Long shot … on older cd players the lubricant on the guide rails can dry and harden up in spots making it difficult for the laser sled to pass easily/normally over that spot (hardened spot) on the guide rail
It causes the sled to stall momentarily at that spot and lose lock with the data stream on the disc … thus causing the skipping … when the sled drives past the hardened lubricant spot it moves normally and regains lock with the CD and normal playing continues
you notice that every disc skips at the same spot … cleaning and lubricating the guide rails should correct the problem
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Thanks to all who have replied. I've had this problem for years, but only with certain DAC's-probably should have mentioned that. I'm not sure why 2 out of 3 DAC's revealed the problem, but the other did not. When I first discovered the problem, I thought I had a bad DAC, but when I recently auditioned the Premate Plus by DEQX and it did the same thing, I knew it must be the transport. I ran an old lens cleaner I found in my CD rack, but it didn't help. I realize the 6 second cleaner of little soft bristles, probably isn't the best and I even hesitated thinking the cleaner may do more harm than help. Even though it hasn't become worse over the years, maybe it's time to install a new laser. Pretty sure I can get one through Pioneer. Missing a single note, every now and then isn't a big deal.
I’ve realized, through some comments of Miles owners, I may have a laser reader going bad. About every other song it misses the first note. Lately I noticed, on a burned CD, it starts sounding scratchy like a worn LP might sound. I can turn my it off and back in on and it clears up-for a while. My question is, to those who may know, is this consistent with a bad laser, or is my electronics going bad. I was just about to order a new laser, but it may be time time put my Miles out to pasture. It’s been a superb transport. Hate to say goodbye.
Sorry to drag up this old thread. Handymann, I was wondering if you ever got to the root cause of your skipping Theta? Were you able to get a Pioneer lazer?
I am thinking of my buying this machine, I know its old (in CD player terms) but it has just incredible bass and sound stage. I love it and am very tempted. But don't want it to be a brick in a year or so.
Thanks in advance for any response.
This laser is getting unobtainable, get a new one quick before they disappear
It uses the PEA1343 laser, and if your name is anything to go by, you should be able to swap it out, they are not that hard for the mechanically minded
I have a Theta Miles CD player that continues to perform well, and like a few folks, have tried to replace it a few times with various players and find myself right back where I started with the Theta. Realizing it's 20 yrs old, I'm wondering if its time for service of some sort, but I don't know what that would include. Does anyone have any insights into what might be involved or needed to keep this thing going?
Thanks in advance!!