Dump the Icon, for parts. If you like the Cal Tube sound look for a used Alpha/Delta unit, maybe even one with a 96k mod. I have both an Alpha and Sigma II and it sounds better then my Sony SCD on red book cd's.
7 responses Add your response
An economist would say this is a simple decision. If you can buy something you like just as well for $350 or less, then replace. If something else costs more than $350, then repair.
However, you should also factor in that even with a new laser, you have thirteen years of wear and tear on the mechanical elements of the player, i.e. drawer and disc motor. That would make me a bit nervous. I think maybe you should start shopping around a bit.
Thanks for all the sound advice. I think I knew the answer to my own question but sometimes you just have to bounce the idea of someone else for validation.
After reading the thread about the Sony PS1 I found one in a local pawn shop for $15 so I'm going to explore that before moving forward. Who knows, I may have just saved myself a LOT of money. :) Thanks again.
Are you brave enough to attempt a DIY replacement of the laser mechanism? I have recently done this, successfully (!!), in my Delta. The most challenging part was finding a source for the replacement mechanism. The cost for parts was about US$80. This mechanism included motors and other mechanical parts that spin the CD and move the laser head.
Some more details can be found in the lower half of this thread (posts by Silica).
Thanks for the link. Having a background in electronics and a love of tinkering, I'm certainly brave enough to try a DIY replacement. I wanted to attempt this on an old Yamaha CD player I have but ran into the same issue of not finding a source for parts. I'll check it out and see what happens.
Thanks for the suggestion. I decided to give this DIY repair a shot. I ordered the transport from the source you found in the UK and it arrived yesterday (only took 7 days). Using your excellent instructions I successfully swapped it out last night and after only one minor mis-step the ICON lives on. Hopefullly its good to go for another 13 years. Thanks again!