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 Post subject: Hello, I used To Sell LD Players in the 80s to 2000.
PostPosted: 24 Nov 2021, 02:15 
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Hello, I'm new here. My name is Ralph and I used to sell LD players in Florida in the 80s and 90s (the retailers were a high end audio salon and later on I worked at a chain retailer, now defunct, called Sound Advice). I just bought a used Pioneer CLDM-301 with 5 CD ability to play the LD films I still have that my wife always thought were just records. :D I'd like a list of machines because I'd like to upgrade from this model which doesn't have an S video connector. I remember selling a Denon LD/CD changer at one time and I am interested in something like that if anyone is familiar with them. Thanks.
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 Post subject: Re: Hello, I used To Sell LD Players in the 80s to 2000.
PostPosted: 25 Nov 2021, 04:15 
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Hi Ralph,

Welcome to the forum and hope you'll find a lot of enjoyment reliving the past. ;)

Also, I did want to point out a few things....


sailordude wrote:
I'd like a list of machines because I'd like to upgrade from this model which doesn't have an S video connector.


Since LD is a composite video format, S-Video is an irrelevant requirement for better picture quality (in fact it's worse in most cases). You will always get better results w/ the composite output and utilizing a TV or video processor w/ a good 3D comb filter. Also, trying to find a TV in this day and age that still sports an S-Video input is almost next to impossible.

As for better machines, you probably already know what was good since you sold players back in the day. However, if you need a refresher, you should probably focus on players that incorporate "digital field memory" (the giveaway is that they usually incorporate a jog/shuttle dial) not only because they can manipulate special effects playback on CLV discs but are just simply better performers in general for picture and sound.


sailordude wrote:
I remember selling a Denon LD/CD changer at one time and I am interested in something like that if anyone is familiar with them.


I'm certain Denon has never made such a machine since the only known design of a CD Changer w/ LD playback capability is the M series of which you already own. In fact, Denon has never made an LD player on their own as they are all clones from either Philips, Pioneer, or Panasonic. So basically, you are no worse just keeping what you have as there no better equivalent available.


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 Post subject: Re: Hello, I used To Sell LD Players in the 80s to 2000.
PostPosted: 25 Nov 2021, 11:42 
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sailordude wrote:
I used to sell LD players in Florida in the 80s and 90s.


That's cool!

Do you remember how they were marketed? If SONY, Pioneer others were more aggressive on discount or bundling?
You wouldn't have any promotional goods or manuals/pamphlets left by any chance?

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I just bought a used Pioneer CLDM-301 with 5 CD ability to play the LD films I still have that my wife always thought were just records.


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