Why service or repair my vintage equipment when I can buy new gear?

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Because vintage gear is almost always better than the new gear you can afford. Nothing you can buy for sensible money is built like your old hi-fi equipment, or made in Japan. I regularly service and repair equipment that has lasted 40+ YEARS. Reckon your Sonos will be working in…

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The guy in the hi-fi store promised me the newest turntable would kill my classic deck.

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I hear this a lot. Look, I'm not selling you anything and I promise you it probably won't. There are some great salespeople out there, but they're a rarity. Salespeople are generally paid a commission on each item they sell. This isn't always the case but where it is, you'll…

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But surely new technology must sound better?

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What new technology? Modern analog gear uses the same classic circuits, but often with lower quality parts and construction. There is no 'new technology' in analog audio. Almost all analog electronics circuits date back to the earliest days of tubes and transistors. Even things like class-D and class-T amps are…

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So basically, the retail hi-fi industry is set up to get people to ‘trade-up’ to inferior, new equipment?

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Sadly, yes. Good hi-fi retailers don't do this of course and it's great to see youngsters getting into hifi, but sadly they often do it by bypassing great gear that might already be a part of the family. Read the reviews. Every new piece of gear sounds significantly better than…

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