Tell me about my new laserdisc player…

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  1. cafink

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    I've been something of a movie nut for a few years now, but I never really got into the home theater scene until a few years about, when DVD was first introduced. Until today, I never owned a laserdisc player.

    An acquaintance of mine had an old player he was getting rid of, and he generously offered it to me free of charge. In consideration of the price for which I acquired it, I don't feel as though I have any right to complain about the player's shortcomings, but I was hoping some knowledgeable HTF members might fill me in on the pros and cons of my new player.

    The front panel says "Pioneer CD CDV LD Player CLD-95." Below that, "ELITE Reference CD CDV LD Player." Would I be correct in assuming that this means it plays CDs and Video-CDs in addition to laserdiscs? What can you tell me about this particular model? My buddy wasn't able to provide me with the manual so I don't really know a thing about it.

    Thanks for any info you might be able to provide.
     
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    Assuming it's in good working order, it's one of the better players Pioneer sold in America. I still have mine. As you've probably noticed already, it doesn't have the RF out for Dolby Digital (that came with the successor model, the CLD-97), but it does have optical digital out for DTS and PCM tracks.

    Most people, including me, have found that the composite output is superior to the S-video. That was true when the player was new, 10 years ago; so with the comb filters in today's TVs, I'd be surprised if your experience was any different.

    It plays CDs, but not Video CDs. The feature set is pretty standard for late-model Pioneer LD players.

    M.
     
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    On the subject of LD players, why the heck has my DVL-909 been skipping about 1 minute into side 2 of LDs??? It did that a couple years ago and it spent 2 months in the shop getting it fixed, and just a couple weeks ago it started doing it again and it's in the shop again!! [​IMG]
    My older CLD-D502 was getting stuck in between flipping to side 2, that turned out to be a belt in the front of the player that was stuck.
     
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    Carl, odds are you have really lucked out. The 95's early problems involved software recognition. They changed something about the start codes of Laserdiscs in the early 90's. The 95 and several other Pioneer models couldn't play some discs because Pioneer goofed on the software. The affected players had to go to the shop for software upgrades. I think it's safe to assume that any 95 that has survived until now was good from the start or got the fix.

    I used to have a 95 and I'll second Michael's assertion that the composite is the feed to use. The 95's S-video output is so average. If you feed it's composite into a 3-D comb filter, you should get darn good results.

    Michael, Michael, Michael! The CLD's 59 & 79 came with AC-3 RF out, not to mention the DVL models. Some people did purchase CLD-97's new with AC-3 because some dealers who stille had 97's in stock when the 99 came out had the 97's retrofitted for AC-3. Best wishes! [​IMG]
     
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    Well, it looks like I got a really great deal. After bringing it home and testing it out, it looks as though everything works great. Thanks again, everyone.

    Now, I have just one more question about the player, if you don't mind. It's really a monster of a machine, compared to all of the other electronic equipment I have (mainly old video game systems but also a DVD player and VCR), and it just BARELY fits on my shelf. I didn't have to force it in, but there's not even enough room left to slide a dime in between the LD player and the side of the shelf. There is, however, a good couple of inches on the top, and the shelf has no back, so there's plenty of breathing room for those two surfaces.

    All the vents on the system are, indeed, on the top and the back. Is it therefore safe to assume the player'll be okay where I have it? There's no reason to give it more room on the sides, is there?

    Thanks again.
     
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    I think you'll be OK. Those wooden panels don't allow much heat to escape at the sides, which is why the vents are on the top and back.

    If you think the 95 is big, you should see the 97!

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    I thought the 95 was the same size as the 97. The 97 is a true behemoth. Weighs like 60 lbs or something ridiculous like that.
     
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    Okay, I guess I'm good to go.

    Let me throw in just one last question (I promise!) while I'm thinking about it…

    I'm pretty familiar with the ins and outs of the DVD format — the multiple audio tracks, 16:9 widescreen and such. Laserdisc, however, is a complete mystery to me.

    I know that laserdiscs can somehow feature multiple audio tracks but also that it's not achieved in quite the same fashion as with DVD. Can anyone explain to me exactly how it works for LDs?

    I have the player hooked up to my TV with your basic yellow/red/white cable. (I hate to reveal myself as a complete moron, but exactly what kind of connection is this?) Everything seems to work fine. There's a button on the remote that, according to the on-screen display, changes the audio from "analog" to "digital." On the couple of discs I've experimented with, I got what seemed to be the exact same audio either way — but I don't have any discs with commentary tracks or anything.

    So I was just wondering exactly what the analog/digital business was and if I have everything hooked up okay. I'm actually just using my television's speakers so I'm not looking for 5.1 sound or anything, I'd just like a primer on the basics.

    I read Rachael B's inroduction (linked to above) but I'm still a little confused about these particular matters. Thanks.
     
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    Hey what was the format where you had the cartridge that you had to slide into the player it pulled the disc out and kicked the cartridge back out and then you had to repeat the process to flip the disc? I remember em but I was a kid when these things were out does anybody remember what it was called.
     
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    It was called CED and it sucked. [​IMG]
     
  18. To hear the alternate tracks you will need to have the analog conections connected and you will look on the box to see which channel the alternate track (usually a commentary) is on usually analog left or right. Switch from the digital stereo track to whichover of these tracks you want to listen to.
     
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    Carl, LD started out with analog sound only. Digital (PCM) sound was added some years later. Your player has it's own D/A converters, so, you can output both the original analog sound (that was kept around for backwards compatibility and commentary or alternate languges) and the digital track processed by the player's D/A converters both out of the often called analog outputs. Is that what throws you? That both can come out the same output?

    Guys the 95 & 97 both weigh 38 lb's. I'm not sure if the onces are exactly the same...? They both look the same to me, same faceplate and same style remote. It's the LD-S2 that's so heavy. The original LD-S2 weighed 67 lb's, by 1997, the last year they took orders for them, they had grown to 70 lb's. Best wishes cats![​IMG]
     
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