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Sony CD/Cassette/Radio set fix, bad caps again..HCD EP40

My sister came walking in with her small Sony Radio/Cassette/CD-player.
Of course there was a problem with this device

The volume control was not working, when at "0" it would mute, but at low level it would just go too loud.
Luckily I found a schematic online :

After some investigation I figured out that the LC75392 was in control of the volume

I traced the problem to the main circuit board and started measuring all the voltages (given in the schematic) and they appeared to be all right.

I then used my new audio-sniffer to track the audio from the radio receiver. This is where I got one from Santa-Claus.

Some example of someone else tracking a signal with the audiosniffer here on YouTube.

I noticed that I was getting a lot of signal on the ground reference (pin 18, which should be virtual ground without audio noise)

In the picture I made the virtual ground a yellow color.

Looking at the schematic I found the usual suspects, the capacitors, C238 and C202 both 470uF/16V and both where completely dried out. So I replaced the caps with some others I had within reach (2200uF) and Hooray !! It works again.

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A picture from the bottom of the circuit board after replacing the bad caps.


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Thanks Edwin from Estonia !

Cheers :)
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Thank you for this information.
Solved my problem.

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