LD Players and Technical Information

Pioneer LD-1100

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Pioneer PR-7820
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Pioneer LD-1100
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Sansui SV-L1000
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High-Band Super LaserVision
Highlights of Fox Video on LD
Hitachi Aquastic
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Pioneer LD-1100

Pioneer's LD-1100 LaserDisc player was introduced in early 1982, just as the company took over from MCA and IBM the reins of disc replication in the U.S. The LD-1100 can truly be considered a second generation player. In addition to being the first player to have built-in CX decoding, Pioneer's LD-1100 incorporated several improvements over its VP-1000, including a better laser tracking assembly, variable gain in the tangential mirror and a laser that only burned, when actually playing a disc.

Unfortuantely, Pioneer dropped the computer port from the back of the player but did, later, offer a computer adapter that clipped to the IR port on the front of the player. Although the LD-1100 was a very good player, some units did have problems. Issues included skipping at random on CLV-Extended Play titles known to be good, plus failure to start on select pressings. Pioneer responded by replacing the complete laser assembly with that used in the industrial PR-8210. A few "demo" players were also made for dealer showrooms. These had the industrial laser and were adjusted to tighter tolerances than the regular production consumer machines.

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