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Here’s a selection of customer feedback we’ve received.

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You can also check out the testimonials we’ve received regarding our advisory service. If you’d like to leave feedback, the best way to do it is to visit the Liquid Audio Google business page or the Liquid Audio Facebook page. You can also send me feedback directly via the feedback form at the bottom of this page.


2024

Linn Sondek LP12 and Marantz 2325 receiver repair and service

Hi Mike,

The amplifier – it sounds like it has a touch of gold running through it! It really sounds great. Everything is running perfectly.

The Linn – it sounds beautiful. The lower, mid range and upper sounded excellent. It sounded spot on. I can what you mean though. It sounded a little “thin”. I will use this (cartridge) and replace it perhaps in 12 months or so.

It looks so professional. Thank you for all your hard work.

Glenn B

Optonica RP-5100 turntable repair and service

Hey Mike,

The Optonica turntable works like a charm, thank you. The optonica will be going to my daughter as was the plan…..unless I can score an optonica amp before then and have another listen.

Thanks again for your work and sorry it’s taken so long let you know how it went.

Cheers,

Graeme B

Pioneer SA-9900 integrated amplifier repair and service

Hey Mike

After a couple of weeks of sporadic listening.. 

I can confirm – she sounds AMAZING. 

🙂 Thank you so, so much. Your skill and expertise is extremely greatly appreciated. 

Tyson O

Luxman LV-111 integrated amplifier repair and service

Hi Mike

Finally got to Perth and picked the Luxman amp from my son’s place. Just brought it home, set it up and it’s working beautifully. Rapt!!

So appreciate the work done and the final result.

Many thanks,

David H

Accuphase E-202 integrated amplifier inspection, service and report.

The Accuphase (E-202) definitely sounds a lot warmer.

Thank you 🙂

Chris M

Technics SL-1200G turntable service and set-up correction

Hi Mike

The turntable is great. Much bigger, fuller sound. Tighter and improved separation.

I’m really happy with the results and wanted to thank you for a great job.

The records I listed to included included:
The McGuire Sister
McCoy Tyner
Dire Straits
Meg Mac
Nick Cave
Dave Brubeck
Chain
Etc
Etc
I couldn’t bloody stop.

Thanks again for the valuable work.

Arthur P

Pioneer PL-514 turntable and SX-408 receiver repair and service

Hi Mike

You very kindly took on servicing my inherited Pioneer PL-514 and its receiver. I was so blessed by your patience and friendly service and am so grateful.

Thank you so much once again Mike. You don’t know how grateful I am for your willingness to help me that time. I hope your business is continuing to thrive!

Mel P

Sansui AU-555A integrated amplifier upgrade and improvement

Hi Mike,

Wow! What a difference! Originally, it sounded good but it did not sound quite right.. Now, from low to high, its all sounding better!

The vocals are noticeably clearer and it is now easier to pick out individual instruments because there is more of a sense of space in the soundstage. The highs are sweet AND there is a lovely bass presence. There is more detail too.

The AU 555a is a now an absolute delight to listen to and I am enjoying trying it with different records to see how they sound. It feels like your changes have taken it to the next level.

Thank you so much!

John H

Pioneer SX-939 receiver assessment and service

Hello Mike,

I am very happy to report back that, once again, after your good work, I find that the Pioneer now sings (and looks) much better in every way.  Most importantly the sound quality is very, very good, warm, bright, full and rich if that is the way to describe it. 

It is a great result, I am absolutely amazed that this model with all the original parts that are some 50yrs old and well overdue for replacement can still work so well after the good adjustments you did, thank you.

Thank you again for all  your help and I hope to see you again soon.  

Kind regards,

Vlad M

Technics SL-120 turntable repair and recommission with Rega tonearm

Mike,

Thanks for your efforts on the turntable. She is connected to a Sansui AU 505 amplifier and Technics SB 101 speakers. Beautiful sound. Rose is very happy.

Paul M

Musical Fidelity AMS-35i integrated amplifier repair and Linn Sondek LP12 turntable service

Mike,

Everything is up and running and sounds fantastic. Thanks so much for your work and advice. It is much appreciated.

Geoff B

Jensen bookshelf speaker purchase

Hi Mike

Just to let you know that little Jensens work very, very well. I was surprised with very open, clear, warm vintage sound they produce if I can put it that way. I have set them up in my daughter’s place and they sing quite nicely. Big Marantz 2330 is currently driving them very gently as they are no match in power however they sound pretty good with Marantz (hopefully there will be no accidental volume surges).

Vlad M

Denon DRA-1025 receiver repair and service

Dear Mike,

I just wanted to let you know that I received the 1025 in great shape without any problems. Mate, you’re a legend, thanks so much again for fixing her up, she sounds great paired with my Tannoys, I haven’t stopped listening to her all weekend.

I have  a Sansui aux-711 which I would like you to perform your magic on too but later, when you aren’t swamped with work. Stay well my friend.

Best wishes,

Randolph L

Accuphase E-202 integrated amplifier restoration

G’day Mike

The accuphase is running superbly, very happy with it.

Russ C

Sansui BA-5000 power amplifier repair and overhaul

Hi all, my name is Rob and I am the owner of this awesome beast. First of all I would like to thank Liquid Mike for his continual support he has given me with my many Sansui repairs and continuous questions which always he replies with patience and in depth answers which I am sure at times would love to roll his eyes at but never does.

When I brought this home and connected it up I was little disappointed. Mike did a total refurb on my BA F1 a few years back and when I did a comparison between the two the BA F1 had the edge. I informed Mike and his answer was “that can’t be right you had better bring it in and let me have look at it. It should be noticeably better than the BA F1.” Anyway I dropped it off and when I got the call to pick it up I was greeted with a beaming Mike. “I think your going to be impressed when you bring this home now” was his answer.

So away I went rushed home and connected her up and WOW! It honestly was a totally different amplifier. The clarity and separation of sound compared to before was chalk and cheese. Thinking I was just being an excited school kid I re connected up the BA F1 for the comparison and it reconfirmed my result. They now really couldn’t compare. I rang Mike and told him the result and I think he was actually happier than I was.

This to me is why I hold Mike in such high regard as a tech. Not only does he repair / restore gear to a very high level but he genuinely gets excited and gets happiness out of getting the result which we are hoping for. This was not the end of the story. I was getting a better result using my CA F1 pre amp than using the CA 3000 I had purchased with the BA 5000. Another phone call to Mike and you guessed it. “That can’t be right you had better drop of the CA 3000”.

Again I was greeted by a beaming Mike when I picked it up. “Let me know what you think now”. Off I went connected it all up and WOW! number 2. This is by far the best sounding Sansui I have heard at this point. Big call but I think it’s better than my AU X1 that Mike did a full refurb on a year ago.

Thanks for this great article also. Once again I have been informed and learn’t a bit more like I do each time you post something. Your articles are awesome to read and bring out the excitement in the product you are reviewing.
By the way Mike isn’t just a top tech he’s also a top bloke. Thank you Mike your a legend!

Rob R

Sansui CA-3000 preamplifier repair and overhaul

Mike, Massive difference. Chalk & cheese compared to before . Much punchier, more bass and from what I can tell at this point warmer sound than CA F1.

Everything working as it should . Meters working perfect on both units. Pre amp meter switch on output works as it should. I’ll call you tomorrow with a detailed update after truing a few albums.

Thanks Legend!

Rob R

Sansui BA-5000 power amplifier repair and overhaul

It sounds massive, completely different. It’s incredible!

Rob R

2023

Linn Sondek LP12 recommission and Lyra Delos installation

Mike, please accept my sincere thanks for bringing my Linn back to life, it works wonderfully well and I’m extremely happy with the outcome. It looks clean and sparkling once again and my records sound fantastic. Just in time for Christmas too 🙂

I’ll recommend your services to others without hesitation.

