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Any PCDP's good with scratched discs?

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I'm using a D-121, which is a neat piece of vintage electronics, but it's pretty awful with scratched discs. even light scratches throws it off. It seems like it's worse at the beginning of discs.

 

I assume that scratch resistance is a function of laser strength. Which discmen are better with scratched discs? 

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I've found most of the vintage players I have are not good at playing scratched discs.  I have a few old ones (D-250, D-5, etc.) that seem to have worse issues with scratched discs.  The "D-EJ" era and newer players do pretty well at playing scratched discs, but you do take a hit in sound quality with most of them.  My D-NE330 does a great job, but doesn't sound the best. I've had reasonable luck with the following vintage players as far as scratched discs: D-EJ825, D-777, D-335, D-223.  I find the D-777 is probably the best sounding of the list, so it may be a good compromise between sound quality and disc scratch resistance.  Keep in mind, the ability of the player to "read-through" discs may also be affected by the age and condition of the specific PCDP you have.  Sometimes, adjusting the pots inside (there's a few guides here on Head-Fi) can help with a player that has difficulty reading scratched discs.  My D-250 would really struggle on any non-perfect disc until I adjusted the focus pots. 


Also, if you aren't interested in sticking with the Sony signature sound, I've found the vintage Panasonics to be a little better at playing the scratched discs.

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