Summary: For the 5 or so years I've had this player it's been a real trooper. It's been easy to setup and use. The only "disc error" issues have arisen from burned discs that might have been overly compressed, or with a codec that is too new for it. However, among the virtues I've found with this device, is the wonderful quality of audio I get using the optical out with my component stereo system.
Summary: I have "fixed" several of these units. The problem is the exceptionally poor quality rubber shock mounts in the rear of the Laser/drive motor assembly. The shocks get "mushy and the rear drops down and the DVD won't spin. The fix is a 'paper clip' to hold the rear of the assy up.
Summary: See this site before considering Toshiba: http://www.dvdnotice.com/ Like 80% of the reviews here, my player died within 18 months - after playing approximately 15-20 movies. Roll that in to the cost of renting/buying movies and you might as well be going to the movie theater! DO NOT BUY TOSHIBA.
Summary: We've had this player for over 6 years and after some 500+ DVD's played, it's going just as strong as the first day. We've never had any trouble with it. The remote isn't as intuitive as it could be, but the player has been 100% compatible with nearly 10 multi-function remotes we've had over the years. The only tiny issue I have, and this is really because if its age, not a design flaw, is that it won't play DVD+R or DVD+RW recordable DVD's.
Summary: I had my Toshiba SD-2800 DVD player for 18 months. It worked well up until the other day, when "Disc Error" appeared after I put a movie in that I had rented. I tried several different discs and all had the same error, I even verified the discs were fine by playing them on my PC. I then checked out the net and found that the "Disc Error" is a very prevalent problem with this player and that I actually did pretty good getting 18 months out of it, as most seem to die at...
Summary: This DVD player generally plays well however disks tend to come dislodged from their slots as the carousel spins. At one point I had to take off the cover in order to retrieve a disk. It's a real annoyance which should never happen.
Summary: This is an update of my previous review (Dec. 2002). I bought this DVD player in May '02, very nearly 2 years ago. I just retired it (stepped up to the Toshiba SD-H400 DVD/Tivo unit) on ebay. But I was sorry to see this one go! It always worked flawlessly for me. It played every disk I put in it, including, despite my previous review, DVD+R and +RW disks that I burned on my PC (haven't tested DVD-R or -RW).
Summary: This player is excellent, feature loaded, cheap, high quality. I've had it nearly 2 years and have yet to have a single problem or even the slightest hint of a problem. I have a Toshiba TV and VCR and they all work great. DVD player has optical audio out and at that price, wow!
Summary: I had a previous Toshiba DVD (sorry don't remember the model number)and after about 1.5 years a little stepper motor that moves the read head stopped stepping. So I replaced that DVD player with the SD2800. Well about 1 year later it has a real hard time reading -R dics. Make that impossible. A friend has a cheap no name DVD player and it reads the dics without problems. Toshiba is not going to make it to strike 3, I am done.
Summary: Consider this before you buy: Is it more important to buy cheap now (and pay more later for replacement/repair)? Or is it more important to get a machine that lasts? My machine lasted for just over a year (14 months). Now it freezes and jumps an hour into almost every movie. Luckily, I bought a "3-year extended warranty contract" from a third party (GE), so getting a repair or replacement costs me nothing.