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Posted: 01 Oct 2011, 02:12 

Sticky post concerning the LD Player manuals on LDDb:

The current starting point is:

Just a little update to mention that we reshuffled a little bit the repository structure to allow for a few more types of devices:

LD Players manuals

AC3RF Demodulators manuals

MUSE (Hi-Vision) Decoders

CED Players manuals

I will stick for now to the following naming convention (for players):

/ Brand / Family / Model - Language _(other infos).pdf

If you happen to have a PDF manual missing or can scan yours (below 10MB would be great, you can split/multi-zip/etc. as long as it can be reconstructed on a Windows or Linux platform), just send it to: . Don't worry if you can only send JPEGs of each page, I can easily generate PDFs if needed.

To make sending HUGE scanned PDFs easier than splitting by Email, I setup a anonymous drop (upload only) URL that you can access here:

The password hint is : what is the video medium we are mostly collecting here? (small case, no plural)


PS: Topic is locked, PM me if you have a question.

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 Post subject: Re: Lawrence of Arabia
Posted: 09 Mar 2012, 00:07 

halfmac wrote:
I have the 1989 Criterion Collection version of this film and it will not play, any sides. My other discs play fine. Tried two players. What Gives?

Rot? Bent discs?

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Posted: 21 Mar 2012, 13:12 

Dolby Surround only needs 2 mono tracks (= stereo) and encode additional information for Center and Surround.

If you listen to the soundtrack with only 2 speakers, it will gracefully play stereo only.

If you put your AV Amp in "Surround" mode, the Amp will decode the extra Dolby Surround information on the fly.

Dolby Stereo is the professional name.
Dolby Surround is the commercial name.


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Posted: 18 Sep 2015, 02:56 

Ah good memories...

I remember setup'ing my CLD-R5 via my PC videocard (with composite IN and OUT) able to layer subtitles on the fly.
Got to watch Chronicles of Lodoss War and Escaflowne like that.

That was in 2001. Time flies.


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Posted: 01 Feb 2016, 16:32 


Somehow I let that bug slip through: whenever someone submits a "best offer" for a title but you miss the notification or only find out after the 48h expiration time is over, now it's possible to "resubmit" the same expired offer to the buyer as a 2nd chance.

Of course the buyer, this time, has no obligation to accept since the original 48h expired already.

But it allows for an extended offer if the buyer is still interested.

Right now the email notification is a copy/paste of the counter-offer, I will edit a new template soon to reflect the fact that this a 2nd chance best offer.


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Posted: 31 Mar 2016, 11:08 

Just curious what everyone thinks is the most smoothly drawn 4:3 anime on LD.

I haven't watched much on LD, but Ninja Scroll CAV had the best animated video quality I've seen on LD so far when the action scenes were drawn on every frame.

Any thoughts?

For high quality animation, a few come to mind (usually short and CAV):

X2 (Double X): Image Clip in X (1993) [SRLW 1577] (the trailer)
Clamp in Wonderland (1994) [BEAL-931]

Everything else I could think of was either 1.66:1 or 1.85:1

Studio Ghibli (and all the movies!)
On Your Mark (1995) [PCLP-00652]
Mamoru Oshii
Ghost in the Shell: Premium Box (1995) [BEAL-921]
Patlabor: The Movie (1989) [BELL-1310]
Patlabor 2: The Movie (1993) [BELL-1311]
Katsuhiro Outomo
Akira: Special Collection (1988) [PILA-1086]
Memories (1995) [BEAL-926]
Jin-Roh (1998) [BELL-1541]
Perfect Blue: Special Collection Box (1997) [PILA-9002]


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Posted: 20 Jun 2016, 10:49 


Of course most people are using Paypal to pay across countries and currencies (although Paypal Forex fees are usually quite bad, sometimes up to 5% fees) on top of their 2.9~3.9% commissions.

