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Noisy changer mechanism

Hi, This changer sounds great but the noisy mechanism-sounds like stretching springs-is really annoying. "Know of any user fixes I could try?

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  • Wonk1 Feb 14, 2008

    Thanks for the suggestion. I'll give it a shot. It sounds too good for the trash heap!


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If the moise sounds like a stretched spring, it is most probably tracking noises you are hearing. Try cleaning the focal lens. It may have have a layer of laser dustus interuptus on it making the servo drives work hard. Do this with a cotton tip moistened with Windex, then a light gentle polish afterward with a dry one to be sure that no residue of smearing is left. If the problem persists, then more involved work will need to be done to the unit. Maybe realignment of tracking and focus servos(they are producing the noise)and or a replacement laser fitted and and then subsequent realignment. Sometimes you can back off the servos to allow for quieter operation. Experience here is the best teacher. Good luck, hope this snippet of info helps you. If it doesn't, happy to talk further on it, but you may need to sharpen you optic alignment skills ;)


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