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    Oh the horror, the horror. My CD player has stopped working. It's about 23 years old, an all in one unit JVC with radio and cassette tape. The CD started skipping and not playing forwards, just stuck in one place. I cleaned the disk and this didn't help, the CD player was stuck in a different spot. And as I set a new track to play, the player made a lot of noise as it tried to find the new track. And then it couldn't find the right track to play. I tried another disk I played yesterday without any trouble and this didn't play today.

    I will first try to buy one of those cd cleaners disks that you insert. Beyond that I don't know what to do. I can ask my local CDs shop if they know of any repair shops or people. I hope I don't have to buy a new player. And new CD players are not so easy to find. Middle of the line players don't really exist anymore do they?

    Oh the horror, the horror. Any suggestions?

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    The HORROR indeed! Don't give up completely. If you can disassemble the unit you may be able to access the lens manually. Because I have pets, heat with a wood stove, etc. their is always dust getting into places where you don't want it. This caused a "glitch" for me on my Oppo BDP 103D I have out in the living room. I contacted Oppo and they gave me the info needed for me to be able to pull apart the player, remove a cover over the laser mechansim, and instructions on how to clean off the lens for the laser (91% Isopropyl alcohol and clean, sterile cotton). This is now going to become yearly maintenance for me.
    You may be able to do this yourself and correct the problem.....hopefully. Just take your time and don't loose any screws in the process.

    Middle of the line CD players do exist. Crutchfield has quite a few:

    https://www.crutchfield.com/g_53100/CD-Players.html

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    This looks like a decent unit: https://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-C-7030-...ords=cd+player

    $200 at Crutchfield but on sale for $130 at Amazon.

    Oddly, it looks like you can get DVD/CD players for considerably cheaper! My living room stereo uses this approach and it seems to work fine. The CD sound is identical (as you might expect) but the action seems slower than a single-purpose CD player.
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    Some of the combined players CD/DVD are not overly expensive and have decent, if not superb, playback. I'm still using a CD/DVD player by Sony from the early 2000's and the CD sound works well with my middle of the road sound system. It ain't up to the quality of the sound system in my Johannus (surprise! sureprise!) but the sound is listenable.

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    I just replaced my Onkyo CD player with a second-hand Marantz. The Onkyo, although only a few years old, was having problems playing longer CDs, and it was skipping on some CDs that should not have had a problem. The Maratnz was recommended by someone else at TC, and it seems to be doing better.
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    If you plan to buy a new player, and want to consider formats newer than CD, perhaps this thread will help your thought process: Oppo Ceases Production

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    I have an all in one unit, so I would need a new receiver / amplifier if I were to buy a new CD player. Thank you for the suggestions. I won't give up just yet. I will try the cd cleaner first, then try disassembling the CD player. Canadian prices are always higher than American for items like this.

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    These days I mostly use the CD/DVD player in my PC, rip the CD to the hard drive and play from there. the PC outputs to a Technics receiver/amplifier driving Technics speakers. (at 84 my hearing is probably not as sensitive as it was, but I can set bass and teble controls to compensate somewhat)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetmike View Post
    These days I mostly use the CD/DVD player in my PC, rip the CD to the hard drive and play from there. the PC outputs to a Technics receiver/amplifier driving Technics speakers. (at 84 my hearing is probably not as sensitive as it was, but I can set bass and teble controls to compensate somewhat)
    At 78 I have just gotten hearing aids a few months ago. The only ones available today are digital. Digital hearing aids use 16 bit DAC's in them. The 8' stopped flute on my Johannus started to "warble" from distortion at middle F. I have to turn the $%^& things off and crank up the Johannus to play the music, and of course, all the upper work almost disappears.

    I rip the CD to my iPhone, which is blue toothed to my hearings aids, bypassing the DAC. Now if I can just figure out how to bluetooth the organ ...

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    I just have a generic Sony DVD player ive had for 15 years. It sounds fine, plays practically anything (dvd, cd, cdr, mp3 discs, cdrw, etc). I cant tell the difference between it and my mates super-duper all-singing-all-dancing cd player. Buy a cheap one and spend yer money on a quality amp and speakers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by senza sordino View Post
    I have an all in one unit, so I would need a new receiver / amplifier if I were to buy a new CD player. Thank you for the suggestions. I won't give up just yet. I will try the cd cleaner first, then try disassembling the CD player. Canadian prices are always higher than American for items like this.
    There are a surprising number of quite decent units second hand on eBay. It takes a certain amount of luck, and perhaps a willingness to tolerate cosmetic blemishes, but so far I am happy with my most recent acquisitions that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by senza sordino View Post
    I have an all in one unit, so I would need a new receiver / amplifier if I were to buy a new CD player. Thank you for the suggestions. I won't give up just yet. I will try the cd cleaner first, then try disassembling the CD player. Canadian prices are always higher than American for items like this.
    Does your JVC unit have an Aux In? If so, you can buy a CD player and plug into that.

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    Miracle. I bought a cd cleaner with those tiny brushes that you stick into the machine and play like a regular disk. And it worked. The cd that stopped working this morning now plays. How often should I use this cd cleaner? After how many uses does this cleaner stop cleaning?

    I do have an auxiliary input. That's how I connect my iPhone to the stereo when I play music via Spotify. Never the same music quality. While my JVC wasn't top of the line, it's been remarkably good all these years. My one constant companion for almost 24 years. I bought it Boxing Day 1994. I could replace the CD player first then replace the receiver / amplifier at a separate time saving my wallet. But as of right now, I don't need to replace my aging friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by senza sordino View Post
    Miracle. I bought a cd cleaner with those tiny brushes that you stick into the machine and play like a regular disk. And it worked. The cd that stopped working this morning now plays. How often should I use this cd cleaner? After how many uses does this cleaner stop cleaning?

    I do have an auxiliary input. That's how I connect my iPhone to the stereo when I play music via Spotify. Never the same music quality. While my JVC wasn't top of the line, it's been remarkably good all these years. My one constant companion for almost 24 years. I bought it Boxing Day 1994. I could replace the CD player first then replace the receiver / amplifier at a separate time saving my wallet. But as of right now, I don't need to replace my aging friend.
    If it's what I think it is, the brushes are carbon fiber and should last forever. You will want to be sure they are clean each time you use the lens cleaner (canned air would be best to blow them off....don't get any oil from your fingers on them). You should only need to use this lens cleaner occasionally/rarely.
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    Inexpensive CD and blu-ray players are better than 25 year old ones. Especially if your old player doesn't have an oversampling DAC. There aren't middle of the line players any more because most people just buy blu-ray players that play everything. Even a cheap one is better than an old CD player. I'd just get a new all in one player for $150 or so and chuck the old one.
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