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So here's the thing. I have a (UK model) BOSE Soundwave CD player/ radio. Anyone whose owned one of these will know that they are beautiful machines - the sound they generate is something else, but aren't exactly cheap. I really don't want to have to replace it with an American model if at all possible.

So being a UK model, it operates on: 220/240 volts, 50-60 hz, 60 w max.

I lugged it over here 3 years ago, and bought a transformer. The radio plays beautifully but I've never been able to get the CD player to work properly. It works for a few seconds, but then the music stops, skips, or slows - I'm guessing the motor that turns the CD isn't getting the right amount of power?

Any ideas on how to rectify this? Are some transformers better/ more suitable than others?

Thanks in advance.

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There are many Indian 'appliance ' shops in the USA that will rework yer gear to use 120V power.

Find an Indian enclave in a city close to you, and get it done.

(there are many in Houston, for example)


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Any ideas on how to rectify this?

Husband suggests it's maybe a mechanical problem (inertia) with the disk mechanism. A very small transformer should run it fine. You'd have to dismantle it to check the thing that grips the cd, or clean any rubber parts that could be slipping, or even the lens. He said he's done similar with cd players and computer drives with the same symptoms. You have tried different cds to make sure it's not a worn out disk?


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So here's the thing. I have a (UK model) BOSE Soundwave CD player/ radio. Anyone whose owned one of these will know that they are beautiful machines - the sound they generate is something else, but aren't exactly cheap. I really don't want to have to replace it with an American model if at all possible.

So being a UK model, it operates on: 220/240 volts, 50-60 hz, 60 w max.

I lugged it over here 3 years ago, and bought a transformer. The radio plays beautifully but I've never been able to get the CD player to work properly. It works for a few seconds, but then the music stops, skips, or slows - I'm guessing the motor that turns the CD isn't getting the right amount of power?

Any ideas on how to rectify this? Are some transformers better/ more suitable than others?

Thanks in advance.

Have you called Bose?


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Thanks everyone - will give Bose a call.


11-24-2006 Annette and I meet in Rome

09-09-2008 Engaged!

01-30-2009 Fiance petition filed

03-22-2009 Fiance petition approved. Case moves to U.S. embassy in London

04-01-2009 Package received from U.S. embassy in London

06-01-2009 Visa Medical (London)

06-23-2009 K1 Visa Interview (London)

06-27-2009 Passport returned by embassy. K1 Visa received!!

07-04-2009 Fly to Denver (port of entry - Houston, TX)

07-25-2009 We are married (the joint happiest day of my life)

08-07-2009 Social Security number obtained

08-20-2009 AOS, Advanced Parole and Employment Authorization forms filed

09-24-2009 Biometrics appointment (Aurora, CO)

10-05-2009 Advanced Parole received

10-09-2009 Employment Authorization received

10-13-2009 Colorado Learner's permit obtained and driving test scheduled

10-21-2009 Driving test taken and passed

11-30-2009 Green Card Interview (Centennial, CO)

12-08-2009 Green Card received

01-04-2010 Employed

01-28-2011 Our daughter is born (the other happiest day of my life)!

11-21-2011 Filed for Removal of Conditions

12-28-2011 Biometrics appointment (Aurora, CO)

03-16-2012 Card production ordered

03-23-2012 Card received

09-04-2012 Application for Naturalization filed

10-05-2012 Biometrics appointment (Aurora, CO)

12-11-2012 Naturalization Interview (Centennial, CO)

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