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Arcam DiVA CD72

Stereo Compact Disc Player

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Arcam DiVA CD72

Specifications

Disc format: CD

Digital converter: PCM1716, Delta Sigma 24 bit

CD Mechanism: KSS-213C

Frequency response: 5Hz to 20kHz

Dynamic range: 106dB

Signal to Noise Ratio: 100dB

Total harmonic distortion: 0.005%

Line output: 2.3V

Digital outputs: coaxial, optical

Dimensions: 430 x 290 x 84mm

Weight: 4.6kg

Accessories: mains lead, CR314 remote control

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DiVA CD72

Picked up one of these for next to nothing as a 'not working, for parts only'. It sat in my project pile for several months. I've got more CD decks than most Silo's had back in the day.
Attached it to my variac and brought up the voltage just so I didn't blow anything up. No power so not working. Opened the case and was singularly unimpressed with the contents. Has a standard Sony transport/laser assembly that's bridged over to some custom circuitry.
Looking over the service manual I noticed the two fuses (F1 & F2) were labeled 115/230v. Also the warning FIT ONE FUSE ONLY! I've never seen this method of switching voltages before. Usually it's a switch. I guess the previous owner did not read this because there was a fuse inserted into both sockets.
Removed the 230v fuse. Still no power. The 115v fuse looked good but looks are deceiving. It was blown. Replaced the fuse and it powered up.
Hooked it up to my Jolida RC1501 amp. Had some skipping because the grease on the gears was gummy.
Cleaned and re-greased the transport gears. I use silicon grease that lasts forever and never gums up. After spending all of 45 minutes on the bench it was working.
Sonically, it's about as good as any of the other decks I've got.
Hopefully the owner didn't pay a premium because of the Arcam name.
If you read all the marketing goop it supposedly has a custom Burr-Brown DAC and some other mods by a shop in California.
It probably would sound better than the Radio Shack deck I picked out of the dumpster last month, if I didn't clean it.
I'll keep this hooked up for a bit just because the silver face matches my amp. AFAK there's not any difference sound wise between this and my Technics, Sony, or Pioneer decks from the same era.

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