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Sony BDP-CX7000ES Laser Lens Optical Pick-up Replacement
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Post 1 made on Tuesday June 12, 2018 at 14:16
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Over the past couple months I've added 4 additional Sony BDP-CX7000ES 400-disc Blu-ray players to my setup. They're the ones sitting on top of each of my A/V stands. Paid $700 on average for each. Not bad considering the 7000ES originally retailed for well over twice that.




That being said, a couple of the units couldn't play DVD's at all and had trouble at times playing Blu-rays. Replaced the KES-430A Laser Lens Optical Pick-up in each which resolved the issue.



Both units play anything I throw at them now. For anyone interested feel free to check out my post over at AVSForum here where I document the steps required to replace the optical pick-up.

In the same thread on the next page I provide a brief overview of how I catalog the contents of my changers, browse my collection as a whole, then initiating playback of a given disc. You can find that post here.

There's also the self-contained activity I created for my Pronto remote called "DVD Juke". It provides for browsing my collection by cover image right on the screen of the remote, then initiating playback of a given disc. My dedicated thread here at Remote Central for that can be found here.

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OP | Post 2 made on Wednesday March 25, 2020 at 01:49
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Purchased my 12th and 13th Sony Blu-ray changers the other day. Both needed their optical pick-up's swapped out. Both working good as new now. Using one as a spare. Integrated the other one with my setup.

Also added more switch gear (HDMI/IR/RS-232) to my Salamander A/V stand which can accomodate up to 16 changers now. Salamander offers as 41" extension for the A/V stand. For the time being I've just stacked changers 7-12 on top of the stand. :-P


(Click here for a behind-the-scenes look at the above.)

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OP | Post 3 made on Friday May 8, 2020 at 15:58
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I updated my Sony Blu-ray changer setup last night. Really pleased with the end result. Thought I'd share. Purchased a 20 port serial switch which has replaced all the switch gear I was using prior. (Well, minus the HDMI switches of course.) Far more breathing room in the back of the cabinet now after pulling out the 2 IR routers, 3 RS-232 routers, 2 RS422 to RS232 converters in addition to the 7 power supplies I was using to power all of that. It's a beautiful thing. Eye candy provided below. Enjoy!







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OP | Post 4 made on Friday November 6, 2020 at 10:12
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I've been wanting to expand my Salamander Synergy Twin 40 cabinet for a while now, so that each changer has its own shelf. Having 6 of them stacked on top of the cabinet isn't exactly ideal, especially in the event I need to work on one of them. I also have 3 additional changers I purchased for future expansion with no good place to put them.



The great thing about these Salamander Synergy cabinets is that they're modular, so the plan was to convert the Twin 40 to a Triple 40, then adding a Twin 40 extension. This would accomodate all 15 changers. Over the past couple months I acquired everything I needed. Spent the weekend before last putting my plan into action. Below is the end result prior to installing the doors.



And here's what the cabinet looks like with the doors installed prior to painting the lower doors black. (Purchased the lower 3 doors used for less than what 1 new door would have cost me.)


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Update (11/06/2020): Salamander Synergy upgrade completed.

Finally got around to spray painting the used doors I had bought. Ended up only needing one coat.



And here's what they look like installed. Not too shabby if I do say so myself.

Doors opened:


Doors closed:


Feels great to finally get this project knocked out. Physical media for the win baby! 👍

(For those interested I've got a post over at Blu-ray.com that goes into more detail. Additional images are included as well. You can find that post here.)
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Post 5 made on Saturday December 26, 2020 at 21:31
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Great post. Thanks! Please post your favorite online stores to order replacement lasers for your cx7000es. I have two. One got a new laser and is still working great. The other one got a new laser but it stopped working. Then I swapped in the laser from my test bed BDP-S360 player. This player was working great but after putting its laser in my cx7000es, it plays CDs and DVDs solidly but only very rarely plays a blu-ray. The interesting thing is that it can keep playing a blu ray for hours only to call it an invalid disc when loading the same disc in the same slot on another occasion.


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