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Rotel RCD-1070. Cheapest fix ever.

Discussion in 'General Audio Discussion' started by noise gate, Dec 8, 2018.

  1. So, I goes to play a CD the other day. Pop it in my old Rotel cd player and, nothin.
    "No Disc" pops up on the display.
    So, I try another, and another. Same thing. Handful of disks all the same result.
    "Rats" I say. 'cept I didn't say Rats.

    I figure my old piece has gave up the ghost. For years it's been going to track 10 when playing a disk, a common problem with these machines. Other than that, it's been a great unit. But I'm figuring it's time to hunt down a replacement.

    Before doing anything drastic I decide to comb the interwebs for possible diagnosis and treatment.
    Possibly my Lazy Beam module is hooped, and / or the ribbon wire connector needs replacement.

    Well, first I might just take a peek inside. I move it to the table, remove the cover and then plug it in to get the tray open. When I power it up, the disk spins for a bit then shuts down.
    Check that box, at least the disk goes round.

    Maybe I thinks push play, see if or for how long the disk spins.
    Sure enough, it goes round , and round , and round. I look at the front display, and it's playing track 10.
    "What the Heck" I says! Cept I didn't say Heck.
    While I got the unit open, I clean the Lazy Beam lens. I slide the cover back on, hook it up and Shazam. It Works!
    Don't know what I did, maybe some bug crawled in and died on my lens? Did it fall off while I was moving the unit? Maybe I'm a genius, with a magical touch? Or, more likely electronics can be weird & finicky when they get old.

    Not sure how much longer the old unit will provide service but at least 3 weeks before Xmas I don't have to shop for a replacement. But now I can justify casually shopping for a spare, just in case.
     

     

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  2. thilaseen

    thilaseen Super Member

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    I've learned to live with the "10" thing. It seems that the only time I don't check the track number when I press play...well you guessed it. Murphy's law again!
     
  3. bigaltx24

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    That's always the first thing I check when having problems with CD players especially if the problem is intermittent. I had a old NAD Monitor series player years ago that got to where it would only recognize the disc about half the time. Cleaned the lens, no more problems.
     
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    How did you clean the lens? I have a Rotell 855 on the shelf with similar issues. Thanks
     
  5. Q-Tip and alcohol.
    Actually, it started working before I cleaned it. When I moved it and removed the cover it would read the CD's that before wouldn't work moments before. I just cleaned the lens while I had it opened up.
    Your results may vary.
    I'm pretty sure I'm rockin on borrowed time.
     
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    Thanks, I’ll find the big hammer and get started.
     

     

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