Originally posted by CoolJourney:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Robin_M:
Anyway, while things are working relatively well now, my Magnadyne DVD player has just started to displaying the skipping problem that others have reported. Noticed it a couple of times now, and my coach is now out of warranty. If it gets any worse, and Monaco won't replace the radio for free, I've made up my mind that I'm going to tear out the entire system and have a good sound shop install something better.
Robin, I hear your pain. We are on our second Magnadyne (a brand new one installed by our dealer in early Nov.). Our original Magnadyne played some, but not all DVDs. Shortly after installation the new Magnadyne played every DVD all the way through with no problems. Now after about 3 1/2 months the new Magnadyne is failing and most DVDs stop and won't play any further after about 20 min. When this happens we have to drag out our Laptop and watch the DVD on the small screen. As you can imagine this is quite irritating since it always seems to happen in a critical scene in the movie. Many others have reported similar issues after 2-3 new installations of Magnadyne units, so I started looking for a better in-dash unit to resolve the problem. Some folks had mentioned the Pioneer AVIC-D3 DVD/Navigation system, but at a minimum of $600 this would be an expensive solution, plus cutting a larger hole in the dash for the double din Pioneer.
We decided to invest in a new, stand-alone Sony Upconverting DVD player ($85 out the door) and install it in our system. We connected it via the HDMI connector (feeds both audio and video through one cable) directly to the Sharp Aquos. WOW! What a difference in the picture AND most importantly all DVDs play through with no problem. I really don't know why I didn't do this sooner. Other than DVD play, we only use the Magnadyne for audio switching (between the AV1 and AV2 connections) and feeding audio to the amp for the so-called surround sound system. While installing the Sony DVD player I decided to connect our satellite TV receiver directly to the TV via the S-Video connection. The result is we have a MUCH better picture on the TV for satellite TV and DVDs and everything else works just as it should. The only kink I found is that while I can view DVDs through this setup on the rear TV the sound does not come out of the TV speakers. However, we can use the ceiling speakers in the bedroom for the very few times we would watch a DVD there.
Something to consider for those of us with intermittant DVD playability problems with the Magnadyne units.
Bill </div></BLOCKQUOTE>Have the same problem (20 minutes and dvd freezes up), will call my dealer next week. My bedroom unit just stopped working also, will ask them to have both units available to switch out when I take it back in March, we are now fulltimers and I won't have time till then. I did install a Sony Blue Ray in the overhead to the right of the TV, it works great. Jim