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  1. Repair of Arcam CD73 laser mechanism

    This 2004 vintage Arcam CD73 came into us with the reported fault that it would no longer play CD's, or even read the table of contents. Given that it is over eight years old and had plenty of use in that time, we were not surprised to find that the laser had expired and needed replacing.

    Arcam CD73 CD player from 2004 Arcam CD73 CD player from 2004

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  2. Marantz CD63SE laser transport mechanism replacement

    * Please note, We are no longer able to carry out repairs on Hifi equipment. This blog is meant as a rough guide and Hifi Gear takes no responsibility for damage to equipment when following this guide. For repair work, we recommend finding a local Hifi repair agent. *

     

    An elderly, but still sought after Marantz CD63SE was bought into the shop last week, with the fault reported that CD's would no longer play. After approximately 15 years of use, this is a common situation, as the laser power will gradually reduce over time to the point where it can no longer focus reliably on the spinning CD disc - however with the easy availability of VAM1202 CD mechanisms for below £20, the repair is a viable option over and above the purchase of a new CD player.

     

    A 15 year old Marantz CD63SE with failed laser mechanism A 15 year old Marantz CD63SE with failed laser mechanism

     

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