July 8th 1998 Pioneer held a press briefing to announce details of its first UK
spec LV/CD-V/CD Combi player, the Pioneer CLD-1200, a look-alike of the US model
CLD-1030. In the
October-December sales period Pioneer hopes to shift 3,000 CLD-1200s.
Sellin' & Advertisin'
press briefing turned out to be the first occasion Pioneer has been forthcoming
about details of the trade in for old models of LV player for the new Combi.
LD-700 players will be worth £150 against it, LD-1100s £100. The offer was
limited to UK model Pioneer LV players and ran until March 1989.
Pioneer brought one of its development engineers over from Japan it was possible
to see the CLD-1200 working in something of an unusual way.
The player's working innards (the motor, laser pickup and guide rails)
were plonked down on a table and wired into the electronics of an adjacent
player. Discs were played (both CD-V and LV) producing more than satisfactory
images on the monitor screen. We wouldn't recommend attempting this yourself
when you get your own Combi player home but it does go some way to demonstrate
how robust all this technology has become in recent years. Because the CLD-1200
is one of the newest generation of Pioneer players it is not even necessary to
fix the disc on the spindle in the old mechanical way. The disc is just put on
the motor spindle and the clamp dropped on top; it is held magnetically.
Just this stops the disc going into orbit at 1500rpm, black and deckering
all those in its path.
shows the new laser assembly next to the previous version, as used in the CLD-1050
for example. The new assembly is
only two-thirds the size and is now small enough to bring close up to the motor
spindle for 8/12cm disc play - the previous model being too bulky to do this.
The new assembly incorporates both the laser diode and the amplifier stage. This
shorter signal path reducing the possibility of external interference and thus
picture degradation. The 4-element glass lens in the old laser assembly has been
replaced by a new single aspherical plastic lens too. Some idea of scale to the
photo can be got from the £1 coin used to prop up the old assembly.
Also helping support it underneath is the new Pioneer integrated circuit
chip used in the 1200 which combines several of the video processing tasks
previously requiring several different components.
there will be other players from Pioneer in the near future is not known.
A PAL version of the CLD-99S/CLD-3030
would seem a possibility but it would probably not be that cheap. The NTSC Combi
manages its digital picture effects with 1 megabit's-worth of memory whereas a
PAL version would require 2 megabits - so we are told. Pioneer is certainly
aware of the CLD-99S's appeal - it has been a hot seller since it introduction
in Japan last year and it is surely the way for videodisc to go to overcome the
shortcomings of the CLV format. Indeed,
if we've understood PDO correctly, the coding system now added to discs (that,
for example, enables seconds to be displayed on the screen as well as complete
minutes) also incorporates a frame address capability which would suggest the
possibility of still-frame file CLV discs, something that has traditionally been
the sole preserve of CAV.
someone brought up the topic of PAL/NTSC labelling of discs and the possible
confusion that would arise with novice consumers it seemed appropriate to raise
the regular query from these parts of when Pioneer was going to get round to
producing a multi-standard machine to counter this 'problem' in the most
efficient manner. Pioneer says it
has "no plans for a multi-standard player at this time". As we now
know the CLD-1450 was released in 1989 providing PAL/NTSC functionality for PAL
second-generation PAL CD Video Combi player reviewed
now well over four years that Pioneer has been selling NTSC combi players in
Japan and the USA and, for the last year (in limited quantities), a PAL model.
Overall, the new CLD-1200 is a third-generation player (not counting the
Clip upgrade on the 909 series) and a second-generation PAL one.
It is the first one from Pioneer to use a single drive motor for all
sizes of disc. Although not originally launched in the Japan as 8cm-capable (as
the CLD-77), subsequent
introductions in the USA (CLD-1030)
and now the UK have remedied this shortcoming.
Unlike its PAL
predecessor, the CLD1050
the new player does not function properly with CAV videodiscs, treating these
exactly as though they were CLV encoded. This is an unexpected economy by
Pioneer that will no doubt be seen as rather a strange move by existing LV
player owners. It is unlikely to be considered too serious an omission by
newcomers to videodisc - what you've never had you never miss.
Just to put the record straight, a non-CAV capable player is not
unprecedented; in some European countries Philips marketed the VP 500, a small
top-loader based on the 720/830 mechanism, that was similarly stripped of any
CAV facilities to keep the price down. Were it not for the mass of buttons on
the front, the 1200 would be a bit of an anonymous slab of black. It also looks
the better for being seen with its display panel illuminated.
