Category Archives: Rants

BMW R1200R Problems

Hi folks, this post is not related to audio in any way. Rather, it’s a summary of some recent problems I’ve had with my 2009 BMW R1200R motorcycle.

The BMW R1200R is a superb bike in every respect and a joy to ride and work on. I’ve owned more than 15 bikes over the years and this one is my pick in terms of being fun to ride, having gobs of torque, killer one finger brakes, almost no dive under braking, awesome handling, great range and fuel economy and the list goes on.… Read more

Vinyl vs CD – is Vinyl Higher-Resolution?

UPDATE!

As a sign of how misunderstood this topic is, and why I originally wrote this vinyl vs CD piece, I’ve received a few comments from people who obviously didn’t read or understand the article. Despite explaining some of the obvious deficiencies of vinyl and discussing the merits of both formats, I’ve received rambling rants from crazed folks seemingly wanting to tie me to a stick and burn me for daring to say that vinyl can sound better!Read more

Krell KSA-150 Class-A Amplifier Service

I have been flat out with restorations and repairs. One of my recent jobs was to inspect and service a lovely example of a Krell KSA-150 Class A Power Amplifier.

You may have already watched my restoration video, where I completely refurbish one of these beasts. This video has actually generated a great deal of interest and I receive lots of queries in relation to my resto, and about the KSA-150.… 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

The Sansui Corrosive Glue Problem

While I am restoring this lovely AU-717 amplifier, I felt it was worth discussing the infamous Sansui corrosive glue problem.

Most equipment manufactured by Sansui, and others, during a certain period in the 70’s and 80’s will be affected by this nasty, corrosive compound. Its called polychloroprene and it literally eats through components like an acid.… Read more