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Old 27th September 2007, 11:28 PM   #1
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Question Marantz CD63 vs Audiolab 8000CD

I have a Marantz CD63 MkII KI Sig which after many years of faultless service has sstarted skipping. I understand it is a common fault. If it cannot be fixed, I am wondering whether to look for another one on eBay or to go for an Audiolab 8000CD. I have an Audiolab 8000 amp but not sure how the two CD players compare. Any advice/opinions please?

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Old 28th September 2007, 07:04 AM   #2
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I have a Marantz CD63 MkII KI Sig which after many years of faultless service has sstarted skipping. I understand it is a common fault. If it cannot be fixed, I am wondering whether to look for another one on eBay or to go for an Audiolab 8000CD. I have an Audiolab 8000 amp but not sure how the two CD players compare. Any advice/opinions please?

Thanks

Andy

You can buy the laser mechanism sub-assembly (or rather it's new equivalent the VAM1202) for about 20.

Depends how handy you are with a soldering iron!

This shows you what to do. It's a CD46, but they use the same mechanism so the procedure is almost the same.
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Old 28th September 2007, 09:17 AM   #3
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Thanks Glenn. I have had the unit apart to see if the gears and track were clogged up but they seemed quite clean actually.

Anyway I am confident to replace the laser assembly. Where can I obtain one of these?

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Old 28th September 2007, 11:51 AM   #4
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You can try here but they are also available from Dalbani (Nikko) and Grandata though I don't recommend Grandata.

The quality control is a bit dodgy, and a few of us have had to send new ones back for replacement.... but they are cheap.
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they have a few varieties....

...this one here claims to be Japanese.

All the ones I've seen were Chinese.
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Old 28th September 2007, 11:58 AM   #6
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Hi,
I like my Ebay Sugden two box CD player.
They don't come up very often, but there is a single box version in just now.
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Old 1st October 2007, 03:10 PM   #7
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Thanks for your advice. I ordered one of these and have fitted it. It is working perfectly as I type. No excuse for me to buy a new player now though.

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Old 1st October 2007, 06:04 PM   #8
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He he...

Reminds me of the time I fixed my friend's Musical Fidelity amp.
He wasn't expecting it to be repairable (don't know why) but asked me to have a look anyway. He'd been busily thumbing through all the hifi rags.

He looked quite disappointed when I handed it back working perfectly!

The 63KI still fetches a good price on eBay by the way. The extra you'd get from selling one with a brand-new laser would outweigh what it cost.
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