Best wishes,

Mike R

Rogue Audio Sphinx integrated amplifier repair

Mike

All running as well as it can, thanks.

Matt F

PSAudio NuWave DSD DAC upgrade

My mate Divesh, brought over his new PS Audio Directstream DAC. Head to head, the (Liquid Audio) mod’ed NuWave had greater obvious detail, soundstage, and musicality. The $10k Direct Stream was dark, small soundstage, distant, colder, less detailed, preserving only some respect in the bass.

John P

Mission Cyrus 2 integrated amplifier repair and overhaul

Hi Mike,

You will recall that you recently re-capped and cleaned my Cyrus Two amplifier and I thought I would get back to you now that it has had a chance to really burn in since I got it back from you.

It is sounding absolutely superb! In fact, I cannot recall it sounding as good even when it was new. I suspect that the capacitors that you used were of much better quality than the original ones and this has made quite a difference.

Anyway, many thanks again for all your help which is very much appreciated.

Kind regards,

Nigel B

Pioneer A-117 integrated amplifier repair and service

Hi Mike,

You recently serviced an older amp for me and I just wanted to say thanks very much. The previous issue I had with it not playing through one channel has gone. It works a treat and Im really thankful.

Regards,


Sean M

Quad 405-2 power amplifier overhaul and improvement.

Hi Mike,

I just wanted to let you know that I am very pleased with the 405 2 that you refurbished for me a few months ago. 

The workmanship inside is spot on and the sound is a noticeable improvement over the pair of NAD 214’s I was listening to previously.

I am particularly impressed with how much crisper it sounds than the NAD’s when playing at low volume. The bass is also a lot richer.

Thanks again for your work,

Best regards

James W

Onkyo Integra A-819RX integrated amplifier repair

Hi Mike,
Can’t believe how good this sounds,
I have a front row seat to all my music.  
You were right about Brian.  He did a great job of making sure everything was just right.
You have one very happy customer; so glad the amp persuaded you to fix it.

Jennifer H

Pioneer A400X amplifier repair and service

Hi Mike,

Thank you very much for fixing my amplifier. Works very well.

Regards and best wishes

Alan W

Luxman L-215 amplifier overhaul

Hi Mike,

WOW !! what an improvement !!!

Dynamic range, clarity and balance are now all very good (to my ears anyway).

I now realise that listening to my system has actually been somewhat uncomfortable and tiring due to the imbalances.  Now everything is in balance it is so much more pleasant and exciting.  I still need to control big boomy bass on some tracks with a little negative bass control, but generally leave both controls on flat.

I am so very happy with the Luxman L215 amps performance.  Well worth the cost of the upgrade.

Thanks so much, regards,

Dave M

Mission Cyrus 2 amplifier overhaul

Hi Mike,

I am reporting back to you as promised on how my overhauled amplifier is behaving and I must say that you have done a superb job.

In order of importance, I have noticed that:-

·         The dynamic range has vastly improved. This was the first thing that struck me and it is an enormous difference.

·         The channels are now completely equal. The left channel must been getting weaker for years and years.

·         The noise floor has dropped away by considerable amount. I never noticed it before, but it is a quite clear difference now.

·         The amplifier is running so much cooler. It started to run hotter a few years ago, but it was such a gradual increase that I never really noticed it. I had put it down to the hot weather!

·         In general terms, it is a much more airy and light sound with very good spatial differentiation.

·         Since I now have a good source in a good quality DAC, the sound is better than it has ever been. This is quite clear since I am actually using the same speakers (Arcam Two) which I bought when I bought the amplifier back in 1987.

Thank you so much for doing such an excellent job and managing to get that circuit board out!

Kindest regards

Nigel B

Yamaha CA-510 amplifier repair and overhaul

Afternoon Mike,

We are a week or two in now with significant use. annnnnd all working perfectly!

Sounds absolutely amazing. Really appreciate the persistence and going back to basics on what it could have been. Wasn’t sure when to send this cause I didn’t want to jinx it hahah but think we are safe now!

Cheers and have an awesome arvo!

Cam M

Luxman PD-290 turntable repair and service

Hello Mike,

Just to let you know that the PD-290 made it safely back to Tasmania 🙂

It’s such a treat to see the vinyls spinning again (after a 3 decade hiatus!) and hear beautiful music flowing into the room from the Luxman system. 

Many thanks once again for all your help, expertise and professionalism. It’s very much appreciated.

Todd W

Accuphase E-202 amplifier restoration

Hi Mike

The amp is a musical bliss, I enjoyed it very much. Thanks for your professional service.

Kind Regards

Alvin L

Kenwood DP-1100 CD player repair and service

Hi Mike,

I’ve been rediscovering my cd collection since you fixed the kenwood player. I love the build quality, speed and features of this player. I’ve had many budget cd and dvd players while dj-ing and mixing bands a long time ago but always thought they were a bit harsh.

Anyway, this player sounds so good and it feels like I’m playing a DAW session in the studio, which is very surprising. It’s great to be able to enjoy and focus on the music. I’m going to keep this player for a very long time.

Thank you for persevering with this one.

Andrew C

Pioneer PL-514A turntable service

Frank sounds so different, thank you so very much, Mike, for all your patience. Benny Goodman has never sounded so good!

Many thanks again,

Jennifer H

Quad 405-2 amplifier service

As soon as I first tried the Quad 405-2, it was immediately an obvious improvement over the Quad 405 (still sounds good) and it has got better since.

John H

Thorens TD-160 turntable motor replacement

Hi Mike,

I have been enjoying being able to use the Thorens TD160 with its quiet motor… I keep checking it every so often but not a sound!

So, I am happily enjoying spinning vinyl again.

Thanks for your help with this.

John H

Luxman M-4000 power amplifier repair and service

Hi Mike,

Just thought I’d get back in touch after you brought my amp back from the dead. I recall you asked me to give it a couple of months and to get in touch to let you know how things were going. All is good, I’ve been using it for a couple of months now and haven’t experienced any issues. Without a doubt the sound is far better, I didn’t realise how good this could sound with my speakers & pre-amp. I’ve actually got some bass now and the overall sound is far better and more complex. Anyways thanks for the work you did and hopefully she holds on for a while yet. 

Thanks,

Nick G

Pioneer PL-Z93 turntable repair and service

Hi Mike, just to let you know the turntable is working perfectly.

Very happy, thank you.

Rebecca M

Sansui AU-317 integrated amplifier repair

317 sounds spot on, you are the man, thanks again Mike 

Michael B

Technics SL-1600 II turntable repair and service

Gday Mike,

Quick update, I’ve had a few weeks with this turntable now and spun the vast majority of my modest collection on it. I’m so happy you managed to resurrect it, I’m guessing in no small part credit is due to your cartridge recommendation, it sounds great, really quiet which is a pleasant change from my old setup. There’s a nice level of detail, sounds like the speakers are twice as far apart than they are. All the functions are working on most records.

I’m really stoked with it.

Thanks again

Blair G

Sansui AU-217 integrated amplifier repair

The amp sounds fantastic Mike, thank you so much!

Michael B

Marantz 1030 integrated amplifier service

Hi Mike

Just letting you know that the amp sounds amazing – I love it! Such a nice and warm sound. Thanks so much for getting it up and running.

Cheers again mate!

Scott O

Accuphase C-202 preamp and Cayin CDT-17A CD player sales feedback!

Feedback on items:

I would never have believed that it would have resulted in such an improved performance.  It is an absolute delight to listen to, (both items) and I never thought I would hear my gear (power amp and speakers) matched to something that would make them sound as they now do.  In fact, I find myself looking forward to listening, not just to the particular artists/tracks I want to play, but just to experience how damn nice it all sounds.  So musical if that is the right word.  And presence.  It’s taken years to get to this stage.

