CD and Tape Care
Care and Maintenance
Here we have listed a few tips and pointers to taking care of tapes and optical discs such as CD, SACD and DVD discs. We spend so much time on looking after the main equipment, making sure it sounds just right; we often forget the smaller things.
Warped cassette "shells" and uneven winding of the tape will cause uneven running. Fully fast forwarding, then rewinding the tape can remedy this. High quality tapes are recommended, as poor quality tapes only compound troubles. It is also advisable to play the tapes at least once a year to avoid magnetic imprinting, “print-through”, where the signal transfers a copy of itself to the layer of tape below.
Compact, SACD and DVD Discs
If a disc does become dirty, it can be cleaned in the following manner -:
If any warping of the disc occurs, just put it on a flat, smooth surface. Put some heavy books on it for a few days, that should straighten it out. If the warping is really bad, start slowing with small books so it doesn’t crack. Make sure it can't get scratched in the process.
The player itself also needs maintenance. Keep the front, rear and top panel clean and free of dust by wiping with a soft cloth or brushing with a soft, clean brush, taking care not to scratch the display. Also ensure the loading tray is kept clean in the same way. We recommend that occasionally (every few years) the player is sent in for a service to clean the laser lens and to check for dirt / dust build-up in the mechanism.
Recordable discs are quite common now. The way these work is by using a laser to "burn" into a dye layer in the disc, leaving pits and bumps like a normal disc. The problem is that this dye layer is not as reflective as the usual aluminium layer found in normal discs. This makes it harder for the laser to read the information; hence problems with playing burnt discs may occur. This problem is further compounded by the fact that recordable disc brands are different in construction, meaning different brands or types exhibit different characteristics. It is basically a matter of trial to see which ones are the best for your unit.