Servicing the Legendary Technics SL-1200 Direct-Drive Turntable

I’ve just finished servicing three Technics SL-1200 direct drive turntables, along with several other jobs. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of this legendary design and look at some basic servicing.

I’ve written a review of the Technics SL-1200 series which you should also take a look at.

The Technics SL-1200 hit the market in 1972 and there was nothing else like it when it was first released.… Read more

Mackie HRS120 THX Subwoofer Review

I want to tell you about an amazing subwoofer that few people know about – the awesome Mackie HRS120 THX studio subwoofer.

The HRS120 is a monster, weighing in at nearly 50kg and able to deliver 400 watts continuously, via a proper high-power linear amplifier and power supply. All this power is fed into a downward-firing 12-inch RCF bass driver, made in Italy.… Read more

Vintage Luxman SQ-505 Integrated Amplifier for Sale

UPDATE – SOLD!

Customers often ask what items I have for sale. Well, one of the nicest pieces I currently have on offer is this gorgeous, vintage, one owner from new, Luxman SQ-505 integrated amplifier, Priced to sell at $395. Contact me via liquidaudio@iinet.net.au for more details.

This amp really is a vintage model, made in 1968 or 69 and being a Luxman it’s a very cool piece.… Read more

Marantz SM-80 Amplifier Repair & Restoration

In this second of two articles on the Marantz SC-80 preamplifier and SM-80 power amplifier, we look at the SM-80 power amplifier. Specifically I detail the work required to restore this amplifier back to full working condition. The earlier article looks at work done to matching Marantz SC-80 preamplifier.

The Marantz SM-80 stereo power amplifier is a reasonably powerful, well-made, mid-range consumer amplifier from around 1990.… Read more