PIONEER PR-8210 / PR-8210-A INFORMATION
Written and compiled by Jeff Kinder - 19 October 2000

There has been some confusion in the past about these two laserdisc players.  Though they are very similar, there are some differences in how these two players communicate with the games.  Below are pictures of the players and a description of their differences.

PR-8210
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PR-8210-A
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COMMENTS
The PR-8210 and PR-8210-A look very similar.  Same size, same shape, same color, and same front panel.
The PR-8210 and PR-8210-A have identical features.  Both players also have an IR Interface for a wireless remote control.  Some of the PR-8210-A players were not even marked with the "-A" making it hard to tell if you have the PR-8210 or PR-8210-A.
The differences are on the back panel.  The PR-8210 has L/R AUDIO OUT, 1/8" CONTROL JACK, VIDEO OUT (Coax), ANTENNA IN, (Coax), VHF OUT (Coax), and a channel 3/4 selector switch.  The PR-8210-A has L/R AUDIO OUT, 24 PIN MALE CENTRONICS CONNECTOR, and a VIDEO OUT (BNC).  The main difference between the two LD players is the way they communicate with the games.  Since the PR-8210-A does not have the 1/8" CONTROL JACK, it must use either the 24 PIN MALE CENTRONICS CONNECTOR or the IR Interface for communication.

NOTES:  M.A.C.H. 3, Us vs. Them, and Quarter Horse will only work with the PR-8210, communicating via the 1/8" CONTROL JACK.  Star Rider will only work with the PR-8210-A, communicating via the 24 PIN MALE CENTRONICS CONNECTOR.  Cliff Hanger and Goal to Go can use either laserdisc player.  With the PR-8210, Cliff Hanger and Goal to Go can communicate via the 1/8" CONTROL JACK, and with the PR-8210-A, they can use the IR Interface.  For info on how to modify your game to use the IR Interface, check Rob DiNapoli's Cliff Hanger Laserdisc Player Conversion page.  For info on the Pioneer PR-8210 Command Set, check the PR-8210 Command Set page.

 


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