Music Hall Trio CD Receiver: repair & review

This time on my workbench is a CD Receiver of the brand Music Hall.

Music Hall produces HiFi / High-End-ish audio gear. For those who do not want a huge stack of separate devices, Music Hall introduced this entry level All-In-One CD-player, Tuner and Amplifier back in 2007.

I came across this device on a second hand trading website. I have had heard of Music Hall before and I new they make quite well build devices. So that would be a nice way to take a closer look and have it restored. I haven’t decided yet if this all-in-one will stay on my workbench shelf for testing purposes and replace the Philips 22AH209/309 combi and Grundig CD-909 or that I will sell it again.

Lets start with a first impression:

Black case with a thick aluminium front.
A three-in-one… hence the name “trio cd receiver”, I would say 🙂
Inside the Music Hall

10 comments on “Music Hall Trio CD Receiver: repair & review

  1. Hello Mark, I have the Music Hall trio and also two problems with it. When a connect 2 pairs of speakers they all play music. There is a klik sound when I push the speaker selector on the remote, the lights go on and/of out but the sound from all the speakers stays. The other issue is the auxiliary input. It makes a sound with distortion. Is there something I can do? Do you know somebody near my home where I can bring the trio for repair? Is it something you can repair? Thanks for your repair review and nice pictures. Kind regards, Ben (Deventer, the Netherlands)

    • Hi Ben,
      Switching between A and B should cut of the sound. It could be a stuck relay. Aux input distortion doesn’t ring a bell at this moment. Will have to look into that.
      I’ll reach out to you by mail regarding repair since I’m also from The Netherlands. 🙂

      Regards, Mark

      • Hi Mark, thanks for your respons. I Wil try another interlink for the auxiliary connection maybe that wil fix the problem. Ik wacht je mailtje af. Groet, Ben

  2. Wonderful review and repair. Great to see you were able to bring it back to life. I have one of these machines, but have recently been experiencing an issue with the volume increasing by itself. Runaway volume gets a little scary. I am just wondering if you might have a little insight into what might cause this issue. Thank You

    • Hi Martin,
      Thanx you very much!
      Volume runaway is in many cases caused by a defect in the rotary encoded. That is the digital volume control knob.
      Sometimes these can be taken apart and cleaned with alcohol/ipa and lubricated again with grease and Kontact 61.
      In other cases that part should be replaced with a new one.

      Hope this helps you in fixing your system.

      Kind regards,

  3. Thanks for the great review, and massive knowledge you shared. That said, i bought one of these with a drive that need to be replaced, due to the ribbon cable being detached from the board. It doesn’t look like it a be attached. Do you know what drive would work in it.

    • Hi Tony,
      The cd drive is based on the Philips CDM12.2 (VAM1202) laser assembly. If the ribbon cable or the connector on the main board is broken, that can probably replaced without replacing the laser assembly. I don’t know how the laser assembly or in case there is a PCB under the transport that handles cd operation, is connected to the main board. I would assume that it’s all connected using pretty common available connectors and/or cables.

      Hope this helps!

      Kind regards,

  4. Mark,
    Just looking to see if you will be selling the trio? Prepaid and shipping is not a problem as I purchase Audio and Bicycles worldwide.
    Where are you located
    Mark Mancinelli in GA USA

    • Hi Mark,
      I’m sorry but the trio is not for sale. I’ve been using it on my workbench ever since. Great sound and small in size. 🙂

      Kind regards,
      Mark from The Netherlands

  5. Good morning.
    Very good report and explanation.
    There is one to sell here in Portugal…
    Best regards and go on with spectacular work and repairings.

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