Solved! Denon DCD-1500 II disc not reading

Discussion in 'Digital Sources' started by OscarEmmy, Feb 28, 2011.

  1. Splatter Pak

    Splatter Pak High-End Scrounger

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    I have a DCD-3300 (1987) with the same exact problems as reported in this thread. I've got the top cover off, so I'm going to investigate the clamp ring. I think it sounds great, btw.

    EDIT: I figured out how to get the stabilizer arm off, and then saw the fiber ring. It was quite thin, and covered by what looked like compacted soot. I can only guess that it came off CD labels. Thirty years of accumulation! I scraped most of it off with a fingernail, cleaned up the rest with a semi-stiff brush, and got what had scattered around with brush and vacuum. While the arm was off, I cleaned and lubed the laser rails and the loading mechanism. It loads and unloads better, there are NO skips, and it still sounds great.
     
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  2. onwardjames

    onwardjames Hoardimus Maximus Subscriber

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    Hey Splatter, I too, think mine sounds great. However, I was told by a certain member here, whose name is a type of necrotrophic fungus, that these cd players sound brittle and shrill, and have been eclipsed by newer tech.

    Aren't people funny? Enjoy the recently repaired cd player, Splatter Pak. I know my Denon 1500 II won't be leaving anytime soon.
     
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  3. onwardjames

    onwardjames Hoardimus Maximus Subscriber

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    Oh, and for the record, I bought a thin sheet of felt material and cut my own felt pad to size. Glued in place, and working just great.

    All respect to LoTR, but I find these to sound rich, build quality is robust, and sounds absolutely amazing going thru my McIntosh XRT20's.
     
  4. Splatter Pak

    Splatter Pak High-End Scrounger

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    He must have his Denon mated to the wrong cable/amp/speaker/ear. YMMV, as they say.
     
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  5. Johnny_Law

    Johnny_Law AK Member Subscriber

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    Hey guys thanks for this thread. I got a DCD-800 from a friend and love the sound. So, I just went out and picked up a DSD-1500 which I'm listening to now. What a great CD player. I've been using a SCPH-1001 PS1 for a while and tried out a few other cheap players, but this series really impresses.

    Here's the DCD-800 on top of the DCD-1500:

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  6. onwardjames

    onwardjames Hoardimus Maximus Subscriber

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    Those look nice, Johnny_Law! Glad you're enjoying that classic beast. I know I love mine!

    Now, if I could only do that digital output mod on my Sony CDP302ES.
     
  7. charles 1973

    charles 1973 Super Member

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    Newer technology like in my Denon 1920 SACD player with a 192 kz DAC's. Ha...I compared my 1920 which is 17 years newer than my 1988 1500II. I am still waiting to hear this new tech superiority. Actually they both sound good, But I would have to say the 1500II is still more refined in SQ, and light years ahead in almost every other area like build quality, functions (variable headphone out), display, features, appearance, etc. The new player weighs about 5 lbs...1/4 what the 1500II weighs.
     
  8. onwardjames

    onwardjames Hoardimus Maximus Subscriber

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    I've heard a heavily modded Oppo that my general practitioner and all around audio nut let me borrow.

    The high end was ear-tingling bright. Detail? Sure. Fatiguing? To my ears, yes. Your results might vary.

    Not knocking the new stuff, but I think the vintage TOTL units are still viable sound for someone on a budget, or otherwise.
     
  9. Ricktptman

    Ricktptman There are two kinds of Music: Good & Bad-Ellington Subscriber

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    Denon's house sound is my reference standard for Digital. Period. If they don't sound mellow and mellifluous it's because the master didn't either. I've owned a bunch of 'em and they all sound similarly TERRIFIC. With the high frequency extension that is most often notably associated with better MC cartridges. Now, off to start a thread about how to replace the ONE thing I don't like about MY Denons (1520's and 1560's): THE overpriced/unobtanium Sony KSS-151a laser.
     
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  10. Powertech

    Powertech Active Member

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    I have a Denon DCD820 (bought new by me in the early 1980s) which started to refuse to read some CDs, then this gradually became not reading most CDs. I had a look at it and fond that it was struggling to focus on the disc. The symptoms were - Drawer closes, disc spins for a couple of seconds and then stops with no track indications on the display. These players have Sony laser units and are quite easy to find through Ebay for about £20.00 or so (about $30.00 I expect).

    Changing them is simple.
    1) Open the player.
    2) Pull the transport out. This is fixed to the base plate.
    3) remove 4 screws holding the top cover of the transport.
    4) Slide the cover sideways slightly to release the catches.
    5) Remove the laser unit with it's carrier.
    6) Fit new laser unit - DO NOT ADJUST ANYTHING!
    7) Rebuild and test.

    It took me about 30 minutes to replace it. Once you get the new module you will see how it fits.

    After replacement, the player played all my CDs without a problem. Good sounding player which is in our kitchen system.
     

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