The only modification I know of is the addition of an AC-3 RF out for Dolby Digital. There may be others.
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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!!
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 audioclassics.com 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.