December 18, 2006 3:22 PM
As a general rule, I would agree that you get what you pay for. Think about it! The optical assembly is the most costly component of the system. If you are going to try and keep the costs down, you start with the most costly part.
A good way to determine whether or not a DVD is worth the cost is to look at the warantee. Many manufacturers exchange the units now. The repsir cost is too high. As a warantee station for many manufacturers, I can tell you that the "dealer" cost of the replacement parts often exceeds the "retail" cost of the unit. A good exampleof this is the picture tube for direct view TVs. No one would pay $700 for a picture tube when they spent $399 for the whole set, right?
The constant pausing is that the digital data stream is not consistant. The tracking information is valid which is why it still tries to continue. This is a sign that the optics are failing. It can sometimes be "fixed" by adjusting the laser power setting. This is just a bandaid though and will not last.