Plastic crap


VIP/Donor & WBF Founding Member
May 6, 2010
Boston, MA
I HOPE AND PRAY that the thread will not derail, and my intention is to share some real frustrations with this hobby. No, I am not going rogue and I do not intend to trash every piece of equipment that comes through my hands, only share what real engineers have to say about some really stupid implementations, for which we pay a pretty penny.

I ONLY INVITE LINKS TO SIMILAR COMMENTS FROM REAL ENGINEERS or REVIEWERS - basically anything that's already published.

Oftentimes, I will open up equipment to see what the heck am I getting for the asking price. Others, like recently, I am researching parts, and I landed on a mine... and it's about to explode. I modify anything I can, and in this case, I was researching the Sony KSS-151A laser diode (and others more advanced since then), in hopes of using it in my transport - it is a very well engineered and expensive laser, and as it turns out, it's already sitting pretty in my Spectral transport. So in my research, I land again on the Lampizator site, and to make a long story short, see

Some excerpts from tearing the TEAC T1 transport apart:

Wow - the VRDS looks positively high tech, and considering all these ribs on a massive support bridge , which look like a cheetah in full speed , I am really impressed.

But lets drill deeper.

After removing - the bridge turns out to be a FAKE ONE. It is made of recycled car bumpers and has NO MECHANICAL ROLE. It is a mask, a decor. It is a push-up bra equivalent - to optically fool naive men who tend to "buy by eyes".

Under the rocket science bridge we reveal the steel piece of plate - not VERY RIGID for sure.
The motor is a standard Sony motor - a 3 dollar brushed Mabuchi from China.

Teac used simply the standard Sony mechanism KSS240 and what they did - they turned it upside down - the motor went up, and the spindle centre went down.
NOTHING was added except the green plastic flywheel. It is just a standard sony mechanism and laser - the cheapest which existed at that time - circa 1999.

There is no magnetic rails like in the more costly KSS151A which is a base of MUCH more costly VRDS mechanism from middle and top range.

In this cheap application, the huge clamp is ONLY a decor, a psychological selling point. Maybe in VRDS CMK-3,2 it works better.

This motor really is an inadequate piece of s**t.

If you think that Teac was alone using this plastic crap - look at Wadia - the king of VRDS !!!!!!

[TABLE="width: 678"]
[TD] WADIA 21[/TD]
[TD] VRDS CMK-4 – KSS-240A[/TD]
[TD]Plastic crap[/TD]
[TD] WADIA 23[/TD]
[TD] Pioneer Stable Platter PEA1030[/TD]
[TD]Plastic crap[/TD]
[TD] WADIA 301[/TD]
[TD] Pioneer Stable Platter PEA1343[/TD]
[TD]Plastic crap[/TD]
[TD] WADIA 302[/TD]
[TD] Philips VAE 1250[/TD]
[TD]Plastic crap[/TD]
[TD] WADIA 830[/TD]
[TD] Pioneer Stable Platter PEA1343[/TD]
[TD]Plastic crap
[TD] WADIA 831[/TD]
[TD] Pioneer Stable Platter[/TD]
[TD]Plastic crap[/TD]
[TD] WADIA 850[/TD]
[TD] VRDS CMK-4-a – KSS-240A[/TD]
[TD]Plastic crap[/TD]

But wait a minute: here is what "Soundstage" magazine wrote in april 2000 about the 830 Modell and its mechanism versus VRDS CMK-4:
Wadia believes that a high-performance transport mechanism is a fundamental building block to superior sound and chose the highly regarded Pioneer PD-S505 Stable Platter mechanism to orchestrate CD playback. Wadia acknowledges that the PD-S505 is not quite the equal of the behemoth TEAC VRDS mechanism used in the more expensive 850...

BEHEMOTH !!??!! Bwaaahahahaha.

The original clock, despite the fact it is a transport - was the cheapest and standard one. The player benefits from clock upgrade.


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