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GOLDSTAR DESKTOP CD-I PLAYERS

Other than the beautiful portable model, Goldstar (or better, LG Electronics as it is better known now) made a couple of desktop CD-I player too. These aren't very easy to found, so if you find one, well... buy it!


GDI-700M

The Goldstar GDI-700M Desktop CD-Interactive Player.

This is the official description of the player made by Goldstar:

A FULL-PERFORMANCE, DESKTOP PLAYER FOR ALL APPLICATIONS

This new addition to the line has many features found only in the most expensive CD-i players on the market, but at a price point far below the competition, making it the ideal player for both professional and education applications. It features front loading, integrated MPEG, head phone jack with volume control, CD-i Mouse port, 25 pin true 28.8 baud serial interface, a parallel printer port, integrated IR control , PAL / NTSC switchable, 110-240 Volt operation, a metal chassis and a very competitive price point.

The system was priced $499.00.


System specifications

Formats

CD-i - CD-i Digital Video - CD-DA - CD+Graphics - Photo CD - Video CD

CPU

MC68340, 15 MHz

System ROM

512 KB

System RAM

2.5MB

Video processor

VDSC (Motorola)

N.V. RAM

32 KB (battery back-up)

System

NTSC / PAL (all outputs)

Resolution

NTSC - 384 (H) x 240 (V) pixels
PAL - 384 (H) x 280 (V) pixels

Connector type

8-pin mini DIN (female)

Usage

Standard CD-pointing devices, keyboards

Baud rates

1,200 and 9,600

Data format

1 startbit, 7 databits, 2 stopbits, no parity

Connector type

25-pin DIN (Male)

Usage

Standard CD-i pointing devices, other RS232 or TTL devices

Baud rates

75, 150, 300, 1,200, 2,400, 4,800, 9,600, 19,200, and 38,400 Independently programmable baud rate for receiver and transmitter.

Data format

Character length 7 or 8 bits stopbit

Length

1 or 2 bits

Parity

Odd, even, or none

Handshake

Hardware: 2 control lines, RTS and CTS
Software: XON/XOFF

25 pin female connector

Centronics Interface

Output connector

RCA jack

Output level

1.0 Vpp ± 10 % (15 ohm)

Output connector type

RCA jack x 2 (left/right)

Output level

2.0 VRMS + 3dB (@10K ohm, 1 KHz)

Channel separation

70 dB (@1 KHz)

Frequency characteristics

±2 dB (20 Hz to 20 KHz)

Signal-to-noise ratio

80 dB (@1 KHz)

Distortion ratio

Typical 0.04% (@ 1KHz)
Maximum 0.1% (@ 1 KHz)

Dynamic range

80 dB (@ 1 KHz)

Headphone

Stereo minijack (3.5 mm)

Voltage

110 - 240 VAC

Frequency

50/60 Hz

Power consumption

18W AC

Player

14.2 W x 3.66 H x 12.67 D (inches)
360 W x 93 H x 322 D (mm)

Weight

3.5Kg / 7.71 Lbs



GPI-1100M

The Goldstar GPI-1100M Portable CD-Interactive Player.

Here is LG Electronics official description of the product.

A FULL-PERFORMANCE, COMPACT KIOSK PLAYER

This recent addition to the line, is probably the finest and most compact CD-i player for POI Kiosks. This player now available for quantity purchase has some very special features. It is only 7.5" wide and 6.72" deep, making it the smallest player with all of the features necessary for kiosk applications. It also has a ball bearing disk clamping design enabling the disk to play while in the vertical position. It has an auto power on feature and now comes with one control port and a high speed serial I/O port able to sustain speeds up to 38,400 Kbps. With integrated MPEG and built in Video, Audio and S-Video outputs, this is the most complete player for the money.

The system was priced $699.00.



Another pic of the same Portable model. This model was firstly reported to me by Steve Murphy of St. Louis. Thanks a lot!

System specifications

Formats

CD-i - CD-i Digital Video - CD-DA - CD+Graphics - Photo CD - Video CD

CPU

MC68340, 15 MHz

System ROM

512 KB

System RAM

2MB

Video processor

VDSC (Motorola)

N.V. RAM

32 KB (battery back-up)

System

NTSC/PAL (all outputs)

Resolution

NTSC - 384 (H) x 240 (V) pixels
PAL - 384 (H) x 280 (V) pixels

Connector type

8-pin mini DIN (female)

Usage

Standard CD-pointing devices, keyboards

Baud rates

1,200 and 9,600

Data format

I startbit, 7 databits, 2 stopbits no parity

Connector type

8-pin mini DIN (female)

Usage

Standard CD-i pointing devices, other RS232 or TTL devices

Baud rates

75, 150, 300, 1,200, 2,400, 4,800, 9,600, and 19,200. Independently programmable baud rate for receiver and transmitter.

Data format

Character length 7 or 8 bits stopbit

Length

1 or 2 bits

Parity

Odd, even, or none

Handshake

Hardware: 2 control lines, RTS and CTS
Software: XON/XOFF

Output connector

RCA jack

Output level

1.0 Vpp ± 10 % (15 ohm)

Output connector

4-pin mini DIN (female)

Output level

1.0 Vpp ± 10 % (75 ohm)

C Output level

0.286 Vpp ± 10 % (75 ohm)

Output connector type

RCA jack x 2 (left/right)

Output level

2.0 VRMS + 3dB (@10K ohm, 1 KHz)

Channel separation

70 dB (@1 KHz)

Frequency characteristics

±2 dB (20 Hz to 20 KHz)

Signal-to-noise ratio

80 dB (@1 KHz)

Distortion ratio

Typical 0.04% (@ 1KHz)
Maximum 0.1% (@ 1 KHz)

Dynamic range

80 dB (@ 1 KHz)

Headphone

Stereo minijack (3.5 mm)

Built-in stereo speaker

0.2 W x 2

Voltage

100 - 240 VAC

Frequency

50/60 Hz

Power consumption

Approximately 14 W DC

Battery type

Ni-MH

Battery voltage

14.4 V/1,600 mAh. Approx. CD-i DV disc linear displaying time, 1.5 hour

Player

7.5" W x 1.8" H x 6.8" D (190 mm x 47 mm x 170.8 mm) 1.87 lbs (0.85 Kg)

Power Supply

5.9" W x 1.5" H x 2.8" D (150 mm x 39 mm x 70 mm) 1.1 lbs (0.5 Kg)

Battery

5.5" W x 1.5" H x 1.7" D (140 mm x 41.5 mm x 44 mm) 1.1 lb (0.5 Kg)



GPI-?????

It seems there was at least another Goldstar CD-I player on the market. A reader, Stacy J. Dunkle, told me a discovery made on a USA thrift shop: a GD CD-I unit virtually identical to the Philips Cd-I 450. More soon!


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