For a videodisc player the front panel controls are unusually
comprehensive, allowing both search and programming to be carried out as well as
random track play and ‘auto program editing'.
last two functions are not duplicated on the remote.
Random track play does what it suggests and rearranges the sequence of
play on CD and CD-V Clip discs (excluding the video track) but not LV discs.
Auto Program Edit is designed to facilitate splitting the contents of a
CD in order to fit them neatly onto both sides of an audio cassette; a useful
feature if you prefer tape to disc in the car, for example. Along with the
fairly complete range of on-the-player controls this last function tends to
underline the attempt Pioneer has made to make the player more attractive to the
the 1200 is marginally less high than its predecessor it is more difficult to
find shelf space for. Pioneer
shouts about engineering and electrical improvements based on refining
mechanisms and condensing circuits, but what's the point if the player needs
more shelf depth? (About 450mm
allowing for rear connections.) This
is more than the original videodisc players of ten years ago, making the unit
very difficult to integrate with other components in the system.
back panel connections include a Scart socket for composite video and audio,
phonos for video (1) and audio (2), aerial (in/out) and Pioneer's SR remote
system (in/out). Additionally there
is a voltage selector for 220 or 240 volts.
Supplied with the player are video and audio leads, an RF connector and a
little screwdriver to adjust the voltage. There
is no direct digital output on the machine.
There is no free disc either. But
there is a 40 page instruction booklet that promises several days of reading
pleasure if one was to plough through it in its entirety. Comprehensive it may
be, but novices may find it a bit intimidating.
The inside back page carries a useful remote control function table.
player display is bright and fairly large.
There are five digits to cover frame or time readouts, a pair for chapter
numbers and a further pair for indexes. Spread
all around are about 15 other sets of characters that cover just about any
operating mode, probably too many to be really useful even at close range.
The red 'Digital Sound' and 'Random Repeat' lights are individual enough
in style to be legible across a room and you could probably tell the CX status
from such a distance. But to derive
any understanding from most of the others you'd need to be using the player
pretty much at eye height and arms' length.
machine is only averagely quiet when playing discs.
It emits a slight ticking sound on some videodiscs, but gives out an
amazing series of clunks and whirs when being powered up and down and during
disc loading; almost an audio experience in itself. A push on the Eject button
causes the major part of the front panel to fold down and a full-size drawer
extends all the way out. Gone is
the previous up-and-out tray arrangement. Pioneer
has reverted to having the inner part of the drawer move up and down (so as to
place the disc on the spindle when the drawer is retracted into the player).
Locating 30cm discs in the drawer recess is easy, 20cm slightly less so and 12cm
rather imprecise (if you choose to try loading them in the dark). The
original depression left for 12cm discs looks to have been more than adequate,
but the modification that has been made to encompass 8cm discs appears to have
reduced the depth. 8cm discs do
locate quite easily. Mechanically,
drawer operation is smooth.
is not a lot to see inside the casing, most of the circuitry is accessed from
below. The player's chassis is a
large plastic moulding with three metal cross-pieces visible in the photo, being
about the only structural metalwork involved.
As can be seen, the rear area is not greatly overpopulated with
electronics, the space seems to be there mostly to accommodate the 50mm or so of
the drawer that does not clear the player when fully extended.
The transformer (top right) is quite massive.
CLD-1050 did not have any TV screen displays. The CLD-1200 does - though it is
considerably more restrained than previous NTSC models from Pioneer. The basic
screen colour is a subdued slightly-violet/blue on which white text (to indicate
player operating status) is directly superimposed (i.e. without any block
surrounds). However, the text is outlined with a fine black edge so is
always legible when superimposed on the video image, no matter how light or dark
it may be. The various disc types are identified on screen as play is being
engaged. Pioneer calls any 20/30cm videodisc a 'LASERDISC’
(whether it's digital or analogue) and 8/12cm disc 'COMPACT DISC'.
If the latter is a Clip disc, after it has flashed up 'COMPACT DISC' it
then announces 'SEARCH V. PART'. (Beyond this abbreviation of 'video', the
player is similarly frugal with the audio status, reading only 'ST.' for
'stereo'. The brevity of the programming displays is even more dramatic - see
further on in the remote section.)
you put an NTSC Clip in, the player gets a bit clever and announces 'NTSC (USA)
DISC' while it is bypassing the video portion to seek out the audio tracks.
