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Old 24th June 2017, 07:50 PM   #21
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Another SA-8260 owner here with the TOC issue. I'd appreciate a copy of the fix instructions. Thanks Steve.
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Old 24th June 2017, 09:41 PM   #22
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Another SA-8260 owner here with the TOC issue. I'd appreciate a copy of the fix instructions. Thanks Steve.
I have sent you a PM on the forum messaging. Please follow instructions and I'll send you the files.
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Old 31st October 2017, 12:32 AM   #23
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I have sent you a PM on the forum messaging. Please follow instructions and I'll send you the files.
Hello, I'm in the same boat, played CD gloriously, amazing sound, then couldn't locate any of the next ones I tried. Could you send the instructions to me as well? Much obliged.
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Old 1st November 2017, 09:13 PM   #24
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Hello, I'm in the same boat, played CD gloriously, amazing sound, then couldn't locate any of the next ones I tried. Could you send the instructions to me as well? Much obliged.
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Old 11th November 2017, 08:41 PM   #25
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Default Update November 2017

Hello,
I continue to get requests from people for the TOC fix for their players, including a few very recently. It remains an ongoing issue with the player.
However as of the time of this writing, November 2017, it really is no longer an issue of installing a simple resistor to restore the player to life. Itís been a number of years since Iíve had any feedback from anyone that their player did not have this resistor. So unless you are an original owner who never sent your player in to Marantz it will most likely already have this resistor, though to be sure you do have to check.

The issue now is mostly one of laser replacement. With the 1k resistor installed the circuit has been corrected. But the laser may be longer fully functional. The replacement of the worn laser with a new one will bring the player back to life and make it as good as the day it was new.
The SA-8260 was built in Japan, one of the last players built in Japan rather than China, and the build quality of everything in the player is first rate. With a new laser the player should last as long as you should require a player.
The laser used in the SA-8260 is the Sony KHM-230AAA. This laser was used in a large number of Sony players in the early 2000ís. Marantz used it in the SA-8260 and SA-17. It was also used in an Accuphase player of the same vintage. I donít know anything about the Accuphase player, but all the other players were out of production by 2005. Since then Sony and Marantz have largely run out of replacement laser assemblies from their Service Centers. However there are still a few NOS laser assemblies for sale at a few vendors.

There are 2 parts numbers that are relevant for sourcing a replacement laser for the SA-8260.
The first number is the above KHM230AAA. This is the actual Sony laser head and the part that goes bad. A Google or Ebay search for this number will give lots of returns for these units from various vendors in China and Hong Kong at prices from 50-100 USD. They all advertise their units as being new and genuine. They may be new but they are not likely to be genuine. They may or may not work. You only know by trying one.
I have not had any luck with these units. But I last tried one in 2012 so maybe these newer ones are better. I donít know.
However, if you buy one of these you only get the laser head and you will have to take the laser assembly apart and install the new laser head in the assembly before reinstalling the assembly into the player. This is not difficult to do.

The second number worth knowing is 8-820-132-09. This is the Sony part number for the laser assembly in the Sony 9000ES player. It is generally available from Sonyís American parts distributor, Encompass Parts. Encompass only ships to CONUS addresses. Their price is currently 313 USD plus about 20 USD shipping.
The UK and EU vendors charge about the same price, maybe a little more, and will ship anywhere. If you buy one of these lasers you can be sure it will work.
There is one other vendor for these laser assemblies and that is Supermanmeliu, an Ebay player replacement parts seller in Taiwan. His price is less than Sonyís. I have purchased twice from Supermanmeliu with the same experience each time. First laser unit did not work perfectly with reading sacdís. A subsequent unit worked fine.

Actual laser assembly replacement is very easy. It is a simple replacement and there are no other procedures needed.

Whether laser assembly replacement is a viable option for you is something that only you can determine. If the SA-8260 player, as it is, satisfies your needs in a player a new laser will keep it operating perfectly for a long time to come. Even at the highish cost of a new laser assembly the cost is still cheaper than any new sacd capable player at retail cost today.

As for Modifications to the player, I doubt there are people nowadays who even consider this. Ten years ago this was a hot topic, but not now. Nothing has really changed since I wrote the thread in 2013.

Steve
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Old 12th November 2017, 01:31 AM   #26
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Hi Steve,
I guess i am one of the few that never got rid of my SA8260. I rarely used it because of the TOC issue and used a Pioneer in its place... i would like to try and fix it... I opened it up and saw the discs do not always spin up... Thanks in advance...
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Old 12th November 2017, 08:06 PM   #27
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Hi Steve,
I guess i am one of the few that never got rid of my SA8260. I rarely used it because of the TOC issue and used a Pioneer in its place... i would like to try and fix it... I opened it up and saw the discs do not always spin up... Thanks in advance...
I've sent you a PM about this.
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Old 6th February 2018, 09:58 PM   #28
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Hello Steve,
I actually boxed my 8260 up years ago with intentions of sending it for repair but never got around to shipping it. I recently discovered it on a shelf in my closet and would love to get it working. Could I get a copy of your instructions please?
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Old 9th February 2018, 09:38 PM   #29
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Hello Steve,
I actually boxed my 8260 up years ago with intentions of sending it for repair but never got around to shipping it. I recently discovered it on a shelf in my closet and would love to get it working. Could I get a copy of your instructions please?
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Old 9th February 2018, 09:53 PM   #30
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Default Modification Update

I have recently done some new modifications on my SA-8260 player that have been quite significant in terms of sound quality improvement.

The first thing I did late in 2017 was to replace ALL of the 3 pin voltage regulators in the digital power supply voltage rails with new Dexa/NewclassD Low Noise regulators.
I had previously only used one of these regulators on the main supply rail to the dac and also for all the voltage rails on the DOS output stage. I never really considered doing it for the other digital supply rails, thinking it unnecessarily expensive. But when pcX had a closeout on the older Dexa regulators it was quite cost effective to do.
The effect of changing the regulators was subtle at first but as time went on I noticed that I was hearing more low level information in recordings. I could only conclude that I had lowered the electronic noise in the player with the addition of these regulators on all the voltage rails.

I consider this to be well worth doing on any player, not just the SA-8260.


The second modification I recently did was to change the output cap in the DOS from a 1.5uf EVO SGO cap to a 2.2uf EVO SGO cap.
The effect here was not subtle at all and heard from the get go. I can only conclude that the 1.5uf cap was too small. My DOS board will accept a 3.3uf size EVO cap, and I may give them a go at a later date.

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