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got an AC-3 receiver for laserdisc.....nice!!!

Hi gang, well i've really been enjoying watching these laserdisc movies. I was using an older yamaha receiver and liked the sound. I finally came across a receiver (older one of course) that has the AC-3 RF demodulator connector at the back. I finally got it going and played a few dolby digital movies, and i gotta say...it's pretty nice!!!! I have to find a dvd or blu ray version of the same movies to see if there really is a difference. I was playing "true lies" really cool effects (missiles flying by).
The only thing i wish the receiver (denon) had was a few more inputs but also digital inputs.. but of well.. i am happy with it for now. OH YA! The fifth element sound good too!
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If you pick up an old "AC3 RF Demodulator", you can use a current AVR/SSP with LD. These can be found for under $100.
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Hi gang, well i've really been enjoying watching these laserdisc movies. I was using an older yamaha receiver and liked the sound. I finally came across a receiver (older one of course) that has the AC-3 RF demodulator connector at the back. I finally got it going and played a few dolby digital movies, and i gotta say...it's pretty nice!!!! I have to find a dvd or blu ray version of the same movies to see if there really is a difference. I was playing "true lies" really cool effects (missiles flying by).
The only thing i wish the receiver (denon) had was a few more inputs but also digital inputs.. but of well.. i am happy with it for now. OH YA! The fifth element sound good too!
There will be a HUGE difference!

I sold all my LDs when DVD came out. I did side by side comparisons, and DVD beat LD hands down. Did the same thing when BR came out, BR beat DVD...so it goes without saying that BR will be miles better than LD in both audio and video quality.
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Hi gang, thanks for writing. I know i could have looked for an RF demod, but they are tough to come buy. the receiver i got is cheaper that the demod's and works well. Indeed True Lies has the thx train in the beginning as well as the "audience is listening" intro..always loved that! One day i would love to get my hands of the rare thx Montage disc, but hard to find. it's odd, i've watched some stuff on BR and find that as good as it sounds, the LD movies had more definition to the sound stage. just my opinion. Any other good sci-fi/action movies you guys recommend to watch with ac-3? got the star wars trilogy, but haven't seen it yet...thanks
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Some good ac-3 releases are

Sw ep1
Outbreak
Godzilla
Terminator 2 (65mm cds mix)

- below are mastered from 65mm 6-track soundtracks folded down to 5.1 -

Top gun
Alien
Patton
2001
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If you pick up an old "AC3 RF Demodulator", you can use a current AVR/SSP with LD. These can be found for under $100.

Under $100 ? Where ? Even on ebay a "UNTESTED with a hum when plugged in" is going for $150...


Is there a use for these besides an LD player ? One would think they would be like $25 now...sigh...

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Hi gang, well i've really been enjoying watching these laserdisc movies. I was using an older yamaha receiver and liked the sound. I finally came across a receiver (older one of course) that has the AC-3 RF demodulator connector at the back. I finally got it going and played a few dolby digital movies, and i gotta say...it's pretty nice!!!! I have to find a dvd or blu ray version of the same movies to see if there really is a difference. I was playing "true lies" really cool effects (missiles flying by).
The only thing i wish the receiver (denon) had was a few more inputs but also digital inputs.. but of well.. i am happy with it for now. OH YA! The fifth element sound good too!
I use a Lexicon LDD-1 AC3 rf demodulator between my Pioneer DVL-919 and my Yamaha RX-V3900 receiver as it does not have a LD AC3 input. It works great.

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Under $100 ? Where ? Even on ebay a "UNTESTED with a hum when plugged in" is going for $150...


Is there a use for these besides an LD player ? One would think they would be like $25 now...sigh...
Under $30+ shipping

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Yamaha-DDP-1...EAAOSwJ7RYWufN
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The problem with this unit is that it only outputs analog audio channels. There is no way to send digital audio to your receiver.

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The problem with this unit is that it only outputs analog audio channels. There is no way to send digital audio to your receiver.
Good point, it appears that the cost on these have inflated. I recommend setting up a notification in the event one becomes available at a cheaper price.

Quality LaserDisc Hardware certainly held its value better than the media did. With the occasional rare disc exception.
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$61 for shipping....too much..
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