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Old 6th December 2002, 02:54 PM   #1
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Default Anyone else into laserdiscs??

I've been having so much fun with the laserdisc player I pulled out of the dumpster at work, I went ahead and bought another one on ebag for 20 bucks....

I've got about 20 discs now, purchased for an average price of about 7 bucks, including shipping.

There seems to be a ton of good movies available, but some of the better titles are going for too much $$$. If I'm going to pay 25 bucks, I'll wait for the DVD.

Quite a few classical music discs.

I know they have their limitations, but what the heck, they're fun and cheap.

I understand the audio is uncompressed, is this why they sound so good?

If anybody has any to sell, drop me a note...

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Old 6th December 2002, 03:03 PM   #2
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The Video is uncompressed also ...

I had a laser disc player from way back, but it's hard to find disc's now.

Supposedly the audio on a DVD is better, but uncompressed video should always beat compressed video. I don't know the technical formats on either, however. The big disadvantage for me at this point is that the laser disc players are all SVGA, I think. Haven't hooked it up to the projector yet to see how it really looks.
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Old 6th December 2002, 03:46 PM   #3
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There's lots of discs on eBay.

I search laserdisc, then "Buy it now" and look for the sellers who say they'll combine shipping costs on multiple orders.

If they're more than 6 or 7 bucks, I'll pass.

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Old 9th December 2002, 07:03 AM   #4
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The LD or 12" Laserdisc format was analog uncompressed video. The output signal was available in the US with a standard RF modulated NTSC signal; there are both analog and digital audio outputs, as well as a composite video output.

I enjoy the sound of all that lovely rotational mass within: the optical disc is big, thick, and 12 inches in diameter. They were most definitely ahead of their time. I had an original Pioneer (top-loading) unit replete with gas laser unit. The spinning disk moves briskly.

When the first Philips CD player was announced, I had one of the first ones. It generated more heat with its TTL circuitry then a coffee maker. Nobody understood what all my enthusiasm for the wee silver discs was all about. In retrospect, the sound was harsh indeed...

Take a look a Optical Disk Corporation's website...their transition from LD, to DVD, and the coming blue laser multiple layer disks is quite interesting.
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I did a comparrison between my 4 year old Pioneer laser disc player and my DVD player and on quality media like Gladiator the laser disc was the clear winner in Sound. video quality is also slightly better.
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Just bought Verdi's Othello for 6.25--DELIVERED! How can you beat that?

Saw where Let It Be went for 236.00!!

Collecting these thing has definite possibilities.....

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Default Laser Disc AC-3 Mods

Recently, I read somewhere that there were some laser discs with DolbyDigital 5.1 (AC-3) encoded onto the soundtrack. Some examples are the Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition, Star Trek -First Contact, and the Godfather Part III. Some of the Pioneer LD players, and of course, their DVL players have the DD 5.1 output on them.

My question is this: I have an RCA LDR-600 Laser Disc player from 1994-95. Next to the audio out jacks there is a toslink output labeled "PCM Out". Is this output just digital sound, or is it DD 5.1? I would like to hook it up and see if I can get the same surround results that I get with my DVD plaver, but am, unsure if this will work. Does anyone have this player, or know if this is the case? If not, then I am looking to do the Dolby Digital 5.1 (AC-3) to the player. Help!

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Old 25th January 2006, 09:05 PM   #8
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Default Re: Laser Disc AC-3 Mods

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Next to the audio out jacks there is a toslink output labeled "PCM Out". Is this output just digital sound, or is it DD 5.1? I would like to hook it up and see if I can get the same surround results that I get with my DVD plaver, but am, unsure if this will work. Does anyone have this player, or know if this is the case? If not, then I am looking to do the Dolby Digital 5.1 (AC-3) to the player. Help!

Thanks in advance,

Steve

PCM Out is two channel stereo. I have a Pioneer CLD926 with a AC3-RF output, this is for AC3 encoded discs.

The RF output is not compatible with PCM.

For AC3 decoding I use the Marantz DP870 digital audio processor with great sound. it has also DD5.1-PCM input for my DVD player. Look on Ebay for the Marantz, they are round $200. The decoder has no amplifiers but hook up to three stereo amplifiers (or a DD5.1 amplifier with 6 separate inputs) can make a lot of noise

Look for an amplifier or decoder with an RF AC-3 input. Some older Yamaha and Pioneer amplifiers do have that. Any other input does not work.

Also a RF converter is an option: http://home.q03.itscom.net/nsa/PioneerRFD-1.htm
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Old 25th January 2006, 10:06 PM   #9
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Supposedly the audio on a DVD is better, but uncompressed video should always beat compressed video.

I prefer audio and video on LD, both uncompressed!!! less sharp than DVD but more natural, better colors, smoother motion even when I play NTSC (60hz) discs on PAL (50hz) TV

In my previous post: AC3-RF output has 6 channels of uncompressed audio in full range, nice with AC3 encoded music discs like Pink Floyd and U2. This is better and more natural sounding than DVD (because of DVD's are too much compressed: they do always have to put a lot of bonus/trailers/trivia-games/languages on it for marketing and costs-saving reasons)
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Old 25th January 2006, 10:49 PM   #10
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for my money the quality of LaserDiscs is incredible -- and, at least with the pioneer player I have -- you can scan randomly, play in slow motion

the operas on LD's are quite impressive, as well as the Disney stuff, Japanese, French and Canadian film

btw -- there is a scene in the LD version of "The Graduate" which you will only see if you have the original celluloid -- yes, Mrs. Robinson was in the buff for exactly one frame!
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