Does hi-fi gear really need to be serviced?

Yes, it absolutely does. Hi-fi electronics, anything mechanical and in fact everything made by humans needs maintenance.

Keep one thing in mind – when the gear we own and love was designed and built, nobody imagined that it would still be working, 30, 40, or even 50 years later, way past its design life. Folks are often blissfully unaware of this or the fact that electronic components degrade over time, but all equipment needs maintenance and the more mechanical it is, the more maintenance it needs.

Turntables and cassette decks are typically the two most maintenance-intensive categories and these types of equipment need more maintenance than amplifiers for example. I’ve written more about how and why electronics need periodic maintenance here and here.

You are welcome to take your chances but one thing is for certain: your equipment will eventually fail if you don’t maintain it.

I’m not saying you have to bring your gear to Liquid Audio for service, but you do need to take it somewhere good.