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I bought this CD player in 1989 and all of a sudden it stops reading CD's. I bought a similar Technics CD player on Ebay and when I received it the same problem occurred. this seems like a common problem for Technics CD players, would you know if it can be fixed or what the exact problem is?

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These models use the 12.1 philips laser mechanism and your right it is a very common problem.
various marantz / philips / cyrus cd players etc also use it and are plagued with the same fault.
it's a 90% chance the laser is dead!
philips realised the unreliability of this laser and uprated it to the identical looking VAM-12.
do not dismiss the spindle motor as these also fail quite alot on this mechanism.

hope this helps.

Posted on Sep 12, 2010

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