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Thread: Before Blue ray there was... before VHS there was Beta but before that

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    Before Blue ray there was... before VHS there was Beta but before that

    there were CD player. We bought this player when our boys were very young and it still work well. one of the most interesting movies is this one. The disc it self is about 12 inches in Diameter and was a first release of the movie. All analog technology. We have 20 or 30 movies for it and our granddaughter thinks it is the greatest thing in the world. Anyone else ever get one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Baer View Post
    there were CD player. ..
    Weren't those sold as "laser Discs?"
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    No the laser disc can along a little latter this actually used some sort of a capacitive pick up to play the movie. The disc are very fragile the laser discs were a little hardier that's one of the reasons these didn't take off. then with the advent of the DSP (digital signal processor) well that all history we switched from analog to digital technology. Here is a close up of the bottom of the album cover they call it a CED - Capacitive Electronic Disk
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    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
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    Wikipedia is great for some background.

    I immediately thought laser disc also.

    I have never heard of the CED - "analog" disc.

    It shoots back to the early 80's at which time we were all going after all the new technology for home movie watching in the day. I remember going to the movie store and "renting" a VHS player, long before the price came down to where I could afford to buy one.

    This brings back memories.

    Now - we stream all that stuff.

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    Very cool, Don. I'd never heard of a CED.
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    I once had a huge Laser Disk collection and have owned several Laser Disk players in the past. I had heard of CED but never saw any disks or players before.
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    Were the CEDs the 12 inch disks that sort of looked like CDs?

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    That is a new one on me............

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    I was working at a music store during college and remember getting some of the laser discs in, but don't remember those. It was prior to DVD's, about 1992, and remember thinking "why would anyone ever want to watch on one of those over a vhs?". The laser discs we carried were expensive, about 5 time more so than vhs. A couple of years ago I got to watch Star Wars on a friend's laser disc and I have to say it was a good as watching it in the theater.
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