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
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
One of the decks I worked on recently is a very cool old JVC QL-F4 direct-drive, fully automatic turntable.
The JVC QL-F4 is a mid-range deck from the once great JVC. Even in the late 70’s and early 80’s, JVC were not really known for their hifi separates. This is a shame because this series of JVC turntables had great specs.… Read more
I’ve just serviced two gorgeous Kenwood D-3300P CD players for a customer of mine. He loves his classic audio gear and owns three of these beasts!
The Kenwood D-3300P CD player dates to 1986 and is a superbly built component. In fact, this unit is built from such quality hardware and components, that it would cost way too much to make now.… Read more
Hi folks, I recently serviced and repaired a Dual 601 belt-drive turntable. These classic Dual decks are perhaps not as well-known or as well liked as contemporaries by Thorens and Rega, but they really are very good decks, quirky in their German design, but well worth holding on to.
This particular Dual 601 had a very common problem, whereby the tone-arm would not return properly at the end of a record.… Read more