Sony LDP 1550

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  1. Jeremy Jones

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    I just picked up a used Sony LDP 1550 laserdisc player. I'm new to laserdisc and was curious if there were any types of laserdiscs or features this thing won't be able to play. Any input is appreciated. I've got it hooked up and have got a couple of demo discs that work beautiful, but I'm wanting to pick up Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Thanks!
     
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    If I'm remembering the LDP-1550 properly, here's some background you might find interesting...
    - This player was developed in the late 1980s, and was manufactured until at least the mid 1990s.
    - This player does not play digital soundtracks. Analog only. Sorry.
    - Again, if I'm remembering it properly, this player also supports a fair amount of remote control via a serial connection. We're still running four of these in kiosk situations at work; two have been in use for about 8 years; the other two about 14 years. The other two are in a more elaborate show-control situation, where the controller is awaiting explicite frame counts coming back from the player, and those have been running more-or-less continuously for close on 10 years.
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  3. Jeremy Jones

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    You say it doesn't play digital soundtracks, like Dolby Digital or DTS, but all laserdiscs DO have a pcm or basic soundtrack that it will play, right?
     
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    Jeremy, the 1550 will play the right and left channel analog tracks on laserdiscs. But, not the digital tracks. I have a simular Sony LDP-180 industrial laser disc player sitting in the closet. I have since upgraded it to a Pioneer CLD-D606 dual-sided laser disc player.
     
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    With a little effort, you probably can retrofit the player to support the AC-3 RF output stream.

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  6. Jeremy Jones

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    I do intend to eventually get the AC-3 kit if I use it enough. Already I've picked up 4 discs from ebay (Raiders of the Lost Ark widescreen, Star Wars Definitive Edition, The Thing 1953, and Disney's Treasure Island). I'm hoping that the laserdisc player will be the missing link in my home theater. There are SO many movies that aren't on DVD and won't be for the forseeable future. And, VHS isn't really a great alternative, even though I've got an industrial grade hi-fi VHS that plays beautifully. I'm hoping to eventually set aside a room for my Sony VPH 1040q video projector and have a REAL home theater, but that's later. Thanks for all the info!
     
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    Jeremy, I think you should forget modifying the Sony player. I doubt it's easy or worth it. Sony players are notoriously hard to modify for AC-3. I'd shop around for a full-featured 1995 or newer Pioneer player that comes with everything you need. The majority of discs you're likely to buy will have PCM as their top soundtrack too. I'd suggest the Elite class of '95-'97 as what to look for. CLD's 99, 79, and 59. They all sound great and the 99 & 79 yield excellent pic's. The 59's pic is just average. Best wishes from Laserland!
     
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    Well, actually, I wouldn't mind finding a Pioneer Elite player on Ebay real cheap, and the way laserdisc is fading, I wouldn't doubt finding one soon. This Sony really is just a starter kit, to see how much I want to upgrade. Now if the original Star Wars Trilogy doesn't come out until 2006 and movies like the Thing and classic Disney films don't materialize on DVD soon, then yeah, I'll probably go looking for a good Pioneer player with digital playback. I'm already noticing other differences, like the Jaws Signature series, that has the FULL documentary and more extras than the dvd. It could also be the last resting place of Blade Runner with the voice-over, so I may have to get one just to have these treasures.
     
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    Jeremy, start picking up the discs you want immediately. The available pool of LD's is shrinking steadily. Sure, there will be some surges of available titles from time to time in the future when somebody purges a major LD collection, but the number of LD's on e-bay on a dailey basis is going down, day by day. Get while the getting is stille possible.
    I have every one of the LD's you mentioned. They're intresting titles. I wonder if the real reason little Georgie is holdng back STIR WARZ is he is going to change them even more? I have the AC-3 set and the THX remasters. I doubt anybody is going take the trouble to make THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD look much better than it looks on LD. It's not ever going to be a big money maker, proably?
    I doubt BLADE RUNNER is coming out original again, maybe? I wouldn't bet on it given Scott's disdain for the voiceover. I have alot of films on LD that I'm relatively confident won't make DVD soon or ever, THE LOVED ONE, IT CAME FROM HOLLYWOOD, WINGS OF DESIRE, GUNGA DIN, GRAPES OF WRATH, ect x 300!
    Shop hard for titles now is my advice. When the format ended there was an enormous pent-up demand for reasonably priced titles out there and stille is to some extent. I stille buy 1 to 3 LD's a month usually. I keep finding films that aren't coming to DVD, in my estimation anyway, like COMPULSION or STATE FAIR from the 50's and back.
    The release lists for DVD lately oght to tell you where the format is going: porn, wrestlemania, tripe and shite mostly... Meanwhile stuff like HOLLYWOOD BLOULEVARD, THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, BEAU GESTE, and THE LAST REMAKE OF BEAU GESTE wallow and wait. Anyway, I'm not too encouraged.....
    Last week there were 3 CLD-97's on e-bay at once. It would of been a good time to strike! Get discs now and bide your time about getting a really good player, a Pioneer player too. Best wishes!
     
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    I hear you, Rachael! I went looking around the net and ALL the online laserdisc stores are gone, and the ones who used to carry them don't anymore. So, I'll probably be picking up a few each month, at least as many as my dvd purchases. There are a LOT of older titles, pre-60's, that just won't be put out there on dvd. Oh, and by the way, George Lucas IS going to change the original trilogy up a bit more. He's been filming additional scenes for all the previous movies while filming Episode 2. So, it'll be probably 2006 until those 'Archival Editions' hit DVD and I doubt that the originals will ever see the light of day again.
     
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    Jeremy, I'm sick of revisionist cinema. Lucas is the worst! You sound like you're on the right track. Feel free to e-mail me for advice if you need it when you're picking out a quality player. Best wishes from Laserland!
     

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