Originally Posted by The Lizard King
Has anyone ever done an A/B comparison between the HLD-X0 and the LD-S2 using the same NTSC LaserDisc and composite output (the BNC one)?
Yes i have done that, i had all High End Players and i still have a few, that i am selling since i don't use them.
The picture is very close, in fact inside the LD-S2 has a very close building in pair with the X0.
But the X0 is a unit that was launched 5 years ahead, and the picture is like 10% even better than he LD-S2.
The X0 is for a "Purist"...it's for a Laserdisc lover that wants to take the maximum of laserdisc quality and have the most natural and breathtaking picture possible.
But the LD-S2 is also very close. The LD-S2 and HLD-X0 are single side units for a reason, they were made to last and Pioneer didn't bothered to fill the units with double side mechanism, instead they built them like tanks with the best of the best.
If you check laserdiscarchive.co.uk, you will see that the LD-S2 was called LD-X1 in Japan.
THe X-Line was the Reference Line, and the number 1 is the closest to the 0, so by here you can see how close in quality these units are.
If most of the people knew the LD-S2 they wouldn't want to buy a CLD-97 or CLD-99.... I am not saying the CLD97 is not a good unit, but it's mid-end, not High End.