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 Post subject: External Y/c 3D Comb Filter
Posted: 30 Dec 2016, 14:22 

I didn't know they were also sold separately by Imagenics.

From the description, it claims that it's the circuitry used in the LD-S9 and HLD-X9:

Manual in Japanese is here.


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Posted: 21 Jan 2017, 19:58 

And another round of 30+ new manuals and service manuals!

New brands: Onkyo and Philips.

Tons of service manuals for SONY and Pioneer.


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Posted: 19 Apr 2017, 16:09 

Only the 2nd user to reach that milestone!

Feedbacks for: gandjrarities



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 Post subject: Re: AC-3 setup problem
Posted: 10 Aug 2017, 06:26 

1. Manual doesn't state how to use the AC-3 option via remote or actual unit?
2. When selecting the right analog track, the on screen displays states ' analog stereo - 1/L only when analog 2/R is selected.
3. All the above is connected to my Yamaha RX-V765 amp and still no sound?
4. Yamaha APD-1 de modulator light does not light up!

Everybody quickly jumped to the rescue but let me summarize:

No remote for the APD-1, just power it up and connect the "AC3RF out" of your player to the "AC3RF in" of the APD-1.
The moment an AC3RF signal is detected, the "DEMODULATE" led will lit on like this:

Then if you plug either via Coax or Toslink to your A/V Amp, it will detect an Dolby Digital signal and process it normally.

No need to select any specific sound channel on your player.


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Posted: 10 Aug 2017, 09:51 

... is turning 15 this year!

First early beta-version was started in November 2002 but I probably took advantage of the 2002 Summer break to start coding initially.

Wow, I feel even older now.

But it's been a fun ride, I met lots of interesting individuals on the way, met up some in the real world too, eventually landed a fantastic job back in 2009 through the website and still haven't reached the overdose level of maintaining the database.

I know most users would like their inputs and covers processed faster but I'd rather have a slow processing with quality outputs than validate everything blindly and create trouble in the future. The shop inventory management section is a shame and needs a full refresh, so does the shop listings (must migrate from iFrame to inline) and the "selling in lots" that was 80% finished but never tested.

My next scheduled task will be to work on the players' side because most of the Forum topics are about fixing/cleaning up/upgrading player and a section open to comments for all existing players would be a great addition to the disc database.

I'll start working on that when I will have spared enough $$$ to upgrade my 2012 Windows 7 laptop to the latest technology, fix my speakers (in need of re-foaming) and finish working on an major infrastructure project in Tokyo at work.

It would be also very useful for hand pick relevant topics in the forum (old or new) to create a FAQ on the usual issues (laser rot, AC3RF, DTS, combi players, etc.)

So far 15,731 transactions were made on LDDb, for a total of 29,054 titles that changed hands!
Out of these 15,731, 6,903 were successful best offers
4,052 currently active accounts (500+ visiting weekly, 1,000+ visiting monthly)
Accounting for ALL accounts created from the beginning (some were duplicates though), that's 13,806 accounts since 2002
564,019 titles in LD collections (that's several hundred tons of LDs!)
Forum has 6,314 topics for a total of over 76,000 posts


Hope to post a similar message in 2022 for the 20th anniversary!


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Posted: 13 Sep 2017, 09:19 

Hi everyone,

I understand that the forum has been slowing down because, well, we already talked and discussed 99% of what could be said/explained on LD and LD Players over the years.

I can see that visitors are reading/searching the forum but less contributions these days, except maybe in the "technical questions" for Players starting to age and slowly breaking down.

There are, however, a LOT of good posts and great information laying deep in the old topics that would benefit from more exposure/indexing.
After considering several options, I decided to give "Thanks for Posts" a try:
For now you can add a "thank you note" on a post linked to an active account (not yours obviously, this is not Facebook!) and when enough thanks are received, I'll be able to pull out a list of popular topics and posters (in quality, not in quantity or most recent posts).

