Category Archives: Service

As the name suggests, this category contains all articles where the main or at least a good portion of the focus is on providing service to hi-fi equipment.

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

Classic Quad 405 Power Amplifier Restoration

I recently purchased a classic Quad 405 power amplifier to use as my main stereo amp. It sounded fantastic even before my overhaul, read on for the gory details and, for some extra reading, check out my Quad 405-2 review.

The Quad 405 is revered by many real hi-fi nuts, even 40 years after its release.… Read more

Kenwood KD-600 Direct-Drive Turntable Service & Set-up

In this video, I explain some considerations when correctly setting up a turntable like the Kenwood KD-600.

This particular deck came to me very poorly set-up. The deck’s owner received some very bad advice from, of all people, Ortofon! I’m a big fan of Ortofon gear, but clearly not everyone there knows what they are talking about.… Read more

Denon DP-30L Turntable Service & Review

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.┬áThis deck also has commendably low wow and flutter.… Read more

Amazing Kenwood L-1000 Hi-Fi System in for Service

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

Denon DP-1200 Turntable Motor Service

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