[QUOTE=Dartman;2753273]I bought a very early Sharp DVD player back about 98? I think when they first started becoming popular and had to take it back as it couldn’t play audio CD’s.
Back then the pickup they used only could read the wavelink that DVD’s were using and nothing else.
Pioneer made a big deal about the fact that their new DVD players had dual pickups and could play audio CD’s so I bought one of their 525 players instead.
It couldn’t play JPG’s, MP3’s or anything else but dvd and cd but it sure did a nice job of playing both.
It even played really poor disks well and had almost none of the weird digital video playback stuff that many of my later newer players had. Picture was smooth with normal film grain which took me years to find again in a Denon Multi format player that had really good video conversion chips in it and can also play SACD and DVD audio.
I wish I had never sold it off now but I kept upgrading once the prices dropped to something I could easily afford.
I guess just a DVD player history lesson as NO modern player don’t play CD’s now.[/QUOTE]
Interesting, I half suspected that there might be some early player out there that didn’t do CD audio but wasn’t sure.
Even though it’s got nothing to do with the standard DVD specs, I think it’s one of those sets of circumstances where it was so trivially easy and inexpensive to add that once the manufacturers started doing it, then effectively there was no going back.
It’s a bit like the extra features you get nowadays in cars and they have to keep adding to this to compete, so they become the norm.