The Sony MDP-850D is a derivation of the Japanese MDP-A1 combi. It plays both disc sides without reloading and offers full compatibility with PAL and NTSC laserdiscs as well as playing basic CD Audio discs. In the former respect, it scores over Pioneer's CLD-2850 in retaining analogue sound for PAL LD. The price is £699 95. Earlier on it was expected that Sony would continue to sell the MDP-650D alongside the new machine but there is now some doubt about this. The new machine could well end up being Sony's only LD model in the UK at this time (1994).