Yamaha GT-2000 Turntable Cable Replacement & Review

The Yamaha GT-2000 direct drive turntable is one of the great super-decks from the golden era. Come along as I install a new RCA cable and review this beauty.

Make no mistake, if you want one of the very best turntables, it’s going to be a high-end deck from Japan. Most likely it will be a direct drive, maybe a Kenwood L-07D, maybe a Technics SP-10 or perhaps a Yamaha GT-2000.… Read more

Harman/Kardon PM665 Amplifier Repair & Service

The Harman/Kardon PM665 is one of H/K’s classic amplifiers. Like a lot of gear, this one had been messed with and needed repairs and service. Let’s take a look…

The Harman/Kardon PM655 is a beast of an integrated amplifier. With a power output of 100 Watts per channel, plus a useful amount (maybe 3 Watts) of class-A power, this amplifier is black, hot and heavy.… Read more

Linn Sondek LP12 Turntable Recommission & Restoration

There aren’t many vinyl lovers who don’t know of the Linn Sondek LP12 turntable. In this article, I recommission and restore a beautiful LP12 that hasn’t played vinyl for 20+ years.

The Linn Sondek LP12 is a famous belt-drive deck from the somewhat enigmatic Scottish manufacturer, Linn. In fact, the LP12 is so famous it even has it’s own Wikipedia page.… Read more

Stunning Sony TA-FA777ES Integrated Amplifier Service

Just look at this beauty. Sony took their hi-fi product lines very seriously back in the day and this TA-FA777ES amplifier is a testament to it. Let’s take a look inside.

The Sony TA-FA777ES is part of Sony’s ES product range from the 1990s. Tragically and as Sony fans around the world lament, this was the last of the really serious stuff from Sony.… Read more

Classic Rega Planar 2 Turntable Repair & Overhaul

The Rega Planar 2 is a modern classic, a turntable that sounds fantastic when optimally set up. Come along as I repair and overhaul this lovely older Rega Planar 2.

There’s a lot to love about the older Rega Planar 2 and Planar 3 belt drive turntables, and that’s coming from a direct-drive aficionado! They have a lovely warm, analog sound and tactile feel.… Read more

Krell PAM-7 Class-A Preamplifier Repair & Overhaul

Krell has produced some stunning gear over the years and this Krell PAM-7 is a beautiful example. Come with me as I repair and overhaul this lovely old girl.

The Krell PAM-7 preamplifier dates back to earliest days of Krell, but all the trademark features are present: thick boards, premium parts, class-A operation, separate power supply and the unique styling the company used back in the day.… Read more

Iconic Kenwood KD-650 Turntable Repair & Review

The beautiful and iconic Kenwood KD-650 turntable is one of the very best decks of its era. Come with me as I repair an elusive fault, overhaul and review this classic deck.

It’s no secret that the Kenwood KD-600 is one of my favourite vintage turntables. I’ve owned a KD-600 for many years and this is how she’s currently set up, with Jelco arm, FR cartridge, headshell, and Kenwood TS-10 ceramic platter mat.… Read more