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Yamaha CDR-HD1500 CDR drive replacement?

Discussion in 'Yamaha' started by optimums, Sep 22, 2017.

  1. optimums

    optimums New Member

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    Hello all! Long time lurker, one of the best forums on the entire internet!!

    I have a very nice Yamaha CDR-HD1500 CDR burning/HD recording unit that I absolutely love. I often rip my rarer LPs to the HDD so I can queue up "personal copies" without pulling out the vinyl everytime I want to hear them. The hard drive still works great (and from my understanding is a fairly easy upgrade, although I haven't changed mine out, maybe soon?) but the CDR drive is on it's last legs - it will not consistently play discs and won't burn discs at all at this point. I've tried the off the shelf "lens cleaners" but nothing has worked. I grabbed a random PC CDR drive out of my pile of gear to see if I could swap in any old drive and it's a no go. Anyone else have one of these units and have replaced the CDR drive?? Would love a list of compatible drives if such a thing exists. Any tips would be appreciated, big thanks :)
     

     

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  2. amr2

    amr2 Well-Known Member

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    and change the lens? Maybe there is a replacement.
     
  3. restorer-john

    restorer-john Addicted Member

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    That Yamaha drive used the optional AMQR recording where it could create bigger pits/lands supposedly to offer better sound.

    I know there were standalone burners (also Yamaha branded) that were available around 2002 or so with the AMQR option- perhaps the drives inside were similar to the 1300/e/1500.

    I have a CDR-HD1300.
     
  4. optimums

    optimums New Member

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    Is replacing the drive lens a possible solution? I'm still looking for a replacement drive but coming up very empty.
     
  5. sCOBB

    sCOBB New Member

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    I love this player too and have a similar issue.

    I had a quote here in Australia about a year ago. Yamaha still have replacement stock but it isn't cheap, I found a lightly used one on ebay for about $250 as a backup.

    The authorised Yamaha repairer said "Yamaha came back to me today. Regards to CDR-HD1500 part is available from Japan, however will take up to 4 weeks to obtain it and cost including labour will come to around $1000.00." That's AUD
     

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