Category Archives: Reviews

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

Technics SL-10 Direct Drive Turntable Review

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

Ground-Breaking Design

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

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

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 / 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 still love this great amplifier.

For restoration details, check out my Quad 405 restoration article. 

What an incredible little amplifier the Quad 405 is, even 40+ years later. Tellingly, Quad 405 and 405-2 power amplifiers are most loved by those who prioritise listening to music over controls, blingy meters and gear bragging.… Read more

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