Sometimes Budget Hi-Fi Gear is the Most Fun!

If readers wonder whether I only work on more expensive hi-fi equipment, not at all. Liquid Audio cares for all hi-fi stereo gear including budget hi-fi, from 1970 onwards. If it's hi-fi, I'll look at it.It's true that many of my posts focus on rare and desirable hi-fi equipment. People…

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Fidelity Research FR-1 Mk3 Cartridge + RS-141 Headshell

Over the last couple of months I've been 'secretly' acquiring some vinyl goodies. First, I purchased a mint condition Fidelity Research FR-1 Mk3 moving coil cartridge... I followed that up with a matching Fidelity Research RS-141 one-piece milled aluminium headshell. These wonderful pieces of Japanese analog engineering partner up with…

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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…

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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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Repairing a Denon DP-1200 Turntable With Speed Issues

Hi vinyl lovers, I recently serviced and repaired another Denon DP-1200 direct-drive turntable with speed control issues. Speed Issues This particular Denon DP-1200 was cosmetically good, but would not hold the correct speed. The fine speed adjustment control was also very 'touchy' and the platter speed would vary wildly when…

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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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Common Turntable Question: Service my Old Turntable or Buy a New Deck?

Common turntable question #1: Mike - should I spend a little on my old deck or just get rid of it and buy a new one? I get asked this all the time. Is there a simple answer? Well yes, usually there is. There is nothing new in turntable design…

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Servicing the Technics SL-1200 Direct Drive Turntable

The Technics SL-1200 direct drive turntable, in its various iterations, will be well known to most vinyl lovers these days. They have become almost legendary for different reasons - DJs love them for their fast startup and solid build; home users love them for their engineering and audio bang for…

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