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
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
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
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
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
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
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