I had no idea what balanced outputs and cables were about.  No idea at all.  Nor what Class A amplifiers were about and why they would be preferred.

On a personal note, I thank you for taking me to a different level in music/hifi appreciation. 

So thanks again … Absolutely loving it, and am always open to your advice and notification of anything that may come along in the future. 

Kind regards

Brian R

Pioneer SA-9800 integrated amplifier service

Hi Mike,

I would like to thank you again for servicing my Pioneer amp. I have hooked it back up this afternoon and it works very very well.  It also looks just as good now, thanks again for all the work you did.   I will of course keep listening and report back but I am sure it will all be very positive.

Kind regards,

Vlad

Luxman PD-131 turntable service

Hi Mike

The Luxman sounds great, massive improvement, very happy.

Many thanks

Andy M

Rotel RB-1050 power amplifier repair and service

Hi Mike

Had the Rotel pumping and I’m actually pretty happy with it. Sounds good.

Cheers

Dan W

Technics RS-B565 cassette deck service

Hi Mike

I’ve been playing a variety of cassettes for extended periods, including songs that used to make the flutter problem very obvious, and there doesn’t seem to be any issues; the sound is rock solid.

Thanks again!

Jonathan H

Pioneer PL-70 turntable repair and re-commissioning

Hi Mike

The TT sounds awesome. Very resolving and lush sound, I can’t be happier.  As I have not heard a lot of my recently bought vinyl before it is hard to make an informed opinion apart from God it’s a good looking table. It is a Piece of art.

Many thanks again for your efforts.

Warmest regards

Bill R

Technics SL-23 turntable service and upgrade

Hi Mike

My TT is operating beautifully, and it is wonderful to sit and listen to my favourite albums once again. Especially my American Gramaphone Recordings of the Fresh Aire series by Mannheim Steamroller from the 1970’s & 80’s. They transport me back to another time and place!

Thank you,

Best wishes

Trevor S

Kenwood KA-9150 integrated amplifier and Rotel RX-402 receiver repair and service

Hi Mike

Just to let you know everything is working great on both amps. Happy with the Rotel now, seems a lot better. Many thanks!

John K

Denon DP-1200 turntable repair and service

Hi Mike

I thought I better tell you how great the Denon is now. I forgot to email you as I was too busy listening to it playing!!!!

Thank you so much, it sounds amazing.

Nico L

Accuphase C-200 preamplifier and P-300 power amplifier repair and overhaul

Hi Mike

Patti Smith, Gato Barbieri, and a host of others haven’t sounded as well since before my amp failed. It is working like a charm and sounding beautiful.

Thanks again Mike.

Regards

Alex J

Rega Planar 3 turntable major service, cartridge upgrade

Hey Mike

Brilliant! It sounds like a new turntable! So much more clarity, detail and fullness of sound. Many thanks mate.

Kind regards

Brad M

Marantz PM-80 Mk2 integrated amplifier repair and service

Hey Mike

The amp sounds a load better and Class-A operation is now noticeably different.

Very happy so thanks again Mike.

Ben W

Luxman L-205 integrated amplifier repair

Hi Mike

I have played a couple of action movies through the system and for what I have, the sound is pretty bloody good including the music (beats any sound bar I have ever heard!)

Amplifier has no crackles anymore on the controls when they are moved.

Thank you very much.

Philip M

Luxman 5L15 integrated amplifier repair

Hi Mike,

I’m very happy with the repair.  Sounding awesome with my JBL’s.  Probably not the best source (Tidal via a Google Chromecast) but even just that sounds almost holographic.

Adam C

Audiolab 8000C and 8000P pre/power amplifier repair and service

Hello Mike

I have managed to put everything together and it sounds beautiful, even if the CD player is old and I can crank up the amp to only about 1/4 volume.

Thank you very much for your work. Will be in touch when the time comes.

Kind regards

Vlado P

Hafler DH-500 power amplifier overhaul/restoration

Hi Mike,

I’ll cut to the chase.

Absolutely LOVE what you have done.  It is beautiful to listen to.   Love the clarity, richness and depth.

In fact sometimes it startles the living daylights out of me when I have it a little loud and when a sudden crescendo (or whatever it’s called) happens.  (Parts of Dark Side of The Moon for example).

Having picked up the cables on Thursday, I then connected the old Hafler preamp to the Hafler power amp.  CHALK AND CHEESE!

Man, the two Hafler pieces make such a nice combination. I can’t thank you enough for what you have done for both units.  To me at least, so rich and real.  And the spacial imaging is great.

Brian R

NAD 3020 integrated amplifier repair and overhaul

Hi Mike

Got the NAD amp wired up to my TV and audio system and it’s sounding great once more,

Thanks again for the prompt turn-around and happy to recommend.

Regards

Alan C

Yamaha GT-2000 turntable set-up and service

The GT-2000, what a beast! … Removing the RP3 with the 2M Black and putting in the GT-2000 with the Black Quintet MC Cart we both went wow and our jaws dropped. Vinyl was heard for the first time again in such a rich and bassful way …

System is GT-2000, Quintet Cart, ST-7 SUT, Dynavector P75 Mk4 Phono Stage. Lovely rich sound.

Bill R

Roksan Kandy integrated amplifier repair

Hi Mike

The amplifier sounds great, enjoyed it on the weekend! Thank you. I am very glad to have it fixed in good hands! 🙂

Best

Simon L

Rotel RA-214 integrated amplifier service

Hello Mike

Thank you for your work on my Rotel 214 amplifier. It is performing really well, no noise on the knobs, and crisp sound, better than the amplifier I mentioned I had bought to replace it 🙁 a Sansui AU 3900. 

Jeremy B

Quad 44 preamp and 405 power amp repair and overhaul

Hi Mike

I tried the Quad 44/405 last night and I could tell straight away that voices are clear and any ‘fuzziness’ has gone!

I can now hear the detail that was obscured previously. The changes you made have made a significant difference.

The soundstage seems wide and has space. The music flows with apparent ease, almost giving the impression that the pace has increased!

Thank you again for solving the issue!

John H

30-minute consult to discuss high-end hi-fi equipment choices and direction

Tremendously beneficial, an invaluable session. Mike’s deep knowledge, insights and perspectives on analogue and digital audio electronics and transducer design philosophy, discrete component quality/synergies/manufacturing intentions and system optimisation has assisted immeasurably in rethinking my own long-standing assumptions and plans in constructing a home listening setup.

Research and auditioning can only go so far, but recommend reaching out to Mike early in your journey as I have done to gain from his independent perspective and expertise.

Vijay M, January 2023

Yamaha NS-1000 speakers service and upgrades

Hi Mike

OK, so they are clearly better, across all frequencies. Tighter bass control and the highs sing. It’s a very different sound too.

You’re a genius, should have done this years ago!

Tim C

Kenwood KD-650 turntable service and improvement

Dear Mike

Just wanted to confirm, now that I have it. Very happy with the work and the parts. So happy the lid stays open. I can’t tell any difference in sound. But it just sounds fabulous! So, I’m glad I did the plinth too.

Dealing with Rick [creator of reproduction parts] was a pleasure. Quick, polite, direct and responsive. And you, of course, are a gem. We are so lucky to have someone as passionate, intelligent, ethical and hardworking in little ol Perth.

Bravo to you both.

David H

2022

Ariston RD-80 turntable repair and service

Hi Mike,

I’ve had the Ariston playing for a few days.  I think it’s a fine turntable and I would have lusted after one of these back in the 1980s but I could only afford a Rega 2 at the time. The workmanship is certainly better than a Rega or Project tt.

