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Rotel RCD965BX

Discussion in 'd.i.y.' started by say it as it is, Jun 21, 2020.

  1. say it as it is

    say it as it is pfm Member

    Well inspired by some of the threads on here about older cd players I have taken a punt on an old rotel.
    The drawer is sticking so have ordered a new belt and will get some silicone lube for the rails and mechanism.
    So has anyone replaced the belt on an RCD965BX?
    I have swapped mechanism on other CDs and replaced belts on Xbox dvd drives but not this player yet.

    Anything else I should look out for or any other tweaks to bring this player up to date?

    I have limited electronic knowledge but keen to learn
  2. Pete MB&D

    Pete MB&D Pete Maddex, the one and only!

    You can do loads of mods new opamps bypass the muting stage new clock, which is probably the first mod to do.

  3. webster

    webster Listen & enjoy.

    I have the same CD player which I no longer use as I've moved to streaming.
    The drawer also stuck on mine but what I noticed was that if the player was switched on about half an hour before using the drawer functioned perfectly.
  4. say it as it is

    say it as it is pfm Member

    I assumed from experience with other cd and dvd drive is the belt slipping the highest load is at the start to drop the platter up or down the actual sliding or drawer is ok.
    In the past the belt slipping heated up or git spun to a point where it gripped.
    With other drives simply changing the bell fixed this
  5. say it as it is

    say it as it is pfm Member

    Excellent sounds like you know you way around these players?
  6. say it as it is

    say it as it is pfm Member

    drawer issue fixed simple belt change and good as new and sounds pretty nice as well
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  7. 337alant

    337alant Negatively Biased

    Great CD player I still have mine in a box somewhere ?.
  8. misterc6

    misterc6 Wasted and wounded, it ain’t what the moon did

    do you have any tips on where to get the belt and how to fit it?
  9. say it as it is

    say it as it is pfm Member

    Hi belt was about £5 can't mind the company they were based abroad but quick delivery but loads of places online sell them same belt fits a few of them.
    Take cover off and you will see it no problems.
    As you can't slip the belt off with the drawer in place you can just unclip the motor if need to it just a spring clip leave wires attached. Unhook belt that leaves it attached to the drawer mechanism. You could unscrew the entire transport but I found if you were gentle you can slide the drawer out. Spin the larger white pulley by hand to open the drawer. Once outPout a bit if the belt is disconnected you can pull the drawer out by hand. White lever at the rear on the right hand side depress that manually and gently pull the drawer out you will hit the stop pull it out and downward at the front edge to disengage the sliders and gear track. Once out can access the belt swap in new one clip motor in I found it easier this way. And then rebuild slip the drawer back in ensuring all the rollers and guides are in place apply a little lube I used pure silicone and all good. You might need to gently pop the runners into place.
    Not very well explained but kind of intuitive when you do it.

    Hope that helps
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  10. say it as it is

    say it as it is pfm Member

    Get it out and enjoy it then lol
  11. misterc6

    misterc6 Wasted and wounded, it ain’t what the moon did

    Thanks for the help Alan.

    I have a 965BX Discrete in my main system and a standard 965BX boxed up in the attic for spare parts in case anything goes wrong with the Discrete. I’ll get a couple of belts and experiment with the standard one first.


  12. say it as it is

    say it as it is pfm Member

    Do you find much difference with the discrete to the regular version then?
    If you need any assistance let me know far from an expert but as mechanical fitter I can suss out bits like that haha

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