The big round illuminated dial looks great on this 1971 Tuner from Sony. I have a particular fondness for it because one was part of the first real HiFi system I encountered.
Sony ST 80F Tuner
It belonged to my sisters boyfriend. I was allowed to listen, but definately not touch.
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Back in 2018 I built my own record cleaning machine. It did the job, but wasn’t pretty.
PlecRec RCM II
I recently acquired a better donor turntable and have built a new machine, addressing some of the annoying quirks of my original.
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Few would dispute that these receivers are a marvel of styling. Their “lifestyle” presentation made them very expensive in their day and equivalent sonic performance was available for less money in more conventional packaging. from other brands.
This one came to me from a cousin. It was an exchange for some vinyl records. It’s been stuck in the back of his wardrobe for years, so needs some attention. I’m not paying through the nose for aesthetics, so maybe I can now appreciate this 40 year old design classic.
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Within a week I acquired these two pairs of headphones for very different outlays.
Both are rather nice, but quite different.
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I often use a fully automatic turntable for causal listening. For a small drop in fidelity I get the convenience of just flicking a lever and the record plays.
12 inch single on Zero 100
This worked great for LP’s and 7″ singles. Problem came with 12″ singles.
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This was a sorry looking set of separates lurking in a builders skip. Missing parts, dents, scratches and broken plastic aplenty.
It’s always worth a look, so I recovered a very sorry Technics SL PS670D CD Player and RS-BX501 cassette deck. Two Sony TA FE370 amplifiers completed the haul.
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For a while now I have been using a raspberry Pi to stream music from my NAS to my vintage HiFi through an Audioquest Dragonfly DAC.
Volumio Raspberry Pi Streamer
Originally my choice of hardware and software was dictated by performance considerations. I now have a new Synology DS220+ NAS, which is quick. Time to re evaluate my streaming system and do things a different way.
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Figuring out when a stylus or cartridge needs changing depends on many things. Condition of record, how well your system is set up and how may hours use it has had.
PlayMate counter timer
Recording needle time is a useful thing to do then, but precision of 10th of a second isn’t really necessary. So why did I create this fancy automatic digital play counter called the “Play Mate”?
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Everything should have its shape. This is my own capture of the vinyl recording of the KT Tunstall track of the same name.
Vinyl capture waveform
If only the same was true of the digital download version of the same track.
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Restoring equipment can be as simple as replacing missing wires, as was the case with my B&W 600i speakers (£2 at a car boot sale).
At the other extreme is the Garrard Zero 100SB turntable (£45 e bay) I’m currently restoring to health. This needs hours of work, including a motor re build.
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