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Old 5th May 2005, 09:50 PM   #11
georgehifi is offline georgehifi  Australia
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If this is a hifi shop get a demo and compare if not take your dac and a cd and a pair of high impedance head phones and compare with your dac's output driving your headphones. Shold be a reasonable volume to compare. The PD 95 is one of the better stable platter.

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Old 17th September 2006, 05:41 PM   #12
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Hi everyone! I'm here for the first time. I'm living in Poland and my friends call me "Pioneer lover".
First of all I can tell you that I own PD 9700. Several years ago I had 604, 8700 (twice) and 9300 (twice too). PD 9300 in practice and in my system (Yamaha A 1000, Regis Audio Minas Anor - Morel MDT 29 and 2x Vifa M 18 WH floor-standing) is not better than 9700. 9700 and 75 have the same manual.
PDS 901 and PD 9700 are not the same (9700 without Legato Link) - there are several diffrences inside and in sound that they produce. 901 sounds quite sharply and 9700 simply like velvet. Like your record player with all the records you love. PD 9300 is better bulit but don't produce the better sound (in my opinion). PWY 1006 in addition is more expensive than PEA 1030...
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Old 10th November 2007, 04:05 PM   #13
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Default Repairing a PD-S703? Any hints?

Hello there,

apologies for resurrecting an old thread, but while I was googling I stumbled upon this forum.

I own a PD-S703 myself (bought it new, around 1994, if I am not mistaken).

It seems its laser unit has expired (doesn't recognize audio CDs anymore), so I sent it into the official repair shop here in Athens.

They contacted me with the following remarks:
- the laser unit needs replacement (surely it cannot be adjusted?)
- the shock absorbers are going to get replaced too (question: is it necessary?)
The quoted cost of materials 135 Euros, plus 50 Euros for the repair time, it goes up to a whopping 185 Euros(!).

Since I am in a tight financial situation these days, I thought about buying the laser unit and installing it myself (I have assembled many PCs and electronics in the past, so I know that my hands are good enough for doing delicate tasks). I have jeweler's screws, a digital multimeter and patience.
Can it be done in-house?
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=220090517310 is from a seller of laser units.

In the meantime, I have borrowed my sister's DVD player...

Thanks for any help,
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Old 27th November 2007, 04:59 PM   #14
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Hello again,

I must admit that I am a bit mystified by my PD-S703.

After I returned with it from the service, another forum user (hi James!) told me to try to troubleshoot it myself.

I removed the laser assembly (secured with three screws on top of the transport assembly), and I checked for a case of lens missing. Nothing strange here.

I left it for two days, being busy, then reassembled it (noticed theshock absorbers have a lot of play), and now it plays audio CDs again(!).

For the time, I left it on continuous play of a long compilation Audio CD (five hours by now), and I will re-check it tomorrow.

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Old 18th May 2008, 04:35 PM   #15
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Default PIONEER PD-S703

I bought one of these in a second hand shop for forty quid
and it was quite a performer. Then, literally the day the warrantee ran out it just froze with the row of zeroes showing. I tried switching it off and on and different discs to no avail. I carried it back to the shop who agreed I could swap it for something else off the shelf. But the sorry collection of other stereo equipment they had on offer meant I went back to to the counter where it was clear the Pioneer was working again. So I happily agreed to take it back home. Now, some months later I have reverted to using a Marantz CD 273 which is behaving itself at the moment (same shop - twenty quid last year) because the Pioneer sometimes makes what I can only describe as a chuffing noise with the music.
Any ideas?
I have no manual and no circuit diagrams.
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Old 6th July 2018, 11:14 PM   #16
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quality of pioneer PD-S703 as a transport
Sorry to bump such an old thread. IIRC the Wadia was about 4x the price and used the same mechanism as the 703, but used half a blue spot squash ball as a rear support.

I'm absolutely sure about the blue stop squash ball, but needed to hear the wadia name again. I believe it was what hifi that opened it up. Back then, I didn't really have any other source for such stories.

I find the 703 to be a bit brash. Beside the 8se I replaced it with, it's hard to make comparisons. At first the arcam seems very flat in the hf area, and deep and muddy in the bass. The pioneer has so much more emphasis to the top end it's a wonder that two players could sound so different. It's not accurate either. It's simply not nice. Anyone that shys away from metal domes would likely screw their face up in disgust. It needs things like wharfedales and cheap missions to take the edge off. My guess is it's the legato link, who's job is to invent something that isn't there. How could my 1995 player listen to my tunes and invent tones that were missing. Perhaps with some musical types yes, but the electronic stuff I listen to would be incomprehensible. Even 20 years later.

I gave my 703 away, but as my friend has upgraded, it's become a problem again. It's time for a dac. Just to change it's character. So I'm here trying to see what that might cost. For instance, the dacmagic 100 with it's 100 used or 140 new price. Or Arcam rdac also about 100 used. Or could I go cheaper, like a beresford or older dacmagic. It has both optical and digital outs.
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