I purchased a Koss KD365 standalone player awhile ago at Sears.
Here are the specifications:
As you can see, it boasts compatibility with almost all DVD formats.
Now onto the problems…
The player freezes when attempting to recognize some DVD-R discs, you can clearly hear a very loud spin up noise, and then it starts to make a loud repeated ‘clacking’ noise and does not recognize the disc. The player than freezes up, and the only way to get it functioning again is to either press the eject button numerous times or power cycle the unit. The same exact discs are recognized and play fine on my older Philips DVD704 standalone player.
This same behavior has actually occurred with a DVD-ROM disc before also. The DVD-ROM disc has a capacity of approximately 2GB. Additionally, my brother also has a KD365 and he has reported hearing this same ‘clacking’ behaviour on some discs.
When ejecting a DVD-R, and placing a completely different DVD-R (with a different movie) in the player, the player will attempt to start playing the same chapter that it left off from on the previous disc. For instance, if I’m playing “The Hulk” DVD-R and I eject at chapter 21, and then insert “Spiderman” DVD-R, the player will attempt to start playing from chapter 21. This causes problems because some discs don’t have the same amount of chapters! The player then makes the same clacking noise described above. Anyone else experience these problems?
It has trouble with DVD+RW even though it officially supports it! The audio and video on the DVD+RW are played in slow motion on the KD365. The same disc played on my older Philips DVD704 player works perfectly! I have attached the Disc Quality scan for this DVD+RW disc. As you can see it is well within acceptable specifications!
I’m thinking this player is crap-ola!
Please comment if you have this DVD player!
All other comments/thoughts/suggestions are also welcome!
Thanks in advance.