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SOLD: For Sale Sony SCD XA9000 ES Cd and SACD player

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Item: Sony SCD XA9000ES player relist
Location: Melbourne
Price: $1200 plus delivery. CD player weight 17.5 Kg
Item Condition: very good. Recently service at Sony authorise service center receipt supply. New belt. There is no box but remote control and and manual instruction provide.
Reason for selling: surplus. Too many audio gear
Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, COD, bank deposit
Extra Info: this is a relist price is to sale. Please pm if interesting. Info can be find on the Net. This is released 2003 and was about over $6000 Australia at the time. Very highly rate. 

 
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I noticed your original post mentioned the service work included a laser alignment.  Was there a problem reading discs prior to the service?

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I had my services done for the same machine. As the belt change due to old age . Good tech will check up & alignment laser as well . Some may ask you to get new laser as well . Maybe they are not alignment but after checkout they likely write on receipt as part of theirs services . 

 

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I've heard that the life of the laser is only about four years before needing replacement.  I'm hoping this is not typically the case?  Do you know if the dual laser assembly can still be obtained if a replacement is needed?

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6 minutes ago, Highpower said:

Do you know if the dual laser assembly can still be obtained if a replacement is needed?

Sony KHM-230AAA  are available and are between $70 and $150

 

https://www.ebay.com.au/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.H0.TRS0&_nkw=Sony+KHM-230AAA&_sacat=0

 

Cheers George

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12 minutes ago, Highpower said:

I've heard that the life of the laser is only about four years before needing replacement.  I'm hoping this is not typically the case?  Do you know if the dual laser assembly can still be obtained if a replacement is needed?

I doubt it , most of our laser disc player last more than 10 years at normal use without changing laser . 

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Thanks George.

 

It looks like the same problem I had with a previous CD player I had that required a laser replacement.  These ones listed on ebay are cheap Chinese copies, as Sony no longer manufactures these lasers anymore.  Apparently the Chinese copies have reading issues.  I ended up replacing my last CD player because of this reason, which also had an obsolete Sony laser in it.

 

This Sony player looks like a nice player, but I don't know what I'd do when one day it needs a new laser.  It's a real shame that Sony stop making the lasers for some great CD players.  I prefer some of the older players to the new ones.

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@Highpower. All Electronic audio equipments require service. The service I done on my Sony is to change the belt due to it is some time hard to open. Sony Authorise repair center at morrabin European Electronic. They change the belt and at the same time realign the laser so the sound is back to original condition. The Technician told me it is like you drive the car and take it to tyre specialist to align the wheel. Sony also confirm laser for this model is the same for 777es and few other model and they are still available here in Australia and I am talking about original laser not the cheap copy Chinese.  If you too worry about laser fail then don't buy second hand audio equipments You should Buy new from shop for peace of mind. 

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Thanks for your reply tchye.

 

i don't expect all vintage audio equipment to run without fault forever and not need some servicing.  If I was to buy any player in future, I would also buy the replacement laser for it as well.  The laser doesn't last forever and eventually needs to be replaced.  A CD player I previously owned from new had a laser fail and that laser could not be replaced, so it then became worthless.  I just didn't want to be in that position again where parts are impossible to get.  I will check with Sony to see if they have some surplus stock available.  This is good news if they do, because I do like this player, but I need to just make sure critical parts like the laser are still available.

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@Highpower the life of a laser from a good brand CD player will last 10 to over 15 years and some will go over 20 years. I just bought myself A second hand transport Theta 1995, after I bought it, I took it to Clark audio to service and it is work fine. Dallas told me the good Japanese, America and European brands will last a very long time just need realignment so it read accurately. The Chinese brands cheap but not last long. If You don't mind can you let Us know what brand did you brought new and laser only last 4 years. May be Streamer is best suit. No laser fail.

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The cd player I had was made in Japan and was a Denon.  It lasted 15 years and was well looked after.  The laser became worn out and needed to be replaced.  Unfortunately the laser was a Sony laser that was discontinued and could not be replaced because it was no longer available.

 

The Sony model you have is from the early 2000s.  When did you get it, and how much has it been used?  I was thinking that since it is probably around 10 years old, it may need a new laser sometime in the near future?  I only wanted to make sure I could get one if needed.  I already stream some music but still prefer playing SACDs to streaming.  I have heard your player once before and I liked it.  I like vintage gear but I know that some vintage gear is not serviceable if critical parts are not available.  If Sony still can supply these lasers then that is great and there is no issue/problem.

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57 minutes ago, Highpower said:

The cd player I had was made in Japan and was a Denon.  It lasted 15 years and was well looked after.  The laser became worn out and needed to be replaced.  Unfortunately the laser was a Sony laser that was discontinued and could not be replaced because it was no longer available.

 

The Sony model you have is from the early 2000s.  When did you get it, and how much has it been used?  I was thinking that since it is probably around 10 years old, it may need a new laser sometime in the near future?  I only wanted to make sure I could get one if needed.  I already stream some music but still prefer playing SACDs to streaming.  I have heard your player once before and I liked it.  I like vintage gear but I know that some vintage gear is not serviceable if critical parts are not available.  If Sony still can supply these lasers then that is great and there is no issue/problem.

high power georghifi has already answered your question above re laser replacement. with price range and where to buy

 

 

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Al, those lasers are the cheap Chinese copies.  Tchye actually provided the answer I was looking for regarding original Sony laser replacements.  The Chinese copies are inferior and plagued with problems due to their low quality.  Tchye has advised the original lasers can be still obtained from Sony Australia.

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8 minutes ago, Highpower said:

Al, those lasers are the cheap Chinese copies.  Tchye actually provided the answer I was looking for regarding original Sony laser replacements.  The Chinese copies are inferior and plagued with problems due to their low quality.  Tchye has advised the original lasers can be still obtained from Sony Australia.

good to hear, i had one of these players myself for some 10+ years since new. they are quite something to behold ! 

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Yes, I agree with you Al.  For SACD very nice.  Too bright for redbook CDs however, but I have a CD player for redbook CDs already.  These players were built for playing SACDs primarily and no compromise was made to SACD playback to improve redbook cd playback. 

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