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Player won't recognise SACD layer if disc is hybrid

I have owned a Sony SCD-XE597 SACD player for one year. Since a few days the player would only play the CD-layer of a hybrid disc even though it is set to play the SACD 2-ch layer when available. Trying to switch manually does not help since the display shows "not hybrid". I thought the SACD pick-up was malfunctioning so, to be sure, I tried feeding the player a single-layer SACD and it works!!! Back to hybrid, no luck. Any ideas before I go to have it repaired? Thanks,

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Sounds like laser unit is faulty, can get it replaced by repair shop.

Posted on Jan 02, 2011

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