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Won´t read any Disc

My NAD C541 cannot read any disc anymore,not even original CD:s It just keep on blinking an then it keeps ejecting the CD.Any tips ?

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Re: Won´t read any Disc

I have the same problem since the early beginning after purchase. I'm very upset with NAD for the zero-value technical service in Italy. After 2 months they gave me back my C541 with new defects (the tray now doesn't work properly). They have tried - they said - different optics without fixing the problem. Does anybody know if a compatible optic / tray exists?
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Posted on Aug 25, 2008

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