A while back, a customer came to me with two pieces of equipment he wanted to have restored – a gorgeous Luxman M-4000A power amplifier and a matching Luxman C-5000A preamplifier.
I restored the M-4000A here. This post looks specifically at the C-5000A, a rare and beautifully built preamplifier, from the somewhat enigmatic manufacturer, Luxman.
The Luxman C-5000A is indeed rare, so rare in fact that, despite extensive searches and contact with the Luxman Yahoo group and the Luxman Vintage Audio website, there are literally no service manuals available for the ‘A’ series models.… Read more
A customer of mine recently purchased some great new Accuphase gear, spurred on by me of course, and he kindly brought a couple of pieces over for me to look at.
First up, we have an amazing Accuphase C-280 preamplifier. This was Accuphase’s statement preamplifier in the 1980’s and it is an amazing piece of engineering.… Read more
I have been lucky enough to have a brand new Primare R32 Phono Preamplifier on loan to audition over the last few weeks and I wanted to share my experiences, by writing a proper review.
The Primare R32 phono preamplifier is designed in Sweden and is a fully discrete, solid-state, DC-coupled, class-A phono preamplifier. The R32 has three gain settings, allowing it to work with the vast majority of cartridges available, past and present.… Read more
A customer recently asked me to look at his immaculate Marantz SC-80 preamplifier / SM-80 power amplifier combo. Both pieces were playing up and required work. In this article I will look at the preamplifier, the next article will examine work required to remedy the power amplifier.
The Marantz SC-80, and its partner, matching Marantz SM-80, are quality mid-range separates hailing from around 1990.… Read more
As a bit of a teaser for the new year, I hope you like this piece on servicing my Accuphase C-202 preamplifier. The C-202 is a line-level, Class-A preamplifier, with dedicated CD buffer and is fully hardware balanced. It is a superb piece of gear.
I pulled the main circuit board to address some dry joints and clean tobacco residue, left from the previous owner.… Read more
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