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 Post subject: Pioneer HM-D101
PostPosted: 16 Apr 2016, 16:36 
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This little beauty arrived just in time for the weekend:

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Had been very interested in this decoder since seeing this one line assessment from Nicolas Santini's webpage "HM-D101: slightly noisy fan, otherwise the best !" I think he is right on both counts.

Sat up to 3am this morning re-watching things!

Even the S.O. was very impressed with how good the picture from it is.

Very very happy with this unit :D


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PostPosted: 16 Apr 2016, 17:27 
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Nice looking unit! Seems to be in similar design to the HLD-X9 and LG-1 decoder. Maybe I should consider looking for this unit too. Would match my other equipment better. :)
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 Post subject: Re: Pioneer HM-D101
PostPosted: 16 Apr 2016, 17:56 
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The fascia is very squarish like the X9, you might notice that it has the kind of side bumpers at the front like the S9, and the SP-D07 has them too which take the width from the standard Pioneer 420mm to 440mm like the X9.

Definitely worth looking out for one imho. I have the Sony MSC-4000 and this hooked up simultaneously at the moment. Going back to the Sony is like placing a sheet of lightly frosted glass in front of the screen, the colour of the Pioneer is more vibrant when called for without being over-saturated like just turning the colour up. The increased 'transparency' also gives the picture a much better sense of depth, after watching it for a while the Sony just seems flat, dull and lifeless. Perhaps that sounds a little harsh but I really am impressed by the Pioneer. When I switched from the Victor to the Sony there was some improvement, but this is like a whole other level.

The greatest improvement seems to with film material, though the Sony Test Disc and fish scenery discs just look absolutely fantastic. In conjunction with the X9 there is still that green tinge at times with film discs. I haven't decided if it's actually lessened or if this is because the rest of the picture is noticeably improved; but the tinge is far less obtrusive when watching.
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PostPosted: 16 Apr 2016, 18:04 
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The only down side I'm seeing right now is that front panel which lights up like a Christmas tree;

the equipment is at the front of the room right under the projector screen - I'm going to have to cover it up it's so bright!!
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PostPosted: 16 Apr 2016, 18:55 
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Sounds like my Cerwin-Vega amplifier. The LEDs that indicates it is turned on are extremely bright. Ended up putting electrical tape over them, lol. I don't mind blinking and flashing lights that old AV gear have, but it shouldn't be too bright. Usually more expensive stuff have options to dim the lights. A little bit surprised the HM-D101 doesn't have that.

I do happen to have the Sony MSC-4000 my self. Haven't tried out other decoders, this is the first and only one I have. Got it cheap from Japan since it is missing the remote. Really typical Sony design, goes really well with my Sony SL-C30 betamax player, lol.
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 Post subject: Re: Pioneer HM-D101
PostPosted: 16 Apr 2016, 19:35 
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Oh, gosh. I've been slowly (slowly!) accumulating MUSE decoders, but the only Pioneer unit I have as of yet is the one in the PDP-501R. Still & all, it's nice to have good-quality photos. Did you get a manual?

I note the RCA "control" terminals rather than the usual Pioneer SR 1/8" mini-jacks. Curious!
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PostPosted: 17 Apr 2016, 03:24 
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Hi publius, great respect to you for your passion for muse technology and that you freely share your knowledge for the benefit of others. For anyone with an interest who hasn't already visited, checkout these webpages http://ura.caldc.com/stannum/index.html lots of muse information not to be found anywhere else and English user guides for some muse decoders which are labelled only in Japanese. Without them figuring out those decoders wouldn't be easy.

On that note, no it didn't come with a manual. Would have been a nice addition, and might contain some interesting extra information about it. Nice that it's all labelled in English and translation not needed at all to make use of the decoder.

It doesn't have an OSD like the Sony - all the status information is displayed on the front panel.

If you're correct that this and the Hitachi HD-M20 are clones then the information on the website is that it doesn't have a remote control. It didn't come with one, but I have noticed that there appears to be a remote sensor on the front panel:

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So maybe it did originally have one or this might be a receiver only for a TV or video remote control with controls for the decoder on it. I have a Denon tuner like that.
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 Post subject: Re: Pioneer HM-D101
PostPosted: 20 Apr 2016, 13:33 
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I found this on and old e-bay listing (translated from German):

"The decoder remote is picked up slightly, while the HLD-1000 player remote control still looks like new."

and also:

"It comes with the HLD-1000 player with original remote control and the HM-D101 Muse decoder with original remote control."

So the HM-D101 does have a remote.
Now I just wonder if there was a dimmer control for the front panel display on it!
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PostPosted: 20 Apr 2016, 14:28 
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Here's the photo from that listing:

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PostPosted: 20 Apr 2016, 14:29 
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f'n sweet Audioboyz..nice
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 Post subject: Re: Pioneer HM-D101
PostPosted: 23 Apr 2016, 00:53 
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Thanks laserdude :thumbup: Very grateful to have it.

Found this French laserdisc discussion thread with some photos of the Hitachi HD-M20:

http://laserdiscplaza.fr/forumld/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=2168&start=45
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 Post subject: Re: Pioneer HM-D101
PostPosted: 17 May 2016, 10:59 
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don't suppose you would be willing to sell it ?
  
 
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sorry, but no way!
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