Music Hall Trio CD Receiver: repair & review

Build quality and use of components

My first impression is very good, much higher quality than I would have expected from such an entry type all-in-one. Lets take a closer look:

No budget cuts on the netfilter.
A reasonably sized toroidal transformer.
Double power supply design, presumably both channels have their own rectifier and filter caps.
Traditionally build stereo amplifier.
multi turn potentiometers for adjustments (presumably idle current & DC offset)

I wasn’t able to get my hands on a service manual or schematics, so I wasn’t able to readjust these multi turn potentiometers.

A lot of relays at the input stage.
Philips VAM1202 (CDM12.2) transport. Not the best there is, but those are all plastic these days.

All in all a very impressive design and use of expensive components. On the other hand, this device was sold for EUR 1300, back in 2007. Then again, you get three devices in one!

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

  1. 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,
      Mark

  2. 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
    Thanks,
    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

  3. 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.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.