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Old 03-09-2013, 03:34 PM   #1
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I have had an Oppo 95 for a bit of 3 years now and it has been a joy for nearly all of that period. I had to have in repaired one after 10 months but the process was quick and painless. Now alas, it is having increasing difficulty reading BRDs, even the ones it has just played. Of course this has just happened outside the albeit generous 3 year warranty.

I have contacted Oppo yet but I am thinking the repair costs may make it time for a replacement. I use it for a 2-3 hours nearly every day. It that the limit of their life spans?
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I would call Oppo and see if you can get it repaired reasonably. They may even warrant it if it's just out of warranty considering it was repaired once already. Worth the time to ask.
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I would call Oppo and see if you can get it repaired reasonably. They may even warrant it if it's just out of warranty considering it was repaired once already. Worth the time to ask.
Good point and worth a try!

Regarding a player's lifespan....I don't think 2-3 hours per day over the course of 3-4 years is excessive at all. I've had gear over 30 years old that still performs flawlessly. Granted that things aren't built like they were in decades gone by, but it should certainly be longer than 3-4 years.
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3 years? Wasn't the 95 officially release in March 2011 which would make it 2 years. If you do have a 3 year warranty then you'd still be covered. Even if not, contact Oppo and they may very well offer to repair it for no or minimal cost. It doesn't hurt to try.

But even at 2-3 hours a day, every day, for 3 years would but a little over 3-4k hours on the drive which doesn't sound all that long; not to mention you stated it had been replaced before thus the drive would have even less hours on it.
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I have had an Oppo 95 for a bit of 3 years now and it has been a joy for nearly all of that period. I had to have in repaired one after 10 months but the process was quick and painless. Now alas, it is having increasing difficulty reading BRDs, even the ones it has just played. Of course this has just happened outside the albeit generous 3 year warranty.

I have contacted Oppo yet but I am thinking the repair costs may make it time for a replacement. I use it for a 2-3 hours nearly every day. It that the limit of their life spans?
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I have had an Oppo 95 for a bit of 3 years now and it has been a joy for nearly all of that period. I had to have in repaired one after 10 months but the process was quick and painless. Now alas, it is having increasing difficulty reading BRDs, even the ones it has just played. Of course this has just happened outside the albeit generous 3 year warranty.

I have contacted Oppo yet but I am thinking the repair costs may make it time for a replacement. I use it for a 2-3 hours nearly every day. It that the limit of their life spans?
Just contact them and ask. Oppo is not like other CE vendors when it comes to after warranty support they are quite reasonable. Yes as some one said, it was released March 2011, so no you haven't had the BDP-95 three years, only two. Normal daily playback shouldn't cause a loader failure with only 2 years usage.

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Thanks for all the replies but I was mistaken about the model (as corrected below). It is an 83 and I have had it since January 2010 so it is beyond its 2 year (another mistake) warranty. I found my repair report and the drive wasn't replaced but rather a defective memory module on the motherboard. Anyway, I will check with their CS to get a recommendation. Hard to believe the but 83 does seem dated at this point.

It is on an open shelf and connected directly to the PD.

I asked about the life due to what I think are the moving parts. I have an amp and preamp that are going on 15 years but haven't seen that kind of life from DVD and CD players and my first Pioneer Elite failed after 2 years.

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There's two likely possibilities: the first is that there's dust or grease on the laser lens. That's very easy to fix. You might try using one of those CDs that have a little brush on it, although if the problem is grease, that won't take it off, it will just push it around. If the warranty is over and you feel technically adept, you might want to try to clean it yourself by taking apart the player. I don't know how accessible the laser lens is.

The other is that the laser is losing power. In that case, the transport will have to be replaced, but DVD drives are very inexpensive these days. You'd have to ask OPPO which OEM drives are equivalent or purchase the part from them if they'll sell you one. I replaced a drive in my standalone CD-R for only $23.
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There's two likely possibilities: the first is that there's dust or grease on the laser lens. That's very easy to fix. You might try using one of those CDs that have a little brush on it, although if the problem is grease, that won't take it off, it will just push it around. If the warranty is over and you feel technically adept, you might want to try to clean it yourself by taking apart the player. I don't know how accessible the laser lens is.

The other is that the laser is losing power. In that case, the transport will have to be replaced, but DVD drives are very inexpensive these days. You'd have to ask OPPO which OEM drives are equivalent or purchase the part from them if they'll sell you one. I replaced a drive in my standalone CD-R for only $23.
Very interesting. Oppo has since suggested I take the drive out to access and hand clean the laser and see if that solves the problem. It sounds straight forward but I will see how that goes when I have the time to do that.
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