Pioneer LaserActive CLD-A100

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The LaserActive (model number CLD-A100) is a specialist LaserDisc player designed and manufactured by Pioneer. It was released in Japan and North America in 1993. It was never released in Europe.

The LaserActive could only play NTSC laserdiscs and did not have any advanced features such as a digital framebuffer to enable trick-play features on CLV discs. It's main feature was the expansion bay in the lower left. This was designed to accept expansion units known as 'PACs' which were capable of extending the player's features. Four PACs were released:

  • Sega PAC: Designated S1 or S10 (depending on whether they were released in Japan or the US), this unit could run Sega Mega Drive cartridges, Mega-CD discs, and Mega-LD laserdiscs.
  • NEC PAC: Either N1 or N10, depending on region. This unit could run NEC HuCard, Super CD-ROM2, and LD-ROM2 laserdiscs.
  • Karaoke PAC: Either K1 or K10, depending on region. This unit supports karaoke CD and laserdiscs. Two stereo microphones are supported with echo, balance, and independent volume controls.
  • PC PAC: This unit exposes a parallel port allowing a standard desktop computer to control the Laserdisc player.

Pioneer also released a set of 3D goggles (GOL-1) for the system. These used LCD shutter technology (compatible with the Sega Master System glasses). Up to two sets of goggles could be connected at once using the 3D adapter (ADP-1, sold separately).

The Mega-LD and LD-ROM2 game laserdiscs were unique to this system. 24 were released on laserdisc for the Sega PAC and 11 for the NEC PAC. Only four games supported content for the 3D goggles.


Manufacturer: Pioneer
Date: 1993

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This exhibit has a reference ID of CH43135. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

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