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I own a J.C.Penney MCS Series stereo system purchased in 1997. The internal antenna (I've been told) has gone out. I can now only receive the lower frequencies. Also the there is no LED on the station numbers, so difficult to tune (this went out during move). My question: is is fixable, can I replace only the tuner, or should I invest in a whole new system? Comments and/or recommendations would be welcomeA! Thanks, Carol

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  • 4carol2 Dec 04, 2008

    The LED light disappeared in move (8 years ago).  The higher frequency stations (FM) just went.  Example I can get 90.1 an 91.7, but not 105.7 - just noise.  Other components - tape deck, CD player work fine.

  • 4carol2 Dec 04, 2008

    The digital read out goes up (except you can only read it with a flashlight), but there is just noise.

  • jason May 11, 2010

    also does the digital read out stop or does it go up but no station sound?

  • jason May 11, 2010

    it is not as easy as simply replacing a tuner , there is electronic components that are possibly disconnected , ( maybe someone drop it or it was bump around by the move ) but that would need to be checked to see if that happened , unless it was working after the move and went out while playing , then a component has failed possibly a tunning coil( tank ) or a zener diode that keeps the stations tuned in , either way testing will need to be done to find out whats not working , say in the fm section , is that where your having the problem?


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It is fixable, but it would require a service center to fix it. The internal antenna is not the problem, if it was bad it would not tune any stations at all, not just lower frequencies. The tuner has a problem, may need to be replaced, but it may just need some solder connections resoldered since you did mention a move. When you move, it is a very likely scenerio that the electronics could get bumped around a little. This can cause some connections to break inside the unit.

A repair would cost you from $75 all the way up to $200. No way to know for sure how much without troubleshooting the unit myself to determain the exact cause of the problem. If this unit is not worth that kind of money to repair you would be better served to just get a new one. No sense in throwing good money after bad!!!!

I hope that you have found this information help, and if so a good rating would be very much appreciated.



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    Dave DeGain Dec 04, 2008

    You have two problems, the LCD readout and the tuner. They are not related. The readout may be an open resistor, bad voltage regulator or transistor, or even a bad bulb (if your display has a seperate backlighting.which I think your has). Then you have the tuner problem. Ther can be many reasons the tuner is not working right, all of which require troubleshooting to be certain.


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