cd player question

I have a 100 disc changer (Sony CDP-CX151) that’s about seven years old. I’ve never done a thing to involving maintnence. Recently it started skipping pretty badly (and I know it’s not the discs). I tried cleaning it with one of those CD’s with the little brushes on it and it made no difference. I think the problem may have something to do with the fact that about 3 months before it started skipping I moved it to a new location, on top of a subwoofer. (I eneded up putting towels in between it and the subwoofer and between the woofer and the hardwood floor, because anything with too much bass caused the CD’s to rattle) Anyways, at this point I’m not sure if it needs a good pro cleaning or if the laser is misaligned or what. Does anybody have any ideas on this? Should I take it in to be fixed? If so how much should a professional cleaning/aligning cost me? I’m hoping I won’t have to go out and buy a new CD Player just yet.

Check out the CD/CD-Rom section of

Even if you don’t want to tinker with it, it might give you an idea as to how much of a problem you have on your hands. (BTW, it specifically mentions the shortcomings of “cleaner dics.”)

Take the lid off and clean the lens with isopropyl alcohol. You could also try oiling the sledge runners with the lens on with very thin watchmakers lubricant.

At the risk of stating the obvious, the sub may have rattled something loose. I would suggest that you find a new place for the CD-player. As for fixing it, you might try blowing around inside with a can of compressed air, but I suspect the problem is not just dirt. I doubt it is worth fixing the unit professionally. Most places will charge you $50 minimum just to look inside, and even if they do fix it what are you are left with? A patched up 7 year old sony. Go buy a new one for $150.

Having trouble with mine also. It will only play one side of disk.