I think the limitation is the cartridge so if I keep it that would be the next move. It’s certainly good enough for me to list the Bryston and sell it.

Thanks for all your help.

Cheers,

Rod

Accuphase E-301 integrated amplifier repair & overhaul

Hi Mike 

The Accuphase E-301 has arrived and playing so well, all the troubles has vanished. I played it everyday with my old Quad ESL 63 both CD and Turntables. Everything is so good, I’m so happy as she alive again. 

My sincerely thanks you for all you’ve done. 

Best regards 

Duc

Sansui AU-D9 integrated amplifier overhaul

Hi Mike,

As promised an update on the Sansui AU-D9… The amp was left on for over 48 hours and on Saturday morning, I tried some of my more ‘testing’ vinyl…

Upper range was ‘great’ – clear high notes, vocals lovely – impressive.

Middle range noticeably improved and sounding really good.

Lower range – much improved, bass no longer lacking and has presence!

Soundstage is great, instruments/vocals sound distinct with air between them!

It all moves along was apparent ease. I am finding it interesting adjusting to the sound… Some vinyl is sounding very different…

Thank you for this amazing transformation! 

John

Luxman PD-277 direct-drive turntable repair and service

Hi Mike

So far the turntable works flawlessly and sounds fantastic, I’m happy with the work you’ve done.

Trevor

Mark Levinson ML-7 preamplifier repair and service

Hi Mike

I have the (pre)amp up and running extremely well. One big improvement is the PS that had some audible hum, but (it is) now completely silent.

I read with great Interest your evaluation … but more so the description of the work you carried out. Certainly worth the money I invested in it.

Finally, many thanks for the great repair you did for me.

Graeme

Marantz Model 6200 turntable improvement

Hi Mike

TT is running great & I have the final piece of puzzle, dust cover badge from America! 

Justin

Sansui G-8000 receiver, purchased from the Liquid Audio store

Hi Mike,

Just a quick note to share my utter joy with this thing, it’s barely been off all weekend. I hope the neighbours are also enjoying it.

Blair

Kenwood DP-1100SG CDplayer repair and service

Hi Mike,

Thanks for the lowdown on your site on my 1100SG Kenwood and of course thanks for getting her back in shape. Love this unit. Best I have ever had with all the features for ease of use. Will try to get my Kenwood 990 amp over for you one day.

Regards

Chris, Gnangara

Marantz Model 6200 turntable service and improvement

Hi Mike! How do i explain this?

I’ve been slowly listening to some of my LPs over the last few days & I’m currently listening to Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here album & man, it’s like I’ve never heard it before, that goes for the other albums as well. I’m discovering new sounds on them I’ve never heard before, amazing!

Thank you for your guidance, help & time.

Justin

Sansui AU-317 integrated amplifier restoration

The Sansui AU-317 is sounding really sweet! I thought it was a little brighter initially but since playing it in it is sounding really lovely. Thanks again. 

Graham

Musical Fidelity M6S DAC digital to analog converter repair

Mike, thanks so much for repairing my DAC, it’s great!

John

Yamaha NS-1000M speakers service and improvement

They sound absolutely magnificent. Been sitting here an hour, chilling, just getting re-accustomed to them. Listening to some Mahler now, the detail. wow. Thanks for your work.

Mario

Teac A-X75 Mk2 amplifier repair and restoration

Hi Mike … you were right about the teac she’s in fine form. I have cassette in TAPE1, computer in TAPE2 and turntable ( sanyo TP929 ) which doesn’t make static noises anymore. I managed to put vinyl over to computer ( audacity ) and then send it back to cassette with zero problems and the reproduction is sweet. Thank god for record select! And also for your skills and honesty because I was doubting I,d ever get it done professionally, well done indeed. I’ll try some live guitar/vocals input soon to hear what happens and report back if there’s any issues but It’ll be fine I can tell. Thank again for your time with this and the quality of craftsmanship       

Happy Phil

Rega P3-24 turntable service and repair

The turntable sounds great and the old issue is completely gone … It sounds great thanks!

Andrew

Krell KAV-300CD CD player repair

Delivered.. installed.. and running as good as I can remember.

Very happy customer. Thanks, Mike. A miracle!

Ray

Audiolab 8200CD CD player repair

Audiolab 8200CD working well. Thanks again Mike!

Steve

Pioneer Rondo turntable, Technics SU-Z65 amplifier and Pioneer tuner equipment sale

Hi Mike, just an update on new equipment.

Technics amp performs great with the Mach 1s. Given them a new lease on life. Tuner is a perfect match for the amp. Finally, great-sounding turntable.

Thanks for your advice,

Happy days

Regards

Mike

Rotel RB-991 amplifier and Audiolab 8000C preamplifier repair and service

Hi Mike

Just a quick note to say the Audiolab and the Rotel are both performing very well, sounding very good.

Thanks!

Keith

Rega RP-1 turntable service and improvement

Mike. Thank you very much. So much better. So much better. The brittleness is gone in the mids and highs and the lows are richer. Really enjoyable. Going to listen to it a lot now! Dad would have loved it and its making me WANT to listen to it now.

Josh

Hi-Fi amplifier advice

I think I have said this to you before – you are unique in the hi-fi world, and even the greater business world.  Why?

Because you’re an expert at what you do and you have integrity.  A rare rare commodity these days.  You call it as you see it.  No BS.  No conflicts of interest.  Whether it be Redgum or some other hyped-up brand – you focus on the product itself and give your honest opinion.  Sounds simple enough – not all that common these days.

And you explain things in a way that non-technical people can understand, but without dumbing things down too much.  A very nice middle ground in explaining things given your audience is full of technical, non-technical people and everything in between.  That is, you are an excellent communicator.

It’s no surprise to me your business is doing well.  The Accuphase E-202, as recommended by you, is a superb piece.  A lifetime piece.  And I received years and years of experience through your advice on amplifiers for a modest donation.

Keep up the great work Mike.  Hoping 2022 is a wonderful one for your business and your family.

You are welcome to use some or all of this email on your testimonial page if you wish.

Tony O’Brien

Technics amplifier service

Mike,

We’re delighted with what you’ve done for our unit, the Technics amp. I bought the whole system I 1982 and it’s given such pleasure ever since and it’s still even got that ‘just new’ smell to it.

My Grandfather had a real passion for specialists. We’re delighted we came to you, which we did by recommendation and we’d would recommend you without any hesitation.

Bests,

James

Onkyo CP-1046 turntable service

Hi Mike,

Just to let you know that the ”manual” turntable works well. Sound is great.

Thanks again

Wayne

General hi-fi help and advice

“One of the most helpful guys I have ever spoken to about hifi, always has time to give very good advice, would totally recom. anyone who has trouble with their gear, or anyone who needs a rebuild/upgrade.”

Mark

Roksan Caspian integrated amplifier service

It works a treat thanks, Mike. The channel issue seems to be fixed so thanks v much.

BJ

2021 and Earlier


Sony TA-5650 VFET amplifier repair and reliability enhancement

Hi Mike

We put one of my dad’s classical records on and it was fantastic to hear it again through his amplifier and turntable.  Josh played some of his vinyl and he heard elements he did not realise even existed – brilliant!!

Thanks for your care and dedication to get it working just right – it really is a beauty.

Regards

Maurice

Yamaha CA-810 amplifier repair and restoration

Mike

WOW, amp sounds great!!!

Cheers

Tony

TEAC P-30 CD transport repair and resurrection!

Cheers Mike,

It’s played every cd with no problems at all.

Sounds very good with my PS Nuwave DAC but im now thinking about possible upgrades.

Thanks again

Steve

Musical Fidelity B-200X amplifier service

Hi Mike,

Just wanted to say a quick thank you for the work you did on my Musical Fidelity B200-X amplifier a couple of months back. She’s working like a charm. Honestly can’t remember when she’s sounded better. Still pondering the prospect of an upgrade but for the time being, very happy.

