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LaserDisc For Star Wars

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Mikey_B, Jul 17, 2001.

  1. Mikey_B

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    I am not going to resort to bootleg copies of the trilogy so I want to purchase an inexpensive laserdisc player. Since I am only 29, laserdisc players were around when I was a broke college student and I know nothing about them.
    I have a small 550 watt (plus sub) home theater with a Kenwood VR-357 surround receiver.
    I want to make sure I can hook up the laserdisc to this so I can get the DD 5.1.
    Mike
     
  2. Grant B

    Grant B Producer

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    AC3 (or 5.1) output in LDs are modulated output that used a coaxial connector.
    I have a SonyTAE 9000ES Preamp which has an input for that output but most do not.
    If you dont, you need a demodulator before you connect to the receiver
    You might want to find a Pioneer Elite DVD LD combo, I have been told they are excelent
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    I need something inexpensive. 999.00 for a LD/DVD combo is out of my range. Any other suggestions?
    I see in my receiver manual the instructions for hooking up Laserdisc. I need an RF digital demodulator and hook up the LD player on Video 3.
    Mike
     
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    You should check out the Hardware for sale section. These usually sell for a lot less nowadays maybe...due to TPM's release on DVD this Oct.
    Also, you might want to check out the other forums concerning HT
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    You can get a used LD player with AC-3 output for about $150 and if you want DD get an outboard RF Demodulator for around the same price or a drop more. I have heard that some of the combo players are not ideal for LD. I might even have a Pioneer 406 for sale soon (I am not using it at the moment but was saving it for the basement which is a while off) and if I get something better than my Elite CLD-59 I currently use, I will take it out of my system and save that for basement and sell the 406. If you want to see comparisons of features of some of the Pioneer LDs, a good source is www.thadlabs.com/LD_info.
     
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    Mikey_B
    I would recomend a simple Pioneer 4xx or 5xx series for your needs. You can find them reasonably priced around the net.
    If you can't find one of the later ones with an AC-3 RF out, don't worry too much. If you can solder, you can easily and cheaply (1hour and $10) add one to most players.
    You will most likely need to purchase a Demodulator as well. Some receievrs/decoders/preamps included a RF Demodulator but, these are the exception. Demodulators can be tough to find but, you can still find a new one for around $150.
    Check out this site for a good start on getting the demodulator and some info on AC-3 (Dolby Digital) and Laserdiscs.
    http://www.kmntech.com/projects/ac3mod.htm
    Kevin was instrumental in helping me get my CLD-703 modded several years (4 or 5?)ago. It still works flawessly.
    -JohnA
     

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