A customer recently asked me to look at his immaculate Marantz SC-80 preamplifier / SM-80 power amplifier combo. Both pieces were playing up and required work. In this article I will look at the preamplifier, the next article will examine work required to remedy the power amplifier.
The Marantz SC-80, and its partner, matching Marantz SM-80, are quality mid-range separates hailing from around 1990.… Read more
Hi folks, this post is not related to audio in any way. Rather, it’s a summary of some recent problems I’ve had with my 2009 BMW R1200R motorcycle.
The BMW R1200R is a superb bike in every respect and a joy to ride and work on. I’ve owned more than 15 bikes over the years and this one is my pick in terms of being fun to ride, having gobs of torque, killer one finger brakes, almost no dive under braking, awesome handling, great range and fuel economy and the list goes on.… Read more
I recently serviced a Sony PS-1150 belt drive turntable and want to discuss why I service the spindle bearings on turntables.
The spindle bearing is the central bearing about which the platter turns, rotating the record. This bearing can be anything from a basic narrow steel spindle, to an elaborate bearing with massive stainless steel shaft and ball bearing at the top or bottom.… Read more
One of the decks I worked on recently is a very cool old JVC QL-F4 direct-drive, fully automatic turntable.
The JVC QL-F4 is a mid-range deck from the once great JVC. Even in the late 70’s and early 80’s, JVC were not really known for their hifi separates. This is a shame because this series of JVC turntables had great specs.… Read more
I want to tell you about a headphone bargain, in the interesting world of speakers you wear on your head – the Logitech Ultimate Ears 4000. Every once in awhile you find a bargain and doesn’t it feel good?!
I have just purchased a pair of Logitech Ultimate Ears 4000, on-ear, sealed-back headphones, for use out-and-about, and when practicing on my electronic drum kit.… Read more