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 Post subject: Re: PIONEER LD-W1 4-Side LD Changer (1988)
PostPosted: 07 May 2018, 03:30 
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I remember Disclord saying something about how the LD-W1 was in production for some time and had some sort of improvements to it over the years. I wonder if a multi-color display was part of that. Mine is all orange.
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 Post subject: Re: PIONEER LD-W1 4-Side LD Changer (1988)
PostPosted: 07 May 2018, 05:17 
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signofzeta wrote:
I remember Disclord saying something about how the LD-W1 was in production for some time and had some sort of improvements to it over the years.


The one picture above is from March 1991.

How old is yours? (per the serial number)

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 Post subject: Re: PIONEER LD-W1 4-Side LD Changer (1988)
PostPosted: 09 May 2018, 00:13 
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Yes does anyone have one with a production date newer than 1988?
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 Post subject: Re: PIONEER LD-W1 4-Side LD Changer (1988)
PostPosted: 11 May 2018, 05:21 
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I just found an LD-W1 on craigslist for a decent price but it’s missing a remote. Does anyone happen to have one they don’t need? I searched for the model number of CU-LD011 and the only result was one in China that already sold.

If not, which alternative compatible remotes would be the best?


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 Post subject: Re: PIONEER LD-W1 4-Side LD Changer (1988)
PostPosted: 11 May 2018, 19:41 
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primetarget wrote:
Yes does anyone have one with a production date newer than 1988?


Mine are from 04/1988 & 12/1988.
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 Post subject: Re: PIONEER LD-W1 4-Side LD Changer (1988)
PostPosted: 12 May 2018, 03:39 
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Not sure if this is accurate but I think the LD-W1 was only in "real" production for at least two years and then any updates to the units were done to existing units that were not sold in the initial two years that the player was introduced. Thus, would Pioneer even stamp a new production date for the 90's on the units they upgraded w/ the 4x oversampling DA converters?

Also, I would not mind acquiring a later W1 unit but does anyone know if there was any telltale sign that gave it away that it’s the upgraded unit?
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 Post subject: Re: PIONEER LD-W1 4-Side LD Changer (1988)
PostPosted: 15 May 2018, 17:08 
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our once-esteemed ex-service guru Duncan Hunter,
once claimed once that PIONEER U.S. had held a large unsold backstock of LD-W1 for years,
and, eventually, instead of offering them to the public at some sort of steep discount or something,
just had them all "Destroyed" in order to claim on the tax or insurance values, or some hokum like that.

Irreplaceable Treasures, Wasted. Very, very, regrettable...
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 Post subject: Re: PIONEER LD-W1 4-Side LD Changer (1988)
PostPosted: 27 Nov 2018, 20:40 
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Was this able to play both NTSC / PAL?
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 Post subject: Re: PIONEER LD-W1 4-Side LD Changer (1988)
PostPosted: 27 Nov 2018, 20:57 
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mrfe wrote:
Was this able to play both NTSC / PAL?

No
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 Post subject: Re: PIONEER LD-W1 4-Side LD Changer (1988)
PostPosted: 28 Nov 2018, 00:55 
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signofzeta wrote:
I remember Disclord saying something about how the LD-W1 was in production for some time and had some sort of improvements to it over the years. I wonder if a multi-color display was part of that. Mine is all orange.


The Multi-Color display is the Japanese variant. Not sure why Japan got the cool displays and the rest of us are stuck with orange.
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 Post subject: Re: PIONEER LD-W1 4-Side LD Changer (1988)
PostPosted: 28 Nov 2018, 03:34 
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tasuke wrote:
PIONEER U.S. had held a large unsold backstock of LD-W1 for years,
and, eventually, instead of offering them to the public at some sort of steep discount or something,
just had them all "Destroyed".

Irreplaceable Treasures, Wasted. Very, very, regrettable...


Very sad but most likely to be true, some companies really don't want to "devalue" their product which is perhaps understandable & when new lines are introduced things like that can happen.

I was told many years ago that a similar thing happened to quite a number of PHILIPS LD players here in the UK, VLP-600-700s & perhaps others suffered a similar fate & ended up in landfill sites - apparently even after very drastic price reductions (including the "early" UK disc releases) retailers basically could not give the things away. Music 'n' Light in Glasgow were one of the few retailers who stuck with the format through the fraught early years here in the UK & they were very helpful with info from back then. Quite a number of disc returns also back in the day but most were PAL PDO Blackburn pressed. I could not get any accurate figures on the dumped numbers of PHILIPS players but the closest I could get was "a few hundred units" but given the very slow uptake & low sales I am not sure if it was as large a number as that.

The early PAL PHILIPS players were not really a loss when you look back but I agree the PIONEER LD-W1 units are a very sad loss indeed but companies can be rather ruthless & to them perhaps they were more hassle than they were worth. Still sad to think of such a fate for them.

The amount of new but "redundant" stuff that ends up in landfill sites is quite shocking.

Does anyone know how many PIONEER units suffered such a sad end?
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 Post subject: Re: PIONEER LD-W1 4-Side LD Changer (1988)
PostPosted: 01 Dec 2018, 08:47 
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Possess

It is a big gimmick sound.

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