Krell KAV-150a Power Amplifier Repair & Restoration

This beautiful Krell KAV-150a power amplifier is the partner of the KAV-300i I restored last year. Come along as I repair and restore this one.

The Krell KAV-150a is another product from Krell’s more affordable KAV line, from the mid 90’s. Whilst certainly more affordable, this gear is most definitely not cheaply built, sharing the same stunning machined aluminium casework and stainless steel fasteners as other Krell gear.… Read more

Dual 1219 Idler Drive Turntable Major Service & Repair

Every so often, a customer brings me a piece of gear that reminds me how much I love vintage hi-fi. The Dual 1219 idler drive turntable is just such a piece.

The Dual 1219 idler drive turntable is a relic from an era when almost everything was made out of metal and wood. The deck is German, and old, so this type of solid construction should be no surprise.… Read more

Marantz 1152DC Integrated Amplifier Repair & Restoration

How’s this for a beautiful amplifier. I recently repaired and restored this absolutely stunning Marantz 1152DC integrated amplifier, let’s take a look.

The Marantz 1152DC is an integrated amplifier from the upper middle of Marantz’s range in the late 1970’s. The 1152DC and others from this series are very collectible now, thanks to their unique looks, great sound and Marantz’s famous build quality. … Read more

Transistor Matching for an Accuphase E-202 Amplifier Repair

This post is about a gorgeous Accuphase E-202 integrated amplifier I’m repairing, and the need for careful transistor matching when repairing audio gear like this.

Choosing and matching transistors correctly is critically important when repairing or restoring audio electronics. I’ve learned this over the years, through experience and from people who’ve been doing this for much longer than I have.… Read more

Site Improvements :)

Hi audio friends, just a very quick update today to let you know about a few site improvements I’ve made recently.

Firstly, I’ve revamped my Contact page. Improvements mean it’s now easier to submit enquiries and I’ve added a country of residence field, which helps me respond to the many overseas messages I receive. I’ve also added a field allowing you to submit suggestions and requests, so please go ahead and use that!… Read more

Queens of the Stone Age Rock Perth Arena

Rippling bass lines, droning guitars and pounding drums filled Perth Arena last night, as Queens of the Stone Age kicked out the jams for a very appreciative crowd.

Josh Homme and the band were in fine form as they ground out a long list of classics and new stuff from their repertoire. We were lucky enough to be up the front, in the pit, but things mostly stayed pretty civilised.… Read more

Musical Fidelity M1 DAC Review & Upgrades

The Musical Fidelity M1 DAC shares some of the same DNA as the awesome Tri-Vista 21. Come along as I upgrade this DAC and discover just how good she can sound.

Think of the Musical Fidelity M1 DAC as the little DAC that could. For its very modest asking price when released, you got a lotta DAC for the money.… Read more

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