I have one of the above unit which has experienced a disc reading problem. The unit must be switched on and warm up for more than 30 minutes before it can read any disc (either CD or SACD. Please advise reason or comment if anyone has experienced same kind of problem for this model.
I wish that some one will provide the contact of any service or repairing center which can do upgrade and service for this model. Thanks.
hi ahendler.

the scd 1, in my opinion is a bit fuller sounding than the 777. do you favor the scd1 over the 777? do you favor the scd1 over the 5400 ?

why do you prefer the 5400 over the 777 ?

i have heard both the scd 1 and 777. i consider them robust sounding , not bright and free of digititis, but perhaps, lacking in some resolution.
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It really sounds like a sled problem to me too because it is caused by sticky grease that gets loose with warm-up. That might cause sled motor failure too, but these motors are regular DC and still available.

Hope you can fix it as its build quality is stunning.

Alex Peychev
I had a SCD-1 years ago, it started to have read errors. I think I talked to Richard Kern about cleaning the sled assembly. I did my own disassembly, cleaning with a lint free cloth and solvent (brake cleaner) and lubed the assembly with a light Teflon oil I got from Radio Shack called Needle-Tip Precision Lubricator, there are probably other brands out there (Super Lube). As mentioned before in this thread, over time the parts get sticky and can’t slide freely. I didn't do anything with the motor and DeOxit but that sounds like a good idea while you’re at it. I am not a stereo gear mechanic and I don't remember if I had a manual but got through it without any issues and my player ran fine after the clean and lube.

Good luck,

That is the problem last I checked when my unit was acting up (about 5years ago) the motor assembly was no longer available nor was it being manufactured. So you are basically SOL if you needed one. Fortunately I was able to fix mine.

Bill Thalmann of music technology is a good source to help fix your Sony SCD-1 if you don't feel comfortable going into the unit yourself. Here is the link