But it's not clever enough. It
can’t actually differentiate between a Japanese and American disc both show up
as 'USA' discs. With double-sided
discs the player identifies the sides as 'A' and 'B' rather than '1' and '2'.
(We are still waiting to see a multiple disc set that shows 'C' and 'D'
on the third and fourth sides.)
that the remote is bereft of several buttons it no longer needs for CAV
functions, its layout is nothing special. Comparison
with the previous CLD-1050 remote shows the large Play/Scan buttons to now be
diminished in size and several of the others moved around for no apparent
reason. Quite why Pioneer can't leave the positive aspects of past
remotes alone and improve on the others continues to be a mystery.
Possibly there is no Japanese word for ergonomics?
Eject button (which is uniquely red - all the others are grey) requires one push
to open the drawer. If you have a
disc running it also disengages play - and then a second push causes the disc to
Pause button acts on CAV discs the same as CLV - you don't get a still frame,
just the colour screen display with 'Pause' superimposed.
CX button is present for the earlier CX-encoded discs that do not have the
auto-engage code on them. Otherwise the CX function is automatic and the button
serves no purpose.
Monitor is for switching channels, and again, a single button provides for the
recurring cycle of 'Stereo', '1/L', '2/R' and so on.
As an added treat the 1/L and 2/R option works on audio CDs as well so it
is possible to isolate any channel on any disc, the output being distributed
evenly to both speakers.
access the previous track or chapter using the Chapter Skip/Track Search buttons
it is necessary to double-push the reverse button.
One push on this returns you to the start of the selection currently in
play; two pushes, the start of the previous one. Scan works in conveniently
small measures on videodisc - ideal for when you just want to go back and check
something. It works at two rates,
slow for the first couple of seconds moving to a faster rate thereafter. (Same
pattern on both audio and videodiscs.) The dual rate does not apply to the video
portion of CD-V Clips, making the player seem a bit sluggish manoeuvring around
these. On video the scan shows the usual blanking bar (which remains
fairly static) and the player never loses colour synch. Search is done by the
short cut method. If the disc is
Track/Chapter encoded it is only necessary to enter the number on the keypad and
press search. Non encoded discs can still be exploited via this short cut
routine - the player interpreting the keying in as a time search automatically
(or frame search on CAV discs).
of the buttons on the remote mention Index.
This CD Audio facility is paid some attention to.
Indexes are shown on the player display (but not the TV screen).
The player does not seem to be able to access Index points in any way.
for up to 20 Track/ Chapters can be undertaken.
However, only the current entry is visible on the TV display, and once
you have pushed the Memo button to confirm the entry it is scrolled off screen
immediately to make way for the next one. Hardly
a generous display. Some measure of
refinement to the programming procedure is to allow corrections to be made at
any stage. Using the Tr/Ch Skip button it is possible to go all the way back in
the program, altering any entry that you wish.
The player will also accept pauses in the program should you want the
player to stop automatically at a predetermined point in the sequence.
engage play on CD Audio takes 12 seconds from pushing the Play button. It takes
18 seconds with a CD-V Clip before a picture shows up on screen. Jumping from
the video to audio track (and vice versa) takes around 6/7 seconds.
A track search over a 70' CD Audio side takes 5 seconds and an end-to-end
scan 4 minutes.
format videodiscs take 15 seconds to produce a picture.
Although it might have been the result of some particularly deft handling
at a first attempt, disc turnover came in at 23 seconds, about the fastest ever
achieved. Scanning a 60' CLV side
takes around a minute. Chapter
search on a 60' CLV discs takes 14 seconds with the same time being recorded for
has a tendency to clip the beginning of certain discs.
Were it not for the fact that the player also comes close to doing it on
old LV discs this would suggest a coding incompatibility on the discs.
But, more than likely, the player manufacturers have been trying to
smarten up the disc lead-ins; to make a smooth transition from the player's own
display straight into the programme proper. Fortunately early starts on LV discs
are usually very rare as most titles have either side identifiers or prohibition
notices preceding the programme. It
is only the occasional credit-less side start that catches the player out.