Cheers,

Mike C

Onkyo turntable and amplifier repair and service

Good morning Mike

Just a quick note regarding the turntable & amp that you fixed for me. I got some new speaker wire as you suggested and the system is sounding better than it ever has, the family is really enjoying being able to listen to records again.

Cheers

John

ARCAM CD-92 CD player laser replacement and repair

Hi mike,

Just an update on the arcam CD player you fixed for me – all is good have played a fair few and no skips / jumps!

Many thanks

Steve

Marantz SD-1010 cassette deck repair

Hi Mike! I can’t thank you enough for going out of your way to sort out that VU meter once and for all.

Again SORRY to be a pain and for the 5 goes you had at it to get it right. This might sound weird but to have the deck {all the bells & whistles} working again is hard to describe but let’s just say it’s very satisfying. Oh and thanks for the advice regarding turntables.

Justin K

Denon DP-1200 turntable service and Ortofon Quintet Black S cartridge installation

Hey Mike,

The Denon and new cart sound fantastic. It’s the best vinyl I have heard.

Cheers,

Rod

Yamaha NS-1000 speakers premium crossover upgrade

Hi Mike,

…I’ve reinstalled the crossovers, they fitted perfectly, I didn’t have to alter a thing in regards to the cabinets. I plugged them into my AS3000 to trial them and bloody hell, they sound amazing. You’ve done incredible work. They do not scream at me anymore is a way I would describe them. Previously they were so analytical that it became fatiguing after a long listen. Now they are perfect, I will obviously let them run in like you mentioned. On my first listen though I am truly impressed.

Thank you so much for the attention to detail you clearly show in your work. For any future hifi repairs I may need, you will be my first point of contact.

Kind regards

Trent

Technics SL-1200GR turntable commissioning and set-up

Hi Mike,

The tt sounds great. Thank you for all your help.

Rod

Rega P3-24 turntable repair and service

Hello Mike,

Just a short note to say I am very pleased with your repair and general service of my Rega P3/24.

Somehow I feel that the turntable is calibrated and working as it should!

Cheers and thanks again,

Reynold

Bryston BP-1 turntable set-up and service

Hey Mike, this tt keeps amazing me. You did an excellent job setting it up and aligning the cartridge etc. For such a cheap mm it sounds superb. I can wait to upgrade the cartridge in the future.

Cheers

Rod

ARCAM Black Box 500 DAC repair and overhaul

Hi Mike, It’s great to have my Arcam DAC working again. Playing CD’s and streaming Apple music it sounds absolutely fantastic, so thank you for a great job!

Thanks

Nigel

Sony PS-5100 turntable and Linear Design 2500 amplifier service

Hi Mike,

Just wanted to say thank you again. We have only connected one of my Dad’s speakers and are getting the other one tomorrow. Even with only one speaker the sound is really good so expecting to be even better with both speakers. It makes listening to our records a pleasure.

Denise and Brian

Pioneer SA-9800 integrated amplifier and Pioneer CT-F1250 cassette deck repair and major service

Hi Mike,

It’s all working well, Amp is perfect, and Tape Deck is still playing well. I am using it all most days. Thanks once again for the superb attention to detail that you took with my gear. I am very grateful, it really is so nice to hear it working as it did when it was bought new in the early 80’s.

Kind regards

Graeme

Pioneer PL-630 direct-drive turntable major service

Hi Mike

I have to say… how much I am enjoying my records again.  Whatever you did to that
Pioneer PL 630 has given me the BEST EVER reproduction of music in my house.
Even the original owner was very impressed.

Cheers

Rob

Marantz 170DC amplifier restoration

Hi Mike

The amp sounds great thanks. I just played a MOFI LP version of Brothers in Arms and the noise I previously was hearing in the right channel is gone. The amp sounded punchy and a joy to listen to.

Cheers

Jon

Accuphase E-203 integrated amplifier and Denon DP-1200 turntable services

Fantastic, clear, amp sound….many thanks, Mike, and the turntable is a delight too

Kind regards

Neil

Rotel RA-980BX amplifier repair and service

Hi Mike

Neighbourhood and I listening to my JJ Cale 45’s. Thanks for the quick turnaround, sounds great, back on spec.

Many thanks,

Ross

Magnus Audio MA-300 amplifier repair

Hi Mike

So far so good. No explosion, no earth quake. It all sounds wonderful. Can’t believe how much better this amp is compared to the Bryston. Now using Combak Harmonix HS-101GP cables. Sounds great. Thanks very much for great quality workmanship. Very much appreciated.

Cheers

Arthur

Marantz SD-1020 cassette deck service

Hi Mike

Once again thank you for your time you put into servicing my cassette player it’s humming along nicely.

Take care

Justin K

Sansui CD-A717 CD player repair and resurrection from the dead!

CD player is working and sounding great. Did a comparison with the Yamaha one I had set up and the Sansui blows it away. Sound is much more separated and not so bright sounding. Don’t need to adjust the attenuator as it sounds balanced with the other components whereas the yamaha is very loud at low volume.  Very happy.

Thanks so much again!

Rob

Marantz TT-4000 turntable and HM-100R amplifier service

G’day Mike

Just wanted to let you know that the stereo is sounding fantastic. Thanks again for your expertise and passion.

Cheers

Steve Gordon

Sansui AU-117 amplifier repair and service

Hi Mike, everything is up and running and the sound is great.

Thanks once again,

Cheers Gerard

Regarding hi-fi system improvement advice for an overseas customer

…I say this to emphasize my love of musical noise that I hear out of my system!!!  I didn’t know that this level of enjoyable noise could come out of this system… WOW!!… Thanks for your input.  You could charge for this advise. 

Buddy

Technics SU-V8 amplifier repair and service

Hi Mike

Performing very nicely with my ClairAudients.

Thanks

Kim

Technics SL-1200 Mk2 turntable + Ortofon 2M Bronze service and set-up

Just got my Technics SL1200 back after a service & Ortofon 2M bronze fitted. Mike did a great job… cleaned about 30 years of filth off. The new cart sounds glorious.

Great guy, reasonable price, good advice.

Andy

Denon PMA-1060 amplifier repair and service, for overseas customer

Hi Mike,

I received my PMA 1060 this evening, Pack and send were very good, the amp arrived without a scratch. I hooked up my amp and am so thrilled that it is working 100% again without the relays clicking and losing audio. I just wanted to say thank you very much, you have done a fantastic job on her, your level of expertise, quality of workmanship and attention to detail are just beyond compare and worth every penny I spent. I would like to get my 1025 also serviced… I will check in with you later…

Thanks once again, take care of yourself and have a lovely weekend.

Kind regards,

Randolph

Technics SL-D2 turntable service and Ortofon 2M Blue installation

Hi Mike,

Just wanted to write and let you know that, after a delay setting it up, the turntable sounds absolutely magnificent and is performing much much better than before.

Thanks a lot for your help.

Tom

Marantz Model 6350 turntable repair and service

Marantz works a treat mate. Sounds awesome!

Thanks,

Jason

Kenwood KD-500/SME/Ortofon Quintet Bronze set-up and installation

Straight of the bat…it’s much better than the oc9, more voices are there in Dark side of the moon,  more of a thumping bass as well. This should only get better!!! All in all a very nice cart indeed, love it.

Thanks again Mike.

Cheers,

Mike

Hitachi HA-610 amplifier repair & service

Hi Mike,

Just a quick update re my amp, I’m more than happy, spinning records has been a pleasure, there is space & clarity, my B&W DM 330 speakers getting a work out, Burning Spear, Dylan, Love, the Meters, Lucinda Williams ….etc.

