True or False: Laserdiscs & Players no longer made

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  1. Marc Rochkind

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    Are the following statements true or false (for a book I'm writing):

    1. Laserdiscs are no longer being made.

    2, Laserdisc players are no longer being made.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Philip Hamm

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    LaserDiscs are no longer produced that I know of.
    I believe Pioneer still has two LaserDisc models in their lineup:
    Pioneer DVL-919
    Pioneer DVL-V888 Pioneer LD players have been staples in the Karaoke business for many many years. Karaoke specialists probably have hundreds of Karaoke LDs, I would expect this unit to be in production for years to come.
    Both of these units are available at J&Rs and elsewhere.
    There are also many industrial models described on their website (Pioneer LDPs have been used in information Kiosks and for educational use for decades).
     
  3. KeithH

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    Philip is right on. The Pioneer '919 and 'V888 are the only LD players currently in production for consumer use. The 'V888 is rather hard to find, and J&R Music World is the only major mail-order dealer I am aware of that has it. The '919 is much easier to track down. However, finding it at a brick-and-mortar store is probably impossible these days.

    Laserdiscs certainly are no longer being produced for release in the US. It is possible that they are still being released in Japan, but I'm not sure.
     
  4. Chris PC

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    I believe Pioneer is still in production in Japan making the LD-S9 and LD-X9 along with the RG5.
     
  5. Jesse Skeen

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    Sears has still been showing their in-store trailers and music videos on laserdiscs, made by Imation (formerly 3M) in Minnesota.
     
  6. KeithH

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    Jesse, are you saying that Sears stores have laserdisc players for these trailers and videos? I've never seen them. Interesting.
     
  7. Jeff Kleist

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    I know United Artists used to run their trailer reels off of LD. I don't know if they still do. However, outside of a few and far between Japanese LD release, no consumer product is being produced on LD
     
  8. Mattias_ka

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    Pioneer is still having 2 player for sale, 2 of the greatest ever produced, HLD-X9 and LD-S9 both only LD-player, so no cd or dvd. I have the X9 and it's a killer machine, MUCH better than any us pioneer player ever made. And in japan they have a law that spare parts must be available at least 7 years after the product is out of production and what I have heard Pioneer have a internal rule of 10 years. So you can buy with confidence. The RG5 is not longer in production.

    And no new laserdisc have been made for the last 2 month.

    -Mattias-
     
  9. Rachael B

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    Pioneer, Japan, that is announced that this is the last year of Laserdisc. I think that means that's it, as of 31 December. Nicolas over at AVS sez the're making one last production run of HLD-X9's. They make more for a year or two...? Who knows? Their devotion to the format is legendary. They have proably made the last LD-S9...? Who knows? Anybody who wants one of these players, new, should act soon.
    The X9 & S9 are the reference players. It's a crying shame Pioneer didn't make export versions of these! If you've got more LDs than sense, these are the players to fully exploit your discs. They both come with Pioneer's best 3-D comb filter, not the second best one that's in the CLD-99!
    From what I've heard all, or nearly all, the LD's are off the shelves in Tokyo. They've been blown out at bargain prices. I picked up some myself last summer. Outside of the many industrial uses, folks would be suprised how many there are too, the end of an era is here, amen. I stille like STAR WARS PHANTOM MENACE on LD better:b!
     
  10. Mattias_ka

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    Rachael B, all others.

    I got an e-mail from Daniel in hong kong that stated,

    "Pioneer LD players will stop production in June 2002, but order must finalized 15-Jan,2002"

    So you can still get new player for some time.

    Take care

    -Mattias-
     
  11. Jim Douglas

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    I'm having troubles with my CLD-D704 and would really like to find a replacement player. I'm trying to dig up some more detailed specs on these players and would like to hear from anybody who has one and can compare the picture to some other Pioneer models. I am also considering a S-9 from Japan but reading some of the horror stories about all the damaged ones has me a little gun shy there. Any advice is appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Jim
     
  12. Jim Douglas

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    I guess as a follow up to my last post would be which has the better LD picture the 888 or 919. I can't find any detailed specs on either one.

    Thanks Again.

    Jim
     
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    Jim, I have a Pioneer CLD-703, very similar to your 704, and I bought an LD-S9 last summer. The S9 is better. I had no problems receiving it from Daniel. The players that seemed to have the trouble in shipping were the HLD-X9's, but as I recall, everybody, including Rachael B, eventually got a working player. Daniel was really good about making things right. If you are really looking for a backup player, I'd get on the X9 or S9 train before it leaves the station.
     
  14. Scott Strang

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    Is it possible that Pioneer will continue production of industrial models while ceasing the production of consumer models?
     
  15. Mattias_ka

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    Scott Strang, I don't think so. And those player are not in the same quality as the HLD-X9. If you want one, get them now.
     
  16. Jim Douglas

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    If I decide to get another player and don't want to spend $1600.00 for the S-9 which would you go for? DVL-919 at $799.00 or DVL-V888 for $799.99 or I found a couple of DLV-91's for about $999.00. I'm just not sure of putting that much into a LD player.

    Thanks again

    Jim
     
  17. Mattias_ka

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    Jim Douglas, I know that one guy bought a VERY mildly used LD-S9 from Daniel in hong kong for just 900$. That's a MUCH better than to get a DVL-919/DVL-V888/DLV-91.

    -Mattias-
     
  18. Jim Douglas

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    From what I am hearing from Nicolas the used S-9 is getting very hard to find and prices are really going up. He says since the announcement that the players are being discontinued the used market has dried up. I saw a new boxed CLD-79 on e-bay today but missed out on it. There is another one on Yahoo auction that is a sealed new unit but the guy has no history so I'm a little leary of that. Still thinking and looking and any and all advice is appreciated.

    Thanks

    Jim
     
  19. Rachael B

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    Jim, I'd narrow my search of U.S. players to CLD's 79, 99, 97 maybe?, 704 and the DVL-91. Those are the ones with above average picture. Stay away from the 888! In the past these Kary-okie players have had very mediocre pic's. I'd assume this one does too. The 99 and 97 are atleast close to as good as the LD-S9. They cut video noise as well, or close. They can't offer the kind of vivid colour that the S9 does though. That's their shortcoming. The 79, 704, and DVL-91 all have roughly the same pic quality. I'd favour the 79 and 91 because the Elite build is a bit better. Good luck on your quest!
     
  20. Jim Douglas

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    I found a new boxed CLD-79 today for $799.00 + shipping. They want $50.00 shipping which seems a little high. I'm still on the fence right now. Had to put the truck in the shop today so I'm waiting for the good news on that. "It's always Something".

    Later

    Jim
     

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