Category Archives: Equipment

All the hi-fi equipment you want to see, in one place. Every piece of equipment I’ve worked on and written about appears under this category.

Yamaha NS-1000M Loudspeaker Review

The Yamaha NS-1000M monitor loudspeaker is proof it can be done. ‘It’ in this case being the creation of a unique, inspired loudspeaker, that in many ways has no peers, even now.

The legendary NS-1000M monitor loudspeakers are vaunted in audio circles and loved by many thousands of owners. I’m lucky enough to own this pair, so it’s time I reviewed them.Read more

Jelco SA-750D Tonearm Review

Looking for one of the best bargains in tonearms? The Jelco SA-750D is a quality tonearm, at a sensible price, designed to fit a variety of turntables from the past and present.

The Jelco SA-750D has, in various forms, been used in a huge number of decks over the years.  Jelco has also made and rebadged this great tonearm for many well-known manufacturers like Linn, Sumiko, Koetsu and Audioquest.Read more

ERA Mk 6 Belt-Drive Turntable Repair & Restoration

I recently was asked by a customer to restore her partner’s lovely old French ERA Mk 6 belt-drive turntable, as a surprise birthday gift. I was very happy to assist of course, and it gave me a wonderful opportunity to work on a deck I had never seen before. 

The ERA Mk 6 is a belt-driven deck from the early seventies.… Read more

Kenwood KT-3300D FM Stereo Super-Tuner Service & Alignment

A customer recently asked me to service and align his latest acquisition – a stunning Kenwood KT-3300D FM analogue stereo tuner.

Due to other repair commitments, it took me longer than I would have liked to get to this gorgeous KT-3300D. The wait was worth it though. As you’ll see, aligning a tuner like this is time-consuming but critically important.… Read more

Arcam Alpha 9 Integrated and Power Amplifier Service

Arcam makes some nice gear and when a customer asked me to service his dual Arcam Alpha 9 integrated / power setup, I was happy to assist.

The Arcam Alpha 9 amplifier was a mainstay for Arcam for many years. The amplifier is fairly straightforward in design and neat in internal layout. There is nothing really serious about this gear, it is modestly designed and constructed, but well-made if that makes sense.… Read more