Pioneer sells another batch of Laserdisc players, in Japan


Remember Laserdiscs? Those large-size video mediums almost no one outside Japan bought in the 1980s and 1990s? I never thought I would write another post on LDs after the one in January this year in which I reported about Pioneer stopping the production of LDs players forever.

But yesterday the same company (which manufactured the best hardware) issued a new press release [JP], saying it still has some players in stock, the DVL-919 ($1,000, pictured above) and the CLD-R5 ($400, pictured below). The main difference is that the R5 only plays LDs and CDs, while the 919 also can be used for DVDs (region 2).


LD fans can buy the players in Pioneer Japan’s online shop [JP] only. Hardcore users living outside Japan might want to ask Geek Stuff 4 U to get one for them. It’s possibly one of the last chances to buy a brand new device.