Accuphase C-202 Line-Level Preamplifier Service & Review

The Accuphase C-202 line-level class-A preamplifier is an extraordinary piece of hi-fi gear. Come with me as I review and service this amazing preamp.

The Accuphase C-202 is a line-level, class-A, fully balanced preamplifier, with dedicated CD buffer circuit. By any measure, it is a superb piece of gear. It’s not one of Accuphase’s best known pieces however, good news if you decide to buy one.… Read more

Denon SL-7D Direct Drive Turntable Service & Review

This lovely Denon SL-7D direct drive turntable needed a thorough service in order to play records nicely again. I figured it was a great opportunity to review this classic deck.

I’ve written about the Denon SL-7D previously, they are good, honest turntables and I enjoy working on them. The SL-7D definitely isn’t a super-deck, but they are well-engineered turntables, relatively affordable and, with regular service, should provide many years of listening pleasure.… Read more

Musical Fidelity Tri-Vista 21 Tube DAC Repair, Upgrades & Testing Video

Join me for my longest video yet, as I repair and upgrade a broken Musical Fidelity Tri-Vista 21 Tube DAC.

Follow along as I describe finding and repairing the faults, upgrading and then testing this wonderful Musical Fidelity Tri-Vista 21 Tube DAC. In the end, I was able to achieve just 0.001% THD + noise from this baby, a superb result!… Read more

Sometimes Budget Hi-Fi Gear is the Most Fun!

If readers wonder whether I only work on more expensive hi-fi equipment, not at all. Liquid Audio cares for all hi-fi stereo gear including budget hi-fi, from 1970 onwards. If it’s hi-fi, I’ll look at it.

It’s true that many of my posts focus on rare and desirable hi-fi equipment. People like reading about that gear and I certainly enjoy working on it.… Read more

Vintage Fidelity Research FR-2 + Yamaha GT-2000 Vinyl Setup

My good friend wanted to give his Yamaha GT-2000 vinyl setup a shot in the arm. I suggested a few improvements, my aim: to improve cartridge/headshell/tonearm synergy. We achieved this by installing a gorgeous, vintage Fidelity Research FR-2 moving coil cartridge and RS-10 headshell.

As any knowledgeable vinyl lover will know, Fidelity Research was a Japanese ‘vinyl-things’ manufacturer, with a legacy of sublime cartridges, step-up transformers and beautifully made headshells.… Read more

Krell KRC-HR Ultimate Preamplifier Restoration & Repair

Welcome back audio friends. Come with me this time, as I dive deeply into the repair and complete restoration of one of the best solid state preamplifiers of all time – the magnificent Krell KRC-HR.

NOTE – for a bunch of different shots and angles, check  out my detailed Krell KRC-HR video overview!

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably heard of Krell and know something about the incredible range of premium, industrially constructed gear they made throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s.… Read more

Accuphase P-600 Monster Stereo Power Amplifier Voltage Conversion

Holy balls, the Accuphase P-600 Stereo Power Amplifier is one B-I-G mother of an amplifier. It actually gets physically tiring moving these beasts around the workshop!

Anyway, I’m not complaining, I LOVE working on equipment like this, even if it is bloody heavy. The Accuphase P-600 was, as far as I recall, Accuphase’s best class A/B stereo power amplifier back around the early 80’s.… Read more

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