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I have an aiwa nsx 5200 mini system the cd player broke

Does it pay to repair or just replace thank you

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  • pepeed Nov 30, 2008

    CD player does not work..................sometimes the tray will not open...........if it does it will not play a CD! Looks like it just does not recognize the CD, as the tracks do not show up on the display - when it works properly all of the tracks do show on the display.

  • Anonymous Feb 19, 2009

    I have AIWA NSX-5200 Compact Disc Stereo System. It's a three CD (3 CD) mini system which is stopworking. Here is what happening:
    1. Open the disc compartment by pressing the OPEN/CLOSEButton.
    2. Load the disc(s) with the label side up.
    3. Press the OPEN/CLOSE Button to close disc compartment.
    4. Press the <> button to start play but CDdoes not playing.
    Instead the CD player begins to rotate the tray, stopping momentarily oneach of the 3 tray‘s
    LoadedCDs and then skipping to the next one until all three of them have beenrotated. And then it stops and nothing else is happening until I’m pressingOPEN/CLOSE Button again. Then the CD compartment opens and when I pressOPEN/CLOSE batten the same cycle is repeating.

    I was trying to follow a direction of how to fix this problem described in Solution#2 posted on Jan 03, 2009. I’ve opened up the back of the player but I couldn’t locate thissmall black circle screw and I couldn’t see2 8-pin connector wires side by side (one red and one white) which would be theplace where this black circle screw should be located to their right of them. I think that due to my lock of experience I’dbe better off to find a good AIWA repair shop in order to let them fix my NSX-5200CD player. So fare I couldn’t locate one in my area. I’m in Brooklyn N, Y. I’dgreatly appreciate if some one would point me to a right repair shop in my areaor in any borough of New York City.
    Thank you all.
    Regards,
    Michael.
    txoleyn@ptd.net

  • Anonymous Feb 19, 2009

    I have AIWA NSX-5200 Compact Disc Stereo System. It's a three CD (3 CD) mini system which is stopworking. Here is what happening:
    1. Open the disc compartment by pressing the OPEN/CLOSEButton.
    2. Load the disc(s) with the label side up.
    3. Press the OPEN/CLOSE Button to close disc compartment.
    4. Press the <> I button to start play but CDdoes not playing.
    Instead the CD player begins to rotate the tray, stopping momentarily oneach of the 3 tray‘s
    LoadedCDs and then skipping to the next one until all three of them have beenrotated. And then it stops and nothing else is happening until I’m pressingOPEN/CLOSE Button again. Then the CD compartment opens and when I pressOPEN/CLOSE batten the same cycle is repeating.

    I was trying to follow a direction of how to fix this problem described in Solution#2 posted on Jan 03, 2009. I’ve opened up the back of the player but I couldn’t locate thissmall black circle screw and I couldn’t see2 8-pin connector wires side by side (one red and one white) which would be theplace where this black circle screw should be located to their right of them. I think that due to my lock of experience I’dbe better off to find a good AIWA repair shop in order to let them fix my NSX-5200CD player. So fare I couldn’t locate one in my area. I’m in Brooklyn N, Y. I’dgreatly appreciate if some one would point me to a right repair shop in my areaor in any borough of New York City.
    Thank you all.
    Regards,
    Michael.
    txoleyn@ptd.net

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Soooooooo many people have complained about this system not reading discs properly, yet the solution is incredibly simple. All you need to do is calibrate the lens, and you can do this without even opening the stereo! Here's how:

With the stereo all unplugged, turn it around so the back is facing you.

Now use a flashlight and, looking through the grating on the back, approximate where you think the cd lens mechanism would be. You should see 2 8-pin connector wires side by side (one red and one white) and to their right a small black circle screw type thing.

Using a screw driver, turn the screw thing about 1/10 of a revolution clockwise.

Plug in, and test with a clean cd. If nothing happened, repeat the procedure turning the screw thing in tiny increments (don't over do it.) Eventually, the cd player should recognise the cd. Keep fine tuning and testing until you've found the "sweet spot" where it recognizes and plays cds optimally.

Overall, you should NOT have to turn any more than a full revolution, and even half a revolution is pushing it. What you are really doing by turning this screw is fine tuning the "data reading point" of the laser. Too close and it will focus on the area between the cd and the lens, causing failure to recognize the disc. Too far and it will focus past the data perhaps recognizing the disc but not being able to read it. I believe the major problem with these players is that as they settle in, the area between the lens and cd changes. This would cause a gradual degrading in performance until the player finally failed to recognise any data at all (which is exactly how mine went personally.) There isnt a problem with the quality of the lens itself, therefore it is very fixable!

I have heard that all 3cd Aiwa Mini-systems share this problem so, as long as the calibration tuning screw is exposed through the grating on the back, this fix should work for any of the Aiwa mini-systems with this particular problem. If the screw isnt exposed, it is still possible to get at by opening and dismantling the player. (Unfortunately, i did not originally notice that the screw was accesible through the grating, so i went about pulling the entire system apart and wasting hours of my life. You can thank me later for saving you this tedious trouble as you're listening to cds on your newly fixed player ;-) )

If this doesn't work, or doesn't fix the problem completely, try cleaning the lens. You can do this by either by using a cd lens cleaner (looks like a cd with a brush built into it) or opening up the stereo and using a soft cloth on the lens. You may also want to try putting the screw back to its starting point and using the same procedure but turning the screw counter-clockwise. (I personally had to turn clockwise but who knows, maybe your player settled in differently.)

As for the mechanism itself, i have no idea. I did notice, however, that the lifting mechanism sometimes picks the cd up off-centered causing failure to play. You can semi-fix this by holding the stereo at an angle while it picks up the cd or placing it off-centered in the tray. Its annoying, but it works :)

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  • Bobtastic Nov 09, 2010

    I tried this with mine, but it did not work sadly, so now i am just going to use the aux cable and connect my laptop, like PicodeGallo and his mac mini .......

  • E-Jax Apr 11, 2011

    So simple and it worked great for me. I did not have the same colored wires as described, and the circle screw was yellow and not black. After a close look at the general area I noticed numbers marked on the yellow circle screw and a small indentation that a small screw driver could fit. Sure enough with a little turns I have a fully functioning CD player and a happy wife to boot. The simple joys of life!

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    jimmy koehne Dec 29, 2015

    Thank you so much I have been trying to find out the problem for a couple of months and nothing seemed to work and after I did this it works amazingly

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There is a known problem with the OEM CD mechanism. I believe there was even a class-action lawsuit. I had my CD mechanism replaced by Radio Shack's repair service but the new unit also crapped out after about two years. 
Right now my faithful NSX-5200 soldiers on, driven by a Mac Mini running iTunes with a 500 GB external hard drive for music storage and a Sonica USB digital to analog converter to the Aiwa unit. 
It still sounds great and CDs are a thing of the past. Long live the NSX-5200 and MP3 files!

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