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Old 5th November 2014, 01:06 PM   #1
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Default Which CD Mechanisms are still available for the DIYer?

Title says it all.
I am looking for a high quality CD Mechanism:
Sturdy motors, spring loaded cones for centering the CD, spring loaded gears without lash, two steel rods, brass bearings for the laser, at least a metal frame.

BTW I am rather forced to call this high quality because of todays standards.
In 2014 it looks like there is only crap available for the DIYers
like Sony KHM-313 (production announced to be stopped) and Sanyo DV-34.

Philips seems to have stopped production of the CD Pro2, their subsidiary Daisy-Laser is offline, Philips consumer electronics was sold to Gibson.

Did I miss something?
As far as I know, no other brand sells in small quantities to DIYers...
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Old 5th November 2014, 01:37 PM   #2
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Old 5th November 2014, 02:21 PM   #3
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Thanks but I know this.

I am talking about high quality mechanisms being still in production.
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Old 5th November 2014, 02:46 PM   #4
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I guess it has become a non-issue with smarter digital electronics that buffer the CD reads.
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Old 5th November 2014, 03:26 PM   #5
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It is an issue. Checked error correction of Sony KHM-313 against BU-1C from
1995. BU-1C was better.
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Old 5th November 2014, 03:29 PM   #6
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Did you do multiple reads? Was it hard or soft errors?
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Old 5th November 2014, 03:38 PM   #7
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I did use a CD with artificial errors, Digital Recordings "CD-Check".
So readings werde repeatable.

But I do not want to discuss this any further but
keep this thread focused on my question
if sturdy mechanisms are still produced and available.
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Old 5th November 2014, 03:43 PM   #8
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Have you looked at CD roms

CD/DVD Drive Accuracy List 2013
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Old 5th November 2014, 08:06 PM   #9
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Thanks for the link, but almost every drive seems to be slot in / slim tray.
The best one MATSHITA - DVD-R UJ-85J, is slot-in and very fragile.
Quote from a trepair guide from the company with the bitten fruit:
"Caution: The optical drive is very fragile. Handle by the sides only!"
Nothing really suitable for a toploader with some probably heavy clamper

Also the only CD-Rom controllers available I know are SCSI based, not SATA...
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Old 5th November 2014, 08:19 PM   #10
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I have a brand new in the box never used CD-Pro2 if that helps you. I'm not going to use it.
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