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 Post subject: CLD - D504 & the AC-3 Rabbithole!
PostPosted: 02 Apr 2019, 12:00 
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Found a seller with this 1995 Pioneer model locally. My first LD player with the AC-3/RF output. Came with a functioning remote and the previous owner noted that he had replaced the belts - tested out good at home.

I guess my next step is the AC-3 demodulator, a quick ebay search reveals, yes, it will likely cost me more than the player itself. Otoh, I do have about 30 5.1 discs in my collection, including the always-awesome Six Days, Seven Nights. :lolno:
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 Post subject: Re: CLD - D504 & the AC-3 Rabbithole!
PostPosted: 02 Apr 2019, 17:28 
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That's why I would never buy a standalone AC3-RF Demodulator as people think that is the "only" way to get the coding out of the player.

I would recommend searching out these three models on eBay:

Sony, SDP-EP9ES
Sony, SDP-E800
Denon, AVD-2000

These are all Surround Processors with AC-3RF Demodulators built in but they also have an S/PDIF optical output that will convert the signal and send it over to your AV Receiver (in other words, you just use these processors as a digital switcher).

Every so often you'll see these units sell for a lot less than a standalone AC3-RF Demodulator. You'll just have to be patient.
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 Post subject: Re: CLD - D504 & the AC-3 Rabbithole!
PostPosted: 02 Apr 2019, 18:18 
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I got a Karmon Kardon 303 years ago which doesn’t output SPDIF, only multichannel line outs, but it was like 1/4 the price of a more popular unit since nothing has multi channel ins anymore.
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 Post subject: Re: CLD - D504 & the AC-3 Rabbithole!
PostPosted: 03 Apr 2019, 02:18 
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If you are looking on eBay the Lexicon LDD-1 was the high end model and that is what it is expensive, you only need a simple AC-3 RF demodulator. Right now the Japanese, Chinese, and Korean sellers are really over-inflating the prices. I’d just wait for someone in the USA to sell one at a reasonable price. Search for the Yamaha APD-1 or Kenwood DEM-999D as those are a couple that should eventually show-up.
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 Post subject: Re: CLD - D504 & the AC-3 Rabbithole!
PostPosted: 03 Apr 2019, 14:12 
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I would suggest Meridien 519 but mine somehow died unexpectedly though I didn't use it that much. Yes the Lexicon LDD-1 is better when I switched over to that.
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