Gorgeous Philips RH 750 Receiver & Why We Love Hi-Fi!

A very quick update to welcome in 2018, and to share this stunning piece of vintage hi-fi gear. I think we can all agree, it's pieces like this beautiful Philips RH 750 receiver, with its warm tones and smile-inducing vintage aura, that make classic 70's gear so desirable. The Philips…

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Denon DP-30L Turntable Service & Review

I just 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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Marantz PM-8 – Dead Filter Capacitors

Just a short post while I am repairing/restoring an absolutely massive Marantz PM-8 integrated amplifier. These main filter capacitors in the Marantz PM-8 sit in the power supply and do all the 'heavy lifting' required to make the power supply smooth and quiet. All four 15,000uF capacitors have literally spewed…

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Luxman M-4000A Amplifier Repair & Restoration

I recently restored this gorgeous Luxman M-4000A power amplifier and matching C-5000A preamplifier. Let's start with the beautiful M-4000A. Apparently, the legendary Tim De Paravicini designed the original M-4000. The improved and even rarer Luxman M-4000A probably also came from De Paravicini's hand, but nobody seems to know for sure.…

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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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Dual 601 Belt-Drive Turntable Service

I've just had a classic Dual 601 belt-drive turntable in for a major service and it's almost as good as new! This particular Dual 601 needed recommissioning after an extended period of more than ten years in storage. The automatic tonearm functions were not working correctly and the deck needed…

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Luxman PD-555 / Ortofon RD-309 Turntable Set-Up & Service

I have just completed the set-up and service of a gorgeous Luxman PD-555 belt-drive turntable, one of the best high-end turntables money can buy - a true statement piece. The Luxman PD-555 was at the top of the Luxman range of belt drive decks in the late 70's and early…

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