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Audio skipping... Hi there. My unit seems to skip very slightly when the platted spins at one specific point. You can hear the audio stutter a bit whenever it spins to that point. Is the lazer completely pooched? Any insigh would be great!

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Hi there, i'm not exactly sure if your laser is as you say "POOCHED" I also have an sl-dz1200 that seems to be doing the same thing as yours (skipping or slurring at one particular point) i don't believe that the laser would be "pooched" but the laser would definatly need cleaning. i also believe that the problem may lie somewhere with the direct drive motor for the platter and mechanics of the cd player itself (think caching in pc's) if your pc isnt set up right you music sounds skippy, slurry or even broken (please don't quote me on this problem because i'm not an expert) but i have also noticed that the problem still occurs at the same spots on my unit when the music has been paused and i manualy push the platter around to simulate the same motion of playback, I'm putting my unit in to be serviced in two weeks. If you like i could keep in contact with you and let you know what the problem ends up being my details are: regards dj-nam

Posted on Aug 14, 2007


Hi there, dj nam.. here is the follow up to my last post 14/08/07.. Re: response to pooched laser Ok this is what i have so far.. As so far, I have not needed to get my unit serviced, I did a little more research and found that the problem (pooched laser) is located in one of two places: (1)inside the player underneath the lcd you will see both a clear plastic ring (connected to the platter) as well as a sensor that the plastic rings edge runs through.. This is the sensor system that reads the platters spinning and scratching times and distances. It is more than likley that either the sensor or the plastic ring (or both) is dirty hence blocking the sensors light and creating the pooched sounds as you describe. both the ring and sensor will need to be cleaned (warning re: plastic ring.. absolute care must be taken when cleaning this ring as it will easily scatch and you will have to order another ring) i would recomend using. a very, very soft cloth and no cleaning agents. Or you can use an air canister/ air gun (2)Inside the actual platter itself are two plastic/ teflon like surfaces that slide back and forth over each other when you scratch and backspin the platter. (they are visible when you remove the silver spin disc and you turn/ slip the platter - look at the three holes in the top plate and you'll see them) Just like the first solution these surfaces are more than likley to be dirty and also need to be cleaned. It is a bit harder to get all the way into the guts of the player to remove the platter to get to theses surfaces, but if needed i could e-mail you instructions on how to do it. I have picked up a few little tips n tricks in the past two weeks that also could sort the problem out (some you would be amazed with - i was), that is if the problem continues after you try the "first" tip out. I can be contacted via e-mail on regards dj-nam

Posted on Sep 07, 2007


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