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my father left me with a few boxes of laser disk . Are the worth keeping as far as quality ? im not sure if there is a market for collectors . I hate to throw them out .

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my father left me with a few boxes of laser disk . Are the worth keeping as far as quality ? im not sure if there is a market for collectors . I hate to throw them out .

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Being an "evolution" from video tape technology, a precursor of DVD, and digital downloading/streaming I would guess except for historical significance and collectors, laser disks would now fall into the dustbin of history much like video and audio tape. Though vinyl LPs still have their following amongst folks who feel analogue audio is superior to digital. I bought a bunch of vinyl Beatles albums when their CDs came out in the '80s that are still "factory sealed" in shrink wrap thinking that they would become valuable (Classic vs New Coke? ) and I have to say that given the some 35 years it's been, they're not worth much more than "4x" what I spent on them originally and given what one could buy for $4 or $5 back then vis a vis now, I've probably lost money/value. Some like the the disk covers both of LPs and Laser disks as well for their larger artwork compared to CDs and DVDs. I have a Pioneer laser disk player that's still functional and several laser disks but I think it's a bit like owning cassette tapes as far as retail value. The timing is a late but you might be able to sell them to a collector for not much money.

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Yes, of value only to collectors now.

I kept all mine to use with vinyl frames/hangers in lieu of posters for HT decor.

Looks quite nice at the entrance to my basement HT

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I remove the LD's and store separately to save weight, and put the jackets into clear LD/vinyl sleeves.
Fixed to the wall with 3M mount strips- easy to remove the sleeve from wall and put another LD jacket to change things once in a while.
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Audiophiles may prefer some LD's to their DVD counterparts (assuming no BD available), because most LD's released from the late 80's onwards had 2ch lossless PCM audio, same 16/44.1 as CD.

With a current DPLIIx decoder, these stereo/Dolby surround tracks can be quite impressive vs lossy DVD audio.

Check ebay closing prices on the titles- a few may command premium prices, especially any music/band/concert LD's.
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ok thanks for the reply i know he has alot of star trek and music ld , ill check around for buyers on ebay .

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Since it wasn't mentioned specifically, LD collectors look for:
1) DTS audio (clearly marked on front cover)
2) Criterion editions (Blade Runner/Robocop/etc)
3) Box sets (Alien/Abyss/T2/etc)

While even the above may not bring much, it's better than taking them to a used book store.
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Since it wasn't mentioned specifically, LD collectors look for:
1) DTS audio (clearly marked on front cover)
2) Criterion editions (Blade Runner/Robocop/etc)
3) Box sets (Alien/Abyss/T2/etc)

While even the above may not bring much, it's better than taking them to a used book store.
2 of those are on my HT wall (see picture)

Also have several concert and DTS LD's not shown
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Circa 1993-1997, LD's via Svideo on my 27" Sony Trinitron with 5.1 Dolby Surround (then Pro Logic) on Bose Acoustimass was DA SHIZNET!
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my father left me with a few boxes of laser disk . Are the worth keeping as far as quality ? im not sure if there is a market for collectors . I hate to throw them out .

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I still have around 30 LD's and a working Onkyo A/B player. When I wanted to have a look at True Lies DTS again (Geesch I wish they would get it and Abyss out on BD, better still UHD), I had to get the player serviced. It had been so long since used last that some of the electronics 'got old' and needed replacing. Was pretty cheap work and I think worth it.

I have the THX WOW disks (note the spelling for disk - according to the interviews in a very old issue of Widescreen Review this is correct, according to the inventor of the video disk) as well as the Star Wars boxed set, quite a few with DTS soundtracks, fantastic movies that, as said elsewhere, in my 7.2.4 Atmos theatre the sound on some is so much better than even their BD release.
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