How To

Some information we hope will be helpful.

 

A major cause of amplifier (or receiver) failure is shorted speaker wires.  Even a single filament between the red and black terminals can cause severe damage.   In certain cases, the damage is so extreme it cannot be repaired cost effectively.  Bare metal connectors used with large speaker wire should also be avoided.   Plastic insulated connectors should be used instead.  This short video illustrates a few important points. 

 

Proper speaker placement is so often overlooked.  The result is sound quality far below what the system is capable of.  There are a couple of simple rules illustrated in this video.

 

Setting stylus tracking force on a turntable is understandably mysterious to many owners.  Incorrect tracking force can cause problems ranging from poor sound quality, skipping, and potentially significant record damage.  The process is different for some turntables, but the basic process is the same for most.

 

Changing a turntable drive belt is actually pretty simple for most belt drive turntables.  The belts often last ten years or more, but then begin to slip, and will eventually fall off.  Some owners assume the turntable has died, and then proceed to dispose of it.  This video illustrates the process.

 

Preparing a turntable for transport.  So many customers have come to us with turntables that were damaged in shipping.  It’s a shame, and not that hard to avoid.  Original owners have hopefully saved the box.  You did save the box, didn’t you?

Sharing speakers with your AV system.  The video below shows one way to allow a vintage hifi system to coexist with an AV system.  There are many approaches to using vintage and hifi gear in a surround sound system.  Another option is to use a disc player with built in surround sound, and then add a separate amplifier, or powered speakers for the front and rear channels.  When watching the TV alone, the output from the TV may simply be routed to the AUX input on the hifi.