Can I butt in with a question about my Meridian 506 CD player?
I'll assume that's a 'yes Neil, please do.'
It will no longer see the CD when inserted. This started as an occasional / intermittent fault (the worst kind), then became a bit more stubborn and finally it just will not play. In between the intermittent bouts, it would play perfectly.
I have done some reading and pulled the transport to bits, but the gummed up grease that most on-line advisers talk about was not there, everything is fine. It is also possible to watch the transport 'kick' the platter when you power the player up, but when a CD is inserted it does nothing.
Terminal or repairable?
There are quite a few models of the 506, the first one had the Phillips CDM1 or CDM Pro mechanism (I cant remember which) - these were very quickly replaced with a CD-ROM based (CDM-12?)mechanism. Later models may be repairable but the early models are very difficult to find spares for.
You may be able to turn up the laser via a circuit board preset but I was told this shortens the life of the mech. The presets are often labled 'gain' 'focus' etc, etc. Its been a while since I had a 506 so I cant remember what is what.
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