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.

Yamaha CX-1 Preamplifier Service & Repair

You may have seen the article I wrote recently about repairing a gorgeous Yamaha MX-1 power amplifier. This time I’m servicing a Yamaha CX-1 preamplifier, which matches the MX-1 and is part of the same set.

Yamaha made some really superb hi-fi gear back in the day, as I’m sure many of you know. There were the B series VFET amps like the B-1 and B-2, the legendary NS-1000 monitor loudspeakers, the perhaps even more (studio) famous NS-10 monitors, awesome MX-10000, CX-10000, and many more.… Read more “Yamaha CX-1 Preamplifier Service & Repair”

Marantz Model 6300 Turntable Service & Overview

It really is a privilege being entrusted to care for such an amazing range of hi-fi gear, brought to Liquid Audio for service and repair. Every so often though, I work on a piece that really makes me smile. The Marantz Model 6300 direct-drive turntable is one of those pieces.

One look at a 6300 and you’ll reach an inevitable conclusion – that you want and need to find one to add to your collection.… Read more “Marantz Model 6300 Turntable Service & Overview”

New Hi-Fi Equipment for Sale @ Liquid Audio

I’ve just added three great new pieces of hi-fi gear for sale @ Liquid Audio. Check out my For Sale page for all the latest equipment on offer.

First up, we have a superb hi-fi / home cinema subwoofer, built some years ago by yours truly. Just $795.

This is a sealed subwoofer using several excellent design elements.… Read more “New Hi-Fi Equipment for Sale @ Liquid Audio”

Sony TA-4650 VFET Amplifier Service & Reliability Enhancement

I’m reluctant to use the word ‘sexy’ when it comes to hi-fi gear because, well – it just feels weird. If I were to use it though, it would be about this baby Sony TA-4650 VFET amplifier.

What can one say after working one of these stunning Sony TA-4650 VFET integrated amplifiers? I really fell for this little beauty and came to understand why so many people treasure these amps.… Read more “Sony TA-4650 VFET Amplifier Service & Reliability Enhancement”

Luxman SQ-202 Integrated Amplifier Repair & Service

I get to work on some beautiful gear at Liquid Audio. A great example is this stunning Luxman SQ-202 integrated amplifier that I’ve just repaired and serviced.

The Luxman SQ-202 integrated amplifier is a model dating right back to the early 70’s. In fact it was released 1970, and produced until 1973.

Lots more great information and specifications are located at the Vintage Knob page for the SQ-202.… Read more “Luxman SQ-202 Integrated Amplifier Repair & Service”

Gorgeous Philips RH 750 Receiver & Why We Love Hi-Fi!

Just a very quick update, to welcome in 2018, and to share this stunning piece of vintage hi-fi gear.

I think we can all agree, it’s pieces like this beautiful Philips RH 750 receiver, with its warm tones and smile-inducing vintage looks, that make classic 70’s gear so desirable. Seriously, this is one of the best looking pieces of hi-fi gear I’ve ever worked on!… Read more “Gorgeous Philips RH 750 Receiver & Why We Love Hi-Fi!”

Denon DP-30L Direct-Drive Turntable Service & Repair

I work on quite a few of these lovely Denon decks. Here’s a closer look at a Denon DP-30L I serviced recently, and a reminder of why it’s important to take your deck to the right person for work.

For more Denon DP-30L goodness, check out this service and review article. This particular unit came to me having just had an Ortofon 2M Red moving magnet cartridge fitted, plus a new lead-out cable.… Read more “Denon DP-30L Direct-Drive Turntable Service & Repair”

Quad 44 Preamplifier Service

I’ve just serviced a Quad 44 preamplifier. In this article, I’ll show you what the 44 looks like inside and explain some of its features.

Along with a Quad 405 power amplifier, I recently serviced this Quad 44 preamplifier, both owned by the same customer. I’m told he purchased them after a chat we had about resurrecting his KEF speakers, and purchasing some Quad gear to power them!… Read more “Quad 44 Preamplifier Service”

Quad 405 Power Amplifier Service & Refresh

Visitors to my site will already know how much I like the Quad 405. A recent conversation with a customer inspired him to acquire some Quad gear, including this lovely, original 405. In this article, I cover servicing a Quad 405, the Liquid Audio way.

Talk about great sounding amps, and this particular 405 is completely original, with its original capacitors and connectors.… Read more “Quad 405 Power Amplifier Service & Refresh”

Pioneer PL-514 Turntable Service – An Affordable Gem

The Pioneer PL-514 belt drive turntable is a classic. There’s not much more to add except watch the video and try to grab one if you find one for sale.

The Pioneer PL-514 is a high-quality, great sounding belt-drive deck from one of the big Japanese manufacturers. In terms of build and performance, like so much other Japanese gear, it puts many other belt-drive decks to shame.… Read more “Pioneer PL-514 Turntable Service – An Affordable Gem”