - there wont be parts available and I doubt you could find anyone that even looks at repair of things like this.



Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn't have to do it himself - A. H. Weiler


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  Reply # 1922422 20-Dec-2017 11:33
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I have a boxed as new 717. S-Video and RGB Scart woohoo. Was a great CD Player though. Havent used it since i went HDMI around 2005

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Uber Geek
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  Reply # 1922478 20-Dec-2017 12:27
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18 years old and no HDMI? Repairs, if at all possible, would cost way more than a new unit.


It's a boat anchor!


Get something new. New units now are HDMI and do at least 1080p if not 4k upscaling.


P.S. And if not Multizone DVD out of the box they can easily be made Multizone usually for free.

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Master Geek
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  Reply # 1922887 21-Dec-2017 05:50
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Great advice guys.. Thank you so much.


The unit will now be a boat anchor.



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  Reply # 1922907 21-Dec-2017 07:46
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You have an Xbox one S.

Sorted already.

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Master Geek
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  Reply # 1922913 21-Dec-2017 08:16
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He needs multi-region playback.


Is that possible on a Xbox? 

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