Laser disc quality (and a technical discussion of NTSC video resolution)

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  1. jerry davis

    jerry davis Auditioning

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    If a dvd is 480p, what is the quality of a laser disc?
     
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    425. Search anywhere for LASERDISC FAQ.
     
  3. jerry davis

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    425i or 425p? Major difference.
     
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    425i
     
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    425i composite analog video.
     
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    And not all DVD'S are recorded in progressive video, either. Otherwise, we wouldn't need 3-2 pulldown.
     
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    Thanks guys. Laser disc quality is not very good is it?
     
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    It can be good, but image quality is highly dependent on both the player quality and how well the disc was mastered. Some laserdiscs in my collection, like Candyman 2, are of such poor quality they can be bested by VHS. Others are fairly sharp, almost approaching non-anamorphic DVD at times.
    RD
     
  9. Michael Reuben

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    There's a bit of confusion here.
    The "480" in 480i and 480p refers to visible scan lines. It's the same number for all NTSC sources. DVD is 480. Laserdisc is 480. Even VHS is 480.
    When you're trying to compare quality of image, you're talking about "lines of horizontal resolution" (a/k/a TVL). DVD has app. 500; LD has about 425; broadcast has about 330; VHS has about 230. But ALL of these sources display 480 scan lines.
    This is all covered in the DVD FAQ.
    M.
     
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    Though the visual is better on the DVD, I have found that the audio quality is better on the laser disc.

    I am talking about tonal quality of the audio not the surround encoding.

    That said, DVD is the way to go!
    Bill
     
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    The beautiful thing about laserdisc is that there are thousands of titles that are not, and may never, be released on dvd. Many titles go very cheap on ebay. So while the video quality is better with anamaphoric dvd, with laserdisc I can watch the Star Wars and Indiana Jones trilogies in their original aspect ratio whenever I want. So if your just getting into home theater, DVD is the way to start, but a laserdisc player is a welcome addition to any movie lovers component rack.
     
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    Hear, hear, Greg.
    I love my Star Wars Original Trilogy Definitive Collection set (although I'm looking for a "Faces" set, for casual viewing (fewer flips [​IMG] )
     
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    Or... it can be. You need a decent player and a well-produced disc. Quality greatly varies. I have some movies, like STAR WARS (THX) and THE BEATLES ANTHOLOGY that look great. Then there's BUGSY MALONE. Sigh.
     
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    Hi Morgan!
     
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    hi guys I am looking for a laserdisc player for certain movies not on dvd. (ie Good burger, SW Trilogy and IJ Trilogy among other Criterion collections like Taxi Driver), I would like to buy one on ebay , and most people say if you have a "decent" player the video quality won't be bad, if you can help me what are some "decent" players at good prices I can get on ebay. I agree that dvd is the way to go but so are other formats, because I don't collects dvd I collect films I enjoy which spread over on different formats. Will laserdisc look good on a 50" widescreen, I have the GWII along with a paanny rp-91 and the PQ is amazing, and cable isn't that bad, so if laserdisc can match or best cable Pq I will be getting one soon.

    Is Monster Squad on LD?
     
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