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Old 7th May 2004, 03:06 AM   #1
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Default Tracking down the CD-Pro2

Figured this would be the best place to check -- has anyone around here tried to order the CD-Pro2M from N.Thevissen in the last month or so? I e-mailed him early this week but haven't gotten any sort of response.

If I can't get in touch with him I might have to settle with getting the CDM12 from Steinmusic...we'll see.

Thanks much for any info.
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Old 7th May 2004, 01:42 PM   #2
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Many cheap VCD players sold in Asia uses the Philips 12.1 mechanism. It comes with a power supply that is crap ( you can easily improve it ), and a display and microP that controls the 12.1 via a DSA bus. Most comes with remote controllers as well.

There are usually no good DAC built in. The DSP that decodes the VCD signals also does the convertion but the quality leaves a lot to be desired. You can however tap the I2S ( sometimes EIAJ ) signals to your own Non OS DAC such as 1541 or 1543.

Such VCD players usually cost less than US$40.

This may be your cheaper and easier way to a 12.1
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Old 7th May 2004, 01:55 PM   #3
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how to get one of those cheap VCD players? i need a dsa transport for building my own controller.

Do you have exact names of those VCDs with CDM12?
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Old 7th May 2004, 02:00 PM   #4
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Hi CM,

that's hilarious, I always thought those cheap VCD players are incredible, I mean, they sell for the cost of a pwer cord and some connectors at Sim Lim...

Any info on what models common in SG might be easy to use for cannibalizing? (easy to use = straightforward access to I2S output). Have you tried that yourself?

FWIW I have a not too expensive Philips DVD player. The CD sound is not bad at all. Just the remote interface and long lag time when you insert a CD leave to be desired.
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Old 7th May 2004, 02:19 PM   #5
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Most of the Chinese players i.e. no brands normally sold at Carefour, Giant, Makro etc. My Nova brand VCD player uses a 12.1 Hacknet's no brand also uses a 12.1. Philips has a big factory making CD mechanisms ( including the CD Pro ) in Shanghai. When I say big, I mean hundreds of thousands each day. Most of these mechanisms get sold to small Chinese factories making no brand VCD players.

Unfortunately, most no brand VCD players come and go and there is no specific brand that I can say for sure. But I do know that the Philips 12.1 was one of the cheapest mechnism/loader in town and hence it is commonly used. It normally dies after a year though and you need to replace the lazer.

I bought my VCD player for S$50, or US$30. I wouldn't know all the above if I have not done it right?

BTW, I have a Philips music station ( three CD changer, loud design, many flashing lights ) that died recently ( what else is new with this 12.1 mech? ). Well I replaced the 12.1 inside with a VAM1202 and it is now merrily spinning again.

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Old 7th May 2004, 02:29 PM   #6
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Thanks for the info... Well looks like I'll keep my 12 year old Rotel with built in TDA1541 for a while until the laser completely poops out... It's getting a bit weak already, that's why I was looking for possible DIY alternatives.
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Old 7th May 2004, 02:53 PM   #7
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Anyone in Asia who would send me one of those CDM12 players? I would trade against a non used spare part CDM4/19 or CDM4/31 .
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Old 7th May 2004, 03:06 PM   #8
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Here is a US supplier for the CDPRO 2

Enco Systems
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Old 7th May 2004, 03:10 PM   #9
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Ah, awesome -- thanks much. Did you buy yours from there?

For a minute there I was kinda worried I would never get any info after the thread went on that tangent. ^_^
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You should be advised that it's only transport. You have to take care of your own control interface and display. BrianGT is working on it, but it still doesn't have functionality of what Nico offers (but definite advantage is a smaller size of Brians board and much more simplified PS requirements)
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