Laserdisc Players

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  1. bx16v

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    Hi,

    Sorry if this is in the wrong forum - didnt see a specific for this topic.

    Basically, I want to know what model I should go for - bearing in mind that I would prefer DD/AC3 etc - via coax or optical.

    Id be outputting it to a projector as well. Have recently bought a load of discs off of ebay, and busting to try them out.

    Thanks
     
  2. Miniholic

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    I have a Pioneer CLD925, which from the research i did before taking the plunge appears to be one of the best that you can buy for reasonable money, it will also play both PAL and NTSC discs which is an advantage. I use this with a projector, and while the image is a liitle soft compared to DVD, it's still very watchable.

    Check out this site for more info Laserdisc Archive

    To get DD/AC3 though you will need a demodulator, as the digital output from a laserdisc player used an R/F signal instead of the digital bitstream output used by DVD players. These can be picked up on ebay for about £50 up, although you might find a player for sale with one if you are lucky. It's worth the effort though, as the audio on a laserdisc is uncompressed and does sound very good when done right.
     
  3. Nic Rhodes

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    Get Pioneer, avoid Sony

    The 925 or an AC3 modded 2950 are the 'quality' buys for PAL machines. The 515 isn't too bad either and much cheaper. Avoid the 'combi' players like 909 / 919. Older ones are best left alone unless the are a US / Japan battleship but these are serious money.

    Given the choice I would look for a 2950 AC3 modded first, next a 925.
     
  4. Drew2

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    You might like to view this site - loads of info on players and discs.

    http://japanld.free.fr/list.php

    Checked out one shop and found the following (all used):

    Pioneer - CLD R6G...AC3RF....135 quid
    CLD R5.....AC3RF.... 80 quid (190 new)
    CLD 110................ 6 quid

    Please note that these are all NTSC/110volt players.
     
  5. logiclee

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    To echo what other people have said.

    The Pioneer CLD925 was the considered the best player at the time, it retailed at £1000 new.

    I have one but I'm not selling it. :)

    Cheers
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    I have a Pioneer 2950 that plays PAL/NTSC and plays both sides.
    In very good nick, but for some reason I can't find the remote so a OneForAll or equivalent would be needed. It hasn't had the AC3 mod, but most of the discs I bought were not AC3 encoded, so I never missed it.

    If you're interested I am open to offers as I haven't got round to bunging it on eBay yet!

    I also have the Star Wars Trilogy Definitive Collection and that must be the highest quality version of the original, unmolested trilogy you can and will ever be able to buy. I'm tempted to keep it for posterity, but if I sell the 2950, how will I be able to watch it again?
    Should I buy a dvd recorder and copy it before selling it?
    Was there any copy protection on Laserdisc?
     
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    Laserdiscs don't have any copy protection but I'm not sure the copies will be that great. I copied my Definitive set when I first got a DVD recorder and wasn't that impressed with the results so resigned to keep my laserdisc player for a little while longer.
     
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    Matt Horne is also selling a 2950 at the moment in the classifieds.
     
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    I think the phrase giving it away comes to mind :)
     
  10. Nic Rhodes

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    Thats because some kind gentleman paid a fortune for all those discs you had!!
     
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    :) :)

    But I remember how much I paid.. ebay bled me that time !
     
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    I used to have a CLD-925 until I replaced it with a the elite CLD-99, the 925 is a great player, very realiable and worked a treat, it does come with a 2D comb filter which reduces the noise reduction on the picture. Id say don't bother with PAL player to be honest unless its a 925, pick up a D704,97,99 models or a jap model the R7G. PAL discs werent very good, stick to NTSC LDs.
     
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    Hi

    this is my first post so I apologise if it's in the wrong place

    I have recently purchased a Pioneer CLD 925 Laserdisc Player which I am having trouble getting to play AC-3

    I am using my Sony Amp Model: STR DB1080

    I have seen mention of a demodulator?

    is this something I need or am I not setting up my system correctly?

