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Pro-Ject RPM 6.1 SB
(0 votes : 1 review)
3 out of 5
22 April 2017
By: Scott Baxter | Status: Guest
"form over function"
Pro-Ject RPM 6.1 SB This looks like a winner, but the underlying engineering and function disappoint somewhat. Rumble is a problem. The tonearm bearings get sloppy and that can be heard on playback. They can be adjusted, and Pro-Ject sells a tool, but trying to adjust the arm starts a cascading set of issues. This can only be done by a qualified service center. The electric motor is not well isolated, which again can be heard. An aftermarket kit fixes most of ... More

Bowers & Wilkins Matrix 804
(5 votes : 1 review)
3 out of 5
22 April 2017
By: Scott Baxter | Status: Guest
"Matrix 804"
Bowers & Wilkins Matrix 804 In smaller volumes, at moderate sound levels, the speaker did a reasonable job. It was used with a Carver TFM-25 and PS Audio HCA-2 power amp, Parasound Halo pre-amp, with Pro-Ject RPM-6 and Cambridge Audio 740c sources. It was quite sensitive to placement and subject to bass bloom if placed too close to a wall, and in my setting liked to have a good amount of toe-in for better imaging. It handled chamber music and smaller orchestrations, and ... More

Aiwa AD-F810
(4 votes : 1 review)
4 out of 5
19 April 2017
By: Nick Hoskings | Status: Guest
"Aiwa AD-F810"
Aiwa AD-F810 A fantastic cassette deck back in the days when cassettes were well used. I got rid of my cassettes some years ago and so sold the cassette deck too. However when I had it I used it daily for both playing and recording cassettes. For some reason I recall TDK AR cassettes as being able to withstand the highest recording level without distortion. They were well used for transferring vinyl and CD to cassette for use in my Walkman of the era. ... More