Upgrades

Articles about upgrades and improvements to hi-fi equipment, the focus on modifying and improving electronics for better performance.

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Musical Fidelity Tri-Vista SACD Player Restoration & Improvement

Back in 2012, I restored and modified this stunning Musical Fidelity Tri-Vista SACD Player. I’ve improved and updated my original article, for your COVID-19 reading pleasure. Musical Fidelity’s Tri-Vista range (in 2003) consisted of the Tri-Vista SACD player, Tri-Vista 300 integrated amplifier, the kW pre- and power amp, a vinyl player and a separate digital-to-analog …

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Magnus Audio MA-300 Power Amplifier Upgrade

This monster Magnus Audio MA-300 power amplifier came in for a factory power supply upgrade. Let’s take a look! Magnus Audio is not a well-known name here in Australia, maybe not elsewhere either, but, after working on this amplifier, perhaps they should be. I’d not worked on any Magnus Audio gear until this unit came …

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PS Audio NuWave DSD DAC Performance Upgrade & Review

I’ve developed and tested some improvements for the PS Audio NuWave DSD DAC. The results are astonishing and I’m now offering this service for my customers. Let’s take a look. Now updated with additional improvements and owner feedback. My apologies for the lack of articles, I’ve been inundated with work and this really slows down …

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Vintage Fidelity Research FR-2 + Yamaha GT-2000 Vinyl Setup

My good friend wanted to give his Yamaha GT-2000 vinyl rig a shot in the arm. I suggested a few changes to improve his cartridge/headshell/tonearm synergy. We achieved this by installing a gorgeous, vintage Fidelity Research FR-2 moving coil cartridge and RS-10 headshell. As any knowledgeable vinyl lover will know, Fidelity Research was a Japanese …

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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 my Jelco SA-750D tonearm, Kenwood …

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