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Nad cd player cd541i noise

When i play a cd now and again i seem to get a static noise or a noise like a record player needle skating across surface of the record i have tried cleaning the cd lens but has not solved it

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That one is going to need Tech service.

I've worked on several of the NAD players.

Sounds like a focus or gain adjust needed.

Posted on Mar 19, 2009


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If it does this when playing a 12 inch record then it could be that the device has been set to play a 7 inch record. The skating across is either a worn stylus, wrong skate setting (if it has one) or not enough stylus pressure. To correct the pressure one. Make tiny adjustments to the weight on the end of the arm. Each time you need to test by playing a record. If it sits in the groove and doesn't skate, plus doesn't make a rumble sound, you have the pressure right. Too much pressure causes it to rumble, too little and it will leave the groove. If the weight is numbered try it at 3, then take it up to 4 + in small steps, testing it each time you move up. It's a case of trial and error to get it right.

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