DCC130: Caps, belt, battery, and charger

So, I happened to find a DCC player for sale here in Norway, which is pretty uncommon. It’s a Philips DCC130 and it just arrived in the mail.

First of all, based on DRDCC’s videos, I understand I should replace the SMD caps on this model, so I’ll be looking into that. I’ll probably replace the belt too since I have to open it anyway, if I can find the right belt.

The player did not come with the charger. It does have the original Ni-Cd battery pack, which is of course dead. There is some very slight battery leakage or corrosion on the plus pole of the battery, but fortunately it has not messed up the battery compartment.

The player requires a 5.5 V power source, which I do not have. I used a universal power adapter set to 6 V to test. 5 V did not work. I only tested very briefly (a few seconds with an analogue tape and a few seconds with a digital one) for fear of stressing the electronics too much with the higher voltage. The tapes played fine.

My first question is – does it matter if I use a 6 V power adapter? Does the player have sufficient regulation so it will tolerate this? If not, I will source a 5.5 V 2 A power adapter from somewhere, and solder on the right plug if necessary. I see there are some on eBay.

For the battery pack I have not decided yet. Is there an easy way to replace the Cadmium cells with modern Ni-MH AA cells? Or perhaps the way to go is the 3D-printed battery case for 18650 lithium cells.


As a Patron of the DCC Museum, you can order an 18650-based replacement:

@Jac Do you know what input voltage the regulators can take? I don’t think any part will die of 0.5V, but I could be wrong.


If you need 5.5V and you have 6V you can always use a diode like the 1N4001 to lower the voltage by 0.6V.


Better hurry: on thursday, DCC museum will have sales, everything half price!

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I think you misunderstood, the 50% discount only applies to all of our :minidisc:.

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Oh I understand, you mean the DCC music store, on which you can buy and download PASC-encoded music. :musical_note:

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