It was fun while it lasted.
I met w/a client this week and his screensaver was the original USS Enterprise, and conversation spun off into Star Wars and the various transfers/versions and how the "faces" LDs have a good unmolested version w/great sound.
He was into LD and mentioned that just this week Pioneer finally stopped making multiplayers that supported LD.
From there we starting talking players and I found it interesting to revisit a format that for a while was "it".
Looks like the best ones out there offer component video and optical audio.
If I found a new component shelf/tv stand, I'd really consider one of these again, for fun.
My dad and I both sold off our players and collections back in 1997 and made the switch to DVD. His player was still functioning after 13 years of heavy usage, and I had one of the first multiformat players. Great while they lasted, but the fact that DVDs were roughly one-tenth the size and cost less made the change easy, especially once the price on a decent DVD player had dropped to just under $250 by then.
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we had one and were in awe when it first hit. I remember watching the "extended" version of Aliens on Laserdisc. We had other films such as T2, Hard Boiled, etc... I still have my Iron Maiden concert LD
it was a bit annoying when there was a layer change, but i loved collecting them for artwork. Kinda reminds me of vinyl art.
I have Pioneer Elite LD player but haven't played it in forever. It still looks and functions like new. Unfortunately, I lost all my Laser Disks in a basement flood many years back (LD's were in a box in the basement, LD player was tucked away safe upstairs). For some strange reason, I can't seem to part with it. I've considered giving it away, but never have. It was a great format in it's time. I remember friends coming over and being amazed at the sound and video quality (What is that thing, it looks like a silver record? haha). Good times.
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I have a CLD-D502 and an Elite CLD-79. I also still have around 90 LDs. Some of them give DVD a run for its money, but since Blu-Ray came out, LD has been trounced.
I do have the Star Wars Trilogy 'faces' discs, as well as the Special Edition Boxset. I think the Faces discs are the primary reason why I keep it around. I also use it as a CD player
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Quote, originally posted by san » I have Pioneer Elite LD player but haven't played it in forever. It still looks and functions like new. Unfortunately, I lost all my Laser Disks in a basement flood many years back (LD's were in a box in the basement, LD player was tucked away safe upstairs). For some strange reason, I can't seem to part with it. I've considered giving it away, but never have. It was a great format in it's time. I remember friends coming over and being amazed at the sound and video quality (What is that thing, it looks like a silver record? haha). Good times.
You live in DC, I work in DC. If you ever want to give it away PM me and I'll come pick it up.
we watched several films in my film studies career at pitt on laser disc. however, the 'good transfer of picture and audio' that you speak of was never there. only because the audio systems in the classrooms were god awful, and the projectors were probably worse as well. i'd like to watch one on a decent projector/tv and sound system
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just got a laserdisc player and 54 discs... for 100 bucks..
the player is great.. auto flip.
as i was loading them into my car.. a gentlemen comes over and says hey i are those laserdiscs.. i said yea.. he then went on to tell me he has 10 he got in a crate of records.. i bought them for 5 bucks.
im looking for more laserdiscs this is the format for me.
please contact me if you have them for sale
i would love to get my hands on an elite pioneer.
I still have a few LD's but my player tanked 10 years ago. With DVD's imminent, I never replaced it when it failed. One LD I'd like to watch again is the Japanese edition of Star Wars I have from the mid 80's. (Solo shoots first.)
There are also versions of films on LD that never made it onto DVD or on-demand. One is the Criterion LD of Blade Runner. That version matches the original theatrical release, pre-Director's cut, pre- new endings, etc. I will eventually set another player up. LD picture quality is VG+ and if you enjoy films (and have the space for it), a player makes sense to me.
I have a fully functional Pioneer LD player (I believe it is a CLD-1070) and a few movies with it that I was going to put up on Ebay.
If anyone is interested in the player or discs, LMK via PM.
I will get a list together for you.
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Revisiting my old thread.
I have since acquired a new stand and have added my old LD player.
My TV and my receiver lack a S-Video input, so both the audio and video signals are being sent to the receiver (and onward to the TV) via RCA.
I'd say you get a "less than 480" picture. And sometimes the disc will spin up but the video signal just doesn't make it to the screen. If you scroll w/the jog wheel, the signal shows up and you have to let go and let the TV "catch" it.
Has anyone had experiences w/these converters that upscale? I know there's just no way to make the signal 1080p perfect, but is the improvement actually worth the money?