Rare Luxman M-4000 Power Amplifier Repair & Service

Check out this beautiful Luxman M-4000 power amplifier I serviced recently. Let’s take a look at this classic vintage beast.

The Luxman M-4000 power amplifier is a fairly compact, dense, 180 Watt per channel bipolar design. It’s the predecessor to the M-4000A, which looks very similar, but is substantially different design-wise, and even rarer. I completely restored an M-4000A for a customer a couple of years ago.… Read more

Gorgeous Realistic STA-2000 Receiver Repair & Service

Wow, take a look at this old girl, this Realistic STA-2000 is definitely one of the prettiest receivers I’ve had the pleasure of working on.

The Realistic STA-2000 sold here in Australia through the Tandy Electronics chain, in the late 70’s. As a kid, I used to visit the Tandy store near my home and marvel at all the wonderful electronics for sale.… Read more

Stunning Rotel RA-1412 Amplifier Cleaned, Serviced & for Sale!

I’ve just cleaned, repaired and serviced this stunning Rotel RA-1412 integrated amplifier and she’s now available for purchase.

This incredible Rotel RA-1412 integrated amplifier is now available to buy, from my friend Pierre @ Revolution Turntable. Pierre runs Revolution Turntable, one of the last proper hi-fi stores in Western Australia. It’s well worth a visit if you haven’t checked them out, get in touch with Pierre if you are interested in this beast.… Read more

Krell KAV-150a Power Amplifier Repair & Restoration

This beautiful Krell KAV-150a power amplifier is the partner of the KAV-300i I restored last year. Come along as I repair and restore this one.

The Krell KAV-150a is another product from Krell’s more affordable KAV line, from the mid 90’s. Whilst certainly more affordable, this gear is most definitely not cheaply built, sharing the same stunning machined aluminium casework and stainless steel fasteners as other Krell gear.… Read more

Dual 1219 Idler Drive Turntable Major Service & Repair

Every so often, a customer brings me a piece of gear that reminds me how much I love vintage hi-fi. The Dual 1219 idler drive turntable is just such a piece.

The Dual 1219 idler drive turntable is a relic from an era when almost everything was made out of metal and wood. The deck is German, and old, so this type of solid construction should be no surprise.… Read more

Marantz 1152DC Integrated Amplifier Repair & Restoration

How’s this for a beautiful amplifier. I recently repaired and restored this absolutely stunning Marantz 1152DC integrated amplifier, let’s take a look.

The Marantz 1152DC is an integrated amplifier from the upper middle of Marantz’s range in the late 1970’s. The 1152DC and others from this series are very collectible now, thanks to their unique looks, great sound and Marantz’s famous build quality. … Read more

Transistor Matching for an Accuphase E-202 Amplifier Repair

This post is about a gorgeous Accuphase E-202 integrated amplifier I’m repairing, and the need for careful transistor matching when repairing audio gear like this.

Choosing and matching transistors correctly is critically important when repairing or restoring audio electronics. I’ve learned this over the years, through experience and from people who’ve been doing this for much longer than I have.… Read more

Site Improvements :)

Hi audio friends, just a very quick update today to let you know about a few site improvements I’ve made recently.

Firstly, I’ve revamped my Contact page. Improvements mean it’s now easier to submit enquiries and I’ve added a country of residence field, which helps me respond to the many overseas messages I receive.

Secondly, I’ve added a feedback form to my Customer Feedback page.… Read more

Queens of the Stone Age Rock Perth Arena

Rippling bass lines, droning guitars and pounding drums filled Perth Arena last night, as Queens of the Stone Age kicked out the jams for a very appreciative crowd.

Josh Homme and the band were in fine form as they ground out a long list of classics and new stuff from their repertoire. We were lucky enough to be up the front, in the pit, but things mostly stayed pretty civilised.… Read more

Musical Fidelity M1 DAC Review & Upgrades

The Musical Fidelity M1 DAC shares some of the same DNA as the awesome Tri-Vista 21. Come along as I upgrade this DAC and discover just how good she can sound.

Think of the Musical Fidelity M1 DAC as the little DAC that could. For its very modest asking price when released, you got a lotta DAC for the money.… Read more