Thanks again for your efforts,

Regards

Michael

Pro-Ject RPM-5 turntable + Ortofon 2M Black precision set-up

Hi Mike

The table sounds fabulous thank you. I wish I had come and seen you earlier. Now I can get back to enjoying the music.

Jason

Pioneer PL-514 turntable major service

Mike this is a new machine.

I just put on a queen album and this is awesome. I didn’t realise how much better it would be.

Thanks very much for your work!

Mike H

Technics SL-1210 turntable upgrade, with AT cartridge and service

Hi Mike

I’ve set up the turntable and given it a good listen—it’s a joy to listen to! Much more vibrant and detailed than what I was expecting. You were right that I definitely prefer the turntable to my CD and cassette players; they have their own qualities that I still enjoy, but the turntable blows them away.

The pre-amp I have is the Pro-Ject Phono Box S2, which seems to be doing a decent job (for now). I’ll definitely invest in a proper Technics rubber mat in the near future though.

Thanks again for all your help with getting the turntable sounding so great.

Regards

Luke

Sony TA-N444ESX amplifier repair

Hi Mike, the Sony amp sounds awesome! I’ve tried loads of different sources… I’m currently using an external phono stage … that sounds wicked!

Mark

Pioneer PL-12D turntable service

Hi Mike,

Thanks again for sorting out the turntable so quickly. It’s spinning like it’s 1971 and the amp is sorted too!

Jemma

TEAC VRDS-10 CD player repair

I’ve been giving the old girl a good work out since I’ve got her back and she’s been behaving herself . If I might add she sounds a lot better not so ordinary. Well done !

Pete

Luxman PD-272 direct-drive turntable service

Hey Mike

Turntable sounds great… most probably the best it’s ever sounded, even with the unsuitable cartridge on it!

Thanks again

Marc

Marantz CD-6006 CD player repair

Just a thank you, yet again, for the excellent repair work on my amp & Marantz CD player.

Both units are performing like they are brand new again!
Love my music, especially when it sounds this good!

Well done Mike. Your quality workmanship is most highly recommended!

Rod

Technics SU-V45A amplifier repair and service

Mike

Just wish to tell you I am delighted with my amp after your service.

Regards

David

Technics SL-1600Mk2 major service

Mike

I’d like to say thanks for the work you did on my 1600mk2 technics turntable…it’s sounding absolutely awesome and I can’t believe the difference between vinyl compared to CD when I listen to the two in comparison…they’re worlds apart.

Thanks again

Frank

Sansui 8500 integrated amplifier repair and service

Hi Mike

Thank you for the great job you did for me on my Sansui 8500 amp recently, much appreciated.

Richard

Accuphase T-106 tuner overhaul

Hey Mike

This Tuner is the BOMB. I’ve never heard anything like it before. Not only is it much improved but it completely wipes the Magnum Dynalab T90 to oblivion. It has timbre, great bass, very clean-low background noise. Very dynamic. I am very pleased indeed and yes it’s worth a round 2. Much appreciated.

Cheers

Arthur

Sony TA-11 amplifier service

Thanks Mike, the amp is great not a crackle to be heard, spot-on,

Cheers,

Lee

Goldnote Valore turntable setup and upgrade

Hi Mike,

Out of the box, the gold note turntable sounds great!  I’m listening to a Mobile Fidelity recording of  Bobby Darin ‘love swings’. Its too hard to say whether its better than my Denon DP-1200.  I think the cartridge is very good value and appears to be competitive with the Ortofon Bronze.

Thanks for a top job.

Rod

ME 1400 power amplifier repair and service

Mike — brilliant job on the ME amp—this little baby has never sounded as good —and that includes the time when I originally  bought it in 1994— you must have sold your soul to the devil in exchange for magic fingertips— because it is not only the ME that sounds good it’s also the DAC that’s been a lot more responsive. My system sounds great at this time.

Cheers and thanks for spending the time and effort on this resurrection.

Jamie

Marantz SC-80 pre-amp overhaul

Mike,

I’m absolutely stunned at the improvement in my pre-amp! No more hum, all controls work correctly and, very significantly, bass has been restored to its former glory. In short, my system is sounding fantastic.

I was disappointed when the pre-amp packed up, but I now realise it was the best thing that could have happened because it made me bring it to you for repair. A several-hundred dollar investment has returned me a several-thousand dollar pre/power combo. And very importantly to me, you ensured that it remains in showroom condition.

All I have to do now is apologise profusely to my speakers for blaming them for bass shortage, because the bass is back and I’m loving it.

Thanks again for your great work.

Steve

JVC T-X22 tuner service and RF alignment

Hi Mike,

Just a quick note to say thanks. The tuner is greatly improved and all stations are clear.

Cheers

Trev

Technics SL-1500 repair and service

Hi Mike,

just reporting back to say the turntable is working really well, thank you for the great job

regards

Michael

Sansui FR-1080 turntable service and upgrade

Brought in my Sansui Fr-1080 for a checkup and service for its age and after its time with Mike it works like a dream and I am very happy with the work and time he has put into it to make it brand new again and working amazing.

Cheers

Tristan

Rotel RA-935BX amplifier service

I’ve been meaning to drop you a line before about the improvement to my amplifier since you serviced it in February. Not only did it solve the immediate problem – the dodgy cutting out of one channel or the other because of the selector switch – but the whole sound really does seem much clearer now. So thank you, and keep well.

Cheers

Neil

JVC DP-300 turntable repair and service

Hi Mike

Some feedback on my turntable.

It’s great – many thanks!

I switched the amp to effects off so I guess that means it’s pretty much a stereo amp now and the albums that I played sound great – even through my 601s!

Turntable speed is rock-solid so all in all I’m very happy – Thanks!

John

Marantz PM-40SE amplifier Repair & Service

Hi Mike

Just a quick heads up to let you know that the amp has been going really well.

Have set the amp up as the main amp at home and have used the tape, CD and phone inputs over the last week.

The amp is functioning really well and sounding great.

Thanks again for looking at this so quickly and also appreciate the time constraints with your volume of work at the moment.

Kind regards

Ben

Marantz 1072 amplifier Repair & Service

Good morning Mike

Just a heads up to let you know that the amp appears to be working well.

Gave it a short run last night, using all of the inputs with all sounding good. Both channels functioning well also. Didn’t give it too much of blast but none the less sounded good, so thanks very much for looking at her.

It’s good to see that business is busy, which is always a good sign that you’re doing good work and are indeed well in demand!

Kind regards

Ben

Sony TA-FA50ES amplifier service

Hi Mike

Just a quick note to say I’m loving my amplifier and enjoying the peace of mind knowing you’ve been through it.! Use the thing every day, and it’s bloody awesome. 🙂

Also forgot to share with you that you did a good job breaking down stereotypes. When Lisa my wife picked it up she was a bit taken aback I think – she wasn’t expecting a fit looking, affable and articulate bloke who repairs vintage hifi. I kept telling her it’s not just the domain of crusty, gruff old men with zero social skills 😉

Take care mate

Chris

Blue Note and Denon DP-1200 turntable set-up & service

Hi Mike, you’ve done a great job on both turntables. They both present sound a bit differently but I like them both. With the Denon, I’m not waiting for it to breakdown like the Blue Note turntable. It looks beautiful  and sounds great but the reliability is very trying.

Thanks for all your help.

Cheers,

Rod

Rotel RB-970BX power amplifier repair

Hello Mike, just thought I’d give you some feedback regarding your repair of my Rotel 970 power amp. I have tested it fairly extensively over the past week or so, it is running fine and I’m more than happy with your work. I would like to bring in my other identical power amp for a service and clean up… and my control amp to be checked just to make sure nothing dodgy has been done on the previous repair.

