My obsession for monitoring the life of my turntable stylus was satisfied when I built my “Play Mate” monitor. It did the job but boy it was ugly.
Only now have I got around to making an aesthetically pleasing version. Continue reading “Digital record play counter gets a facelift”
Back in 2018 I built my own record cleaning machine. It did the job, but wasn’t pretty.
I recently acquired a better donor turntable and have built a new machine, addressing some of the annoying quirks of my original. Continue reading “PlecRec RCM II. Updated Record Cleaning Machine”
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. Continue reading “Skip diving for parts. Motorised pots and a headphone amp”
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.
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. Continue reading “Digital Streamer now with Volumio on Raspberry Pi.”
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.
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”? Continue reading “Play Mate digital record play counter and timer”
My Mission Cyrus One amplifier is a very simple affair, which is indeed one of it’s strengths. With the exception of the phono stage the pre amp is purely passive.
Normally this is a good thing. However In my system I want to connect several devices to the tape-output sockets simultaneously. This just won’t work well. Continue reading “Output Buffer Amplifier for Mission Cyrus”
Working on old turntables can be like stuffing an octopus in a string bag.
I built this to help. Continue reading “Turntable work stand”
My system sounds great, but it’s lacking a little something aesthetically.
A cassette deck, which was otherwise beyond repair, had a lovely pair of VU meters. Maybe I can do something with those?
Continue reading “VU Meter Bridge. Take 2”
I have half a dozen recording devices to connect. Unfortunately my Mission Cyrus amplifier only has provision for one tape recorder. To solve this problem I built This.
Continue reading “A selector switch for many tape recorders”
To successfully play digital music though my HiFi several software components play a part.
It’s not just about throwing numbers at a digital to analogue converter.
Continue reading “Raspberry Pi music player. Software”