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Carver SD/A-360 CD Player Not Playing Disks

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David

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Post Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:20 pm

Carver SD/A-360 CD Player Not Playing Disks

My Carver SD/A-360 CD Player is not functioning properly and in reading some of the other posts about this problem I figured I would see if the Carver community can help. First of all, this is the only piece of Carver equipment that I own. This unit has served me well and I have owned this unit since new, I purchased the unit in 1997. First, I was experiencing a failure to read the disk, everything else works. I read an earlier post which said to pop the top and remove the center screw to gain access to the laser lens. I cleaned the lens with a q-tip and alcohol as recommended. Put everything back together, the unit still would not play the disks. Today I figured I would give it another shot. I called a local repair guy and he said to forget it. He said that he could probably fix it but it would be very expensive. I decided to go through the motions again, took the top off and tried again. This time the unit started to play! It played the first song on the disk, went to the second song and hung up about a minute into the second song. Changed disks, first song played for about a minute and a half before hanging up. I was able to move to other songs on the disk but experienced the same problem. The player gets stuck in an infinite loop and won't stop unless I move to the next song. Then the same thing happens: stuck in an infinite loop. I figured I would check with the experts before I go deeper in this machine and really screw it up. I sure would like to fix this player; I have really enjoyed it over the years
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Post Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:27 pm

Re: Carver SD/A-360 CD Player Not Playing Disks

Keep cleaning the lazer and spray some DeOxit into the wiring of the tray mechanism. It took me 2 days of this to get mine to play right. If it plays sometimes, you have a chance. [-o<
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David

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Post Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:49 pm

Re: Carver SD/A-360 CD Player Not Playing Disks

Thanks kingman, I will give it a shot and let you know. First I have to locate some deoxit. Going to try Radio Shack, if it is not available I will get it from parts express.
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Post Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:55 pm

Re: Carver SD/A-360 CD Player Not Playing Disks

David...they have it it is just called tuner cleaner. Good luck!
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Post Mon Oct 08, 2012 6:58 pm

Re: Carver SD/A-360 CD Player Not Playing Disks

Get deoxit it from sweetwater.com

Priced higher but free shipping. So it's actually cheaper.

They have the most awesome customer service on the planet.

Edit: After the lens cleaning I don't see what the problem is. I had the same issue but cleaning the lens fixed everything. Double check the connections on all the wiring pins.

The only other issue I had was bad solder joints where the TOSLINK input came in. I bought mine new in a military BX in Turkey in 1996.
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kingman

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Post Mon Oct 08, 2012 7:27 pm

Re: Carver SD/A-360 CD Player Not Playing Disks

kingman wrote:David...they have it it is just called tuner cleaner. Good luck!

P.S... Tech tip.... Wiggle all connectors to ensure good contact!!!
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David

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Post Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:44 pm

Re: Carver SD/A-360 CD Player Not Playing Disks

Thanks for the tip TNRabbit, that saved me $8.00. I bought a can of Electronics Cleaner from Radio Shack, going to use that on everything I can get to tomorrow after work. The deoxit is scheduled to arrive on Thursday. Thanks for all the tips, it is greatly appreciated. I will keep y'all posted.
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Post Sat Oct 13, 2012 3:41 pm

Re: Carver SD/A-360 CD Player Not Playing Disks

Bad news. I cleaned the player this morning with deoxit and the lens with alcohol. The unit will still load the disk but the disk no longer spins, so now I am not getting any sound at all. I really did not find a whole lot of connections to wiggle. Any suggestions?
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TNRabbit

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Post Sat Oct 13, 2012 8:25 pm

Re: Carver SD/A-360 CD Player Not Playing Disks

David, where are you located?
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Main: HotRodded AL-IIIs
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Surround: Sunfire CRS-3 (x 2)

OconeeOrange wrote:"Gary likes to play it 'loud' as do I. His system begs you turn it up until you die"

RIP WIlliam B. Dibble, 1948-2012. I'll miss you my friend.
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David

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Post Sun Oct 14, 2012 11:23 am

Re: Carver SD/A-360 CD Player Not Playing Disks

I am located in Charleston SC. I fired it up this morning and now the disk will spin when loaded. However, after about 5 seconds it will stop and move to the next disk. Still no sound.
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TNRabbit

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Post Sun Oct 14, 2012 12:25 pm

Re: Carver SD/A-360 CD Player Not Playing Disks

I had a similar thing happened with mine. I remove the center screw to the platter to gain access to the drive portion, then cleaned everything well & have never had a problem since. Is there any noize when it spins up?

I would be happy to take a look at it for you, but by the time you shipped it up & back you could have an Oppo that would do a better job....
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From FrankieD's lips to your ears: Sunfire - a quiet box of endless power.

Sunfire TG-IV/400~7 Amp
Carver SD/A-360 CDP
Benchmark DAC-1
Sony SACD/DVD-A
Active bi-amp: Ashly XR-1001 & 2 Rane PEQ-15s
Main: HotRodded AL-IIIs
Sub: Klipsch RT-12d
Center: Sunfire CRS-3c
Surround: Sunfire CRS-3 (x 2)

OconeeOrange wrote:"Gary likes to play it 'loud' as do I. His system begs you turn it up until you die"

RIP WIlliam B. Dibble, 1948-2012. I'll miss you my friend.
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David

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Post Sun Oct 14, 2012 7:19 pm

Re: Carver SD/A-360 CD Player Not Playing Disks

TNRabbit , it is kind of looking where this is headed. I am going to give it till next saturday. I was going to ask what cd players you and kingman would recomend. The Oppo BDP 103 looks like a top of the line unit and within my price range. If the SD/A is not functioning by next Saturday, it will be free to a good home if you are interested.
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TNRabbit

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Post Sun Oct 14, 2012 7:25 pm

Re: Carver SD/A-360 CD Player Not Playing Disks

If that's where you end up going, I'm interested!

Thx~
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From FrankieD's lips to your ears: Sunfire - a quiet box of endless power.

Sunfire TG-IV/400~7 Amp
Carver SD/A-360 CDP
Benchmark DAC-1
Sony SACD/DVD-A
Active bi-amp: Ashly XR-1001 & 2 Rane PEQ-15s
Main: HotRodded AL-IIIs
Sub: Klipsch RT-12d
Center: Sunfire CRS-3c
Surround: Sunfire CRS-3 (x 2)

OconeeOrange wrote:"Gary likes to play it 'loud' as do I. His system begs you turn it up until you die"

RIP WIlliam B. Dibble, 1948-2012. I'll miss you my friend.
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Post Tue Oct 16, 2012 8:31 pm

Re: Carver SD/A-360 CD Player Not Playing Disks

Look for a SD/A 350. superior to the 360. Great vintage 5 disc.
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