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LaserDisc player quality

post #1 of 7
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Hello all,

I've never owned a LD player until this week. Several years ago, I bought a couple of LDs with the intent of archiving them to more modern media. One of the LDs has since been released on DVD, so I'm down to one.

I found a Pioneer 703 on Craigslist, and went to buy it. The seller also had a 702 and 504. She gives them all to me for one low low price.

When I get home the 703 will not load a LD, or a CD (though it properly recognizes the format). In reading the threads here, it could be a number of different issues.

I've transferred the LD using the 702, but now I wonder, since I own a 703, which I read is a better player, is it worth trying to fix that and transfer again? Or is the difference in quality between the two going to negligible and not worth the effort?

I read the forum rules regarding the discussion of DVD copying software, but I don't know if it extends to what I'm discussing here. It looked like I was in the clear, but if not, someone please correct me. Further, if anyone wants to know what I used to make the transfer, I'm happy to discuss, so long as it is allowed.

Thanks in advance for the help!

keytohwy
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Originally Posted by keytohwy View Post

Hello all,

I've never owned a LD player until this week. Several years ago, I bought a couple of LDs with the intent of archiving them to more modern media. One of the LDs has since been released on DVD, so I'm down to one.

I found a Pioneer 703 on Craigslist, and went to buy it. The seller also had a 702 and 504. She gives them all to me for one low low price.

When I get home the 703 will not load a LD, or a CD (though it properly recognizes the format). In reading the threads here, it could be a number of different issues.

I've transferred the LD using the 702, but now I wonder, since I own a 703, which I read is a better player, is it worth trying to fix that and transfer again? Or is the difference in quality between the two going to negligible and not worth the effort?

I read the forum rules regarding the discussion of DVD copying software, but I don't know if it extends to what I'm discussing here. It looked like I was in the clear, but if not, someone please correct me. Further, if anyone wants to know what I used to make the transfer, I'm happy to discuss, so long as it is allowed.

Thanks in advance for the help!

keytohwy

For one movie? The money it's going to cost you to repair/ship the D703 is not going make a commensurate improvement in your video capture over the D702. I would stick with what you got and be happy with it.

Now, if you were going to do scores of movies this way, I would encourage you to look for the CLD-95, CLD-97, or LD-S2 (excluding the two HLD Japanese players due to their high cost/general unavailability) using an external comb filter to get the absolute best results possible.

TLK
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Hello all,

When I get home the 703 will not load a LD, or a CD (though it properly recognizes the format). In reading the threads here, it could be a number of different issues.
keytohwy

A common problem with the 703 is the loading belt starts to slip. It when you try to play a LD or CD when the tray closes you hear a motor turn for a few seconds and then it opens again then you need to take off the top, when the tray closes help lift up the mechanical assembly. If that works then you need to open the tray and look for the belt at the front right just under the tray. It needs to be cleaned.

If the tray loads complete and the pickup cannot read a CD then you have a more expensive fix.

Kurtis
post #4 of 7
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Thanks for the responses. I'll try the quick fix and if doesn't pan out, then I'll stick with what I've got/done already.

Thanks again.
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Originally Posted by Kurtis Bahr View Post

A common problem with the 703 is the loading belt starts to slip. It when you try to play a LD or CD when the tray closes you hear a motor turn for a few seconds and then it opens again then you need to take off the top, when the tray closes help lift up the mechanical assembly. If that works then you need to open the tray and look for the belt at the front right just under the tray. It needs to be cleaned.

If the tray loads complete and the pickup cannot read a CD then you have a more expensive fix.

Kurtis

I removed the top cover to see what I could see. Essentialy, the disc loads (CD or LD) and the laser moved beneath it, but the disc never spins, which I assume it would need to do in order to read the disc ToC. Correct? Any fixes there?

Thanks again,
keytohwy
post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 
UPDATE - With the top cover off, I manually turned the spindle a couple of times, hoping that the time in storage had left the player feeling a little stiff. Indeed, upon inserting another disc, it sprung to life and I'm digitizing discs again now.

Is this common?

Thanks again for the help,
keytohwy
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Originally Posted by keytohwy View Post

UPDATE - With the top cover off, I manually turned the spindle a couple of times, hoping that the time in storage had left the player feeling a little stiff. Indeed, upon inserting another disc, it sprung to life and I'm digitizing discs again now.

Is this common?

Thanks again for the help,
keytohwy

For a player that hasn't played a disc in YEARS, yes.

TLK
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