RCA 5-disc problems

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Manda
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RCA 5-disc problems

I just bought the 5-disc RCA player (DRC510N). The problems is that I can get everything to work on it but DVD's. It has a list of about 12 compatible disks but everytime I put in a dvd it says that either there is no disc in the unit or that it is not compatible and to try another disc. I did however get most of the WB disks to work and so I know that all the hookups are correct. Should I just take the unit back for an exchange assuming that it's just this player or will the next one do the same thing? OR do I have something screwed up in the hookups that could fix all of this?

Matt Whitlock (not verified)
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As long as you are trying to

As long as you are trying to play commercial discs (copied ones are always hit-or-miss), then I would say it is something wrong with the unit. The way it's hooked up would not affect its ability to recognize a DVD.

Since you just bought it, take it back and exchange it for a new one. A DVD player should be able to recognize DVDs, so I wouldn't expect the next one to exhibit this behavior. However, I'd recommend stepping up to a little bit nicer unit if you have the means, but that's entirely your call.

Let us know what happens.

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I took the unit back just

I took the unit back just after I called RCA themselves and they said that the dvd drive doesn't reconize duel layered dvds. So, thank you and I will invest in a better player.... any suggestions?

Matt Whitlock (not verified)
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That's an odd explanation of

That's an odd explanation of the problem. If their drive doesn't recognize dual-layered DVDs, then it can't play 90% of commercial films. Maybe they meant dual-layered recordable discs???

How much were you looking to spend on a player? I'm sure the community would love to give you some suggestions.

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That is what I thought, but

That is what I thought, but it worked with all of the jpeg files and burned home movies I have and it was a great cd player... the sound was awesome hooked up to the surround sound.
As for a new one, I don't really have a price range. I was looking for something that could hold more than one disc because we have a large dvd and cd collection and it is sort of a pain to change them all the time. Also something that is easy to maintain and hook-up to an older rca pro-logic surround sound system. At this point I'm up for anything and I don't have a bias on brand either.

Matt Whitlock (not verified)
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I'd recommend you go with

I'd recommend you go with either a single disc, or a jukebox unless you often load 5 or so CDs to play on random. Otherwise, you have to load a 5-disc player with movies just about as often anyway. Plus, you tend to get a little more for your money out of a single disc model, and they're less prone to failure since it has less moving parts.

Any DVD player is easy to hook up to a Dolby Pro Logic receiver since all you need is a stereo analog output, which all of them have.

How large would you say your DVD and CD collection is, both seperate and combined?

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well we have about 200-or so

well we have about 200-or so dvd's and almost as many cd's.

Ron Repking (not verified)
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This may be an off the wall

This may be an off the wall suggestion, but have you considered buying a media center PC or even just hooking up an existing computer to your TV (video) and stereo (audio)? It's not that difficult to do and there is even and article on TechLore describing how to do it.

The PC will give you the DVD player that you are looking for that will usually play many types of DVDs and CDs. In addition, you could rip your CDs to MP3s and store them digitally on your PC and not ever have to fool with a CD again! If you go with the Media Center PC, you can also view all of your digital pictures and home videos with a friendly interface, and be able to record TV shows automatically!

Matt Whitlock (not verified)
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Ron's suggestion is certianly

Ron's suggestion is certianly worth thinking about. A media PC will certainly take care of your CDs, allowing you to compress them all to a hard drive and serve them to your stereo. You could even solve this by ripping your CDs to your existing computer, and using a device to stream music to your stereo. Steven Jones wrote a very good article about some different options. Check it out: http://www.techlore.com/article/10086/

If you don't want to mess with a computer in your home stereo rack, I would consider some of Sony's 400 disc Mega-changers. If you take the time to set them up properly, and label all of the CDs with a keyboard, they can help to reduce the constant disc-swapping associated with single and 5-disc players.

 

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