If you bookmarked or liked an old post, don't hesitate to go like it to give him a chance to shine again for newcomers!

And if you want to enable notifications (PM or Email) when someone thanked you, you will have to update your User Profile here:



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Posted: 13 Sep 2017, 14:40 

I have always wanted to able to thank people on this forum for their particular posts without having to write it.

Glad you like it!

I hope it will not be understood as something similar to a Facebook "Like", but as a tool to highlight significantly insightful/well argued/documented posts that are worth reading even years later. Some of Disclord's posts on the technicality of video/audio formats were really great!


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Posted: 14 Sep 2017, 08:11 

Where did he live?

=> Plattsburg, Missouri. USA

His first website domain is gone: but the contents live on


I'll make a full backup of these just in case...


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 Post subject: Re: DVL-919 RD/RA No Power
Posted: 19 Sep 2017, 07:18 

For once we have the Service Manual :-)

And this one refers to DVL-919 RD/RA "AC110-127/220-240V" as "Automatic select":


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Posted: 19 Sep 2017, 11:25 

Which ones are you after ?

Realized that there is only "main language is" in the advanced search and no field for "bilingual" in the drop menus.

Doing it manually also finds:

Tenchi Muyo in Love: The Movie (1996) [PILA-1393]
Ghibli Ga Ippai Collection (1996) [TKLO-50180] has Laputa, Totoro, Kiki and Porco Rosso dubbed in English mono
Anne of Green Gables: Memorial Box 1 (1979) [BELL-552]
Anne of Green Gables: Memorial Box 2 (1979) [BELL-553]
Lupin the 3rd: The Mystery of Mamo (1978) [TLL 2474]
Transformers: Destron Box (1985) [PILA-1494]
Chibi Maruko-Chan: 10th Anniversary Video (1995) [PCLG-00041]
Spirit of Wonder, The (1992) [TSL-0052]


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Posted: 19 Sep 2017, 12:06 

kris wrote:
How are you guys doing with the format meanwhile?

Not too well!

=> Extra discs like crazy

I'm basically skipping Blu-Ray to jump directly to 4K UHD for new releases.


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Posted: 23 Sep 2017, 16:27 

admin wrote:
Next artist scheduled for signature will be the 2000's JPOP band "Do As Infinity" coming to Singapore in September.

Nailed it!


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 Post subject: Re: Ultra Stereo?
Posted: 28 Sep 2017, 04:00 

Made a quick update to the "advanced search" to add soundtrack (mono/stereo/surround/etc.) on top of sound encoding (Digital/CX/DTS/AC3/etc).

Because soundtrack internal IDs do not match between Digital/Analog, it's limited to LDs with a digital soundtrack for now.

Here are the results:

Ultra Stereo (553 titles)

As well as:

DTS Stereo (22 titles)
Chace Stereo (30 titles)
Roland Sound Space (11 titles)


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 Post subject: Re: Ultra Stereo?
Posted: 02 Oct 2017, 10:07 

laserbite34 wrote:
This needs to be corrected as it states Dolby on LDDB.

Back cover also shows "Ultra Stereo".

Updated, thanks!


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Posted: 18 Oct 2017, 11:18 

ruinatokyo wrote:
What are the reference numbers for the Japan Special Collection ones?

Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) [SF148-1196]
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) [SF148-1242]
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983) [SF148-1343]


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Posted: 19 Oct 2017, 11:51 

Had a wonderful San Francisco -> Los Angeles -> Costa Mesa -> San Jose - > Palo Alto journey!

Did all things tourist, but I was going there exactly for that :-)

Thank you California!


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Posted: 24 Oct 2017, 03:43 

xtempo wrote:
are the separate channels only playable on an LD-G machine? I know nothing about the LD-G stuff

Good discussion about LD-G here: LD-G laserdiscs, worth getting a player/de-coder???


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Posted: 02 Nov 2017, 08:29 


When logged in:


[X] In my Collection
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