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Old 11th March 2010, 04:19 AM   #11
AleksandarRus is offline AleksandarRus  Macedonia
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Yes,i tried to replace a KSS-213 VS with KSS 213-V and dont work.Know someone why?The cd start rotating about 3 seconds and stop,then the display shows "no cd".Maybe the new laser is broken but the same problem exists and with the pld laser KSS 213 VS.Some experience with this problem?tnx
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Old 24th March 2010, 11:29 PM   #12
tiefbassuebertr is offline tiefbassuebertr  Germany
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Originally Posted by djcl.ear View Post
My CD player uses KSS-213C laser, and I have also tested KSS-213B just to get simmilar results(sound,playability,etc).

A local supplier told me that whichever laser from the KSS-213 family could be replaced for any of that same number... and that the letter aside the 213 means that the higher the word(closer to Z), then the more versatile the laser; allowing for more accurate reading of different brands of CD media. He also pointed out that newer portable, rugged CD players commonly use higher word coding lasers.

After thorough web search(Google, Copernic, Sony's site), I found very little info and no specification whatsoever...
I did found the KSS-213F that comes with a nice dust protection cap and also saw the existence of KSS-213V.

Recently, an electronic tech who does repairs, told me that KSS-213B was the best of the whole lot and that some KSSs could not be used in disrespective machines...

Any better clue?

check out this thread:
Sony KSS213C
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Old 1st September 2012, 02:42 AM   #13
Mulato is offline Mulato  United Kingdom
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Ho there , can anyone tell me witch mechanism cd slot in the kss 213q uses ?

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Old 23rd October 2014, 02:55 PM   #14
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I have something to add about KSS-213E that usually passes unnoticed. Under the lens and on top of the "hole" where the mirror/prism, laser diode and photodiode are placed, there is a small transparent glass (or plastic) square cover that prevents dust from entering and settling down in the mirror. I havenít found this feature in any other KSS pickup. I found this highly interesting, since these pickups are 100% cleanable, not just the lens, but the insides too.

To see it and clean it one must remove the top black cover, and then slip a slim q-tip between the iron frame in order to reach the glass. I think that all KSS-213E players that came for repair to me where fixed just cleaning both lens and glass.

But beware, Iím talking about ORIGINAL pickups included in Sony compact HiFi and alike sold in the late nineties and first 2000. Iím sure that clone pickups will not carry this protective glass.

On the other hand, why itís so difficult (or impossible) to find optical pickup datasheets? Any brand... Itís so easy for other electronic components, but not for pickups.
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