Hows the 5.1 sound on the SW Spec Ed. LDs? & where to rent a LD player near Seattle?

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  1. Anthony R

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    I am fairly new to DD 5.1 sound-- up until recently I was using a Pro-Logic receiver to listen to my DVDs-- when I bought one with 5.1 sound, obviously I was wowed by the difference.
    Anyway-- what I was wondering-- can anyone tell me how the DD 5.1 sound is on the Star Wars Spec. Ed. LDs? I really want to hear the Trilogy in DD 5.1 sound, because obviously, it will be awhile before I will get to do so on DVD. I don't have these LDs, but I know where I can rent them (Scarecrow Video in Seattle). Any comments on the 5.1 sound and how it compares to newer DVDs? (the ones I have been most impressed with so far are ID4 and U571)
    One problem however is that my LD player doesn't have 5.1 sound output, and I can't find anyplace that has one for rent-- Scarecrow Video rents LD players, but they don't have 5.1 sound. Does anyone know where in Seattle or the surrounding area I can rent a 5.1 LD player? Thanks,
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  2. alan halvorson

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    The 5.1 one sound is fabulous, as is the 2 channel Dolby Surround. Video isn't anything to snicker at either.
    You'll need more than a player that can output the AC-3 signal - you'll need an RF demodulator also, if your system doesn't already have one. These are getting rare and expensive. While I have serious doubts you'll find a place that rents LD players these days, finding a RF demodulator, on a temporary basis, is probably impossible. I could be wrong, though - Seattle was much more of a hotbed for LD than my area ever was.
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  3. Rob Gillespie

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    I found the 5.1 tracks - especially that of the first film - to be very patchy and rather 'gimmicky' in places. Certainly not up the quality of the real born-and-bred 5.1 track that you'd get today. I still prefer the ProLogic tracks on the original THX CLV LaserDiscs.
     
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    [Bill Lumbergh voice] I'm going to have to go ahead and disagree with Rob. The 5.1 sound on the Special Edition is fantastic![/Bill Lumbergh voice] I do prefer it to the pro logic tracks and like Alan said, the transfer on the SE is nothing less than great.
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    I agree with Rob, especially on the gimmick aspect of the 3 mixes. In all fairness, they get progressively better as the movies go on, Jedi having the best of the SE releases, but regardless, I find myself more fond of the old Pro Logic tracks.
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    I own both, the THX CAV version and the DD 5.1. I do like listening to the 5.1 version though. I have not even watched the THX version for a long time. Now I will have to go back and compare. Because of my kids, you can tell the kids have to be mine, we watch STAR WARS A LOT!!! I am so proud of them!
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    To answer the renting a LD player, try Scarecrow Video in the U district. They used to have (and probably still do, I haven't been there for a long time) practically every LD available.
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    He needs to know where to rent an LD player that is 5.1 compatible....he already knows to go to Scarecrow video for the actual LD.
     
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    Actually, I don't think you should go out of your wayto get the AC-3 player and demodulator. The difference between the Dolby Digital and DPL are not significant enough to warrant the extra effort. It's not like the difference between the Digital and DPL of Episode I.
    I put off upgrading my receiver for probably a year because I didn't want to give up the RF input on my old receiver specifically because of the Star Wars movies. I finally did upgrade and lost the ability to play Dolby Digital from my LD's(Demods on Ebay are ridiculously expensive). But, after watching Star Wars in DPL I wondered why I held out that long.
     
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    To me the sound is awesome. The Hoth Snow Battle is unbelievable.
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    Just listen to both, and figure out for yourself which one is best.
     
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    Oops, my bad. I guess I shoulda read the post a little better. The only other place I can think of is All About Laser in Mill Creek, about 20 mins north of Seattle. It may be a bit of a drive, but if you're planning on making a weekend outta watching the trilogy and all, it'd be worth it.
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  16. Anthony R

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    Well, thanks to all those who replied. I'm sort of at a loss as to whether I should continue to search for a 5.1 player-- some of you seem to notice a big difference, but some of you don't.
    But if I do-- I'm not sure what an RF modulator is. This is something I need in addition to a LD player with 5.1 output and a 5.1 compatible receiver?
     
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    Anthony: Here are two examples of RF demodulators being auctioned on Ebay right now (neither of these are mine):
    Yamaha Demodulator . Sony Demodulator . A RF demodulator is needed because of the the way the Dolby Digital (AC-3) signal is recorded onto one of the analog LD tracks (read the explanation in the Sony auction). It's possible you already have one, especially if you own certain top-end model Denon receivers (my old Denon AVP-8000 preamp - why, oh why did I sell this? - had one). Look on the back (or in the manual) for an input marked "RF" or "AC-3". If you have one of these, you've saved yourself an expense. The LD player must have an RF output also to make it all work.
    The Star Wars digital 2-channel digital tracks are pretty awesome - my woofers know they're in for a workout when I put these LDs on.
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    [Edited last by alan halvorson on September 10, 2001 at 04:35 AM]
     
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    One thing to note is that its still possible you won't need a demodulator, as there are a few amps that demodulate internally - does your amp have a laserdisc RF input?
     
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    I've listened to both the Dolby Pro Logic and the 5.1 Dolby Digital of the Star Wars S.E.'s and I find the 5.1 versions sound significantly better. IMO, I find them to have some of the best 5.1 mixes out there in ANY format.
     

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