My beloved CD/DVD player (a five-disc carousel model) conked out last night after eight years of faithful service. I'd like to get one with much the same functionality to replace it, but apparently things have changed drastically in the home video market since 2003. Who knew? Help me figure out what kind of machine I need to buy.
My current setup is that all audio (CD, DVD, over-the-air TV audio, Roku, and until recently an Airport Express running AirTunes) is fed into an amplifier and then to a standard set of stereo speakers. Video (DVD & Roku) are fed to the video input of a standard-def TV. The dead machine is a Toshiba SD-2815, a five-disc DVD carousel. It's my only way to play CDs, and I don't currently have the capability to send my entire library (~300-400 CDs) to my stereo via WiFi, so I'd like to still have a way to play physical discs. And since I use it for playing discs, the carousel feature, where I can load multiple discs at once, is pretty sweet.
I'm assuming that it's not worth it trying to repair this machine (though correct me if I'm wrong), so that means I need to get a replacement for this one. However, I also know that Blu-Ray is the wave of the future, and I can see myself upgrading to a HD set within the next 3-4 years (though probably not within the next 12-18 months.) In rough order of priority, then, I would like my replacement device to have:
- The ability to play standard DVDs.
- The ability to play CDs.
- A carousel or other disc-changing capability.
- The ability to play Blu-Ray discs.
I spent a little time looking at the Best Buy website last night, but they don't seem to have something that satisfies all four of these criteria (at least, not for the $200-300 I'm willing to spend.) Do I have to cross one off of this list? If so, which one should it be? If not, where should I be looking for a wider selection of devices?
Random last points:
- I'm not yet ready (due to the amount of time & money it would require) to completely cut the cord and go to a digital media center; right now I'm just looking for a replacement for my defunct machine.
- A lot of Blu-Ray players seem to have built-in WiFi capability these days. This isn't strictly necessary for me, as I just bought a Roku about a month ago.
- I'd like to not have to buy two separate boxes to get the functionality I want, since the cabinet space I currently have is limited. I can make space if I need to, though.
- I don't have cable and don't intend to get it any time soon.
So, AV mavens of MetaFilter: any thoughts?