Category Archives: Reviews

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

Denon DP-30L Turntable Service & Review

I recently serviced a lovely Denon DP-30L direct-drive turntable and want to spread the word 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 “Denon DP-30L Turntable Service & Review”

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 “Legendary Yamaha NS-1000M Loudspeaker Review”

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.

UPDATE: the Jelco SA-750D appears to now be superceded by the TK-850S.

The Jelco SA-750D has, in various forms, been used in a huge number of decks over the years. Read more “Jelco SA-750D Tonearm Review”

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 “Fidelity Research XF-1 Moving Coil Step-up Transformer Review”

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 “Primare R32 Phono Preamplifier Review”

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 “Technics SL-1200 Direct Drive Turntable Review”

Mackie HRS120 THX Subwoofer Review

I want to tell you about an amazing subwoofer that few people know about – the awesome Mackie HRS120 THX studio subwoofer.

The HRS120 is a monster, weighing in at nearly 50kg and able to deliver 400 watts continuously, via a proper high-power linear amplifier and power supply. All this power is fed into a downward-firing 12-inch RCF bass driver, made in Italy.… Read more “Mackie HRS120 THX Subwoofer Review”

Headphone Bargain: Logitech Ultimate Ears 4000 Review

I want to tell you about a headphone bargain, in the interesting world of speakers you wear on your head – the Logitech Ultimate Ears 4000. Every once in awhile you find a bargain and doesn’t it feel good?!

IMG_2296 Headphone Bargain: Logitech Ultimate Ears 4000 Review

 

I have just purchased a pair of Logitech Ultimate Ears 4000, on-ear, sealed-back headphones, for use out-and-about, and when practicing on my electronic drum kit.… Read more “Headphone Bargain: Logitech Ultimate Ears 4000 Review”

Kenwood KD-500 / KD-550 Direct Drive Turntable Review

The legendary Kenwood KD-500 / KD-550 direct-drive turntables are classic decks from an era when things really were built to last.

Indeed, if decks like the KD-500 / KD-550 with this level of custom engineering were built now, they would cost many thousands of dollars. The Technics SL-1200 is a classic example – it’s been reissued and costs literally thousands!… Read more “Kenwood KD-500 / KD-550 Direct Drive Turntable Review”