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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.