Encouraged by the success of the TECHNICS SP-10MKII that I have been playing with, I thought it would be a good idea to try out the humble TECHNICS SL-1200/1210.
We have 2 of these ex-DJ ‘work-horse’, direct-drive SL-1210MKIIs in the house.
The choice of cartridge falls to a venerable Ortofon VMS20E MkII moving magnet (which I’ve owned since the 70s) – Ortofon say that the popular VMS20E MkII is “probably one of Ortofon’s most highly acclaimed magnetic cartridges“. Continue reading →
“God is in the detail” – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (et al)
Sometimes it’s necessary to re-examine the little things, the forgotten details. Try to dig out the last 10% improvement.
Consider amplifier and loudspeaker connectors.
We know that music signals are alternating current, AC not DC – swinging positive/negative. We know also that “current in a conductor resides at the surface at high frequency” (Prof. Malcolm Hawksford, HFNRR Aug 1985): Continue reading →
This extraordinary tonearm was fitted to the Kenwood L-07D turntable, the legendary flagship Direct Drive turntable manufactured by Kenwood from 1979-83.
This was the halcyon decade or so, when Japanese hi-fi was at a peak of industrial and electronic design and engineering.
Those were the days when analogue hi-fi was at a high point, with many Japanese companies participating and leading the innovation. Sadly, some of those great names no longer exist – eg. Fidelity Research, Sansui, Stax, Supex, Coral, Grace, Micro Seiki,…. Continue reading →