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CED Digest Vol. 4 No. 21  •  5/29/1999


From: "J. Bowers"
To: <>
Subject: CED shipping tabs
Date: Sun, 23 May 1999 13:54:46 -0400

Hi folks
I know alot of players are being sold on the Internet auction sites.
Haven`t heard anything about the use of the "shipping tabs".
These players are really handled roughly when shipped. Seems like the
use of the tabs would prevent some damage.
Tom, is this correct?

Date: Mon, 24 May 1999 12:18:29 EDT
Subject: RCA SKT-200 with bad DAXI I.C.

I have an RCA SKT-200 that is in need of repair.  It loads the disc just 
fine.  The disc platter spins, but nothing else happens.  I took it to a 
trusted local repair person who works on CED players and he said I need a new 
Daxi I.C. (U5102).  Can someone tell me how to go about finding one?  He told 
me he had another customer who had the same problem, but they were not able 
to find a replacement Daxi I.C.  Any help would be appreciated.

Marks S. Hinds

From: "Bill E"
Date: Tue, 25 May 1999 23:49:13 -0400
Subject: Made the plunge, aka SKT 400 help . . .

I've made the plunge and joined the fold. Purchased a SKT 400 and 
a pile 'o discs. What a neat format. Thanks to Tom for all the 
historical background and useful info on the CEDmagic site. It got 
me hooked. Since the player was included "free" ("may or may not 
work",no box, manual or remote) with the discs I didn't expect 
much, and sure enough, it wouldn't load discs. But thanks to Tom's 
site and the troubleshooting info I went straight to the function belt 
and I've now watched my first film in this format. Quite impressed 
and the smooth search was a big surprise. So was a developing 
problem. At the end of the 2nd side of the first film, and now all the 
time, I get 5 or so equally spaced and sized horizontal video 
"noise" bars ever 10 seconds that vary from a slight degradation of 
signal to total loss of sync that lasts about 1/2 a second and then 
everything is fine for another 10 seconds and then this problem 
repeats. I popped the needle out for a look and the problem went 
away for a short while. Now subsequent "inspections" don't change 
a thing. Problem persists, but varies, as I may load a disc and see 
heavy noise and then reload and it's very light, but still there for 1/2 
a second every 10 seconds. Perhaps this is a common problem 
that is easily remedied or it may be a stumper. Any comments or 
help in getting this player in peak operating form would be very 
much appreciated. 

From: "Ken Schneider"
To: <>
Subject: Holocaust Boxed Set?
Date: Wed, 26 May 1999 01:11:14 -0400

I happened to come across a boxed set, RCA 02130 CM11E-V405346 of Holocaust
(NBC Mini-series).  It contains 4 discs, a study guide, and an 8 page
pamplet about the movie.  According to the box itself, this is what the set
contained, so it is complete.

Were there many boxed sets of CED's produced?  If so, what were some titles
produced as box sets?  I'm assuming they rarer than non-boxed sets.  Was
there a non-boxed set of this movie?

Between my 4 players, SJT-400, SJT-200, SJT-100 (bought new in '84 or '85),
SJT-090, and my 125 or so titles (just getting started in actually
collecting) this is the most different thing I've seen.  Yea, it's common
now days for laserdiscs, albums, and such, but CED?

Ken Schneider
Coloma, Michigan

From: "Bill E"
Date: Thu, 27 May 1999 17:27:30 -0400
Subject: Update SKT 400 problem

More info on my "video noise" every 10 seconds problem.
It does this every 10 seconds even in "page" mode or FF search 
mode, still every 10 seconds. Problem is reduced, but not 
eliminated by elevating the left side of the player (left, if looking at 
front). Worse with tilts in other directions. Now I'm really at a loss. . 
. need some 'experience here. . .

From: "Daniel P. Cayea"
To: <>
Subject: CED Appraising
Date: Fri, 28 May 1999 21:02:50 -0400

With all of this great CED stuff out there who can say how much it is worth.
Does anyone know of an appraiser of this sort of stuff.

I would like to know so that I may have an estimate of the Preservation Projects
value for insurance purposes.

If anyone has any ideas email me at <>
or post it to the digest.

Daniel P. Cayea

Date: Fri, 28 May 1999 22:25:38 -0700
Subject: RE: CED Disc Pressing

>I was just recently made aware that CBS/Fox opened it's own disc
>pressing facility to produce the titles released under their label (the
>featured disc of this month). Did RCA's abandonment of the format in August of
>'86 mean that CBS/Fox could not continue to stamp discs or was it decided that
>CED production was no longer economically feasible?

When RCA announced their discontinuation of player production on April 4th, 1984,
CBS officials initially said they would continue to press CED's indefinitely, but
abruptly changed their minded three months later, announcing on July 9th that CED
pressing would end within 30 days. Supposedly they needed the space CED production
took up in their huge audio LP pressing facility to meet the high demand expected
for the Jackson's "Victory" LP.  Production of CBS/Fox CED titles went back to RCA,
and continued to the end of CED production. "Return of the Jedi" was released just
nineteen titles short of the very last title which was also a CBS/Fox release:
"Jewel of the Nile".



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