Cheers,

Bernard

Dual 1219 turntable repair & major service

Hey Mike

Ricky here that had the 1219 Dual fixed and collected a few weeks ago.

Dads been playing the Dual non-stop for the past few weeks and can’t remember it ever working so well, he’s really happy with the work you have done and could not be happier with the outcome.

Just wanted to drop you a quick message to say thanks again.

Ricky

Musical Fidelity NuVista M3 integrated amplifier repair & service

Dear Mike

I thought I would let you know that my amplifier has never missed a beat since getting it home, thanks so much I really appreciate it. If I can arrange it with your sometime next year could we do the upgrades you suggested? We are away in January until 24th but anytime after that would be suitable and I am happy to be guided by you.

Hope you have a safe and Happy Christmas.

Dennis

Nakamichi CD Player 3 repair & service

Just picked our unit up from Mike today (12/12/19).
Fantastic result, we have this lovely piece back in beautiful working condition. Mike the man. What a great person, very passionate about his work. We are lucky in WA to have a Mike.

Thanks again.

Gary Sprague

Kenwood KD-500 turntable and KA-907 amplifier repair & set-up

One word – KILLER! I have to listen to all my vinyl again, big thank you 🙂

Michael

Rega RP-10 turntable service & setup

Hi Mike

Or should I call you Magic Mike. The turntable sounds wonderful, probably better than ever before….including when I got it new. Seems like you set it up the way it should have been set up. No doubt the new amp makes a difference but the detail and particularly the mids and highs have really improved whist the signature musicality is still there which is what attracted me most to this TT (and the price). I had a Rega 3 with RB300 for many years before getting this.

Hope you have a great weekend and appreciate your high quality workmanship.

Cheers

Arthur

NAD 7240PE receiver service

Hi Mike

Christine and I were delighted with the sound from the receiver after your extremely prompt service of it. We were able to have it installed when our new TV was installed for us a few days later.

Cheers

John

Magnus Audio MA-300 power amplifier upgrade

Hi Mike

Got the amp set up last night and listened for a number of hours. The sound at the start was different to the sound by the end of the session….better. This amp is definitely my keeper. It sounds absolutely wonderful. Since the update, I’ve noticed more detail and greater timbre. The bass is tighter and more extended and generally cleaner than before. Transients are quicker and speakers seem to disappear.

Very happy and again thanks for the great work.

Arthur

PSAudio NuWave DSD DAC upgrade

Hi Mike

(had) my system playing last night. You upgraded the PS Audio DSD NuWave DAC about a month ago. Now, I have the speakers back to try everything. Simply amazing mate!

Cleaners mids and highs, more visceral, present, transient, and controlled bass.

Dave

Kenwood KD-650 turntable repair

Thanks so much. Absolute genius in fault finding.

Tim

Marantz PM-350 amplifier repair

Hi Mike

The Amplifier works great!!!!  I have had it cranking this morning without any issue.

Many thanks for your great work  – and the quick turn around!

Cheers

Martin

Sansui 8080DB receiver repair

Hi Mike,

Just thought I’d let you know the 8080 is sounding splendid.  I think it may have taken a couple of days for the new caps to settle down as it was a little bright at the start but sounding really lovely through the JBL L96s right now….

Thanks again

Tim

Technics SL-23 Turntable + Rotel RA-550 integrated amplifier service & repair

System works and sounds great, Mike. Nice clear stereo sound. Thanks for your patience and dedication mate.


Yamaha CA-2010 Integrated Amplifier Restoration

Awesome job Mike! It sounds great and I can’t thank you enough for the work you put into her!

Cheers

Tony

Kenwood KD-2055 turntable and Yamaha A-460 amplifier

Hi Mike,

Hope all is well with you! Loving the gear so far. Still trying to find time to get some listening time. The turntable though is superb; sounds a million bucks. Would love to chat about a few more improvements in the future (isolating motor noise) which I look forward to.

Thanks again for all your hard work on my gear and I’ll certainly be in touch likely in the new year with some more projects!

Love your work chief

Josh

Simaudio Moon i7 integrated amplifier repair – manufacturer feedback

Hello Mike,

Thank you very much for your assistance, devotion and skills to help us remedy this unit.

We want MOON products to be kept in circulation for decades.

Sincerely,

Bernard Poulin
Simaudio, Canada

Dual 505 turntable

Hi Mike

Just to let you know the player is playing beautifully.  Thank you so much.

I still need to change/replace the stylus on my Dad’s player. Will let you know if we want to bring it in for servicing.

Kind regards

Helen

Pioneer A-400 amplifier

Hi Mike

I wanted to say thanks for giving my Pioneer A400 a clean and service a few weeks ago, it is sounding fantastic.

Best regards

Mark

Quad 34 preamp and Quad 405 power amp repair and overhaul

Hello Mike

The amps sound superb, the clarity and life has returned, perhaps better than ever! They really sing.

Best regards

Andrew

Accuphase M-60 power amplifiers repair and restoration, plus C-200 preamplifier restoration

Hi Mike,

I thought it was about time write and tell you how happy i am with the repairs you did on my Accuphase M60’s and C200 Preamp .

I’d almost forgotten how wonderful these amps are, it’s a real pleasure to listen to music now and it’s incredible how great it sounds .

I can’t thank you enough for the wonderful workmanship and attention to detail that you put into all of your repairs.

Cheers

Eric  (with a big smile)

Yamaha AX-470 integrated amplifier service and repair

Hi Mike,

Got my Yamaha connected last night. Played some vinyl, and I can tell you, it sounds awesome!

Better sound than ever before!

Jeff

Some general feedback about my work

I rarely write something like this but your craftsmanship is so impeccable, I really felt compelled to tell you. I wish I had a component for you to work on, but shipping from Northern California might be cost prohibitive!

Adam

Hi. I have a system optimization service that I operate world wide. I was poking around and found your restoration post on the Luxman M-4000a. Just wanted to say beautiful work. Extremely impressive attention to detail and care in workmanship. That’s all, just big kudos to a real pro.

Stirling

Pioneer turntable repair and service

Hi Mike, just thought I would touch base. Still having a blast with my record player. So far it hasn’t missed a beat and I am bloody loving it! Since you fixed it, I haven’t stopped buying new albums.

Cheers

Phil

Rotel cassette deck service

Mike – You’re a miracle worker! It (the Rotel cassette deck) sounds better than it ever did…..

Pete

JVC QL-F4 turntable repair and service

Hi Mike. Just to say thanks again for fixing my JVC Quartz Lock QL-F4 direct drive turntable way back in June/July 2017. I have many pleasurable hours listening to vinyl again! The great repair work you have done creates vinyl music joy and beauty!

All the best …keep the amps and turntables alive!

Best wishes

Volker

Sharp VZ-2000 linear tracking vinyl playing boombox

A big shout out to Mike from Liquid Audio.

Thank you for taking on the restoration of my late grandfather’s sharp Boombox, he purchased this the year i was born might i add!! After thinking for sometime the record player was down and out, then changing a few hands on people giving me false hope in saying they could fix it, i had all but given up.

This is where Magic Mike came in, unlike the other previous experts, Mike promised me nothing apart from one thing i will have a look at it for you, i could see his confidence level for it wasn’t high. While mike was busy doing turntables, amplifiers and his usual work “not 3 in 1 boomboxes”. A little time had passed.

Then bang out of the blew mike calls and he’s had a look at the boombox, cleaned it up and got it running. I thought an angel from above was tricking me. So i sets off over to liquid audio to check out Mike’s work. Yes, i couldn’t believe my eyes it was clean and look like new, i can see my reflection in this thing and I’m not kiddin!! Astonished with this man’s eye for detail.

