Originally Posted by naiaru
ten years ago Kurtis wrote that the R7G beat the DVL-91, CLD-604 and, most interestingly, CLD-99 in terms of sharpness and background noise[/url]. So I'm sort of confused now. I have a CLD-D703, which is supposed to have the same composite PQ as the CLD-99. Should I look for a CLD-R7G? (sorry if I'm taking the thread off track)
There has been a lot of misinformation about the R7G over years. Some of it honest mistakes and some of just pure ignorance about the unit. Because the innards of the R7G resemble the positioning of the 604, the R7G is often equated with it. Yes, you can still say the main board of the 604 is the basis for the R7G but that DOES NOT make it one.
The R7Gs hardware is greatly improved over the 604 and many other units. 1998 was the year of release for the R7G and laserdisc player design was at it's apex. All parts were modified on this unit and many were carried over from it's predecessors, the S9 and X9. This is why the R7G even without it's 3d comb filter through S video delivers an extraordinary picture.
The R7G was only sold in Japan. It did not sell for high bucks (yen) without cause. The best NEC adaptive filter was part of the pricing, true, The makers weren't going to put that bad boy into a standard 604. . If you wanted to go cheap you could purchase a Japanese R5G which was greatly inferior.
Low US critiquing and the waning days of laserdisc all play into some mysteries about the R7G. It is a high end component. Do a search of comparisons of the R7G to the 97, 99, and even Runco to see some real hands on facts.