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Old 16th March 2013, 06:20 PM   #1
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Default Old Sony MHC 1600 display problems


I have an old sony MHC 1600 stereo system that seems to be working fine with the exception of the Display on the main componet assy. Does anyone know where I could find a service manual? I know it is an old obsolete system, but I would like to fix it, if it something simple.

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Old 16th March 2013, 10:00 PM   #2
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If you have 4V A/C on the filament and -28V or more on most of the pins, the display has probably failed. Manual is here;
SONY HCD-H1600 Service Manual free download, schematics, eeprom, repair info for electronics
Hope that helps.
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Old 17th March 2013, 02:58 PM   #3
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Thank you. I will have to open it up this week and see if I can verify the filament. The display does light up faintly after about 15 minutes of operation. I suspected it was the problem. It is probably impossible to find a replacement new. Is there some boneyard somewhere for old audio/video systems (like a junk yard for cars or planes) on-line or otherwise that might have something like that?
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Old 19th March 2013, 04:55 AM   #4
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If the display lights up after some time, check power supply for charred pcb, broken solder, faulty component, and other ageing problems.

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Old 7th December 2013, 11:48 PM   #5
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I have had with two MHC-1600 this problems with the same cause: The display-IC needs 32V which is made with a Villarde-cascade from 20V AC. C278 - 47u/50V - is the first cap in this cascade. It was defective on both motherboards. Bacuse the voltage across the cap is around 53V a 50V-type is "programmed" to fail, so for replacement a 63V-type is recommended.
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