Stage 2 was the unveiling of the clean crisp mechanisms, opening and shutting the tape deck, the smooth movements of the radio tuner and last but not least the record door, which was jammed up you had to use force to fully undo it previously. These all opened just like new.

By this stage,
A) you can’t wipe the smile off my face
B) I’m getting anxious to hear it

With the power from above, ‘the cord Magic Mike had made for me’ he has plugged it in, firstly firing up the radio. Then onto the tape player with this thing pumping out some ‘fully sik’ bass might i add, Last but not least we have played a record through it!! Simply amazing, for once in my life I’m speechless, i am overwhelmed with astonishment, i thought i would never hear it play again, would be 15 years ago since it last played a record. And it simply sounds amazing.

After getting it home safely and showing it off to all my mates, i have been using it flat out. And follow up services and repairs if needed, will be no hassle knowing liquid audio is only a phone call away.

Words can’t explain how thankful i am for what Mike has been able to achieve for me, you’re a good man and your amazing workmanship on my sharp VZ-2000 boombox. I will be recommending you to all my mates, last but not least
THANK YOU!!

Regards

Marcus

Technics SL-220 turntable

Hi Mike! Thanks again, I’m having a lovely time with the turntable. Just called to say everything’s great!

Thank you

Bonita

Technics SH-8005

Hi Mike

I managed to get the wiring correct and OMG does it all work like heaven!

The graphic is so strong (maybe the speakers are so good) that I find I only need a minor tweak to get the sound I enjoy. This is the opposite of what I had to do with my previous cheaper equaliser, where major adjustments had to made with same amps and speakers. Really all credit to you and your repair work. The improvements to the pre-amp and main amp combined with the repair work on the graphic equaliser has finally given me that ultimate superb sound I have been seeking. Wow, could not be happier with the end result. You Mike, are a legend of the vintage audio repair industry. Your skills are phenomenal.

Proof is in the pudding; definitely recommended!

Rodney

Hi Mike

The turntable sounds amazing. Played a James Taylor album on it and it sounds great. Can’t wait for the weekend to sit around and listen to some Santana and Nick Drake.

Thanks again.

Regards

Norm

Krell KSA-150

Hi Mike

(Re Krell KSA-150 purchase) Thanks mate, MUCH better mids, punchier but tighter bass, better, more liquid highs, not so bright. Frankly amazing and more balanced soundstage, particularly noticeable on acoustic tracks!

Steven

Philips CD-850 Mk 2, Orelle SA-100, Project Phono Box

Hello Mike! The CD player is playing fab! No problem with speakers!!! And the sound quality is superb, well at least for my ears.

Irene

Hi Mike!

Really pleased with how the Philips CD player is playing! Gorgeous sound!!! Thanks for excellent service work!! My turntable issue has been fixed. I’ll take up your offer to upgrade cartridge head and phono some time in future!

I read about the Primare phono stage you posted and understand what you mean about my phono box being amateurish. Hope to see more of such sales and when price and timing is right, I would definitely want to upgrade! Thanks again!!!

Kind regards

Irene

Rega Planar 3

Good Afternoon Mike,

Thank you for the prompt professional service, upgrade suggestions and quality of the workmanship (while servicing my Rega Planar 3).

I have reconnected the turntable and tested it with Art Pepper, B B King, Deep Purple and Pink Floyd.  In my opinion the music sounds richer and with more depth.  I can hear subtleties in the tracks I have not heard before.

Regards

Alan

Technics SE-9060 x 2

Mike – you’re a genius!

Amps are so bloody quiet that if wasn’t for the LED lights I wouldn’t even know they were turned on. This against Klipschorn Heritage speakers well-known for being savage with background noise against any non super quiet amps.

And the sound? To my taste in music, the K horns are the ultimate in home speakers and with your repair work, I now have the ultimate in sound reproduction. Worth every cent! Could not be happier! More work coming your way a little later.

I would only recommend you to any one else looking to get this type of work done.

Sincerely

Rodney

Hi Mike

Just wanted to let you know that I am blown away by the improvement you have made to my JVC direct-drive turntable. I could not believe the difference the new cartridge made to the sound, I was expecting it to be a little better but the difference was staggering! I just wanted to thank you and I will certainly be recommending you to anyone I know who needs turntable work done.

Cheers

Tony

Rega Planar 3

Mike, just fantastic, Rega never sounded so good! Needs a few hours to settle along with the Primare. Just listening to the Crusaders, Rhapsody and blues, tight, punchy bass and kick  drum! Thanks so much bud.

Regards

John

Kenwood KT-3300D

Hi Mike,

Just to let you know the results of your fantastic & fastidious work on my KT-3300D Kenwood FM only tuner.

I have been listening all this week and I have to say I am more than impressed with the outcome. Really great crisp noise free reception and no hiss, crackle or drift in earshot!!.

I have it connected via an outdoor aerial and this has given me a very strong signal and it now has a great “lock on” ability. I am totally blown away by the clarity of the top end and also such an excellent bass response. You have to keep in mind this is a 30 year old Tuner we are talking about here!!

I just wanted to thank you for the painstaking effort and great lengths you went to in getting this as great as you have.

Rest assured I am one very happy and lucky customer to have the sweet sound that’s coming my way now.

Thanks again Mike.

Best Regards

Terry

Marantz Hi-Fi System

Hi Mike,

I’ve just fired up the Marantz system and I’m delighted to report that everything seems to be working perfectly, as you said it would be.

The pre-amp hum has completely gone, and the speakers come on after about 5 seconds. I think it has some extra grunt too.

Regarding the volume difference between direct/non-direct setting, there is still a small difference there but no more than it originally had, so it looks like you’ve sorted that out too.

I’ll run it a bit longer but so far everything is looking (sounding) good. Great work!

Thanks & best regards

Simon

Hi Mike,

Just a quick note to let you know my dad is absolutely thrilled with the turntable (we couldn’t wait to give it to him). He was so happy he was actually moved to tears to hear some of his favourite vinyls again after so many years.

Thanks again, will be in touch about the amplifier soon!

Jo

Denon DP-1200 turntable repairs and service

Hi Mike,

Absolutely blown away with the audio improvements to the DP-1200 Denon turntable you have brought about with the repairs made!!! Truly, it sounds like a different turntable now, plus having the auto lift working is just the icing on the cake. Really great stuff.

I am extremely pleased with the attention to detail in the cleaning process you’ve made Mike and can’t thank you enough it looks so good. Have just finished playing my “test” tracks, Lee Ritenour “Earth Run” and Eva Cassidy “Wade in the Water”. I use these two tracks for my other components testing as well and they have just never sounded this good. A lot more up front ‘presence’ and really right there in front of you sound, there was quite a lot missing before, only made so obvious now.

Truly remarkable overall performance enhancements and the proof is in the listening pleasure. Excellent stuff. Thanks again Mike.

Regards

Terry

Kenwood KA-3300D overhaul

Hi Mike,

Just a quick note to say thanks for the quick work on my KA-3300D Kenwood amp. I have now had the great pleasure of listening to it. Definitely a vast improvement from previous times.

The first thing I noticed with the CD mode was a huge improvement in the bass response, much richer and more full if that’s a term. The volume level is greatly improved and I hardly have to turn it past the 9 o’clock position with the control knob to get what I’m after in output.

Not quite as noticeable an improvement in phono mode but no channel problems and sounds way better than before so a definite improvement there. Once again a big thanks Mike.

Regards

Adam

Kenwood L-1000T tuner alignment

Hey Mike,

Sorry it took so long to pick the L-1000T up. Thanks for getting it singing again. It really is a great sounding tuner, beats the pants off the other tuners I have at home and it completes the set.

Cheers

Dave

Rega Planar 3

Hi Mike

Just played some John Lee Hooker … Absolutely superb sound… Thank you

Jeff

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