Philips VP415
LV-ROM Player



VP410 & VP415
Players

VP415
Player

Dead LV-ROM
Player

VP415
Diagnostics

Good
VP415
Player

VP Player
Power Supplies

This section is all about my two VP415 laserdisc players, also known as the Domesday Player, or the LV-ROM Player.

Although there are a number of models in the Philips VP400 series (VP406, VP410, VP412 and VP415 and possibly others) it appears that the VP415 is the only player ever produced which is capable of reading LV-ROM discs. LV-ROM was the special laserdisc format developed for use with the BBC Advanced Interactive Video computer.

The VP415 operating instructions and service manual speak in general terms about the LV-ROM format, yet I've never heard of it being used for anything other than discs intended for use with the BBC AIV system. The format does not appear to have been taken up outside the BBC micro world. So, if LV-ROM discs are pretty rare, at least there are a few different releases to choose from, whereas the LV-ROM disc drive was limited to a single model which makes it (and fully working examples especially so) most rare indeed!

The first two links above are the original images from the time the various players first arrived. I've kept these sets here for historical value more than anything, but the pictures aren't particularly good and some of the information is unreliable.

The third set dates from May 2010 when I had the opportunity to experiment a little with the "broken" VP415 which arrived in 2003 with the VP410 and shows a full disassembly of the player and the fourth set is about using the VP415's diagnostic modes which I used to try to test the faulty one in May 2010.

Set 5 is about the some of the bad things which happened to my good VP415 during 2010 and the sixth set shows each of the power supplies from my three VP400 series players, which were the subject of much chopping and changing initially during the summer of 2010 and again in autumn 2010 and summer 2011.

I hope you will click on the picture links above to learn more about the unique VP415.



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