You may have seen the article I wrote recently about repairing a gorgeous Yamaha MX-1 power amplifier. This time I’m servicing a Yamaha CX-1 preamplifier, which matches the MX-1 and is part of the same set.
Yamaha made some really superb hi-fi gear back in the day, as I’m sure many of you know. There were the B series VFET amps like the B-1 and B-2, the legendary NS-1000 monitor loudspeakers, the perhaps even more (studio) famous NS-10 monitors, awesome MX-10000, CX-10000, and many more.… Read more
The Meridian 506.24 is a seriously good CD player, one of the very best I’ve had the pleasure of listening to. This 506, however, had a strange, mystery fault. Read on to discover how I serviced and finally fixed this stunning CD player.
If you want a smooth, relaxed, organic-sounding player, you’ll go a long way to find one better than a Meridian 506.24.… Read more
Come along as I run through the service, repair and overhaul of one of the biggest, meanest monster receivers ever – the Sansui G-9000DB Stereo Receiver!
Yes, this thing is officially silly, 170 watts per channel of oval capacitor madness! In this video, I basically run through the service process from first unveiling the beast, to final testing.… Read more
Monster receivers – if you follow my site you’ll know I love them, kind of. Nothing screams statement hi-fi gear louder than the classic monster receivers of the 70’s and 80’s and this Marantz 2330 is up there with the best of them.
The Marantz 2330 is a heavy receiver, actually very heavy for its moderate size – it’s dense.… Read more
I get to work on some beautiful gear at Liquid Audio. A great example is this stunning Luxman SQ-202 integrated amplifier that I’ve just repaired and serviced.
The Luxman SQ-202 integrated amplifier is a model dating right back to the early 70’s. In fact it was released 1970, and produced until 1973.
Lots more great information and specifications are located at the Vintage Knob page for the SQ-202.… Read more
I’ve just repaired and restored this lovely Krell KAV-300i integrated amplifier. Read on to find out how I did all that, and why the KAV-300i is such a superbly engineered amplifier.
Krell still proudly builds amplifiers and other high-end gear, from their base in Orange, Connecticut, USA. Established in 1980, they set about manufacturing a range of really different hi-fi equipment, aimed squarely at the top end of town.… Read more
I’ve just repaired this lovely McIntosh Laboratories C220 preamplifier. This seemingly high-quality preamp fell victim to a growing problem with newer gear – modern Pb-free production processes.
The McIntosh C220 preamplifier is a hybrid tube/transistor based preamplifier, featuring a phono preamp and microprocessor control. It’s a well-made unit, though not like the McIntosh of old. The board is high-quality fibreglass and internal layout is clean and tidy, using nice parts.… Read more
I recently repaired and completely restored two stunning Accuphase M-60 monophonic power amplifiers. Read on to learn how these wonderful amplifiers were ruined by a local Perth electronics repairer, before they came to me.
The Accuphase M-60 is a monophonic power amplifier. It was top of the Accuphase range when introduced in 1975 and capable of driving almost anything.… Read more
I’ve just finished overhauling this absolutely incredible Sharp VZ-2000 linear-tracking record-playing boombox!
The Sharp VZ-2000 is one of the biggest and baddest boomboxes, from the golden era of boomboxes, the 80’s. This thing is seriously HUGE. I can hardly lift it and it took two hands to get it to this position for the photo-shoot.
More info can be found at the the Classic Boombox VZ-2000 page and this great page at the Laughing Squid.… Read more
So this is the second JVC QL-F4 I’ve repaired with speed control issues. These relate to the old ‘corrosive glue’ problem I’ve written about before.
You can read about my previous QL-F4 repair here. The JVC QL-F4 is a great direct-drive deck, perfect for someone stepping up from a belt-drive or lower tier DD.… Read more