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pedgil01 23rd December 2005 12:23 AM

Technics SL-Z1000 laser unit
Hello all,

First mail here, and imediately to ask for help!...

I have a 15 year old Technics SL-Z1000 CD transport that I adore. It is presently (hopefully not permanently) non functioning as it needs a new laser unit. Unfortunately Technics is not around anymore, although Matsushita, through Panasonis, is present. The laser unit in question (a modified SOAD70a, I was told) is not in stock with Panasonic anymore.
Does anyone know where to find this part, or at least the unmodified SOAD70a? I was also told by a technician that another one, called rfnkzl1000Ia would also fit (I wonder if it is a modified SOAD70a...). I also cold not find this in Panasonic.
I intend to keep this wondeful CD player alive. It is absurd that such an expensive piece of gear is stop because of one part only, while the remain is (at least to me knowledge and feeling) perfectly OK.
And it plays (when it does) better then 99.9% of the staff in the marker nowadays...

Thanks for the help!!

Best regards and Merry Christmas,


stoN_Cold 23rd December 2005 12:43 AM

Look on the label on laser pic-up (number) like Sony's KSS , and visit: .

pedgil01 29th December 2005 10:55 PM


Thank you for the reply. Unfortunately the advised link is not alive.
Any further suggestions?

Thanks a lot,


korgroenewoud 8th October 2007 03:41 PM


I am new on this forum.
I own a Technics SL Z 1000 too. It is a very good sounding machine. I combined it with the Audionote Dac 2.1 Sig.

I never had troubles with it. But now the transportholder does not com out sometimes.
How can you solve this problem. Is there any maintenance necessary??

Peter Daniel 8th October 2007 04:01 PM

You need to change rubber belts that move the tray. I did it twice already.

Don't look for originals, just use something that is similar in size.

karma2coma 12th November 2007 04:38 PM

technics SL-Z1000
I'm a total newbie to these type of sites.
Just wanted to know if there's somewhere I can take the unit to upgrade some parts like the caps.
I've seen many suggestions on this forum but won't be able to do anything myself.
I may be selling the DAC/transport combo as I've had it for years and want to try something different.

restosud 11th March 2009 09:19 PM

i'm looking for a soad 70a transport as well.
if anyone has one for sale,please let me know.
they can be found in technics cd player model slp 333,555,777,999,2000,slpa 10 and slps30,50,700,860,900 and slz1000.

opteron 12th March 2009 08:05 PM

You can also replace laser diode in original one. You will be sure that it's be working for a long time. It can't be said about another old one.

restosud 13th March 2009 01:42 AM

where do i find the laser diode?
is there a part number for it?

opteron 13th March 2009 02:37 PM

Probably is a 780nm 5mW in TO18 but is extremally difficult to buy i Poland and I haven't try yet.

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