Thanks to Hartmut Hackl for the pictures.
UK is going to introduce its CDV-1700 Combi in the UK. Beyond a multi-voltage
power supply to accommodate the local 240 volt mains the player will be unmodified
from its NTSC configuration and will therefore not play locally made PAL
laserdiscs. Neither will the output from NTSC laserdiscs be transcoded in any
manner (either into 525-line PAL or RGB), so only those with a multi-standard TV
will be able to properly exploit its potential. A precedent does exist for such
a move - Pioneer has for several years made many of its NTSC-only laserdisc
players available to special order in the UK - so Yamaha's CDV-1700 will count
as a further choice in this area of the market. Yamaha is not proposing to make
a big song and dance about the introduction of the CDV-1700 in its regular
promotional literature but the machine will be receiving the full technical
backup. The new player will be of particular appeal to owners of predominantly a
Yamaha A/V equipment set-up who will no longer have to 'spoil' the set by going
to another manufacturer for the combi.
CDV-1700 is a basic specification machine though slightly more upmarket than the
NTSC equivalent of this year's Pioneer CLD-1700/1750.
However, the price Yamaha is talking of - £699-95 - does seem a little on the
high side given that for a similar amount one could buy a Pioneer NTSC combi
here like the CLD3390.
For this you would get double-side play and digital video memory, two features
that are not offered on the Yamaha machine.
specs are a horizontal resolution figure of 440 lines with a signal-to-noise
figure of 48dB. The player offers both composite video output and Y/C
On the audio front the player utilises Yamaha’s Hi-bit technology with an
18-bit 8x over sampling digital filter and twin 18-bit digital analogue
converters. The result is a 110db signal-to-noise ratio and a dynamic range of
95dB. To retain the purity of this signal as far as possible the player has an
optical digital output. Dimensions are 435 x 135 x 414mm (w x h x d) and the
the CDV-1700 is one of Yamaha’s Titanium range, the machine offered in the UK
will only he offered in black.
Thanks to Michael
K Pollock for details for the CDV-1700.