How to replace belt in Sony CDP-M555ES? Otherwise, easiest way to digitize 400 CDs?


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Username: Quadzilla

Greenwich, CT United States

Post Number: 5
Registered: Apr-06
Hello everyone,
Just yesterday, my much loved Sony CDP-M555ES stopped working, I think one of the belts is loose or broke. When I turn it on, I can hear a motor turning but the carousel does not turn and eventually the display reads "table error". I noticed I can turn the carousel manually, I wanted to be sure I can still remove all the discs without removing the cover. If it is in fact the belt or belts that are broken, how difficult is that repair job? Roughly how much would it cost if I took it to a shop for the repair? I did find a couple of videos on YouTube, the most informative video was about replacing the belt on a CDP-CX300, I couldn't find any on the M555ES. Any idea if those 2 models work the same? I ask because the video shows how to replace the belts without removing the discs. I'm disabled so while not impossible, removing then putting back 400 CDs is a huge pain in the butt. Where does one buy replacement belts etc. for something like this? I know Sony stopped building these many years ago. I noticed one of these on sale on eBay where the seller wrote it's belts had been replaced two years prior so that gives me hope, unless of course the seller is BS-ing. I suppose I'd have to get another M555ES for use as a spare parts machine? What other Sony CD changers use the same belts? I did notice a couple of M555ES for sale on eBay but I'd really have to hate to replace this unit after all the time I spent loading, programming and entering titles to all the discs, again. I say again because this is my 3rd M555ES. The first one (bought new) lasted about 10 years, the 2nd (bought used) lasted about 6 years and this 3rd one (bought used) is also about 10 years old. Not a bad record considering I used them virtually every day for at least 2 hours a day and 90% of that time in shuffle mode.
Also, if I were to try to convert all these discs to digital format to store on a hard drive, what's the easiest and quickest way to go about that? I'm sure there are plenty of guides online but I figured I'd ask here too.
Thanks in advance for any information you can provide!
Dan G in CT

Platinum Member
Username: Jan_b_vigne

Dallas, TX

Post Number: 18706
Registered: May-04

You may still be able to purchase a belt directly from Sony. Some service centers will sell small parts such as a belt, you can ask Sony for contact information to a few close to you.

I doubt you can easily replace the belt on your own without considerable tear down of the unit. Shop labor is over $60 and under $100@hr for players. So expect a few hundred on a repair at a shop. Add in shipping if you have no local service center in your area. The more difficult issue would be finding any shop that wants to work on, and be tied down, to a 10 year old CD changer.

Single disc copying, one by one, is the only way to "digitize" CD's to another drive. If your computer doesn't have a CD/DVD drive, then you would have to take your discs to a service and pay for their labor. You may find a neighborhood person willing to do the job at a discount cost but I certainly wouldn't hand over all 400 discs at the same time in that situation. Pay for small batch work to add an incentive to do more. Or you can buy an external transport and a possibly an external drive (400 CD's will take up a lot of space on your computer's hard drive) and do the job yourself. Set you computer to the desired format for copying and then slow and steady is the only way forward.

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