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TOKYO (Nikkei)--Pioneer Corp. (6773) will cease production and sales

of laser disc players during the current fiscal year, company sources

said.


Sales have plummeted as consumers turn to DVD players.


As Pioneer is the only Japanese company still making the machines, its

withdrawal marks the death knell of a domestic market that saw 800,000

units sold in 1990.


In January, the company pulled the plug on a line making LD players in

Saitama Prefecture. It will also stop production of four other models

that play DVDs or CDs as well as laser discs.


Pioneer was one of the original manufacturers of laser discs and sold

about 400,000 in the peak year of 1990.


But sales have declined drastically since 1996, when DVDs were

introduced. Fiscal 2001 sales of laser disc-related equipment fell to

below 20,000 units, for a total of less than 2 billion yen.


As of this past March, Pioneer had sold about 3.6 million LDs

domestically since its first machine rolled off the line.


Dutch electronics giant Royal Philips Electronics and other big

overseas manufacturers have already pulled the plug on their laser

disc players.


(The Nihon Keizai Shimbun Thursday morning edition)

Wednesday, May 22, 2002
 

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It was going to happen sooner or later.


I got into LDs after people started dumping them for DVD, which meant good quality and cheap movies for me.


I'd sure love to try those CLD-X or -S models some time, but that's an awful lot of money to sink into a player of any kind. They do look cool though.
 

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Pioneer makes a good product I have not had 1 bit of trouble on my 2 F-1007 300 changers. I sold my 17 inch woofers inside a 18 inch wide box, they were enough to get me my last $125 fine, for disturbing the peace in 1994.
 
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