Category Archives: Equipment

Luxman M-4000A Amplifier Restoration

A customer recently brought in his gorgeous matching Luxman M-4000A power amplifier and C-5000A preamplifier. Both pieces needed a thorough overhaul and the M-4000A needed repairs also.

The legendary Tim De Paravicini designed the original M-4000. The improved and even rarer Luxman M-4000A probably also came from De Paravicini’s hand, but nobody seems to know for sure.… Read more

Kenwood KD-500 / KD-550 Direct-Drive Turntable Review

It’s time I wrote a piece on the legendary Kenwood KD-500 / KD-550 direct-drive turntables. These classic direct-drive decks hail from an era when things were built to last.

Indeed, if decks like the KD-500 / KD-550 with this level of bespoke engineering were to be built now, they would cost many thousands of dollars. The Technics SL-1200 is a classic example – it’s been reissued and costs literally thousands!… Read more

The Redgum RGi120 Integrated Amplifier – Australian Quality? You Decide…

This piece, about the Redgum RGi120 integrated amplifier, isn’t one I enjoyed writing. Redgum is an Australian brand and I really wanted to be able to write great things about the design and construction of this amplifier.

In the end, I couldn’t. I wrote this piece, considered not posting it, then hit go, only to pull it down after I was literally inundated with hits!… Read more

Kenwood L-1000 Series – Exceptional Audio Components

I was recently asked by a customer to service and repair two of his gorgeous Kenwood L-1000 series components. In the lab this time were an L-1000T tuner and matching L-1000D compact disc player. All I can is wow! This gear is seriously well put-together and just beautifully engineered.

In what was a great result, I successfully repaired both units.… Read more

Technics SL-Q5 Turntable – Linear Tracking on the Cheap!

I recently serviced a customer’s Technics SL-Q5 direct-drive, linear-tracking turntable. This is a mid-range linear-tracking deck from the 1980s and well worth keeping an eye out for.

The deck is typical Technics in being well designed, well made and easy to service. The issue with this deck, and many others like it, is that it has not been serviced and has eventually displayed a fault that meant it could no longer play records.… Read more

Servicing the Technics SL-1200 Direct Drive Turntable

The Technics SL-1200 direct drive turntable, in its various iterations, will be well known to most vinyl lovers these days. They have become almost legendary for different reasons – DJs love them for their fast startup and solid build; home users love them for their engineering and audio bang for the buck.

Make no mistake – the SL-1200 is no audio weapon in the big picture – it is never going to scare an SP-10 or L-07D.… Read more