Provided the disc codings are harmonised for the new hardware, this
incompatibility should be of diminishing consequence. Unlike the Philips player, though, the Pioneer cannot be
scanned back past the automatic start point, so one is stuck with the clipped
starts on any disc one already has.
player coped with one of the 'disputed' recent CAA titles (Howard... A New Breed
Of Hero) better than the Philips CDV-475.
It intimated some loss of synch without actually doing so.
The player did not cope so well with Big Trouble in Little China
into account the fact that neither Philips or Pioneer players now play these
first 8 CAA titles we can only suggest, as we originally did, that it is the
discs at fault. If you bung an NTSC CLV videodisc into the 1200 it will not play
it, but it will throw up a presentably stable black and white image from a CAV
disc (following an initial reluctance to engage play).
If the disc has digital sound you will also hear the audio, though it
burbles continually as it is being played at the wrong speed.
Unlike the CLD-1050, the new player refuses to engage the video portion
of NTSC Clip discs.
warped LV disc played on the 1200 without any trouble whatsoever and with no
audible stress from the tracking mechanism.
The 'dodgy' CD caught the player out - the first time it has done so on a
Pioneer combi. Considering the
pattern of player failures with this disc, only one common thread suggests
itself. The disc has always played
on the Pioneer two-motor combis but has failed (in either one or two places) on
the new Pioneer, the Philips and the Yamaha - all single motor machines.
The CD was tried on a conventional CD Audio player, a Philips CD 460, and
played without fault. Depending on
how many marginal CDs one has decides the relevance of this test.
in analogue territory we can be more certain about error correction and dropouts
- well slightly. The essence of
good picture quality would seem to be to extract the maximum amount of detail
without simultaneously dredging up all the imperfections of the pressings.
A player that resolves the maximum amount
picture detail could easily show lots of dropouts and spots and this wouldn't
make for a very viewable image. The 1200 produces excellently crisp, detailed
images without any noteworthy dropout problems.
Very occasionally one would encounter the odd white dropout line across
the screen. Having seen how Pioneer copes with disc dropouts on some of its NTSC
players (by softening the image overall but recovering edge definition by the
use of picture crispening circuitry, almost to the point of 'false' imaging) one
is wary of how Pioneer has achieved such a good balance on the latest PAL
player. But, so far, the pictures
seen on it have not exhibited any unpleasant artefacts.
One was aware of a slight amount of ringing on some vertical edges.
overall stability of the image and handling of strong saturated colours proved
exemplary - the best of any PAL player seen so far.
There is still some patterning to be seen in strong red and blue areas
but this may be an interference characteristic of the composite encoding of the
video signal itself and unconnected with the player. We couldn't find a
saturated colour area on a disc that would break up or become noisy other than
for this characteristic.
being so positive about the player's handling of colours it is only fair to
qualify it by saying that the accuracy of the colour reproduction did not seem
as good as the Philips CDV-475. The Philips did have the more accurate
representation of reds and greens, irrespective of intensity.
There wasn’t the 'clean' quality to the Pioneer colours there was with
the Philips. Without the ability to try the outputs of both players on a variety
of monitors (to allow for variations in colour temperature) this is rather a
subjective assessment. (It was
slightly tricky doing side by side comparisons of the two players as the output
of the Philips player seemed too intense and had to he corrected each time.
But when the intensities were equalised the Philips had the cleaner,
fuller colour values.)
one problem was encountered with the Pioneer's picture.
This was a tendency to flicker or flash momentarily at the top of the
screen at certain points in discs, something that should not happen at all.
It appeared to be another case of oversensitivity to disc faults but we
later noticed that scanning through the non-accessible CAV portion at the
beginning of any CLV disc (where it usually possible to obtain a full-colour
scan without any picture break-up) the picture would always skew to the right on
the top 10% of the screen. We took the matter up with Pioneer who assure us that
this is a fault with our sample. Although
we did not have the opportunity to try another specimen, Pioneer checked other
players from the batch and could find no trace of a problem.
This is reassuring as the sample we had was one of the first of the
proper production models to arrive in the UK - not one of the earlier
pre-production samples. (Because
the fault on our machine is very close in nature to that experienced with those
first few faulty CAA discs, there might be some improvement with these beyond
the performance described earlier in the review.)
quality on analogue disc is good - without any of the distracting spitting
picked up by the CLD-1050. Seems like Pioneer has got the balance about right this time.
