An HDMI switcher. Yup, that’ll do it, thanks Erik!
Digging around I see I can get up to an 8 input switch.
This will save possible disc damage changing them out far less during use.
I put all my DVDs on my network server and can both find and watch any dvd at any time. That said, I’ve recently moved into watching non English dramas and movies and no longer think to watch old DVDs.
I hope that this is taken as a constructive alternative. This has the added advantage of storing years of family videos and 75K+ images on redundant drives that are then backed up to a second network server. The servers were an early retirement project.
I do appreciate the constructive and civil posts from both of you.
Maybe after retirement I too will have my own servers and such. Right now though I will continue to work almost 60 hours a week so that I will have a nice retirement. It doesn't leave a lot of spare time for such projects. Fortunately I enjoy my job and like going to work.
No, I wasn't aware of DVD changers, will look into those. Like I said, I am a very busy person so it's almost impossible to keep up on such things. I have made it a point recently to make more time for hobbies though, that's why I joined Audiogon. 99% of the people on here are polite, informative and helpful. I do appreciate it.
Like @toddsyr and a few others here I also still play DVDs, and CDs, too. I have a fantastic local library system that has an extensive DVD collection, including content that isn't available on streaming. A combo CD/DVD player doesn't have to take much space in your rack.
it takes seconds to download a movie from the server to a small USB drive, and any TV worth watching allows you to stream from a USB drive.
There is nothing wrong with your desire to play multiple DVDs. Yes, as some have suggested, DVD changers may be perfect solution for you.
We service aging audio/video gear and see lots of CD/DVD players in the shop. Keep in mind that these devices have a finite life span. The laser ages and gets weaker, and the "sled" develops some play in it. This combination makes it more difficult for read those tiny little pits on the physical media.
Its kinda like trying to hit the little target in the urinal with a weaker stream that you can't hold as steady as you used to.
Good luck with your retirement. My average work week was 75 hours. I get the leasure time thing. Enjoy.