Everyone has a different opinion, where can I get really good advice?

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Find people who understand the science and can advise from extensive personal experience. Everyone has an opinion but thankfully there are facts, derived from science and there is expert advice, based on first-hand experience and on understanding that science. Customers often tell me: "I read in a forum that I…

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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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Ah yes, this old chestnut. I promise you it probably won't and I'm not even trying to sell you anything! There are some good salespeople out there, but they're a rarity. Sales staff are generally paid a commission on each item they sell. This isn't always the case but where…

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But surely new technology must sound better?

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Ah yes, now THIS old chestnut! What new technology is that, exactly? Modern analog gear uses the same classic circuits, but often with lower quality parts and construction. There is very little 'new technology' in analog audio. Most analog electronic circuits and circuit topologies date back to the earliest days…

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

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Sadly, yes. Just ask the owners of newer NAD or Cambridge Audio gear how they felt when their expensive equipment died after five years or so. Read the reviews. Every new piece of gear sounds significantly better than the one preceding it. How then is it possible for a 40-year-old…

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