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 Post subject: Cal Labs CD Player
PostPosted: Oct Thu 12, 2006 2:16 pm 
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Does anyone know where I can get a California Audio Labs CD player serviced? It is an 'Auria Mk-III" from about 1991. It has a tube stage final out. I think the CD drive is finished in it. Otherwise it was ok. Funny thing is that it didn't see a lot of use over the years. I cannot locate anyone who will repair it, and the company is out of business. This was a very high end unit when new, and sounded much better than a lot of new players. I'd like to see it back in service. Any one know who services this brand?


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Too bad you don't live closer Frank, otherwise our shop would would have a go at it.

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PostPosted: Oct Thu 12, 2006 8:43 pm 
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I did not know that California Audio Labs was out of business.

I have an Icon model. I use it all of the time and it has performed perfectly through many years of operation.

Sorry to hear of your situation. I recall that the transport unit was a Phillips, and I think that the power supplies were their own design. They usually had a pretty decent track record (based on my and others experience).

The one time that I heard of anyone seeking repair of one of these units from a high-end repair shop, they were told to buy a new one...

I am sure that you could find someone to repair this unit from an internet search.

Good luck.


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PostPosted: Oct Thu 12, 2006 9:08 pm 
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California Audio Labs .
Digital specialist based in Blue Lake in Claifornia, USA and founded in the mid 80's. Initially best known for their high end CD players but later diversified into high end DVD players and DAC's etc. and in the last few years of the company's life actually branched into the world of home theatre with the introduction of multichannel amplifiers, processors and the like. In 2001 however its mother company Sensory Science was bought by Sonic Blue who was interested in that company's multimedia technologies but had no interest in the high end audio market and thus closed CAL down in 2002. If you need to have a device made by the company serviced in the USA or are in need of spare parts you can contact Approved Audio Service via E-Mail as : repair at approvedaudioservice.com.


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PostPosted: Oct Fri 13, 2006 2:09 pm 
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Thanks for the replies. I am going to follow up and see if I can have this serviced. If not, the next unit I buy might be a Bryston. They have a CD player comming out in a few months. They usually have a long warranty for their products, and back them up better than most. Too bad that Cal Labs went away, because all of the CD players I have heard from them sounded very good.


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Just got a reply back from Approved Audio Service. They said to send it in. So, I'm going to box it up and ship it to them. I really would like to have this unit back in service. Will let you guys know how it all turns out....


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