Category Archives: Equipment

Pioneer PL-514 Turntable Service – An Affordable Gem

There’s not much else to add here except to say watch the video and try to grab one if you find one for sale.

The Pioneer PL-514 is an excellent, high-quality belt-drive deck from one of the big Japanese manufacturers. It puts many other belt-drives to shame. Check out my video, below, and read on for more details.… Read more

Quad 405 Power Amplifier Review

This is the second article in my Quad 405/405-2 series. In this piece, I review the legendary Quad 405-2. Read on to  find out what all the fuss is about and for restoration details, check out my first article!

Tellingly,  the Quad 405 and Quad 405-2  amplifiers are most loved by those who enjoy listening to their music, rather than worrying about controls and meters on their amplifiers.… Read more

Kenwood KD-600 Direct-Drive Turntable Service & Set-up

In this video, I explain some considerations when correctly setting up a turntable like the Kenwood KD-600.

This particular deck came to me very poorly set-up. The deck’s owner received some very bad advice from, of all people, Ortofon! I’m a big fan of Ortofon gear, but clearly not everyone there knows what they are talking about.… Read more

Marantz PM-8 Esotec Integrated Amplifier Repair & Restoration

I’ve been very busy repairing and restoring this stunning Marantz PM-8 integrated amplifier. In my opinion, this is one of the best integrated amplifiers from the golden era of the 70’s and 80’s.

More photos and details of the Marantz PM-8 restoration soon. You can find my article about the exploded filter capacitors, here!

In the meantime, here’s a video summary of the testing and setup of bias, DC offset and power supply voltage.… Read more

Rogue Audio Sphinx Integrated Amplifier Repair

I recently repaired this Rogue Audio Sphinx hybrid valve / class-D integrated amplifier. The repair also reminded me of a valuable lesson in always checking the obvious!

The Rogue Audio Sphinx is a nicely made amplifier, hand-built in the USA which is a very good thing. The amplifier features an unusual topology, consisting of a tube preamplifier, solid state power supply, support circuitry and two Hypex class-D output amplifier modules.… Read more

Fantastic Pioneer A-X540 Integrated Amplifier for Sale

New from Liquid Audio is a stunning little Pioneer A-X540, 85 watt per channel integrated amplifier. Asking just $295. UPDATE – SOLD!

This amplifier is perfect for someone looking for a compact, powerful amplifier for a second system, or perhaps looking to set up their first proper system. Again, this is a one owner amplifier and a great buy.… Read more

Denon DP-30L Turntable Service & Review

I recently serviced a lovely Denon DP-30L direct-drive turntable and decided to spread the word a little about this great deck.

Denon’s DP-30L is an excellent turntable with great features like a quality motor, solid chassis and excellent speed-control circuitry. The DP-30L weighs in at just under 10kg, much more than today’s lightweight decks. This deck also has commendably low wow and flutter.… Read more