In most cases yes, no problem. We have stocks of incandescent and LED lamps, in the most common sizes, so you can choose what suits you. For the ultimate vintage goodness, incandescent lamps are the way to go. For a more modern look, LED illumination is great.
Frequently asked questions about general hi-fi stuff including various types of equipment, technical concepts and advice for getting the best results.
Yes, as long as you understand a few technical details. Basics You can use any voltage thing anywhere you like, but you need to know all the relevant voltage and power consumption ratings and then select a suitable step-down (or step-up transformer). In the case of 100V Japanese equipment that cannot be reconfigured for local
We neither use nor recommend kits nor do we offer parts lists BOMs, etc. Repairing and overhauling electronic equipment involves much more than swapping parts. For the average owner, attempting to overhaul a complex piece of hi-fi electronics via a kit is ill-advised and usually creates more problems that it solves. The reason is the
Probably, but it comes down to what damage has been done, something that can only be revealed by inspection. Know Your Voltage Different regions use different AC supply voltages. For example, Japan uses 100V, the USA uses 120V, and Europe and Asia use 220V, 230V or 240V, depending on the region. Anything other than 230V
No, you should never do this. Japan has a different FM band frequency allocation, spanning 76 – 90 MHz. The Australasian, European and North American FM broadcast band spans 88 – 108 MHz. That means that with a Japanese FM tuner, you’ll see a tiny 2 MHz overlap. You’ll be lucky if you can pick
Yes, all electronic and electromechanical equipment needs maintenance. Actually, pretty much everything made by humans needs some form of periodic maintenance or service. When we think about complex electronic equipment, often operating decades beyond its intended design life though, the need for maintenance is obvious. Design Life The manufacturer-specified maintenance information is usually found in
Class A, whether tube or solid-state, is the gold standard. Simply based on sonics and assuming it suits your system, speaker sensitivity and use case, the highest-fidelity amplifier design is class A. Speaker sensitivity combined with your amplifier’s power output determines the system dynamic range, an important consideration not to be overlooked. No Compromise Nothing
Class AB amplifiers offer particular advantages that make them the most commonly found designs in the consumer market. Class-AB amplifiers offer the lower cost and cooler operation of class-B designs, with some of the finesse and high fidelity of class-A designs, all wrapped up in one relatively affordable package. You get the best of both
Both electronic and mechanical components experience wear and other changes over time. Electronic Components Capacitors are common wearable electronic parts, specifically wet aluminium electrolytic types. Wear rates vary according to type, quality of construction, thermal loading, age and hours of use. I’ve seen capacitors fail after 5 years and older parts that are still perfect
Yes, on some level it is, but I would argue that it can be riskier buying modern, chip and firmware driven equipment that will fail and be obsolete long before gear from the 1970s. As long as you mitigate your risk, buying older hi-fi gear should not be riskier than buying new. In some ways,