Sunday, 01 November 1998
Unlike many manufacturers who are dropping laserdisc players from their
product mix in favor of DVD, Pioneer still offers several models. The
most notable are the three carrying the prestigious ELITE designation.
Sitting firmly in the middle, is the CLD-79.
While it incorporates a well designed 1-bit DLC D/A Converter (DAC),
this, unfortunately, becomes irrelevant in a state-of-the art home
theater. To take full advantage of Dolby Digital and DTS encoded
Laserdiscs you must bypass the CLD-79's internal DAC and use the DAC
incorporated in other devices such as digital processors, decoders and
A/V Receivers. For this reason, I didn't do an extensive review of the
CLD-79's sound quality. I wish Pioneer would just offer a laserdisc
transport at a lower price, though I can understand why they feel it is
necessary to cover all the bases.
The CLD-79 provides two digital outputs (one coax and one optical), in
addition to the RF (AC-3) ...