Originally Posted by jerrycomo /forum/post/18167675
Was there a VHS Avia equivalent that customers could buy to adjust their bulky tube tv's?
Originally Posted by Chad B /forum/post/18168007
From what I remember, the original Video Essentials on laserdisc and pattern generators with RF and composite outputs... And before that, the TV stations that displayed the SMPTE and Indian Head test patterns at night after going off the air.
Originally Posted by catmother /forum/post/18182833
That video laserdisc is in my bookcase and am in the process of dubbing part of my laserdisc collection to DVD using a 25+ year old Magnavox player.
Play these for an example of really horrible PQ, it makes even the worst cable channel look like a BR.
Originally Posted by GeorgeAB /forum/post/18182924
It sounds like you have real problems in the duplication signal path
. Also, there were definitely noticable differences in quality between various laserdisc players over the years. The early Pioneer Elite models were the best. At one point, they started building cheaper and lower quality players, but still used the Elite branding.
Originally Posted by GeorgeAB /forum/post/18193829
You probably can find a better laserdisc player on E-Bay, Craig's List, or a local specialist retailer for very little cost. I still have my main line Pioneer player that continues to produce a decent picture from my laserdisc collection. Composite video is the native signal the discs were mastered with. Some better players had S-Video outputs but the Y/C separator in the S-Video converter of the player would not necessarily be better than that in the TV.
Originally Posted by GeorgeAB /forum/post/18207873
I don't remember the old model numbers, but judging from the original price this is probably one of the better ones. Another way to determine the better Elite quality players is to look for one made prior to DVD capability. It would not have component video outputs, but would not need them for laserdisc signals anyway.