Category Archives: Reviews

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. No other brand has quite the same revered status and FR cartridges and step-up transformers have become legendary, 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 on loan to audition over the last few weeks and I wanted to share my experiences, by writing 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

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


In fact, it 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

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

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?!


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

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

It’s time I wrote a piece on the legendary Kenwood KD-500 / KD-550 direct-drive turntables. These classic direct-drive decks hail from an era when things were built to last.

Indeed, if decks like the KD-500 / KD-550 with this level of bespoke engineering were to be 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

Tall Poppy Syndrome Get Another Great Review

My band Tall Poppy Syndrome were reviewed after our gig at the Swan Basement in Fremantle and the review was very favourable.

Gignition: The Cold Acre, The Insinnerators, Tall Poppy Syndrome, Mat CammaranoSwan Basement

Jul 8th 2012 | Melissa Coci
Four local bands set the Swan Basement on fire last Sunday night for Drum Media‘s Gignition series, once again proving how much talent our little town holds.
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