Category Archives: Preamplifiers

The preamplifiers category houses all articles relating to the service, repair, restoration and review of hi-fi preamplifiers.

Quad 44 Preamplifier Service

I’ve just serviced a Quad 44 preamplifier. In this article, I’ll show you what the 44 looks like inside and explain some of its features.

Along with a Quad 405 power amplifier, I recently serviced this Quad 44 preamplifier, both owned by the same customer. I’m told he purchased them after a chat we had about resurrecting his KEF speakers, and purchasing some Quad gear to power them!… Read more “Quad 44 Preamplifier Service”

Audiolab 8000Q Preamplifier Repair

Lovely little unit, the Audiolab 8000Q preamplifier. Unfortunately, it’s let down by poor quality factory-fitted parts, particularly the capacitors. In this article, I repair this very nice pre-amp.

This Audiolab 8000Q preamplifier came to me with a fault which would see it sometimes take a long time to turn on. I’m talking a really long time – it would sometimes take up to 30 minutes to become operational after turn-on.… Read more “Audiolab 8000Q Preamplifier Repair”

Amazing Kenwood L-1000 Hi-Fi System in for Service

Wow, would you believe I’ve just serviced a complete Kenwood L-1000 hi-fi system?! Just incredible gear, beautifully constructed, with stellar build-quality.

The Kenwood L-1000 series of components are becoming rare now, so to find a complete system in the hands of its original owner is something pretty special. This stack of gear consisted of the Kenwood L-1000M power amplifier, L-1000C preamplifier, L-1000D CD player and L-1000T tuner.… Read more “Amazing Kenwood L-1000 Hi-Fi System in for Service”

Luxman C-5000A Preamplifier Repair & Restoration

A customer recently asked me to restore a gorgeous Luxman M-4000A power amplifier and a matching Luxman C-5000A preamplifier. In this article, we run through the C-5000A restoration.

You can read about my M-4000A restoration here. This post looks at the C-5000A, a rare and beautifully built preamplifier, from the somewhat enigmatic manufacturer, Luxman.

No Service Data

The Luxman C-5000A is so rare in fact that, despite searches and contact with the Luxman Yahoo group and the Luxman Vintage Audio website, there are no service manuals available for the ‘A’ series models.… Read more “Luxman C-5000A Preamplifier Repair & Restoration”

Latest Accuphase Gear in the House!

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 “Latest Accuphase Gear in the House!”