Category Archives: Reviews

Sound Foundations Record Stabilizing Ring Clamp Review

Record clamps are an important part of a good vinyl system. For most people, these take the form of center clamps or spindle clamps. I was keen to find a good, affordable peripheral or ring clamp that I could recommend. I have – read on.

A while back I was searching online for a peripheral or ring-type record clamp to review, and I stumbled across Sound Foundations, operating out of Mumbai, India.… Read more

Pioneer PL-514 Turntable Service – An Affordable Gem

There’s not much else to add here except to say watch the video and try to grab one if you find one for sale.

The Pioneer PL-514 is an excellent, high-quality belt-drive deck from one of the big Japanese manufacturers. It puts many other belt-drives to shame. Check out my video, below, and read on for more details.… Read more

Quad 405 Power Amplifier Review

This is the second article in my Quad 405/405-2 series. In this piece, I review the legendary Quad 405-2. Read on to  find out what all the fuss is about and for restoration details, check out my first article!

Tellingly,  the Quad 405 and Quad 405-2  amplifiers are most loved by those who enjoy listening to their music, rather than worrying about controls and meters on their amplifiers.… Read more

Denon DP-30L Turntable Service & Review

I recently serviced a lovely Denon DP-30L direct-drive turntable and decided to spread the word a little about this great deck.

Denon’s DP-30L is an excellent turntable with great features like a quality motor, solid chassis and excellent speed-control circuitry. The DP-30L weighs in at just under 10kg, much more than today’s lightweight decks.¬†This deck also has commendably low wow and flutter.… Read more

Yamaha NS-1000M Monitor Loudspeaker Review

The Yamaha NS-1000M monitor loudspeaker is proof it can be done. ‘It’ in this case being to create a unique and inspired loudspeaker, that in many ways still has no peers.

These legendary monitors are vaunted across audio circles and loved by thousands of owners. I’m lucky enough to own this pair, so it’s about time I reviewed them.

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Jelco SA-750D Tonearm Review

Looking for one of the best bargains in tonearms? The Jelco SA-750D tonearm is a quality arm, at a sensible price, designed to fit a variety of turntables from the past and present.

The SA-750D has, in various forms, been used in some really excellent decks over the years.  Jelco has also made and rebadged this great tonearm for many well-known manufacturers like Linn, Sumiko, Koetsu and Audioquest.Read more

Fidelity Research XF-1 Step-up Transformer Review

This is a review of the phenomenal Fidelity Research XF-1 moving coil step-up transformer. The short story – if you ever see one of these, just get it.

Fidelity Research is one of the most iconic and revered names in vinyl replay. No other brand has quite the iconic status and FR cartridges and step-up transformers have become legendary, for good reason.… Read more