Laserdisc Players

Published: May 11, 2021
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LD stands for LaserDisc, the industry-wide term for consumer laser video. During its life, the format has also been known as LV (LaserVision) and CDV (Compact Disc Video). The players are also sometimes referred to as VDPs (Video Disc Players) and Sony calls them MDPs. LD was first demonstrated by Philips and MCA in 1972, and has been on the market since 1978, or about as long as VCR and six years longer than CD. Pioneer pitched LD as "60% sharper" than VHS. LD image quality is roughly comparable to standard 16mm film, VHS is roughly comparable to 8mm film. There are no home video formats comparable to 35mm or 70mm film.

Laserdisc players

The early Laserdisc players used a Helium-Neon laser to read the disc, but the later models used infrared lasers. The first units that were made with the infrared laser had some problems such as skipping, strange colors spots, and fuzziness. These problems were fixed in later models. Some of the later Laserdisc players made were ones that could play Audio CDs as well as Laserdiscs. In Japan, one of the last models to be produced even had the ability to play DVDs as well as CDs and Laserdiscs.

The first LaserDisc title marketed in North America was the MCA DiscoVision release of Jaws on December 15, 1978. The last title released in North America was Paramount's Bringing Out the Dead on October 3, 2000. Production of LaserDisc players continued until January 14, 2009, when Pioneer stopped making them.

What is the best laserdisc player?

There were many LD players made, and according to the internet, the most popular players are these Pioneer laserdisc player models:

  • Pioneer HLD-X9
  • Pioneer CLD-97 (Elite)
  • Pioneer CLD-99 (Elite)
  • Pioneer CLD-79 (Elite)
  • Pioneer CLD-D704
  • Pioneer CLD-59 (Elite)
  • Pioneer DVL-919 (E)
  • Pioneer CLD-515

There was a also a laserdisc game console to arcade games at home, the LaserActive.


Connect with the global laserdisc community and join the Laserdisc Forever! Facebook group.

Laserdisc Players value and price guide

What's your Laserdisc players worth in 2022? Here are some recently sold items with prices.

Item Title Date Price
general Pioneer LaserDisc Player CLD Pioneer LaserDisc Player CLD A100 Sega 11/2021 $1025
general Pioneer LD S9 Reference Gold Pioneer LD S9 Reference Gold Laserdisc 11/2021 $890
general Pioneer Elite CLD 95 CD CDV Pioneer Elite CLD 95 CD CDV LaserDisc 11/2021 $530
general Pioneer Elite CLD 95 CD CDV Pioneer Elite CLD 95 CD CDV LaserDisc 12/2021 $599
general Kenwood LVD Z1 Laserdisc Kenwood LVD Z1 Laserdisc Player… 12/2021 $550
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Laserdisc Players forum

"Ask questions or share your stories." - John, Fabcollectibles

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Ariel - November 30, 2021
Hi! I was wondering if you have any unrecorded laserdiscs or if you'd know where I could get my hands on one. Thanks!
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JohnAriel - December 2, 2021
That will be extremely difficult, because blank LDs never really existed at a consumer level...
Anthony - September 14, 2021
Hi my name's Anthony I gotta quick question...going through my old room closet & I came across this item that I got in 92' it's a "Yamaha cdv 1200k " in mint condition.. I had a dj system back & the days..I really had no need for this back then & I still don't! Lol. I love Yamaha as a matter of fact I just bought a couple Yamaha amplified speakers that work excellent! Anyways..anyone out there know somebody who may be interested? I could take pictures & post..but not only was it properly stored but it was bagged too. Please help me out with a ballpark price on worth. I'm not trying to spike up price. No way. Just sell it a lil bit lower than what a fair price would be. Thank you all for your time...
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JohnAnthony - September 15, 2021
You can also post in the Facebook group 'Laserdisc Forever', maybe there is someone who knows more :-)
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