Reviews

Reviews of hi-fi stereo equipment, typically examining the design, engineering, and what I like and dislike about hi-fi equipment.

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NIB Pioneer CT-A7X Cassette Deck Service & Review

This Pioneer CT-A7X three-head cassette deck service and repair is quite a story and one that I hope you’ll enjoy as much as I enjoyed the job. I love cassette decks, especially decks like this beautiful Pioneer CT-A7X. In fact, my own reference deck is a Pioneer CT-A9X, the best deck Pioneer made for many …

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Sansui AU-D707 / AU-819 Amplifier Repair & Review

Sansui is famous for making beautiful amplifiers and the Sansui AU-D707 (AU-819 in export markets) is no exception. Follow along as I repair this imported beauty, brought to us having arrived broken. It should come as no surprise to regular viewers that I love Sansui amplifiers and we work on a lot of them here …

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Stunning Krell KSA-100S Amplifier Repair, Restoration & Review

Good news, we’ve saved another stunning, irreplaceable amplifier, this time a Krell KSA-100S power amplifier from Krell’s golden era. Welcome back classic hi-fi lovers! If you like amplifiers you’ll enjoy this one. Almost nothing is built like this beautiful amplifier now or even back then. In fact, gear like this stunning Krell KSA-100S is so …

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Ortofon ST-70 Moving Coil Transformer Review

If you want to extract the very best from your moving coil cartridge, you really should consider a good step-up transformer. Let’s take a look at a beautiful Ortofon ST-70 moving coil transformer I recently supplied for one of my customers. You may have read me raving on about just how much I love my …

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Arcam DiVA CD92 CD Player Repair & Review

Let’s take a look at a lovely sounding CD player I recently repaired, the Arcam DiVA CD92. Arcam made some great gear back in the day, including various products as A&R Cambridge as they were initially, like this C-200 preamp and later the Arcam Black Box 500 I recently repaired and restored: This time though, …

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Legendary Marantz CD-84 CD Player Repair & Review

This story illustrates almost everything I’ve ever said about vintage hi-fi gear. Read on to find out why I love older CD players like this legend from 1984 and what makes this Marantz CD-84 so very lovable! It’s worth considering just how unbelievably disruptive the launch of CD was, back in 1983. I remember it …

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