NIN, that's not a model that I've seen in the U.S. I'm sure we had something akin to it, the CLD-3080 perhaps? Which was an above average player and predecessor to the 701, 702, 703, 704 model runs....? The 3080 was proably an '88 or '89 model? There-abouts anyway....Anyway, me thinks, you're proably inquiring about a very old player and should be somewhat wary of it. All the best players have been made since 1992 IMO. Best wishes from Laserland!
I recently offered my father a used CLD-3390, which might be similar to the CLD-3380? At least the numbers are a close match (if you're interested, I believe my repair guy has a second unit for sale quite cheap).
It is a NTSC only unit, which gives a decent image quality, but in no way comparable to the Japanese players, or even the Gas PR-8210 that my local tech gave me. (by the way, CarRod of this forum had a chance to see this Gas laserhead player, playing the same LD as the X9 on the same TV, only difference being that it was its composite output versus the X9's S-VHS out.
For my father's use, on a small TV set, the CLD-3390 is fine and pleases him. However, I watched a few minutes of Spike Lee's Mo' Better Blues on it and it was far less crisp, with a less detailed and luminous picture as compared to my last viewing of that LD on the HLD-XO. The sound worked fine pumped through his TV set.
Clearly, to me these are okay TV-grade LD players, but not Home Theater grade, if you'll forgive the discrimination. Meaning that they will allow you to watch a movie on LD as you'd expect to view it on TV, but fall short of image quality and sound definition for optimum viewing on a widescreen setup with a full blown sound system. Not that you can't, just that it is in such circumstances that a higher end player (ie Japanese) will make an impressive difference.
I came back at work on monday: my webservers suffered a big "headache" during the WE (on a "true" real world project ), so I'm a bit busy currently (I mean under pressure).
I went to vo-only (picked 10 LDs, not really lot of classics left on shop), fnac st-lazare, prophot (found some CC-Red filters for my Sony VW10HT), and looked at CineLaser shop (near Porte St-Cloud, disappointing compared to Cobra and Magma).
The main reason I ask you was because on another forum one member said that the 3380 was one of the best ld-player ever!
Of course I didn't believe him
Well, I'm enormously satisfied with my X9. But call me crazy or what, I'm really thinking about getting a almost new HLD-X0!
And a LD-S9 so I can play with LD-G...
I also have a chance to buy one collection of 220 movies (star wars SE box, seven box and many other newer ld's) and 2 players, a european CLD-925 (I have owned one before) and a CLD-95, somewhat defect (will cost abour 80$ to fix it).
All this for 1600$!! Not bad at all, or what do you think?
NIN, I think you're crazier than even me and Brett!! The 95 has real good composite output, the comb filter is ancient. It weighs 38 lbs (17 kg) same as your X9. I sold mine recently. Do you have to take the two players to get the LDs? I presume so....Best wishes!
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