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Highly disappointed with this player
on October 12, 2012
Maybe I got the lemon of the bunch but this Blu Ray player was a pretty big failure. I typically try not to buy anything refurbished but at this price, I figured I would take a chance and if it needed to be replaced in a year, so be it. After setting up the player and connecting it to the internet (via cat5 cable), things seemed to be working fine. I linked my Netflix account to the player and watched a couple of minutes of various movies I've viewed in the past and it worked fine enough. I must say, the quality of the streaming videos was not as good as when watching from my Xbox or Playstation 3, but I figured I could live with it since I already had other avenues of watching Netflix.
The main reason I bought this was so I could have a Blu Ray player in the bedroom and hence the reason for my 1-star rating. I popped in a Blu Ray disc (The Avengers) and settled in but to my major disappointment, about 40 minutes into the movie the player began making a whirling sound...like it was trying to load a disc. Then all of sudden the picture on the screen froze up and then started playing frame by frame, like when you pause a movie then hit the slow-motion forward button. So I stopped the movie and tried to play from where it froze and again, same slow-motion issue. The disc was brand new so it couldn't have been due to a scratch but I tried to give the player the benefit of the doubt (because I hate returning things) and popped in another Blu Ray disc. Unfortunately, same frustrating issue after about the 40th minute in the movie. So just to make sure it wasn't a Blu Ray thing, I put in a regular DVD and same thing happened with it.
Again, I probably got that one bad player of the lot...but it is a "refurb" machine and it needed to be refurbished in the first place for some reason, right. In this case, whoever did the repairs obviously didn't sit through and try to watch a movie on this particular machine.