Lovely little preamp the Audiolab 8000Q. It’s really only let down by poor quality factory-fitted parts, particularly the capacitors.
This 8000Q came to me with a fault which would see it sometimes take a really long time to turn on. It would sometimes take up to 30 minutes to become operational after turn-on.
In this case, I found one definite and one possible fault.… Read more
I recently serviced a lovely Denon DP-30L direct-drive turntable and decided to spread the word a little 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
Wow, would you believe I’ve just serviced a complete Kenwood L-1000 hi-fi system?! Just incredible gear, beautifully constructed, with stellar build-quality.
The Kenwood L-1000 series of components are becoming rare now, so to find a complete system in the hands of its original owner is something pretty special. This stack of gear consisted of the Kenwood L-1000M power amplifier, L-1000C preamplifier, L-1000D CD player and L-1000T tuner.… Read more
Recently, two friends with lovely vintage Yamaha CA-610 and CA-710 integrated amplifiers sought my assistance to have them repaired. One was dead, the other was not working well.
The Yamaha CA-710 had blown one channel. One of the original output devices, a Sanken 2SA745, had a collector to base short and it had taken out one of the driver transistors.… Read more
I’m lucky to have great customers, it makes my job such a pleasure. But every once in a while, someone takes the time to share their thoughts in the form of written or verbal feedback about work I’ve completed for them.
Positive feedback like this from my customers makes me incredibly proud of the work I do.… Read more
By popular demand, I’ve decided to write some articles about servicing direct-drive turntable motors. Having recently overhauled a Denon DP-1200, this seemed like a great motor to start with.
The Denon DP-1200 is a direct-drive classic, loved by thousands around the globe. Consider this a workhorse deck, solid, well-made, reliable, with great sound. This is Denon’s take on a workhorse, like a Technics SL-1200 which I’ve reviewed here and serviced here.… Read more
Many readers will be aware of how much I love Krell audio gear and their class-A designs. The Krell KSA-150 Class A Power Amplifier is a great example of one of these hot, power-hungry designs. In this article, I discuss the very basics of class-A amplifiers, with service details and images of the gorgeous KSA-150!
You may have already watched my restoration video, where I completely refurbish one of these beasts.… Read more