mcintosh laserdisc player MLD 7020

Hello all, I am have just finally after many years bought a great laserdisc player that i wanted in '97 but could not afford.. the Mcintosh MLD-7020 Laserdisc player.. i know it is supposed to have awesome audio and video.. and based on a Pioneer CLD-97 (which is still considered one of the best LD players made) i was able to get this Mcintosh and it will be delivered in about a week.. I have read many times that it was not tweaked but have also heard that it was tweaked in the power supply and the DACS.. if anyone owns one .. does anyone know if Mac did anything to it.. ? Regardless.. i cannot wait to hook it up and watch my LD's on it.. I am retiring my old aging Yamaha CDV-870 LD player to the bedroom.. thanks for any info anyone has on this Mac.. !

The only modification I know of is the addition of an AC-3 RF out for Dolby Digital. There may be others.
Well.. Guess what? I got the MLD 7020 yesterday and hooked in into My samsung DLP with my Monster Silver Video M series composite cabel and monster ref 2 audio cables and it is now officially the best cd player i own.. it just sounds more "natural" .. I am almost positive Mac tweaked the audio!! I can tell.. anyways The laserdisc part is simply stunning.. it rival's dvd in color saturation and certain discs just look more "fimlike" than the counterpart dvd and the sound as well like ; Top Gun thx edition, Indiana Jones trilogy and more.. what a great piece...i love it! If anyone else out there owns one of t hese let me know.. i am enjoying it!!
A big California "BOOYA!" to ya, Audiomike1!
You go boy!... let's go get that ol' Laser Disc revolution resurected all over again!
The sound of a good laserdisc is hard to beat by any other source. It is analog.
these players rock!
Ive got the technical manual somewhere if you want it. Drop me an amail and Ill send it to you (ianj1972 at
The sound of a good laserdisc is hard to beat by any other source. It is analog.

Well, the audio of early laserdics was analog, but it wasn't "good" by any stretch. It required its own analog noise reduction circuit to sound passable. The digital audio of the later discs (ca 1987 and later) is vastly superior. And i have to agree that the Pioneer players sound great compared even to very expensive, modern CD players. I preferred mine to my Rotel RCD-975, and that was an excellent-sounding machine.

IIRC, the video was the the only thing that remained analog (though read by a laser, of course) for LD's entire run.

What does one have to spend to get a Mac player?
I was able to get mine from an ebay auction.. I paid about 820.00 including shipping.. they seem to go between , at least here in the states ... roughly.. 650-800.00..$USD mine was in excellent condition and had the remote and box.. i have seen some brand new at for 2250.00 $USD brand new in the box... but thats a little steep.. i am glad i found the excellent player on ebay from a respected seller.

Oh yeah , Joelv, I absolutely 100% agree this Mcintosh LD player is based on the Pioneer Elite CLD-97 and the CD section runs rings around EVERY Cd player i have ever owned!! I think Mcintosh even tweaked it, because it sounds AMAZING.. no need for external DAC..

The Dolby Digital or AC-3 signal from laserdisc is an RF signal. But compare Pink Floyd's The Wall on laserdisc to the DVD version in regular stereo, the LD is much better in dynamics, bass and soundstage. The picture isn't that great though. I have the HLD-X9 from Japan, I had the 7020 also.