But no matter how good it gets it, digital is still better than analogue
can ever manage. But not all
digital is made equal. There is nothing significantly unsatisfactory about the
sound of the Pioneer but it does have that slight unforgiving quality to it.
There's not the airiness and depth to the sound that was experienced with
the Philips CDV-475 player.
picture quality on the Pioneer player is good, as is the analogue sound.
The digital audio would probably satisfy anybody who has not had a
digital machine before but, coming into the market as an audio product (as seems
to be the thrust of CD Video launch) it might be faulted by those with a bit of
prior CD experience. It isn't the
best Pioneer can do - it does offer more sophisticated sound processing on its
top-of-the-range NTSC combi but, for whatever reason, Pioneer didn't consider it
necessary to go that far with this initial UK model.
(You can tell when Pioneer is serious about its CD players, irrespective
of the merits of the exercise, it puts gold-plated phonos on the back panel.
The 1200 has standard-finished sockets.)
There is no
way one can get round the omission of the CAV function.
Prospective purchasers will be either totally alienated by this or not
bothered in the slightest -depending on their existing disc collections and
usage. The lack of CAV certainly
makes the few still frame discs available look pretty stupid when they are
played, but then Pioneer might eventually come along with a digitally assisted
player (like the NTSC CLD-99S) that will make all discs near CAV-capable
(looking back it only took Pioneer 8 years to launch a PAL machine with digital
frame store, the CLD-D925. It was
the first and only laserdisc player in the UK to offer this facility as DVD
succeeded laserdisc. However the Pioneer DVL-909
and DVL-919 did offer digital frame store on
CLV LD’s, however these machines were LD/DVD combi’s). Then you will be able
to read the diet cards at the back end of Feeling Fit.
are some gripes in the review (about the player's bulk, the remote control
layout etc.) that could easily be taken out of proportion for what is
essentially a satisfactory machine.
operated by remote control expect
a certain degree of sophistication. The
1200 fulfils some expectations - but not all.
It's a good ground-level player. Some
might find it an exciting one. The CLD-1200 retailed for £579 and was scheduled
to arrive in stores during October 1988.
Pioneer CLD-1200 Follow-up -
owners have confirmed the top-of-screen flashing experienced in this review.
Pioneer has now had similar feedback from purchasers and has narrowed the
problem down to an over sensitivity of the error correction circuitry.
A remedy (involving the removal of a capacitor) is available to any
owners experiencing trouble who should take up the matter with a qualified
electronics expert with laserdisc player knowledge (Videotec, Oxford, April
2000). Because the flashing is
intermittent we know some owners have had difficulty explaining the fault. While
doing the 1200 review we did receive a couple of phonecalls from readers who'd
seen pre-launch demos and had noticed picture streaking to a certain degree.
"No, not on our sample" came our reassuring reply, for indeed,
no such difficulty had arisen.
as the first few players Pioneer had shipped in for UK demonstration were
production samples it seemed not unreasonable for a few bugs to he present.
However, after some weeks of use our 1200 did begin to exhibit a degree of
streakiness, especially on Clip discs. The effect was rather reminiscent of the
video camera microphony effect that can be encountered on some older concert
video recordings. The player also became a bit noisier mechanically.
Herringbone or Fish Scales?
it is not a new phenomenon we did say in the player reviews that we’d pursue
the case of the patterning effect on strong colours (usually reds and blues)
that is common to all players. Unfortunately
we can't come up with a neat name for the characteristic to identify it beyond
all possible confusion. Describing
it is quite easy the patterning looks like fish scales - or one might describe
it as a repeated interlocking S pattern running vertically down the colour.
Someone referred to it as a herringbone effect which we'd be tempted to
resist because it suggests something involving straight lines whereas in reality
the lines are more rounded (and there is a far more definite faint herringbone
pattern that sometimes crops up on certain discs that has of a different cause).
characteristic is not present on NTSC videodisc, only PAL. We thought it may be
something to do with PAL video generally but someone with experience of
broadcast VTRs says that it does not crop up there; it's purely a disc
characteristic. Hans Kristian
Pedersen of Denmark's Laserdisken has in the past suggested it might be caused
by some sympathetic 'beating' with another frequency which a video engineer has
suggested to him is located somewhere in the region of the analogue audio part
of the LaserVision spectrum - around 1.00MHZ.
