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    Recommended CD players or hard disc based players

    My old Sony CD player from 1993 has finally expired. The reason I've held on to it so long is for its track memory feature. I can select all the tracks I don't like , and then save them to permanent memory. When I next insert the CD, the player looks in its memory and doesn't play those tracks. Great for omitting irritating bonus tracks in particular. Now no one has made a player with those features for a long time now, so I feel I have two choices - buy a modern CD player and re- record all the CDs with annoying tracks to Cdrs and play those instead of the originals or buy a hard disc based player such as a Brennan and copy everything to disc omitting the tracks I don't like. However, as I buy a lot of foreign CDs and privately pressed ones, I think I will have problems with the albums not being in the CD databases, so the titles or sleeve pictures won't be found. When I put Japanese or Russian CDs in the car player , the text comes up in the original alphabet and don't always recognise the album. So, given that some of you will have similarly obscure tastes, what's your solution?

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    Marantz more expensive CD/SACD-players can play anything.

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    Its not out of the realm of possibility to have it repaired. Sure, it might be a tad pricey, but if you were already looking at an expensive replacement...

    Several years ago, a work acquaintance of my wife approached us for an electronic repair recommendation. This woman's husband had suffered a stroke a few years before with some of his memory intact. He had a Sony CD changer that had gone on the fritz. He could not learn to use a different unit, so I had a guy I went to on occasion. The tech told me it would cost around $200 dollars to fix (part included) and they could find similar unit for the same money . But I explained to him the situation and he did the job for half his quote.

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    What are the symptoms?

    It might be something simple like a belt. Or, it might be fatal like a laser.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcarlberg View Post
    What are the symptoms?

    It might be something simple like a belt. Or, it might be fatal like a laser.
    Maybe just replace the hamsters.

    Are there any high end audio stores near you? Itís been awhile since I bought a new piece of stereo equipment but I shutter at the thought of buying something online and not going into a store and asking questions and reviewing it first.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rcarlberg View Post
    What are the symptoms?

    It might be something simple like a belt. Or, it might be fatal like a laser.
    It simply says 'no disc' when I put any CD in, and so won't play anything.

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    There is a high end audio store in town, but they tend to stock esoteric players which have almost no buttons - I'm sure if I asked for one with lots of features I'd be given a scornful look - they are all about pure perfect sound, which is not my prime concern as I'm 66 and my high end hearing is gone, I'm more interested in a unit that allows me to choose which tracks I want to play and lets me delete those I don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alanterrill View Post
    It simply says 'no disc' when I put any CD in, and so won't play anything.
    I have had my CD-player repaired for this 2 times.
    First time it was the belts - they were shifted, and it worked fine.
    Second time it was the mechanics of the drawer. Its worn and unprecise. Since the player is old(30 years) there are no spare parts so my repairguy had to improvise. It works now but is not perfect. Occasionally I have to repeat insertion a couple of times...

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    Quote Originally Posted by alanterrill View Post
    It simply says 'no disc' when I put any CD in, and so won't play anything.
    Could be as simple as cleaning -- the alignment lasers could be dusty. Try shooting inside with a can of compressed air, or taking the outside cover off and shooting everything.
    Quote Originally Posted by alanterrill
    I'm more interested in a unit that allows me to choose which tracks I want to play and lets me delete those I don't.
    That capability used to be not uncommon -- I used to have a player that did it -- but I haven't seen it in a new player in 20 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeuhlmate View Post
    Occasionally I have to repeat insertion a couple of times...
    Happens to the best of us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick L. View Post
    Happens to the best of us.
    ....before the CD-player recognizes the CD... dammit

    Understimulated anglo-saxons!

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    Quote Originally Posted by alanterrill View Post
    There is a high end audio store in town, but they tend to stock esoteric players which have almost no buttons - I'm sure if I asked for one with lots of features I'd be given a scornful look - they are all about pure perfect sound, which is not my prime concern as I'm 66.
    Youíre in my club which I believe a lot of people on here are also. Rcarlberg seems to have adapted much more easily than most of us have.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Fracktured View Post
    Maybe just replace the hamsters.
    Hamsters? Damn, I've been using squirrels!
    Quote Originally Posted by Fracktured
    Rcarlberg seems to have adapted much more easily than most of us have.
    That's because the squirrels work for peanuts.

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    Laser modules can expensive but still obtainable.

    It could be the spindle motor... can you here spinning?

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    Is it too terribly difficult to burn CD-R copies with the songs you like?

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    Is it too terribly difficult to use the remote control?

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