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Pioneer LD-V1000 & LD-V1001


Pioneer LD-V1000 This industrial was the highlight of the players of the day. Controllable only from a Service Rem or direct computer interface, this CAV only player has very little problems playing the bulk of DiscoVision's catalog. Due to its inability to play CLV, it would not be a viable player for everyone. It cannot play the MCA coded General Motors discs and some of the soft signal also present problems. Both of these types of discs spin up, attempt to locate the synchronization signal and after a minute, reject the disc. Available from a wide variety of sources, including government contractors, several working players have been found in Space Ace arcade games.

Gas Tube Pickup Assembly On the plus side, the gas tube laser produces such a finely focused red-laser, the player is able to track nearly everything it can sync to. Some highly questionable discs can cause the player to skip tracks, in effect throwing the player into high-speed playback until the defective area is past. The player also ignores all the normal trappings such as end of side and picture stop codes, enabling it to play Frenzy Side 5 without any problems. The laser slider is an industrial version of the same system employed in the LD-660 and LD-1100 players. This pickup system is faster to focus, track, scan and correct for errors. When attached to a computer, a search requests to any point on the disc takes under 3 seconds.

On startup, the disc will search for Frame 0, but will play muted and with black screen until the frame counter hits 1. This effectively removes any presence of the opening DiscoVision bumpers from all sides, providing nearly uninterrupted playback of a feature film. It will allow scanning beyond the beginning to the inside limit setting of the player. This will allow for viewing of the full opening bumper. However, since the actual beginning of a disc can vary from disc to disc, and the inside limit is fixed on the player, successful bumper viewing is hit and miss at best.

This is an NTSC laser disc player that was used in Astron Belt (with proper hardware), Badlands (with different EPROM), Casino Strip, Cobra Command (with proper hardware), Dragon's Lair, Esh's Aurunmilla, Galaxy Ranger (with proper hardware), Interstellar, Space Ace, Super Don Quixote, and Thayer's Quest.

The LD-V1001 uses 100V power (Japanese standard) rather than 120V (American standard), so you should run it off of a step-down isolation transformer or risk damage to your games power supply and/or damage to the laser disc player.


Advantages Disadvantages
Gas Tube Laser for superior tracking
Ignores disc based codes for Auto Picture stop, End of side, beginning of side, etc.
Industrial grade laser slider and pickup system
No CLV support
Requires Computer Interface or Service REM
Will not play GM discs
Will not play soft signal discs

Copyright 1998 Blam Entertainment Group

Thanks to Blain Young for use of the material.

The archive site has a copy of the Operation Manual for the PR-8210. Please see the manuals page. 

Re-charge the lasertube on a LD-V1000 (106k .pdf document)
Thanks to Scott Rinehart for the details.