Service

Service articles focussed on the maintenance of hi-fi equipment to restore functionality.

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Arcam Alpha 9 Integrated and Power Amplifier Service

Arcam makes some nice gear and when a customer asked me to service his dual Arcam Alpha 9 integrated / power setup, I was happy to assist. The Arcam Alpha 9 amplifier was a mainstay for Arcam for many years. The amplifier is fairly straightforward in design and neat in internal layout. There is nothing …

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Pioneer PL-530 Direct-Drive Turntable Service & Repair

I recently completed a comprehensive overhaul of this lovely old Pioneer PL-530 direct-drive turntable. Let’s take a closer look. This model is not especially common, but it has a great vintage look and some great features that I think make it one to keep an eye out for. Pioneer made some great belt-drive and direct-drive …

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Dual 1228 Turntable Service & Headshell Problems

The Dual 1228 idler-drive turntable is a great entry-level deck that is just a little cooler than many others around. You do however need to be aware of a few of the problems that can occur with this and other Dual turntables from this era.  A customer recently delivered his newly acquired Dual 1228 idler-drive …

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Servicing a Gorgeous Apple Mac Pro 8-Core Beast

My good buddy runs several powerful Apple Mac Pro desktop machines for use in his photographic studio. Perth’s notoriously hot weather and the near 12 hours a day operation gave these machines real beating. With Paul closing his studio and relocating, I wanted to repair the gruntiest of these machines for him – a 2007 …

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Kenwood KD-600 Turntable Motor & Bearing Service

Given the renewed interest in turntables, especially quality decks, I wanted to share some details about servicing the legendary Kenwood KD-600. The Kenwood KD-600 / 650 is a classic direct drive turntable from the late ’70s. The KD-600 is a superb deck, for a number of technical reasons: 20 pole, 30 slot brushless motor, synthetic concrete-composite …

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Denon SL-7D Direct-Drive Turntable Service & Repair

I’ve just finished repairing and servicing a lovely old deck that one doesn’t often see – a Denon SL-7D direct-drive turntable. My customer received the run-around from several technicians and wanted me to have a look to see if I could get her going again. This Denon SL-7D came fitted with a gorgeous old AKG P25MD moving iron …

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Kenwood KP-2022 Belt-Drive Turntable Service

I’ve just finished servicing this lovely old Kenwood KP-2022 belt-drive turntable. The owner asked me if it was worth servicing the old girl. You can imagine my reply! They just don’t make them like this anymore. The Kenwood KP-2022 is a particularly cool deck, though all need considerable maintenance at this age. This KP-2022 needed …

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