This is a rather scary experience as firstly you are not sure what is going on with your CD player and secondly, is your compact disc doing okay or is it getting scratched. I have a few bad experiences with my PC CD player where it scratches quite a few of my music compact discs as well some other pc games, but this is another problem in the past which I won’t dwell any longer.
For today, we are here about the static noises caused by your CD player, this is not a common occurrence but fortunately, there are a few typical causes with easy fixes. We will be listing ways on how you can troubleshoot thus pinpointing the exact issue and applying the fix, and hopefully, before the end of the article, you will be able to fix yours.
It is never wise to just jump to conclusions, this is why we should start with some troubleshooting and find out if is the CD player that’s making the static noise or is it made by other audio components such as your speakers, amplifiers, and others.
Play another CD
Use another compact disc and play it with your CD player. If there’s no problem, change to another compact disc. Repeat a few more times and finally use back the initial compact disc (before the changes), if there’s static noise, that will mean is that particular compact disc causing it.
Use another audio input
Use another audio input (except phono) and test it with the same CD, see if there are still static noises. If there’s no problem that will mean it was the fault of the previous input.
Use another HDMI/Optical/AV cables
Change to a different connecting cable, If there’s no problem that will mean it was the fault of the previous connecting cables.
Use another CD Player
This could be the fastest way to troubleshoot and find out if it was your current CD player that is causing the static noise. If you have a spare working CD player or maybe you can borrow one from someone else, use it and swap out the suspected CD player. Use the exact connections and test the spare CD player. If there’s still static noise, that means it wasn’t the CD player’s fault but your other audio components. You can use the earlier mentioned troubleshooting methods to go through them one by one.
Use only one cable connection
You should try this out if you are connecting your CD player using both the RCA analog cables and the optical cable to the receiver, you should take out either one and do the testing again. This is because having both cables connected to the receiver may cause a few issues.
CD Player Static Noise Fixes
If you have isolated the problem after doing the above troubleshooting methods, and have found the culprit to be your CD player that is causing the static noise. You can try the following fixes and see if they can solve the issue.
Cleaning the Lens
You can try using a CD lens cleaner which is easy to use and can be really effective. Just insert the CD lens cleaner and play it. There is also another way to clean the lens but you must be comfortable and experienced enough, as you need to take out the top cover of the CD player. So you can use a lens cleaning solution, apply some on a cotton swab and clean the lens by rubbing the cotton swab gently against it. You should also allow some time for it to dry. Once it is dried, assemble back the CD player top cover and give it another test.
Removing the dusts
Clean and clear out any dust that is on the exterior of the CD player. If you are comfortable and experienced, you can take the player apart and clear any dust within the CD player using dust blowers. Reassemble the CD player and start testing it again.
Removing other CDs
For multi-disc CD players only, try taking out all the compact discs except the one you want to use for testing. Wait for a few minutes and start playing the CD player to see if there’s still static noise.
CD Player Chassis Flexing
The plastic chassis of your CD player might be flexing due to missing footpads and/or partially slanted platform that it is placed on. When the chassis is flexed, it might bend the circuitries to the point of breaking and/or might disrupt the optical assembly movement on the rails causing issues. The fixes are quite simple, you’ll just need to replace the missing/damaged footpads with new ones. Place the CD player on a completely flat platform.
Placing a bowl of water
This may sound weird but people do this with their piano as it could protect them from arid weather. You’ll just need to place a bowl of water near your CD player and maybe it could help reduce the static. Is worth the try since it is free and easy.
Send it for repair
If the CD player still produces static noise even after trying all the fixes then it is time to send it for repair. As the problems may be the laser lens is about to go under, the DSP chip is going bad, there are issues with your DAC, and/or maybe the spindle motor is breaking down. It could be a plethora of problems, and it is best to let the technician take a look.
It is always wise to troubleshoot and isolate the problem, not only it will save you money as some of the problems can be easily fixed by you with little or no cost. It will also save time as it could be other audio components that are causing the static noises and not the CD player. Imagine sending it for repair and the technician found no fault with it. When it is returned to you, the problem still persists, it is really a waste of time.
There are times when you will have no choice but to send it for repair. You may want to ask for the repair and parts replacement costs first. See if it is worthwhile for you and if it is not, you can always get a new CD player. Getting a new CD player can be a fun process as you can start auditioning for other brands and models, or finally get to try out the CD player that you are longing to audition for a long time.