Originally Posted by Apples555
No problem, I'm glad to hear your input.
What you've said seems to be be in line with what I understand as well. What was the 'misinformation' you're talking about?
The impression given earlier in this thread was that most DVDs have PCM audio and few Laserdiscs do. It was actually the opposite.
Since DD was added in 1995, I wonder what LD players were considered high-end then. I'm guessing Pioneer was still at the top?
Pioneer's top two American players were the CLD-D704 and the Elite CLD-99. These two players were very similar internally. The 99 had a 3D comb filter whereas the D704 only had a 2D comb filter, but that 3D model would be considered extremely primitive today. The D704 is generally considered the best "bang for your buck" LD player on the secondary market.
The CLD-D703 is the exact same player as the D704 except for the lack of an AC-3 output.
The CLD-97 was Pioneer's previous top-of-the-line model. It also lacks AC-3, but some fans prefer its video output to the 99. Personally, I think the picture from the 97 is really soft.
The truly supremo LD players were reserved for the Japanese market: the champagne-colored HLD-X9 an HLD-X0. The dual-side-playback X9 is built like a tank, and the single-side-only X0 is built like Fort Knox. In my experience, these are the only two Laserdisc players that are completely free of the "CLV white smear" artifact that plagues other LD players.