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Re: My one-year old Marantz CD5001 CD player
These models use the 12.1 philips laser mechanism and it is a very common problem for failing to read discs.
various technics / marantz / philips / cyrus cd players etc also use it and are plagued with the same fault.
it's a 90% chance the laser is dead!
philips realised the unreliability of this laser and uprated it to the identical looking VAM-12.
do not dismiss the spindle motor as these also fail quite alot on this mechanism.
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i found my dads Marantz CD-48 on the attic and had the same problem. Some CD`s the player was able to play instantly others not, getting the Error Message after trying to read the disc. My problem was solved after i opened it up and cleaned the linse of the player with a cotton swab.
If I may add to XX's post and with his indulgence...
It may also be worth your while to check on the small shafting that guides the carriage of the laser pickup. Dirt, grome, dust and solidified lubricant can cause stoppage of the carriage and the laser eye then fails to read the next track. Please refer to the image below.
Lets give it a try. The purchasedate will be 1991 (HI).
I'll suppose you allready cleaned the laserunit.
You can try to clean the laserslides, sometimes they are sticky and dry. Then the laser is not fast and precise enough to read the index of your CD.
Clean them with some alcohol on cottontips.
When they are really clean, use just a little teflonoil to make sure the laserunit slides very smoothly.
If you are attempting to burn mp3 files as an audio CD, then that's the problem. You cannot burn audio CDs from MP3 files. You have to burn MP3 files as
a data CD and not as an audio CD. See excerpt taken from page 33 in
the CDR420 user guide. "Prepares CDs that can be played on standard CD
players. Compact Disc Digital Audio (CDDA) uses uncompressed PCM, .wav
files. The CDR420 does not convert MP3 files to PCM so MP3 files are ignored if you choose AUDIO as the CD TYPE"