Category Archives: Equipment

Sound Foundations Record Stabilizing Ring Clamp Review

Record clamps are an important part of a good vinyl system. For most people, these take the form of center clamps or spindle clamps. I was keen to find a good, affordable peripheral or ring clamp that I could recommend. I have – read on.

A while back I was searching online for a peripheral or ring-type record clamp to review, and I stumbled across Sound Foundations, operating out of Mumbai, India.… Read more

Luxman PD-171A Turntable On-Site Installation – Luxman Super-System!

I’ve just finished a fascinating on-site system installation with a colleague of mine. My job was to commission and set-up a Luxman PD-171A turntable, plus Ortofon Cadenza Black cartridge, as part of a Luxman super-system!

My colleague and good friend, Kent Harvey, owns Douglas Hi-Fi, a famous Perth hi-fi store and one of the few places still selling hi-fi stereo gear.… Read more

Sansui BA-F1 Power Amplifier Restoration Update

I’ve now finished restoring a lovely Sansui BA-F1 DC power amplifier. The Sansui BA-F1 is another beast of an amplifier from the golden era of hi-fi.

This Sansui BA-F1 has had a hard life, but will be good as new, once I’ve finished this restoration. I’m replacing all board-mounted capacitors, along with a few semiconductors. I am also cleaning and tidying up wiring and board goofs made by whoever repaired this previously.… Read more

Mackie HRS120 THX Studio Subwoofer For Sale

I’m selling an amazing subwoofer – the awesome Mackie HRS120 THX studio subwoofer. Grab it for just $1395. UPDATE – SOLD!

The Mackie HRS120 is a monster, weighing in at nearly 50kg. It’s able to deliver 400 watts continuously, via a high-power linear amplifier and power supply. All this power feeds into a downward-firing 12-inch Italian RCF bass driver.… Read more

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

Yamaha MX-1 Statement Power Amplifier Repair

I’ve just finished a repair on an amazing power amplifier – the Yamaha MX-1. You can skip to the video now, or read on for more details…

The Yamaha MX-1 was the best and most expensive amplifier in the Yamaha line-up for 1993. I truly had to wrestle this thing around the workshop, it’s so heavy for its size, it feels like it’s made of lead!… 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