Cleaning inside of CD Players and sound systems

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Cleaning inside of CD Players and sound systems

Postby beenieman » 03 Dec 2008, 21:52

What's the story here? Should I be taking my CD player, amps etc into the shop for periodic internal cleaning? I haven't really and just wondering? Or would have them poke around inside do more harm than good. I just saw how much dust there is inside the computer.

And how often, if ever, should I clean the CD player heads. Never so far :(
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Re: Cleaning inside of CD Players and sound systems

Postby Harvey K-Tel » 03 Dec 2008, 22:20

This stuff is your friend:

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Re: Cleaning inside of CD Players and sound systems

Postby Billybob Dylan » 03 Dec 2008, 23:28

Peter - unless you live next door to a building site and you always keep your windows open, or unless the little old lady next door is always in her yard beating her rugs & carpets with one those old fashioned carpet beaters (and your windows are still open), then I wouldn't bother.

If the CD player's functioning OK, then let it be.

If you're tempted to take a peek inside and it looks pretty dusty, ask Harvey if you can borrow his can of Dust Off, but be careful you don't spray that white stuff all over the lens!
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Re: Cleaning inside of CD Players and sound systems

Postby Arthur Crud » 04 Dec 2008, 00:03

Billybob Dylan wrote:but be careful you don't spray that white stuff all over the lens!


...more of an issue with DVD players I'd have thought
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Postby Billybob Dylan » 04 Dec 2008, 00:04

Crud, A. wrote:
Billybob Dylan wrote:but be careful you don't spray that white stuff all over the lens!


...more of an issue with DVD players I'd have thought
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What you do in the privacy of your own home with your DVD player is your business.
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Re: Cleaning inside of CD Players and sound systems

Postby beenieman » 04 Dec 2008, 00:06

I've had 2 CD's (store bought) that have not played right in recent months. Not newly purchased CD's but ones I've had a while.

How about the car CD player? That gets a bit of dust I imagine.
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Re: Cleaning inside of CD Players and sound systems

Postby JQW » 04 Dec 2008, 00:10

beenieman wrote:I just saw how much dust there is inside the computer.


It's the cooling fans that suck all of the dust inside, plus a lack of filtering. Audio equipment usually doesn't have any such fans.
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Postby Arthur Crud » 04 Dec 2008, 00:10

beenieman wrote:I've had 2 CD's (store bought) that have not played right in recent months. Not newly purchased CD's but ones I've had a while.

How about the car CD player? That gets a bit of dust I imagine.


You can buy CD lens cleaner discs - which is essentially a disc with a minute row of brushes on it positioned where the lens will read - which you pop in, follow the audio instructions and it;ll remove any dust.

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Re: Cleaning inside of CD Players and sound systems

Postby sloopjohnc » 04 Dec 2008, 01:40

Crud, A. wrote:
beenieman wrote:I've had 2 CD's (store bought) that have not played right in recent months. Not newly purchased CD's but ones I've had a while.

How about the car CD player? That gets a bit of dust I imagine.


You can buy CD lens cleaner discs - which is essentially a disc with a minute row of brushes on it positioned where the lens will read - which you pop in, follow the audio instructions and it;ll remove any dust.


I have one and they work well.
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Re: Cleaning inside of CD Players and sound systems

Postby Muskrat » 04 Dec 2008, 02:04

Billybob Dylan wrote:If you're tempted to take a peek inside and it looks pretty dusty, ask Harvey if you can borrow his can of Dust Off, but be careful you don't spray that white stuff all over the lens!


I'm not familiar with Dust Off -- it may qualify -- but you can buy cans of pure compressed air anywhere that sells computer or photo supplies. I also use it when a CD skips -- which is often due to a dust mote, rather than a scratch.

This, on the other hand, is not a good idea for stereo equipment, computers or discs.

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Re: Cleaning inside of CD Players and sound systems

Postby jimjim » 04 Dec 2008, 03:32

Crud, A. wrote:
beenieman wrote:I've had 2 CD's (store bought) that have not played right in recent months. Not newly purchased CD's but ones I've had a while.

How about the car CD player? That gets a bit of dust I imagine.


You can buy CD lens cleaner discs - which is essentially a disc with a minute row of brushes on it positioned where the lens will read - which you pop in, follow the audio instructions and it;ll remove any dust.

Best you get y'bad self down to Duck Smuths


Just out of curiosity Crud, how much are they roughly? Used one a lot in the UK but ditched it before I came over.
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Postby Arthur Crud » 04 Dec 2008, 04:44

jimjim wrote:Just out of curiosity Crud, how much are they roughly? Used one a lot in the UK but ditched it before I came over.


About 30 bucks according to Duck.

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Postby The Great Defector » 12 Dec 2017, 17:22

Funny to think, how far we've come now from CD's. Well is to me anyway. Carry on.
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Re: Cleaning inside of CD Players and sound systems

Postby OCT » 12 Dec 2017, 18:41

People still listen to them
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Postby Neige » 12 Dec 2017, 18:54

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Re: Cleaning inside of CD Players and sound systems

Postby Your Friendly Neighbourhood Postman » 12 Dec 2017, 18:59

The LP was introduced in 1948 (RCA)

The CD was with us in 1982 (Philips/Sony)

So the LP was the medium of choice for 34 years. Given that the CD is still there after 35, and vinyl made a comeback. it's...

(I forgot what I wanted to say.)

Perhaps that purely on intuition, I still would see the CD als 'newish, relatively young', or something. Maybe even as something that I still have to get used to.

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Re: Cleaning inside of CD Players and sound systems

Postby Your Friendly Neighbourhood Postman » 12 Dec 2017, 18:59

Neige wrote:The absence of beenieman, Crud and Billybob saddens me.


Same here. Billybob had his unique sense of humour.

Has, I hope.
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Re: Cleaning inside of CD Players and sound systems

Postby Darkness_Fish » 13 Dec 2017, 08:50

The Great Defector wrote:Funny to think, how far we've come now from CD's. Well is to me anyway. Carry on.

It is to me, too. Now everyone listens to these strange black 12" slabs of vinyl instead, and pays twice as much for the privilege.
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