keep me posted on this matter, as I would like to possibly buy, a Cary SACD spinner.
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Do some research on what transport mechanism/laser system is used in your machine. Find out where to purchase one, open your player up, and replace the transport. It's not much of a job, really, I've serviced McIntosh, Marantz, and Esoteric transports, all sucessfully, and I am certainly no technician.
If you have any skills as a mechanic, or are good at DIY in general, it's something that's fairly easy. and will save some cash. (Alwaya a good thing in my corner).
Best of luck keep us posted.
I have cleaned the whole cd player with an air hose. But i cannot access the transport laser without the whole transport assembly coming apart. and from what I've heard if you mess with the alinement. Is like trying to shine a laser on a spacific spot of the moon.haha and there was a bunch of dust bunnys in it for sure.
An the issue is I hear the motor revving up and out. Also the cd timer clock still runs but it just mutes in and out.
Your Cary's skipping problem is most likely being caused by the laser sled ... which is trying to read the spinning disc ... running into a spot of dried up factory lubricant on the laser rails that the laser assembly is traveling on
The factory lubricant will dry up and harden in spots on the laser guide rails ... when the laser sled traveling down the rails hits one of these spots it stalls momentarily due to the resistance of the dried up lubricant stalling or slowing the laser's travel... at this point the laser looses lock with the data on the spinning disc and starts to skip as it can't read the data stream off the disc correctly
Eventually the laser sled will drive through the dried up lubricant spot and regain lock with the disc's flags and continue to play until it hits another spot of dried up lubricant
If you can access the rails just clean them of the dried up lubricant and re-lube and the laser should stop stalling and losing lock with the disc
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I had a Cary 306 SACD and it had all the problems mentioned above. I sent it to Cary numerous times. Each time the repair bill was between $500-$1000. Always something. Finally, after the last time it was fixed, I traded it in.
Cary was not so helpful to me. So, personally I won’t buy any more Cary products.
You guys I took the matters into my own hands an DIY. opened the cover. Checked the transport, had a bunch of dust bunnies on the laser track, and transport. Cleaned it out and re-lubed the laser track with Vaseline, and solved all of the skipping issue's. Though what type of cleaner would you clean the laser eye with? Also what type of cloth as well?
Way to go Jake ... I'm glad you finally took my advice and cleaned up the guide rails from my earlier post ... this skipping is a very common problem when the factory lubricant dries up on the laser guide rails ... causing the laser sled to stall and skip
I've recommended this repair to over a dozen members on various forums and every one who has tried it was ecstatic with the results and not having to send their expensive player's out for unnecessary costly repairs
As far as cleaning the laser lens itself ... stay away from any solvent that is alcohol based as the alcohol in the solvent will dissolve the glue that holds the laser lens in place and then you "WILL" have to replace the laser assembly
You can clean the laser lens with a soft brush used to clean camera lens or check with a eye glass or camera center and see if they have a non alcohol based cleaning solvent
Once again congrats on taking things into your own hands and not jumping out of the basement window
Redemption is a tremendous motivator
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