Originally Posted by tteich
Thanks for the in-depth view on the format. As far as decoders are concerned: have you ever had the chance to test the Panasonic TU-MDC100? ?
Sadly this is one of these hardest decoders (along with the Pioneer HM-D101) to obtain, so I never did get a chance to test it. I'm sure it produces a nice picture.
Allow me a question out of curiosity: what does your signature mean ("I buried the format finally") if on the other hand your saying you miss Muse?
It means exactly what it says: I buried that format and am no longer collecting MUSE LDs (my signature used to advertise I was looking for MUSE LDs)
I used to be a big MUSE LD collector, I've had basically every disc (and then some) for the format with the exception of all the NEC Fish Club discs (and many of those aren't even shot true HD, but Betacam upconverted). But with the advent of digital HD, there was no reason to hold onto the MUSE equipment, so I sold it when I could still get top dollar.
I said I'd never part with it as long as "Fish Face Exhibition" was unavailable in digital HD. That finally became available in 2004 from both Japan on the BS network, as well as locally on InHD, where it and many MUSE discs were shown (the broadcast versions, not the MUSE encoded discs themselves). Fish Face Exhibition, Alaska, Hills of the Season, Dolphin Story, Coral Story, Sea Forest, and Sea of Ohktosk have all been shown (and subsequently recorded).
There were two MUSE LD Scenery discs I never had or have ever watched because they were impossible to find: New York, and Monument Valley. Those I'd still like to see.
I also had an HDL-2000 (non MUSE) deck, and only one disc. I could get more discs, but at $9,000 a pop (included broadcast rights), well, it didn't make financial sense. There was also a handful of 3-D discs (required two players/discs) as well I'd love to see, including "Tahiti" which is also a MUSE LD disc.
Someday I'll put together a web page to chronicle MUSE LD, along with all the catalogs, literature, etc.