Category Archives: Reviews

These articles almost always focus on hi-fi equipment, but from the perspective of an objective review. Expect to find more reviews as I have time to write them.

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

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 power amplifiers are most loved by those who enjoy listening to music, rather than worrying about controls, flashing meters and gear bragging.… 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

Legendary Yamaha NS-1000M Loudspeaker Review

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

The legendary NS-1000M monitor loudspeakers are vaunted in audio circles and loved by many thousands of owners. I’m lucky enough to own this pair, so it’s time I reviewed them.Read more

Jelco SA-750D Tonearm Review

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

The Jelco SA-750D has, in various forms, been used in a huge number of 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 Moving Coil 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, grab it!

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

Primare R32 Phono Preamplifier Review

I have been lucky enough to have a brand new Primare R32 Phono Preamplifier to audition over the last few weeks and I wanted to share my experiences in a proper review.

The Primare R32 phono preamplifier is designed in Sweden and is a fully discrete, solid-state, DC-coupled, class-A phono preamplifier. The R32 has three gain settings, allowing it to work with the vast majority of cartridges available, past and present.… Read more

Technics SL-1200 Direct Drive Turntable Review

When the Technics SL-1200 direct drive turntable hit the market in 1972, there was nothing else like it. This turntable really was, and remains, a game changer.

In fact, the SL-1200 was so popular that over one million units were manufactured, when production finally ended in 2010. With the resurgence in vinyl, thousands of people have petitioned Matsushita (Technics’ parent company) to have the deck re-released.… Read more