Category:LaserDisc
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Description

LaserDisc is an optical disc technology, and looks like a very large CD-ROM. It was envisioned to be the future of Multimedia and was backed by amongst others Sony, Philips and Pioneer. While Philips never did anything with MSX and LaserDisc, Pioneer launched several MSX computers with integrated LaserDisc control ability, and various LaserDisc players.

While LaserDisc capable MSX systems from Pioneer were available in Japan, Europe and the US, commercially available software for the system was only published in Japan from 1984-1986 by the LaserDisc Corporation, a Pioneer subsidiary.

Later, Sony released exclusively in Europe a series of professional MSX2 computers with LaserDisc support, but no compatible software has been publicly released. One possible explanation is that this support was only used in-house by large media organisations which used these systems.

Hardware

MSX systems with LaserDisc support

The below MSX systems have LaserDisc support, however since every single LaserDisc published for MSX is in NTSC format for the Pioneer systems, it is highly recommended to get a Japanese MSX system to play LaserDiscs.

Product Generation Region Video standard Connector MSX-BASIC Extension
Pioneer PX-7 MSX1 JP NTSC-J DIN style P-BASIC
Pioneer PX-7(UK) MSX1 UK PAL DIN style P-BASIC
Pioneer PX-V7 MSX1 JP NTSC-J DIN style P-BASIC
Pioneer PX-V60 MSX1 JP NTSC-J DIN style P-BASIC
Pioneer UC-V102 MSX2 JP, Europe, US NTSC-J, PAL or NTSC DB-25 serial RS-232C BASIC + optionally
P-RS-232C BASIC when
UK-V104 board installed
Sony HB-G900AP MSX2 Europe PAL DB-25 serial SonyLDP BASIC
Sony HB-G900D MSX2 Germany PAL DB-25 serial SonyLDP BASIC
Sony HB-G900F MSX2 France PAL DB-25 serial SonyLDP BASIC
Sony HB-G900P MSX2 Europe PAL DB-25 serial SonyLDP BASIC


LaserDisc Interfaces for MSX

Product Generation Usable Computers MSX- BASIC Extension
Pioneer ER-101 MSX1 Japanese MSX1 computers with at least 32kB RAM
and a free primary cartridge slot
(but there are some incompatibilities)
P-BASIC
Sony IF-180 MSX2 European HB-G900 MSX2 computers
used with the Sony LDP-180P LaserDisc player
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MSX compatible LaserDisc players

Players compatible with MSX1 Pioneer system

DIN-8 connector marked

Any LaserDisc player should work with the 8-pin U-DIN connector pictured.

A JC-303 cable is required to connect to the the DIN 45326 type 8B connector of the Pioneer MSX1 computer or ER-101 Expansion Processor unit.

In addition, since every single LaserDisc for the MSX is in NTSC format, it is required to get a NTSC player if you want to run any of the MSX titles. Here's a list of players with the special I/O connector:

Product Region Video standard
Denon LA-600 JP NTSC-J
Hitachi VIP-11 JP NTSC-J
Hitachi VIP-12 JP NTSC-J
Hitachi VIP-30C JP NTSC-J
Hitachi VIP-31C JP NTSC-J
Hitachi VIP-32C JP NTSC-J
Luxman D-408 JP NTSC-J
Marantz LV-1CD JP NTSC-J
Marantz LV-10CD JP NTSC-J
Marantz LV-11CD JP NTSC-J
Marantz LV100 JP NTSC-J
Marantz LV101 JP NTSC-J
Nad 5900 US NTSC
Pioneer CLD-7 JP NTSC-J
Pioneer CLD-70 JP NTSC-J
Pioneer CLD-900 (*) US NTSC
Pioneer CLD-909 (**) US NTSC
Pioneer CLD-9000 JP NTSC-J
Pioneer LD-700 US NTSC
Pioneer LD-5000 JP NTSC-J
Pioneer LD-7000 JP NTSC-J
Pioneer LD-7100 JP NTSC-J
Pioneer LD-7200 JP NTSC-J
Pioneer LD-8100 JP NTSC-J
Pioneer LD-8200D JP NTSC-J
Pioneer LD-9200D JP NTSC-J
Pioneer LD-S1 JP, US NTSC-J, NTSC
Pioneer LD-V500 JP NTSC-J
Pioneer LD-V510 JP NTSC-J
Pioneer LD-V515 JP NTSC-J
Pioneer LD-V515SE JP NTSC-J
Pioneer LD-V2000 US NTSC
Pioneer LD-X710 JP NTSC-J
Sony LDP-150 JP NTSC-J
Sony LDP-250CD JP NTSC-J
Teac LV-1000 JP NTSC-J
Teac LV-1200 JP NTSC-J
Teac LV-1400 JP NTSC-J
Teac LV-1500DS JP NTSC-J
Teac LV-1700DS JP NTSC-J
Teac LV-5000DS JP NTSC-J
Teac LV-5500DS JP NTSC-J
Teac LV-5700DS JP NTSC-J

(*) The PAL version, released in Europe, does not have the required connector.
(**) The NTSC-J version, released in Japan, does not have the required connector.

