Articles reviewing hi-fi equipment. Reviews examine the design, engineering, what I like and dislike about hi-fi equipment.

Denon DP-30L Turntable Service & Review

I recently serviced this lovely Denon DP-30L direct-drive turntable and want to spread the word about this great deck. The Denon DP-30L is an excellent turntable with a good feature-set, quality motor, solid chassis and excellent speed control circuitry. The DP-30L weighs in at just under 10kg, much more than…

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Technics SL-23 Turntable Service & Review

The Technics SL-23 is an affordable and very loveable belt-drive turntable from the late '70s. I highly recommend the SL-23 for those looking for their first proper turntable. Technics is perhaps best known for the SL-1200 series of direct-drive turntables and the lovely SL-10 linear tracker. They actually manufactured a…

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Legendary Yamaha NS-1000M Loudspeaker Review & Upgrades

The legendary Yamaha NS-1000M loudspeakers are proof that a major manufacturer can, with the right approach, create a unique product that has no peers, even 50 years on. Yamaha's NS-1000M is lauded by those who have heard them and loved by many thousands of owners, who, like me, appreciate their unique…

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Fidelity Research XF-1 Moving Coil Step-up Transformer Review

This is a review of the phenomenal Fidelity Research XF-1 moving coil step-up transformer. The short story - if you ever see one of these, grab it! Fidelity Research is one of the most iconic and revered names in vinyl. No other brand has quite the same status and FR…

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Primare R32 Phono Preamplifier Review

I have been lucky enough to have a brand new Primare R32 Phono Preamplifier to audition over the last few weeks and I wanted to share my experiences in this review. The Primare R32 phono preamplifier is designed in Sweden and is a fully discrete, solid-state, DC-coupled, class-A phono preamplifier.…

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Technics SL-1200 Direct Drive Turntable Review

When the Technics SL-1200 direct drive turntable hit the market in 1972, there was nothing else like it. This turntable really was a game-changer. In fact, the SL-1200 was so popular that over one million units were manufactured, when production finally ended in 2010. With the resurgence in vinyl, thousands…

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Headphone Bargain: Logitech Ultimate Ears 4000 Review

I want to tell you about a headphone bargain, in the interesting world of speakers you wear on your head - the Logitech Ultimate Ears 4000. Every once in awhile you find a bargain and doesn't it feel good?!   I have just purchased a pair of Logitech Ultimate Ears 4000, on-ear, sealed-back…

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Kenwood KD-500/KD-550 Turntable Review

Kenwood's legendary KD-500/KD-550 direct-drive turntables are classics from an era when things were built to last. Indeed, if decks like the KD-500/KD-550 with this level of custom engineering were manufactured now, they would cost many thousands of dollars. The Technics SL-1200 is a classic example - it's recently been reissued…

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