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Sunday, January 27, 2019

Beomaster 8000 From Canada: Taking care of some loose ends before shipping home

The Beomaster 8000 receiver from Canada that I blogged about here has been undergoing extensive testing in my listening room.  The input sources (FM, phono, tape 1 and tape 2) have been exercised for countless hours. This unit has performed great.

When it was time to unplug the Beomaster from my Beosystem 8000 listening room setup I got a surprise when I unplugged the Beogram 8000 cable. The Beomaster 8000 Phono DIN jack came out with. Part way anyways. The wires in the Beomaster source input connector box kept the DIN jack from getting too far.

I hadn't noticed any problem with the Phono DIN jack previously but now that is was out I could see that one tab (of two) that prevents the DIN jack from pressing into the connector box was broken and both side tabs, that keep the DIN jack from pulling out, were broken.

Here are the pictures.

Fortunately for this type of problem Beolover makes a 3D printed repair kit.

I had used the 3D printed parts for the top and bottom edges of the phono DIN jack on the Beomaster 8000 from Texas.  That DIN jack had intact side clips though so the top and bottom Beolover parts were all that were needed on that project.

This Beomaster 8000 phono DIN jack had its bottom tab intact but was missing the top one. In addition, both the left and right side clips were broken.

The next two pictures show the installation of the phono DIN jack left side stop piece. The original side clips were a flexible, spring like plastic tab. A replacement part that works as a spring clip isn't really an option. Beolover came up with side pieces that glue to the DIN jack housing in such a way that the DIN jack cannot be pulled out (the top and bottom replacement pieces are designed to not let the DIN jack press down into the connector box).

Note that just one side (the left side) was installed first. Since this DIN jack still had its original bottom tab I only needed one of the Beolover parts for that part of the assembly.

With the left side stop piece glued in place and the top Beolover replacement part installed I was able to push the phono DIN jack back into the source input box.

The final step was to glue in the right side stop piece.

The phono DIN jack was now securely mounted where it will no longer fall in or pull out of the source input box.

Here is the completed repair.

Now back to another round of listening tests before the packing up for shipment back to Canada.
That step cannot be skipped. Whenever working with the source input connectors it is really easy for one of the small wires to break.  I do not want to risk shipping this Beomaster back to Canada only to discover there is some problem I could have easily caught with a little more testing.

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