Yes, they do, and it’s one of the harder hi-fi truths for most to understand. Transports First, let’s clarify what the term ‘CD transport’ means. A CD transport is a CD player used as a digital source only, or a dedicated player that can only output a digital signal. Either way, when we use the […]
Vintage vs Modern
Frequently asked questions about vintage vs modern hi-fi equipment and why older gear is often more desirable, more reliable and sounds as good or better!
System resolution limitations or ‘bottlenecks’ are critically important as they define the maximum performance attainable with a given set of equipment. Think of it this way: You could have the best pair of speakers and source equipment in the world, but if your amplifier can only support a certain level of performance, maybe it has
Generally no, unless you are able to have equipment inspected and you understand that PayPal offers no buyer protection on Gumtree. You need to be careful when buying anything like this on Gumtree, a local classifieds selling platform here in Australia. Did you know sellers can circumvent the buyer protection that normally exists when you use PayPal?
I suggest you focus on three main areas: reducing integration, looking for better-engineered/built equipment, and older equipment. Let’s examine each of these, in turn. Integration Integration refers to the level of stuffing of a box of electronics with different functions. Let’s look at amplifiers for example. The simplest solution is called a receiver. This is
Do you mean those ‘affordable’ modern phono preamplifiers that cost $1000 or more, contain about $50 worth of parts if you’re lucky and sound ordinary? Not a lot. You first need to understand that I’ve been spoiled by great phono preamps made when vinyl was at its peak. Much of the excellent equipment from that
Cassette decks offer a ton of fun and a real ‘blast from the past’ user experience, but there are a few things to consider before you go crazy. Cassette decks are amongst the most complex of hi-fi gear and generally require the most maintenance due to their electro-mechanical nature, belts, gears, and motors. Think of
Generally speaking, I suggest you don’t. I know that everyone wants a bargain and equipment in poor physical condition is often bargain-priced. Sadly, there is no escaping the fact that equipment in poor condition tends to be less reliable and less repairable than similar gear in good condition. It also doesn’t hold value as well
No, almost all rare transistor types on eBay are fakes. The TLDR here is that some parts are no longer available and that’s a certainty. If unavailable parts suddenly appear on eBay, usually somewhere in mainland China, walk away, unless you like throwing money away. Dreaming There are lots of parts that I wish were
Yes, the good news is that, in almost all cases, transistors can be replaced. The devil is always in the details though and the bad news is that people often get these details wrong, mostly because they are unaware of or don’t understand them. Part of the art of repairing electronics involves learning and understanding
Yes, on some level it is, but I would argue that it can be riskier buying modern, chip and firmware driven equipment that will fail and be obsolete long before gear from the 1970s. As long as you mitigate your risk, buying older hi-fi gear should not be riskier than buying new. In some ways,