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View Poll Results: Do you still watch laserdiscs?
Yes, I still watch my laserdiscs. 370 56.06%
No, I was an LD user, but I no longer watch laserdiscs. 290 43.94%
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Old 09-30-2019, 04:11 AM   #3961
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Logitech Harmony remote. That's what I use with my player.
Is it a laserdisc remote or just a universal remote? Just so I know how to search for it.
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Old 09-30-2019, 04:25 AM   #3962
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Is it a laserdisc remote or just a universal remote? Just so I know how to search for it.
Computer programmable universal remote.
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Old 10-01-2019, 05:59 AM   #3963
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I'm looking into them. Would any of them be good, or is there a particular one?
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Old 10-01-2019, 08:07 AM   #3964
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Other than eBay does anyone know where I could find a replacement remote for player? It's a Pioneer CLD-980. Are all Pioneer remotes interchangeable or do I have to have a specific remote?
They are mostly intercompatible. The only thing you'd need to be concerned with is any of the fancier features on some LD players, which CLD-980 doesn't appear to have.

However, you can find the exact model for yours on ebay for 20 bucks.
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Old 10-01-2019, 11:36 AM   #3965
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DTS LD is another beast with its super potent lossless audio tracks. The first couple of discs had elevated surrounds which are really powerful but they fixed this issue on later titles. DTS discs are amazing and thus super rare and go for insane dollar amounts to this day. The first run of DTS DVDs have the same full 1500kbps+ bitrate as their LD counterparts and I buy any I find.
Thatís very interesting. I actually just purchased my very first DTS LD the other day (The Lost World) for $25 still sealed. Youíre not kidding about that premium price point.

So would you say that some of those first-run DTS LDs with the elevated surrounds are actually punchier vs say a new 4k modern release? For example, bd.com gave The Lost World 4k 5 stars in the audio category but the track is DTS:X so I feel it isnít fair to compare the two but I would assume that new mix would be a lot better than its LD counterpart.
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Old 10-01-2019, 02:26 PM   #3966
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I'm looking into them. Would any of them be good, or is there a particular one?
I also just set up a Harmony 665 ($50 on Amazon) for my simple basement set up which includes my Pioneer CLD99. I had to add most of the players commands using the Buttons menu during set up using the Harmony software. It's pretty easy to do once you get the handle. And the remote works perfectly with the 99.
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Old 10-01-2019, 02:45 PM   #3967
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That’s very interesting. I actually just purchased my very first DTS LD the other day (The Lost World) for $25 still sealed. You’re not kidding about that premium price point.

So would you say that some of those first-run DTS LDs with the elevated surrounds are actually punchier vs say a new 4k modern release? For example, bd.com gave The Lost World 4k 5 stars in the audio category but the track is DTS:X so I feel it isn’t fair to compare the two but I would assume that new mix would be a lot better than its LD counterpart.
I'm sure someone will correct me...

But my understanding is that the first few DTS releases ie. Jurassic Park, The Shadow...were uncompressed DTS which had a much larger bitrate than even DVD DTS releases which came afterward. However after those first few releases? DTS releases on LD had a lower bitrate for some reason.
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Old 10-01-2019, 11:07 PM   #3968
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I'm sure someone will correct me...

But my understanding is that the first few DTS releases ie. Jurassic Park, The Shadow...were uncompressed DTS which had a much larger bitrate than even DVD DTS releases which came afterward. However after those first few releases? DTS releases on LD had a lower bitrate for some reason.
Right...that's what captainsolo was saying. Very interesting as I did not know that only the earlier DTS titles had the better bitrate.
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Old 10-02-2019, 11:55 PM   #3969
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Dts on LD was always at the full 1530kbps or so bitrate. It was only after the first year or so on dvd hat they halved it to 755.
The first couple of dts LDs are supposed to have surround channels a few dB too high which caused Jurassic Park to be redone on dvd. If the later releases are not remixes then everything should sound identical.

