Repair

Articles where the main focus is the repair of broken or faulty hi-fi stereo equipment.

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JVC JL-F45 Direct-Drive Turntable Service & Repair

I’ve just finished servicing yet another direct drive deck I’d never seen before – a JVC JL-F45 – what a cool machine! I was surprised by the weight and overall build quality of this lovely direct-drive turntable. The JVC JL-F45 is a fully automatic direct-drive deck. For those who don’t know, fully automatic means that the …

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Pioneer PL-A35 Belt-Drive Turntable Repair

The Pioneer PL-A35 is one of those rare belt-driven Japanese decks that you don’t see very often. I’ve repaired a number of such unusual decks in the last 12 months or so, but this is definitely one of the nicest and in some ways, the most unusual. According to Pioneer: “The PL-A35 combines studio-quality performance with …

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Kenwood KD-2055 Belt-Drive Turntable Repair

The Kenwood KD-2055 is the other synthetic composite Kenwood deck, a deck less common in Australia. Think of it as the belt-driven cousin of the famous Kenwood KD-500/550 and KD-600/650 direct-drive machines. The KD-2055, also found somewhat confusingly designated as a KP-2055, is a belt-drive turntable from Kenwood, featuring the same Anti Resonance Compression Base …

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Lovely Luxman PD-264 Turntable Service & Repair

The beautiful and elegant Luxman PD-264 direct-drive turntable is delightfully different, in the way Luxman gear often is and would make a wonderful first ‘proper’ turntable. The Luxman PD-264 is a deck you see often here in Australia. Sold at an affordable price, in a competitive market and when Luxman was a heavy hitter, there …

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Sansui G-8000 Monster Receiver Service & Repair

Regulars will know how much I love monster receivers. The Sansui G-8000 Pure Power DC Stereo Receiver is one of the best! The Sansui G-8000 receiver was created at a time when Japanese manufacturers were competing to produce the meanest hi-fi beasts, like this Pioneer SX-1250 I restored. The G-8000 is not quite as mean as …

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Kenwood KD-650 Direct-Drive Turntable Service & Repair

The Kenwood KD-650 is an amazing turntable, one of the very best to come out of the 1970’s and 80’s. If you ever get a chance to purchase either the KD-650, with Kenwood tonearm, or the KD-600, go for it. The KD-650 is also one of the best-performing turntables you can own for sensible money. …

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ERA Mk6 Belt-Drive Turntable Repair & Restoration

I was asked to restore this lovely old French ERA Mk6 belt-drive turntable, as a surprise birthday gift. I was happy to assist and it gave me an opportunity to work on a deck I’d not worked on before. The ERA Mk6 is a belt-drive deck from the early seventies. It is slightly unusual in …

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