Category Archives: Service

Service articles are focussed on servicing hi-fi equipment to restore functionality. Articles may also contain repair elements, as they often go together.

Sony PS-1150 Belt-Drive Turntable Service 

I recently serviced a Sony PS-1150 belt drive turntable and want to discuss why I service the spindle bearings on turntables.

The spindle bearing is the central bearing about which the platter turns, rotating the record. This bearing can be anything from a basic narrow steel spindle, to an elaborate bearing with massive stainless steel shaft and ball bearing at the top or bottom.… Read more

JVC QL-F4 DD Turntable Repair & Service

One of the decks I worked on recently is a very cool old JVC QL-F4 direct-drive, fully automatic turntable.

The JVC QL-F4 is a mid-range deck from the once great JVC. Even in the late 70’s and early 80’s, JVC were not really known for their hifi separates. This is a shame because this series of JVC turntables had great specs.… Read more

Classic Kenwood D-3300P CD Player Service & Repair

I’ve just serviced two gorgeous Kenwood D-3300P CD players for a customer of mine. He loves his classic audio gear and owns three of these beasts!

Background

The Kenwood D-3300P CD player dates to 1986 and is a superbly built component. In fact, this unit is built from such quality hardware and components, that it would cost way too much to make now.… Read more

Marantz CD-63 KI Signature CD Player Service & Repair

I was recently asked by a customer to repair and service his Marantz CD-63 KI Signature CD player. The player was misbehaving, not reading the table of contents (TOC) with some discs and was also skipping occasionally. I was actually really pleased to work on one of these classic disc spinners again. The Marantz players were all very similar across the CD-63 – CD-67 range and the SE and KI Signature models really only brought parts quality improvements in key areas, rather than different circuit layout.… Read more

Dual 601 Belt-Drive Turntable Service

I’ve just had a classic Dual 601 belt drive turntable on my bench, in for a major service. This deck is owned by the gentleman who originally purchased it all those years ago and looks like it – it’s almost as good as new.

This particular Dual 601 needed recommissioning after an extended period of more than ten years in storage.… Read more