However on the three dts LDs I have I prefer them to all other releases. The Shadow may have those elevated surrounds but it’s a wonderful listen. Goldeneye and Tomorrow Never Dies sounds very close on the dvd and bd releases but I have to give the edge to the dts LDs. I think the difference may only be in some very slight eq and it’s only with me being very nit picky.
Of course Goldeneye also has the bass heavy Dolby mix on LD and the first dvd.
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Old 10-06-2019, 11:49 AM   #3970
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So what is the proper way to rip laserdisc audio?
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Old 10-06-2019, 03:59 PM   #3971
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So what is the proper way to rip laserdisc audio?
A capture card.
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Old 10-06-2019, 04:32 PM   #3972
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Well, that's pretty easy.
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Old 10-06-2019, 04:46 PM   #3973
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Well, that's pretty easy.
I wish there was a better way. That's what I have done as well.
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LD analog is pretty straightforward but even with CX encoding can be noisy.

LD digital can be captured by most things but you have to ensure your device is doing a bit perfect 16/44 capture. Then to sync to other sources you usually have to resample to 16/48 if burning to disc.

LD ac3 once demodulated can be captured as ac3. DTS is the hardest since capturing the digital signal will require the use of DTS decoding which is not in consumer PC systems-and the LD DTS standard is different than the original DTS theatrical specs.
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I also just set up a Harmony 665 ($50 on Amazon) for my simple basement set up which includes my Pioneer CLD99. I had to add most of the players commands using the Buttons menu during set up using the Harmony software. It's pretty easy to do once you get the handle. And the remote works perfectly with the 99.
Thanks, I got my 665 yesterday and it works amazingly. I even have my AppleTV on it!
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Old 10-11-2019, 04:24 PM   #3976
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Just got another copy of Koyaanisqatsi. My dumb ass decided to buy another copy of the same Japanese pressing instead of trying to find a good deal on the first US one, since it seems the Japanese one is somewhat prone to rot. It still ain't perfect, but it's a huge improvement over the first copy, this one is actually watchable.
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With rotters it’s luck of the draw and you get lucky sometimes. Japanese discs usually are less prone but there are occasional discs even there that can have rot.

Most are only going to have a little speckling and that’s it. The real terrors come mostly from the Sony DADC plant which means most Sony Columbia titles are possible candidates. Dadc did some criterions but those usually seem fine.

On the other hand if you find the dadc Austria pressing of something it’s rot free as that plant had no rot issues but sadly pressed far fewer copies of titles than the US plant did.

Dadc did most of the all time rotters. The bad discs we all avoid like Fugitive, Air Force One, MIB, Fifth element, Batman Returns, B&R etc but on the latter two I have clean copies. Fugitive is clean on the uber rare squeeze demo disc. Some lucky folks have clean AFO copies. MIB and FE got rare pioneer clean represses.

The worst rotted disc I ever had was Lost Highway which I gave away to a Lynch fan who just wanted the cover.

I’m lucky that my fugitive copy plays through side one. I even get to the end of side 2 and 3 before it goes into super rot crazy town and becomes an acid trip.
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I mostly buy Japanese discs entirely due to the price and convenience. I can get quite a few titles shipped in a lot before the costs get anywhere close to what it'd cost to ship one title from the US. Japanese pressings usually have better QC as well (less prone to rot), but some of them are still more prone to it than others, such as this Koyaanisqatsi pressing. This new copy looks fine for the most part, but the beginning side one has some noticeable hiss and I also noticed some crackling in the right audio channel on side two. The sleeve was pretty knackered too but I just put the better disc into the old sleeve.

I should've just bought a copy of the first US pressing instead. The JP pressing doesn't even have digital audio, but it does have a nicer cover.
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So, I think I've lost my mind. I bought a 2nd player yesterday. It's a laserdisc/DVD combo which I didn't even know existed. It's also a player than automatically plays both sides of the disc.
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Old 10-12-2019, 09:26 PM   #3980
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So, I think I've lost my mind. I bought a 2nd player yesterday. It's a laserdisc/DVD combo which I didn't even know existed. It's also a player than automatically plays both sides of the disc.
Losing your mind would be investing in Hi-Vision. DVLs aren't bad. They ain't the best, but they're okay players.
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