Players compatible with MSX2 Pioneer system

DB-15 connector marked

Many Pioneer players support LaserDisc through a special DB-15 interface connector.

A CC-03 cable is required to connect to the Pioneer UC-V102 DB-25 RS-232 connector.

Product Region Video standard
Pioneer CLD-V2400 US NTSC
Pioneer CLD-V2600 US NTSC
Pioneer CLD-V2800 US NTSC
Pioneer CLD-V5000 US NTSC
Pioneer LD-V520 JP NTSC-J
Pioneer LD-V530 JP NTSC-J
Pioneer LD-V540 JP NTSC-J
Pioneer LD-V2200 US NTSC
Pioneer LD-V4100 Europe PAL
Pioneer LD-V4200 US NTSC
Pioneer LD-V4300D Europe Combined PAL/NTSC
Pioneer LD-V4400 US NTSC
Pioneer LD-V8000 US NTSC


You can also use Pioneer and Sony players with a DB-25 RS-232 connector. The list below is limited to a few examples.

Product Region Video standard
Pioneer LD-V4000 US NTSC
Pioneer LD-V6000 US NTSC
Pioneer LD-V6010 US NTSC
Sony LDP-1450 JP, US NTSC-J, NTSC
Sony LDP-1500 JP, US NTSC-J, NTSC
Sony LDP-1550 JP, US NTSC-J, NTSC
Sony LDP-1600 JP, US NTSC-J, NTSC
Sony LDP-2000 JP, US NTSC-J, NTSC
Sony LDP-3600D EU, JP, US Combined PAL / NTSC


Players compatible with MSX2 Sony system

Many players support LaserDisc through a RS-232 port with a DB-25 connector. The list below is limited to a few examples.

Product Region Video standard
Sony LDP-180P Europe PAL
Sony LDP-1500P Europe PAL
Sony LDP-1550P Europe PAL
Sony LDP-1600P Europe PAL
Sony LDP-2000P Europe PAL
Sony LDP-3300P Europe PAL
Sony LDP-3600D EU, JP, US Combined PAL / NTSC


LaserDisc software for MSX

Product Region Year Title Type Notes
 ??? JP 1985 Lascommate Junior High School English 1 Educational 2 LaserDiscs
 ??? JP 1985 Lascommate Junior High School English 2 Educational 2 LaserDiscs
 ??? JP 1985 Lascommate Junior High School English 3 Educational 2 LaserDiscs
 ??? JP 1985 Lascommate Junior High School English 4 Educational 2 LaserDiscs
 ??? JP 1985 Lascommate Junior High School English 5 Educational 2 LaserDiscs
HG041-13VM/LCT001 JP 1984 MysterDisc: Murder, Anyone? Game LaserDisc + Tape
HG043-13VM/LCT002 JP 1984 MysterDisc: Many Roads to Murder Game LaserDisc + Tape
 ??? JP 1985 Lascommate Junior High School Japanese 1 Educational 2 LaserDiscs
 ??? JP 1985 Lascommate Junior High School Japanese 2 Educational 2 LaserDiscs
KAL-M01 JP 1985 Lascommate Junior High School Mathematics 1 Educational 2 LaserDiscs
KAL-M02 JP 1985 Lascommate Junior High School Mathematics 2 Educational 2 LaserDiscs
KAL-M03 JP 1985 Lascommate Junior High School Mathematics 3 Educational 2 LaserDiscs
KAL-M04 JP 1985 Lascommate Junior High School Mathematics 4 Educational 2 LaserDiscs
KAL-M05 JP 1985 Lascommate Junior High School Mathematics 5 Educational 2 LaserDiscs
PG001-12SG JP 1984 Astron Belt Game
PG002-12TO JP 1984 Strike Mission Game
PG004-11KO JP 1984 Badlands Game
SS098-0002 JP 1984 Star Fighters Game
SS098-0003 JP 1985 Great Naval Battle in the Sea of Japan Game
SS098-0008 JP 1985 Inter Stellar Game
SS098-0011 JP 1985 Cosmos Circuit Game
SS098-0019 JP 1985 Esh's Aurunmilla Game
SS098-0044 JP 1985 Rolling Blaster Game
SS098-6004 JP 1986 SpaceDisc Vol. 5 Views of Earth Educational