The MDP-9 the machine is of similar dimensions to the current SONY LV players
(it actually measures the same as the LDP-730) but contains two drawers - one
for LV discs, the other for CD. The
LV drawer is positioned towards the top - just about where you'd expect it to be
in a conventional front-loading player - and the main transport function buttons
are to be found immediately to its right. At
the bottom left-hand corner of the machine is another drawer purely for CD discs
and this has its own set of buttons; again to the right and directly below the
LV ones. The reason the controls are not combined is to allow the playing of CD
audio with just the video picture from a LV disc.
Every LV disc becomes, in effect, a BGV disc (BackGround Video - a
popular use of video in Japan). The
two discs can be synched up and played from a pre-determined point and you don't
just have to take pot luck with sound and picture synchronisation.
Rather unexpectedly the CD player frequency response is slightly less
than for digital sound LV (the range is quoted as the same but LV is within +
0.3dB, the CD player + 0.5dB).