how is almost every single capacitor i measure in this thing bad
i found one good one so far 😑
fixed it! sort of, it reads cds again, but kinda sluggish.
now running on a unholy mix of recycled chinese, east german and one soviet capacitor.
one day the audiophiles are going to hunt me down with pitchforks. 😅
shoutout to the person that wrote the firmware for this thing back in 1981 and decided that the super slow movement of the laser mechanism should at least be accompanied by a nice led animation, i love it
and yes, that mechanism is loud as fuck, that noise is the laser focusing
cd mechanisms have come a long way since then
fun fact about early cd players: in the early 80s there was a pending lawsuit in the usa that alleged the laser beam would pass through the case and give you cancer or whatever, since it was pointing upwards. some manufacturers panicked, fearing recalls, and switched production to an inverted mechanism: the laser was now pointing downwards, you had to insert the cd in the tray label down, shiny side up. when the lawsuit lost, production switched back to normal.
as hardly anyone knows about this and there aren't that many affected models, there was a wonderful time when you could buy really cheap high-end cd players on ebay listed as "not working", insert the cd label down, and have a working cd player.
i think by now they have mostly been trashed (because "broken") or people know about them, i haven't seen one in years
@aurora wow nice one x)
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