Laserdisc-The godfather of ALL consumer optical disc media

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  • honestaquarianhonestaquarian Posts: 2,759
    edited March 2019
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 16,331
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    Does this come with quaaludes?
  • honestaquarianhonestaquarian Posts: 2,759
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    I didn’t actually buy the Jane Fonda or Bill Cosby titles. I DID, however score this one on Laserdisc database dot com. New and sealed.
    I have the Dolby Surround version as well as the Dolby Digital version. Methinks a comparo is in order....................
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 16,331
    Me thinks the THX wide screen is the best out of all of them followed by the DTS. Personally I have never been let down by any title that was THX'd
  • honestaquarianhonestaquarian Posts: 2,759
    Just had one of my coworkers over doing some updates on his computer and decided to do the three way comparo while waiting for the updates to complete. My coworker is definitely NOT an audiophile, but he has heard things on my system in the past which surprised him. We played the same scene from all three Die Hard 2 movies starting with the Dolby surround, then the Dolby Digital (the THX disc) and then finally the DTS. We heard a difference right away between the first and second in the favor of the Dolby Digital. However the picture was the worst for some reason.

    The DTS won the day though!

    Everything seemed louder and clearer with the Dolby Digital compared to the Dolby Surround, but everything was much clearer (especially dialog) on the DTS.

    Back in 1999 when I used to work at the now defunct High Tech Service and exchange here in DC in DuPont Circle on P St NW (which later became Sound Images by High Tech) we used to do Dolby AC-3 (as Dolby Digital was called back then) versus DTS Laserdisc comparisons on the same movies if they were available in both formats. Even people who said they had hearing problems heard the difference. The DTS would always sound louder even though it wasn't. I later realized it was because there is a LOT MORE information there.
    On Laserdiscs the Dolby AC-3 soundtrack has 5.1 channels running at 384 Kilobits per second. The same 5.1 channels on a DTS disc are running at 1.5 Megabits per second. The same bit rate as the two channel PCM digital soundtrack that is encoded with Dolby Surround. The DTS soundtrack replaces the PCM track. which is why you must have a DTS decoder to play those discs or you're forced to play the analog soundtrack. The Dolby AC-3 encoding takes the place of one of the Analog channels and is modulated onto the FM carrier that they use for the Analog soundtrack. So if you don't have an AC-3 RF demodulator to be able to play back the 5.1 channel track, you still have the PCM Dolby Surround track to play back.

    This brings back a lot of fond memories when this stuff used to be FUN
  • verbverb Posts: 10,154
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  • dolbyddolbyd Posts: 425
    Commercial unit. Those are built like tanks for heavy usage.
    I don’t think those had AC3 (DD) capability though.
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  • honestaquarianhonestaquarian Posts: 2,759
    edited March 2019
    That thing long predates even Stereo Digital Sound on Laserdiscs. Never mind Dolby AC-3 or DTS.
  • honestaquarianhonestaquarian Posts: 2,759
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    A friend just gave this to me on DVD 📀 and then a few days later I find it on Laserdisc here👇🏿
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  • SIHABSIHAB Posts: 1,644
    Have a nice Memorial Day weekend Honest.
    Maybe time to fire up the DVL-90 tonight...
  • honestaquarianhonestaquarian Posts: 2,759
    Fire it up!!
    Methinks it's time to fire up the DVL-91
    Happy "Morial Day" Weekend to you as well @SIHAB
    Anyone else gonna fire up their Laserdisc players over the holiday weekend?
  • jbail2011jbail2011 Posts: 50
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    thats $5 too much...
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  • SIHABSIHAB Posts: 1,644
    this workout vid was better..
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    Okay now I’ve gone and done it. I went and watched Star Wars Episode I and then decided to go ahead and watch the next two Episodes on DVD (they came out after they had stopped making Laserdiscs) That’s when I realized this series has been around SO LONG that I have the movies on four different formats. From Laserdisc to DVD to Blu-ray to 4K Blu-ray.
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    Survey: Which boxed set is better?
  • honestaquarianhonestaquarian Posts: 2,759


    Here it is finally
    I've been saying for years there were three competing Videodisc formats, but I could not for the life of me recall the third one.
    Laservision
    CED (Capacitance Electronic Disc)
    VHD (no this is not a typo as it stands for Video High Density)
    Both of the other formats besides Laservision were discs inside jackets which were read by needles, but in different ways.
  • I've still got my DVL-91. And a spare in storage...
  • honestaquarianhonestaquarian Posts: 2,759
    @jrice1972 pics or it never happened ;)
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    ONLY a Laser nerd 🤓/pack rat would care about such things!
    This is a twenty year old bucket list goal finally achieved. I wanted to have both the Dolby AC-3 (remember when they called Dolby Digital that??) and the DTS versions of all three of these movies.
    Goal achieved.
  • StantonZStantonZ Posts: 404
    My CLD-99 is still the best-sounding CD transport I have...when I play CD's. The truth is now I've ripped everything to FLAC files that I play via USB HD through my UHD player. I still watch a LaserDisc once-in-awhile (I have an external AC-3 RF demod).
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  • honestaquarianhonestaquarian Posts: 2,759
    @StantonZ
    Ya gotta love that Legato Link D/A converter. Pioneer was ahead of their time with that!
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