Blast from the Past: Pioneer Industrial DVD Player (That You Can Own!)

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Pioneer has a long history of servicing not only the consumer electronics sector, but the professional one.  Virtually dominating the DJ market, Pioneer also has one other big area of expertise: making disc players for professional events and installations. They provided not only the LaserDisc players that powered such classics as Dragon’s Lair and Space Ace, but their products can be found in store displays around the world.


Right now on,  you can snag a really (relatively) cheap Pioneer V7400, an industrial DVD player designed to fit snugly into small spaces, but that also fits well with rack mounts for event sound… or in a home theater rack, if you’re in the mood for something different.

So why would you even want this thing, except as a conversation piece? Well, it’s built like a tank. This player is designed to be running 24 hours a day for days, weeks, months, even years on end. In addition, the player has internal support for sync lock, which allows completely clean switching between analog video sources. While the technology may be antiquated, and cost more money than 5 regular DVD players, someone with external scalers and a desire to save wear an tear on the Blu-ray might find something like this a permanent solution to DVD playback in their home theater:

Plays DVD-Video, Video CD and CD-DA, Hybrid Disc (Pioneer format, NTSC only)
Video blackboard feature creates graphics, text highlights on screen
Headphone jack volume control
Component Video Output
Coaxial Digital Output: (AC-3/PCM/MPEG/DTS) RCA
Communications Interface: D-sub 15-pin
DVD Barcode LaserBarcode compatible
RS-232C command protocol
External sync lock for clean switching between video sources

Width 8.3 in
Depth 16.1 in
Height 4.7 in
Weight 10.4 lbs

Media Type CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD, CD, Video CD
Horizontal Resolution 500 lines
Media Load Type Tray
Slow Motion Speed 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1/16, 1/30
Picture Modes Pan and scan, normal, widescreen, letterbox
DVD Repeat Modes Program, A-B repeat, all, title, chapter
CD Playback Modes A-B repeat, all tracks repeat, one track repeat
DVD Features:
Video Signal-to-Noise Ratio 60 dB
Parental Lock Yes
Audio System:
Sound Output Mode Stereo
Surround Sound Effects Virtual Surround Mode, SRS TruSurround
Response Bandwidth 4 – 22000 Hz
Dynamic Range 98 dB
Digital Audio Format Dolby Digital output, DTS digital output
Signal-To-Noise Ratio 115 dB

1 x audio line-out ( RCA phono x 2 ) – rear
1 x SPDIF output ( RCA phono ) – rear
1 x audio line-out ( RCA phono ) – rear
1 x composite video output ( RCA phono ) – rear
1 x S-Video output ( 4 pin mini-DIN ) – rear
1 x component video output ( BNC x 3 ) – rear
1 x composite video output ( BNC ) – rear
1 x mouse input ( 4 pin mini-DIN ) – front
1 x serial ( 15 pin D-Sub (DB-15) ) – rear
1 x headphones ( mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ) – front
1 x remote control – front
1 x trigger – rear

Power Device Power supply – internal
Voltage Required AC 120 V ( 50/60 Hz )
Power Consumption Operational 16 Watt
Power Consumption Stand by / Sleep 0.5 Watt

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  • Mike

    How do you make this player recognize cds for use as a transport? Thanks for any help.