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
I recently completed a comprehensive overhaul of a lovely old Pioneer PL-530 direct-drive turntable. This model is not especially common, but it has a great vintage look and some great features that I think make it one to keep an eye out for.
Pioneer made some great belt-drive and direct-drive decks and many of them have a highly sought after ‘vintage look’ – like the PL-530.… Read more
The legendary Kenwood KD-500 / KD-550 direct-drive turntables are classic decks from an era when things really were built to last.
Indeed, if decks like the KD-500 / KD-550 with this level of custom engineering were built now, they would cost many thousands of dollars. The Technics SL-1200 is a classic example – it’s been reissued and costs literally thousands!… Read more
Hi vinyl lovers, I recently serviced and repaired yet another Denon DP-1200 direct drive turntable with speed control issues. This particular Denon DP-1200 was cosmetically good, but would not hold the correct speed. The fine speed adjustment control was also very ‘touchy’ and the platter speed would vary wildly when it was used.
These are faults commonly associated with the DP-1200 and other direct drive decks, once they reach a certain age.… Read more
I have just completed the set-up and service of a gorgeous Luxman PD-555 belt-drive turntable, one of the best high-end turntables money can buy – a true statement piece.
The Luxman PD-555 was at the top of the Luxman range of belt drive decks in the late 70’s and early 80’s. This turntable was a statement product in the true sense in that it had a massive platter, huge main bearing, proper heavy-duty drive motor, phase-locked loop speed stability and massive drive torque, even though the motor does not control the platter directly.… Read more
The Technics SL-1200 direct drive turntable, in its various iterations, will be well known to most vinyl lovers these days. They have become almost legendary for different reasons – DJs love them for their fast startup and solid build; home users love them for their engineering and audio bang for the buck.
Make no mistake – the SL-1200 is no audio weapon in the big picture – it is never going to scare an SP-10 or L-07D.… Read more