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.

Gorgeous Philips RH 750 Receiver & Why We Love Hi-Fi!

Just a very quick update, to welcome in 2018, and to share this stunning piece of vintage hi-fi gear.

I think we can all agree, it’s pieces like this beautiful Philips RH 750 receiver, with its warm tones and smile-inducing vintage looks, that make classic 70’s gear so desirable. Seriously, this is one of the best looking pieces of hi-fi gear I’ve ever worked on!… Read more

A Look Inside the Sansui AU-919 Integrated Amplifier

A very quick update to give you a look inside a stunning and very rare Sansui AU-919 integrated amplifier I’ve just serviced.

There’ll be a full article coming soon, but in the meantime, enjoy this look inside the amazing Sansui AU-919!

Specifications (Courtesy of the HiFi Engine)

Power output: 100 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)
Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz
Total harmonic distortion: 0.008%
Damping factor: 100
Input sensitivity: 0.1mV (MC), 2.5mV (MM), 150mV (line)
Signal to noise ratio: 74dB (MC), 90dB (MM), 100dB (line)
Channel separation: 75dB (MM), 70dB (MC), 80dB (line)
Output: 150mV (line), 1V (Pre out)
Speaker load impedance: 8Ω (minimum)
Dimensions: 430 x 168 x 428mm
Weight: 21.4kg
Year: 1978… Read more

McIntosh C220 Preamplifier Repair

I’ve just repaired this lovely McIntosh Laboratories C220 preamplifier. This seemingly high-quality preamp fell victim to a growing problem with newer gear – modern Pb-free production processes.

The McIntosh C220 preamplifier is a hybrid tube/transistor based preamplifier, featuring a phono preamp and microprocessor control. It’s a well-made unit, though not like the McIntosh of old. The board is high-quality fibreglass and internal layout is clean and tidy, using nice parts.… Read more

Technics SL-10 Direct Drive Turntable Review

The Technics SL-10 direct drive, fully automatic turntable, continues Technics’ tradition of innovation and stunningly designed products. Read on to find out why this deck is one of the best vintage turntable buys today.

Ground-Breaking Design

The Technics SL-10 direct-drive turntable represented the pinnacle of design, engineering and product marketing, when it arrived on the scene in 1979.… Read more

The Gorgeous Technics SL-10 Playing Vintage Vinyl

Just a very quick video post today, showing a stunning Technics SL-10 I’ve just finished  servicing, playing some vintage vinyl.

The Technics SL-10 was and still is a groundbreaking deck in many ways. I’ll be doing a full service article and review soon, but in the meantime, enjoy some specs, and a video!

Specifications

Platter: 300mm aluminium die-cast
Speed accuracy: within +-0.002%
Wow and flutter: 0.025% WRMS
Rumble: -78dB
Tonearm type: Dynamic balanced linear tracking gimbal suspension
Effective length: 105mm
Cartridge type: EPC-310MC moving coil stereo
Frequency response: 10 to 60,000Hz
Dimensions: 315 x 88 x 315mm
Weight: 6.5kg

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Rare Musical Fidelity Tri-Vista 21 192K Tube DAC for Sale!

Here is your chance to own a rare and extensively upgraded Musical Fidelity Tri-Vista 21 192K Tube DAC, in almost pristine, unmarked condition. Priced @ just $1595.

UPDATE: This DAC sounds so good that I’ve decided to keep her for now and do even more upgrades. I listened to her again and just couldn’t bring myself to sell her, despite having a potential local buyer!… Read more

Denon DP-30L Direct-Drive Turntable Service & Repair

I work on quite a few of these lovely Denon decks. Here’s a closer look at a Denon DP-30L I serviced recently, and a reminder of why it’s important to take your deck to the right person for work.

For more Denon DP-30L goodness, check out this service and review article. This particular unit came to me having just had an Ortofon 2M Red moving magnet cartridge fitted, plus a new lead-out cable.… Read more