Category Archives: Reviews

Articles reviewing hi-fi equipment. Reviews examine the design, engineering, what I like and dislike about hi-fi equipment.

PS Audio NuWave DSD DAC Upgrade & Review

I’ve been playing with a gorgeous PS Audio NuWave DSD DAC and found a spare hour or two to implement some tweaks. What a difference a few parts make…

My apologies for the lack of articles recently, I’ve been inundated with work and this really slows down my writing. Much more soon! I recently acquired a PS Audio NuWave DSD DAC here @ Liquid Audio.… Read more

Stunning Sony PS-8750 Turntable Repair, Service, Upgrade & Review

Wow, this Sony PS-8750 is easily one of the most beautiful turntables I’ve had the pleasure of working on. Come with me as I repair, service, upgrade and review this stunning deck.

There really isn’t much more I can say about the timeless beauty of the Sony PS-8750. Sony must have had some amazing design engineers working with them to be able to turn out a piece like this.… Read more

Queens of the Stone Age Rock Perth Arena

Rippling bass lines, droning guitars and pounding drums filled Perth Arena last night, as Queens of the Stone Age kicked out the jams for a very appreciative crowd.

Josh Homme and the band were in fine form as they ground out a long list of classics and new stuff from their repertoire. We were lucky enough to be up the front, in the pit, but things mostly stayed pretty civilised.… Read more

Musical Fidelity M1 DAC Review & Upgrades

The Musical Fidelity M1 DAC shares some of the same DNA as the awesome Tri-Vista 21. Come along as I upgrade this DAC and discover just how good she can sound.

Think of the Musical Fidelity M1 DAC as the little DAC that could. For its very modest asking price when released, you got a lotta DAC for the money.… Read more

Accuphase C-202 Line-Level Preamplifier Service & Review

The Accuphase C-202 line-level class-A preamplifier is an extraordinary piece of hi-fi gear. Come along as I service and review this great preamp.

The Accuphase C-202 is a line-level, class-A, fully balanced preamplifier. It also features a dedicated CD buffer circuit, with very little in the signal path. By any measure, it is a superb piece of gear.… Read more

Denon SL-7D Direct Drive Turntable Service & Review

This lovely Denon SL-7D direct drive turntable needed a thorough service in order to play records nicely again. I figured it was a great opportunity to review this classic deck.

I’ve written about the Denon SL-7D previously, they are good, honest turntables and I enjoy working on them. The SL-7D definitely isn’t a super-deck, but they are well-engineered turntables, relatively affordable and, with regular service, should provide many years of listening pleasure.… Read more

Technics SL-10 Direct Drive Turntable Review

The Technics SL-10 direct drive turntable continues Technics’ tradition of innovation and beautifully designed products. Find out why this deck is one of the best vintage turntable buys today.

The Technics SL-10 direct-drive turntable represented the pinnacle of design, engineering and product marketing when it arrived on the scene in 1979.

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Ground-Breaking Design

The SL-10 was the first linear-tracking turntable to feature direct drive and was a radical departure from conventional design.… Read more

Sound Foundations Record Stabilizing Ring Clamp Review

Record clamps are an important part of a good vinyl replay system, most commonly in the form of center or spindle clamps. I wanted to find an affordable peripheral clamp I could recommend, however. I may have…

Searching online for a peripheral or ring-type record clamp to review, I stumbled across Sound Foundations, operating out of Mumbai, India.… Read more

Pioneer PL-514 Turntable Service – An Affordable Gem

The Pioneer PL-514 belt drive turntable is a classic. There’s not much more to add except watch the video and try to grab one if you find one for sale.

The Pioneer PL-514 is a high-quality, great sounding belt-drive deck from one of the big Japanese manufacturers. In terms of build and performance, like so much other Japanese gear, it puts many other belt-drive decks to shame.… Read more

Quad 405 / 405-2 Power Amplifier Review – Understated Elegance

This is the second article in my Quad 405/405-2 series. This time I’ve reviewed the legendary Quad 405-2. Read on to find out why so many people love this great amplifier.

For restoration details, check out my Quad 405-2 restoration article, and my Quad 405 refresh piece.

What an incredible little amplifier the Quad 405 is, even 40+ years later.… Read more