    I am hoping you Guys on here can help me solve the problem

    many thanks in advance
     
  14. Nic Rhodes

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    Yes you will need a demodulator for AC3, either a stand alone box or included on some 'earlier' receivers which you could also 'utilise' . Denon, Pioneer, Sony all did then together with the posh ones from Meridian and Lexicon are all readily available. There are also others. I use Meridian but the Pioneer ones were great.
     
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    Thank you for your speedy reply

    Any ideas where I might be able to find a stand alone one?

    and also are they just a plug and play device?

    I must confess I have never actually seen one...
     
  16. Kieron

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    I had a Sony 850 - beautiful machine, PAL & NTSC, quiet operation, auto disc turning.

    Loved it.

    Alas time moved on....
     
  17. Nic Rhodes

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    Try a wanted add on this forum, else ebay. I bought my demodulators all from here.
     
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    You'll also find demodulators in the early Dolby Digital decoders from Sony (ESDP-E9ES and SDP-E90ES), Denon (AVD-2000), Pioneer (SP-D07), Harman Kardon (ADP303) and Onkyo (ED-901). There may be a few more I've missed but these were the main ones. Anyway if you are patient you shoud be able to bag one on ebay for £20-60. Stand alone demodulators are more sought after and can go for over £100. Best of luck finding something but if you've got a decent collection of LDs it's worthwhile.
     
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    seeing this thread has reminded me about something ;)
    I've got a pioneer cld 800 that I hadn't used for years,
    so one day I was bored and decided to watch barbarella on laserdisc :eek:
    but the player was dead :(
    the standby light is on but the player won't actually turn on,
    I checked inside and I can see two tiny fuses, but I can't figure out how to get at them :confused:
    the damn disc drawer is in the way and I can't find out how to yank it out to allow access to the pesky fuses :confused::confused::confused:
    anyone know how to do it ?
    :lease:
     
  20. ufitsy

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    Not being lazy - have you got a linkster please :rolleyes:
     
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    I'm simply "observing" this thread with interest.I never had the pleasure of actually seeing laserdisc in action.I was very tempted in the mid nineties to buy one but backed off at last moment due to high prices.I read at the time that only very serious film buffs would buy one and that it was proving very difficult to get vcr users to buy them due to the cost. How does the picture quality compare to the best std. dvd today?
     
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    A really lazy person would have realised he was selling this almost 2 years ago :rolleyes:
     
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    Ah, laserdisc. I actually started collecting LDs when the format had all but expired, and I've been scouring ebay ever since. I still keep tabs on them although my hunger for them has finally been sated, having obtained most of the rare discs that I've wanted.

    After going through a couple of Pioneers I managed to get a Runco LJRII and then a Meridian demodulator, and they make a lovely couple. The Sony SDPEP90ES AC3 processor that I had previously was a superb bit of kit; overkill just for a demod, but great all the same.

    The Runco player isn't quite as spiffy as, say, the high-end Japanese Pioneer models, but it wees all over the 925. And it's so big it was sent in the packaging for a lawnmower. :rotfl:
     
  25. Nic Rhodes

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    Still use two of those Meridians, that Sony but have a heavy weight Japanese Pioneer 957 instead of the Runco :)
     
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    Bri, I did the same as you and backed off but dived in recently as it is possible to get a great player and most of the discs you will ever need for around £100.

    Major plus points are the gatefolds/sleeves/notes - you can read it without squinting! & the discs look gorgeous, the sound is also generally very very impressive.
    Picture does not honestly match SD DVD but I would describe it as good.

    Mr Lazy :(
     
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    I can appreciate the pleasure people get from handling the discs as laserdiscs seem to have a cachet about them a little like LPs' and turntables in the hi-fi world.However I remember watching a film in the middle to late nineties, possibly "Blade Runner," and in the back of one scene it showed stacks of laserdiscs waiting to be dumped........as if the film industry itself knew that laserdisc wasn't going to go mainstream.
     
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    I believe that is a scene in one of the Back to the Future Films also, was it the 2nd one??

    A pallet of Laserdiscs just sitting in an alley alongside the rubbish, just waiting to be collected

    :D
     
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    I wonder will we see a new film soon with a background scene of pallets of either blu-ray or hd -dvd discs:eek::D
     
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    it's more likely to be a pile of knackered xbox 360's :devil:
     

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