Quantcast It's 2019, time to buy a LaserDisc player? - digitalFAQ Forum
  #1  
04-26-2019, 03:22 AM
SFtheGreat SFtheGreat is offline
Free Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 160
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Hello.

After aquiring several decks for various tape types the time has come to get a LaserDisc player to enjoy the original Star Wars in better-than-VHS quality.

So, do you know of a PAL player that has similar features to CLD-99?

Or the lamest question of all time, which player is "the best".

PArticularly I'm looking for LPCM, AC-3 and DTS playback with digital output. Internal mechanisms that yield S-Video output. And obviously the playback of both sides without the need to flip it. Not to mention comb filter, because I don't know if my AV receiver has proper one.
Reply With Quote
Someday, 12:01 PM
admin's Avatar
Ads / Sponsors
 
Join Date: ∞
Posts: 42
Thanks: ∞
Thanked 42 Times in 42 Posts
  #2  
04-26-2019, 08:22 AM
JPMedia JPMedia is offline
Premium Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: East Coast, USA
Posts: 129
Thanked 34 Times in 27 Posts
Hi SFtheGreat,

When choosing a LaserDisc player, one should be wary of units with an S-Video output. LaserDiscs contain analog composite video. Any unit with S-Video out implements a Y/C comb filter which will introduce visual imperfections.
Reply With Quote
The following users thank JPMedia for this useful post: captainvic (04-26-2019)
  #3  
04-26-2019, 09:35 AM
SFtheGreat SFtheGreat is offline
Free Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 160
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Interesting.

Isn't there a decent unit wired with good processing electronics that will have good quality comb filter?

Ot should I use yellor cinch all the way?

And I learned that there were no PAL reelases with AC-3, so tis feature and therefore the demodulator are irrelevant.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
04-26-2019, 11:52 AM
lingyi lingyi is offline
Premium Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 136
Thanked 59 Times in 46 Posts
The holy grails of LD players are the Pioneer HLD-X0 and HLD-X9.They were only available in Japan, so NTSC and are MUSE Hi-Vision (Japan's early venture into HD) capable. Techmoan reviews the HLD-X9 and MUSE discs here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkQEobE2RUkIn particular, watch Part 2 where he compares the LD, Hi-Vision and Blu-Ray versions of Back to the Future
Reply With Quote
The following users thank lingyi for this useful post: captainvic (04-26-2019), JPMedia (04-27-2019)
  #5  
04-26-2019, 05:44 PM
SFtheGreat SFtheGreat is offline
Free Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 160
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
I've seen that. But I need neither muse, not ntsc.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
08-31-2019, 12:44 AM
latreche34 latreche34 is offline
Free Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Posts: 610
Thanked 71 Times in 69 Posts
With PAL your choices are pretty much limited, LD was successful in the US and Japan and both are NTSC territories, I hope that you found what you've been looking for.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
08-31-2019, 07:00 AM
SFtheGreat SFtheGreat is offline
Free Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 160
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Not yet, I haven't even seen suggestions of worthy models to check out.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
08-31-2019, 03:47 PM
lingyi lingyi is offline
Premium Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 136
Thanked 59 Times in 46 Posts
This page links to all(?) the available LD players and some reviews: https://www.laserdiscarchive.co.uk/l...chive_page.htm

Note that most of the LD players are clones of Pioneer and Sony models. Audio brands like Carver and McIntosh may have had enhanced audio capabilities.

As latreche34 stated, the majority of players are NTSC only as LD didn't sell well in Europe.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
08-31-2019, 03:55 PM
lingyi lingyi is offline
Premium Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 136
Thanked 59 Times in 46 Posts
Not a Star Wars fan, but AFAIK, the best LD releases were all NTSC, either U.S. or Japanese. Unless you have other PAL LDs that weren't released in the U.S. or Japan, seems like a lot of trouble and cost just to play the PAL version of the movies, especially because of the speedup necessary for PAL releases.

You may already know all this, but here's a page with reviews of the various Star Wars LD releases http://www.redvdit.net/best-ways-ori...-wars-trilogy/.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
08-31-2019, 04:08 PM
SFtheGreat SFtheGreat is offline
Free Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 160
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
I'd rather have speedup, than pulldown. I have the same on VHS, so I won't know the differance. I was also considering getting Star Trek on LDs.

PAL user, unless otherwise specified I talk about PAL equipment.
Reply With Quote
Reply




Tags
laserdisc

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Getting the right Laserdisc player? WhatACuck General Discussion 1 03-24-2019 04:17 PM
Wanted: LaserDisc player ehbowen Marketplace 4 10-28-2018 09:42 PM
Wanted: Pioneer Laserdisc player jbd5010 Marketplace 2 04-18-2016 10:15 AM
Pioneer CLD 97 LaserDisc player not as sharp Jpass992 Videography: Cameras, TVs and Players 15 09-18-2011 05:23 AM
Laserdisc Player Recommendation lordgoat666 Capture, Record, Transfer 11 08-14-2005 09:00 AM

Thread Tools



 
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:05 PM