fish scale effect is as prevalent on the new CD Video discs as it ever was. Just
look at Bananarama'a Venus or Pepsi & Shirlie's Heartache - the
strong red and blue backgrounds are both turbulent and riddled with the
reader who has encountered some technical reports about LV from back in 1981
also came up with the suggestion that it might be a harmonic effect from
elsewhere in the LV spectrum. He added the news that the characteristic was more likely to
show up on video monitors but should be reasonably well suppressed on more
typical, medium resolution TV sets. This news really struck home during a visit
to London's Stereo Regent Street when the Dire Straits Alchemy Live disc
was playing away on a row of TVs. As
this is not the best defined piece of film recording; the extensive use of dark
lighting, soft-focus filters and low-gauge film stock makes the disc much more
of an aural entertainment than a video one. A lot of the time blurry blobs of
colour from the stage spots are all that is visible on most of the TV screens in
the shop these looked as appealing as blobs of light ever do and you'd have to
have been reasonably aware to notice the fish scale patterning.
But on Pioneer's full-bandwidth SD-M28 monitor TV the effect was
horrendously well defined and (thus) devastatingly prominent. The resolution of
this TV is obviously such that the full effect of this patterning can be seen as
never before. (The SD-M28 will apparently make a presentable job of resolving
the 5.25MHz grid on the BBC test chart.) So, although the analogue sound has
gone, this beating effect is as strong as ever - presumably the presence of
digital information in the same part of the spectrum has the same end result and
it may be something we just have to live with in PAL until there is some major
change in the format.
Pioneer CLD-1200 Addendum
second-generation PAL Combi dispenses with CAV functions as an economy measure,
limiting its appeal to LV player owners wishing to trade up. For newcomers to
videodisc it is not such a loss. The
player needs a lot of shelf space - its depth makes it difficult to locate with
other audio components. It is slick in operation, however, and accommodates all
4 sizes of disc without need for adaptors.
No digital output though - another unfortunate economy that will show up
when CD+Graphics is introduced.
quality seems to indicate continued improvements over previous players; a very
sharp, detailed picture is achievable with minimal turbulence in strong colours
and the best dropout compensation ever seen on a PAL player. Review player
exhibited some picture flashing* at the top of the screen on certain discs.
quality good on analogue and average on digital discs.
With digital software there was not the airy and open treble clarity of
the Philips machine though.
CLD-1200 Picture Flashing
picture flashing occurring at the top of the screen was described as being
curable by the removal of a capacitor. An
additional bonus is the player's ability now to play the handful of 'faulty' CAA
LV titles in our possession. The
formerly troubled copy of Howard ... A New Breed Of Hero now plays right
through to the end of the first side without a murmur - previously it would
falter for a few seconds around the
50 minute point.
There is a
small (non-monetary) price to pay for the modification in that, as the capacitor
involved formed part of the dropout compensation circuitry, its removal reduces
the player's capabilities in this area to a degree. Some previously suppressed
dropout tends to show up as small white spots and some bearding occurs. This
latter phenomenon was encountered on the Pioneer
LD-700; a tendency for the player to produce little spiky overshoots on
sharp-edged graphics. It's not
enough to render them illegible and the only real trouble we've noticed is with
the yellow Deutsche Gramophone logo and some yellow stage lighting on concert
videos that have a tendency to exhibit short bleached dropout lines. The main
point is that, as originally supplied, the dropout compensation on the player
was quite outstanding. In the few months of use of the original 1200 a fair
number of older discs were auditioned and all of them looked cleaner than
before. Pioneer presumably thinks
the original number of capacitors was the right number for the job in hand and
the resulting over sensitivity of the player is probably no more than a slight
disharmony between UK-manufactured discs and Pioneer's own Japanese-made ones.
PDO always tells us that LaserVision (and CD-V) is 'a system' and, as such,
discs and players need to be adjusted from time to time to produce optimum
results. So, with a bit of tweaking, it might be possible in the future to make
the discs more compatible with Pioneer's original circuits and the capacitor
could go back.
modified CLD-1200 still skews the top of the picture in scan as before so we
must conclude this is a normal characteristic of the player and not an
indication of any fault. One reader
wrote to say that his player was also exhibiting the streaking we commented on
but he has been the only one. Our replacement 1200 seems to be OK.