Advice Needed, Pioneer DV717

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  1. Tom Tom

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    OK, I havea Pioneer Dv 717, I bought it when DVDs were new and paid for it. It was a multi region and was bought to be a CD player for my hifi (Pay more all in one than buy 2 seperates that might not have been as good)

    Now with it being so old, it does not always like every Multi Region I play (more on the newer ones) and if we rent videos from Blockbuster who seem to have an ability to buy in scratched disks, it gets jerky and horrid.

    When I put Monsters Inc in it keeps turning on and off the Dolby Dts giving a phasing and switched sound track.

    Do I need to get it serviced?

    Now my Dad has given me a Panasonic s27, I have the option to take it a shop and pay a little more for a Pionerr DV575 Would either player be able to replace my 717 as it gets annoying with all the disks it seems to no longer be able to do.
    The Pioneer 575 can play DivX which my old one cant, can I upgrade the old players software?

    Please help I dont know what my best option is here

    Thanks Tom
     
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    My DVD 717 finally gave up a couple of weeks ago. Can't complain too much as it had given me 6 years service.
    They go for nothing on e-bay and the cost of getting it serviced will cost probably more than its worth. You will be surprised how much things have improved.
    I bought a Toshiba 350e for £80 and it outperforms the Pioneer on all counts. You can even Region hack it through the remote without having to get it modded. Has played all of Region 1's so far. Shame I use to like my Pioneer and I still think it is a great looking player.

    Time to move on I think.
     
  3. mjcairney

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    I reckon getting your DV717 serviced would cost a fortune and would therefore not be worth it.

    I too had a DV717 and loved it, but sold it on last year and replaced it with a Panasonic S97 for the HDMI side of things, as I had purchased a Pioneer Plasma and wanted to get the best from it.

    I also have a Pioneer DV575A in the bedroom and, to my eye at least, it gives a better picture than the DV717 did - seems odd, when you consider the relative buying prices of each, but fact nonetheless.

    What I am saying therefore is go for a DV575 - you won't regret it. Only thing is you'll need to move to move fast as most places no longer stock them - Richer Sounds is one of the few that seems to still have stock.

    Whichever way you go, best of luck. :)

    Cheers,

    Martin.
     
  4. Tom Tom

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    Thanks for all the advice.

    My dad asked about the new player and I said I was going to swap it for the one they had and pay the difference and he just said, I'll take the new one you have the pioneer, He doesn't care about the quality as it was only to replace the old one we bought him years ago which was really bad.

    He just has a few DVDs he watches anyway so I love my parents. :clap:
     
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    Good on you.

    Take care,

    Martin.
     
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    Still got my DV717 and it's never missed a beat, whatever I've thrown at it. And as has already been said, it knocks the socks off most players today in the looks department...
    But mine too will probably be going soon, maybe for a Marantz DV7600 which looks even better in the flesh than on the pictures I've seen and should be good with music too.
    Any idea what I'm likely to get for the Dv717 on eBay or if sold privately what should I be asking?
     
  7. mjcairney

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    Not being flippant - at the end of the day, you'll get what someone is prepared to give you - and I very much doubt it'll get to three figures, but wish you all the best when you do get round to selling it.

    Cheers,

    Martin.
     
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    I struggled to sell my 717 a few months back. In the end I gave it away to a friend.

    Regarding the 575 it has a far better picture than the 717 wia RGB and via component the difference is even more pronunced. I also reckon that the sound quality from the 575 is a bit better as well.
    Just don't expect the sheer build quality of the 717.
     
  9. mjcairney

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    You're right CMcK - the build quality was the real strength of the 717. A Sherman tank could have run over it and not destroyed it.

    Cheers,

    Martin.
     
  10. Tom Tom

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    Thats cause its so big.
     
  11. mjcairney

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    Or maybe it's so big because of that ???? :D

    Martin.
     
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    My DV-737 recently started to to freeze, jump and jitted.

    Two minutes with a cotton wool bud and some Isopropyl alcohol on the Laser lens and all is well again.

    Even the picture quality is better. Give it a go, you've got nothing to lose :smashin:
     
  13. Tom Tom

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    Do you have to take it apart?
    Sorry for being so uninformed.... :lesson: :lease:
     

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