Category Archives: Reviews

Articles reviewing hi-fi equipment. Reviews examine the design, engineering, what I like and dislike about hi-fi equipment.

Technics SL-10 Direct Drive Turntable Review

The Technics SL-10 direct drive turntable continues Technics’ tradition of innovation and beautifully designed products. Find out why this deck is one of the best vintage turntable buys today.

The Technics SL-10 direct-drive turntable represented the pinnacle of design, engineering and product marketing when it arrived on the scene in 1979.

Ground-Breaking Design

The SL-10 was the first linear-tracking turntable to feature direct drive and was a radical departure from conventional design.… Read more

Sound Foundations Record Stabilizing Ring Clamp Review

Record clamps are an important part of a good vinyl replay system, most commonly in the form of center or spindle clamps. I wanted to find an affordable peripheral clamp I could recommend, however. I may have…

Searching online for a peripheral or ring-type record clamp to review, I stumbled across Sound Foundations, operating out of Mumbai, India.… Read more

Pioneer PL-514 Turntable Service – An Affordable Gem

The Pioneer PL-514 belt drive turntable is a classic. There’s not much more to add except watch the video and try to grab one if you find one for sale.

The Pioneer PL-514 is a high-quality, great sounding belt-drive deck from one of the big Japanese manufacturers. In terms of build and performance, like so much other Japanese gear, it puts many other belt-drive decks to shame.… Read more

Quad 405 / 405-2 Power Amplifier Review – Understated Elegance

This is the second article in my Quad 405/405-2 series and this time I review the legendary Quad 405-2. Read on to find out why so many people love this great amplifier.

For restoration details, check out my Quad 405-2 restoration article, and my Quad 405 refresh piece.

What an incredible little amplifier the Quad 405 is, even 40+ years later.… Read more

Denon DP-30L Turntable Service & Review

I recently serviced a lovely Denon DP-30L direct-drive turntable and want to spread the word about this great deck.

Denon’s DP-30L is an excellent turntable with great features like a quality motor, solid chassis and excellent speed-control circuitry. The DP-30L weighs in at just under 10kg, much more than today’s lightweight decks. This deck also has commendably low wow and flutter.… Read more

Legendary Yamaha NS-1000M Loudspeaker Review

The Yamaha NS-1000M monitor loudspeaker is proof it can be done. ‘It’ in this case is the creation of a unique, inspired loudspeaker that in many ways has no peers to this day.

The legendary NS-1000M monitor loudspeakers are hailed in audio circles by those who have heard them and loved by many thousands of owners.Read more