Ah, so here you are! Please take the time to make an entry in this public guest book so we can share your thoughts with other visitors! We'd love to know what you think about our web site and what pages you have been looking at. Since first being published in September 2004, this like many similar guestbooks was ravaged by spamers and webbots during the mid 2000's and I actually withdrew it for several years. Now in 2012 thanks to the invention of captcha and a few perl scripts, our trusty guestbook is finally back! After you submit your entry you will receive an email with a link which you must click to finally publish your entry. This is done to verify that you are a real person with a real and verified email address. Sorry about all that extra trouble, but at least you can still see your entry published right away! This page is tested and working with Windows Internet Explorer 8, so if you are using a different browser and it's not working, go find a PC! If you prefer to send a private message, please click here. Thanks for looking! /Adrian..
Lovely page! Came looking at vintage CD players and stayed for a while looking at the rest! Love this kind of old school sites! Best whises!
Hi, Do you know if it's ok to run a 100V Japan model on US 120V? Some have said it's ok. Thanks for any advice? Steve
Just wanted to take a moment and thank you for a great, informative read regarding Technics Amps. Your writing style is a joy to read, and chock full of great information...however, now you have me yearning for equipment I can neither afford nor seem to have time to enjoy! Your 'portable' system on your bus is outrageously cool, and I noticed you used to live in Sterling VA. I am in Haymarket presently...if you get back to visit, please allow my wife and I to buy you and yours a nice libation of your choice! Best wishes, and happy listening...or a great movie experience in your bus! Jim and Dawn
Hi there, I'm about saving my old CDP 101, that was out of use for many years. Now I have the time for - hopefully - doing a full renovation. I realy apprechiate all the information I get from you and some others describing the problems and possible sollutions. Hope to get a running CDP101 soon. Regards Gottfried
Great reading, I had a pair of SBM 3s in the eighties regret getting rid of them but I did keep the tweeters and midrange drivers, still good condition sure they'll be some use to someone
Hello there, just received the Technics SE-A5 MK2 & Technics SU-A6 MK2 Combination, with no instruction manual. How do I connect them ? DC or NORMAL ? Thank you, and greetings.
Hi, Adrian and Susi! I have also same SE A5, and today better way to repair, or prevent classic lovely SE A5 issue with over-heat transistors - move to conterporary complementary pair : 2SA1837 & 2SC4793 (Toshiba) in "normal" TO-220 pack. (price also about $1 for pair in Moscow) Pleace, see a Pick, to-220 with Sink:: https://ic.pics.livejournal.com/nwc98/12854719/22086/22086_600.jpg https://ic.pics.livejournal.com/nwc98/12854719/21915/21915_600.jpg it was big Sink, I do cut it, 50/50. now these transistors just warm, not nore 40* celsium. Now I can sleep easy, It s Woonder! )) Wish You Good Luck!
Hello! My name is Bruno and I'm from Brazil. It was a pleasure reading your page and experiences. I came here looking for the Sony CDP 101, and found very cool pictures, life experiences and vintage stuff. Keep updating us! God bless. Bye! :D
Nice to see you after all these years on the net! quite by chance
hi there! im here because of information about the K4000. I know own a stock original, never changed anything. It belonged to my dad, he bought the kit back in the days. his hearing is now almost gone, so i finally could pick it up and use it. Thnx for the info on your site, i hope you keep it online for many years. i now have the k4000 and the k4100. and tougher, they really sound amazing!
Very useful info. I am currently rebuilding one of these amps for a friend and have had the same issue with the 39R resistors detonating. Whislt these are potentially a sacrificial component, I am wondering what effect it has on the valve itself. I am tempted to put in 0ne good quality 10 ohm 3 watt resistor to prevent such a problem again. I also like the bias bypass resistor idea. I have come across small carbon pots breaking down and causing all kinds of setup issues. I am also looking at the feedback circuit to try and stop a low frequency oscillation, which probably caused the 39r's to blow.
Oh the memories! EGS Ericsson Global Support. I lived by test system. Set var. LOL!
Adrian, Lex Siehler here, formerly of Cumberland, MD, now Conway/Myrtle Beach SC. A long time ago I told you the sad tale of my CDP-101, bought Jan 1984. It is no longer with me, but I have in the intervening years acquired two other units, with complementary issues. One has tracking/skipping problems and a damaged face (probably hauled out of a dumpster), the other is pristine, tracks perfectly, but has what sounds like a digital stream leaking into the audio. I would like to combine the two, by board-swapping, into one good working unit. Any guidance, suggestions or resources you can offer would be greatly appreciated. I wasn't sure your website would still be up, but I'm glad it is.
Hi Adrian My SE-A3 just died on me (protection circuit led comes on and doesn't go off).I am going to follow your suggestion and get the Toshiba power transistors and try that. Is there anything else you suggest I do after replacing the trannies? I really want to get it up and running again as replacing it with an equivalent modern amp is unaffordable. Many thanks for a great and most helful site
Adrian thank you much voor your help and great website .
Hi Adrian I am a Technics fan and have many audio components by Technics. I finally got a SEA3MK2. Do you still have yours? Drop me a note sometime.
Great website! I found it on a search for CDP-101 information. I had actually viewed it several years ago - it seems, if my failing memory is right, that you've added quite a bit more info on the CDP. I hope to get a chance to read it thoroughly soon. I bought a unit in early 1984 (about $1000 - I had just received a modest inheritance) and, by 1990+/-, it had the classic symptoms - disk skipping and "popping". Sent it to Sony mid-'90s in the original packaging and they sent it back dumped in a box of peanuts with a note saying "Uneconomical to repair". And I have had the same experience as you with other Sony equipment (I do have a CDP-CA7ES changer given me by a friend that still works). Anyway, I sent the 101 to another repair shop I found online, but they couldn't do anything with it either. Because of other life stresses, I never retrieved it from that shop. I have since picked up two other units on eBay, both of which worked to start, but one of which developed a curious audio problem that sounded like a digital stream (buzz) leaking into the audio. The other unit still works, though it sometimes skips around until I reload the disc a few times. This unit has some cosmetic damage to the face, while the one with the audio problem is pristine. I've found a good tech, and hope to get them "blended" into one good working unit. Might have more info later, but that's all for now. By the way, I'm from western Maryland (Cumberland), but living in South Carolina now.
Hi Adrian, I have been playing with a CDP101 with a stuck tray, and it seems to be thd latch you pictured that is very sticky. I can manually move it and the disc will load and play(or top load it), however the motor just doesn't seem powerful enough. I have taken it apart to the point I can look at the part from both sides, attach/detached the spring, but have no clue as how to remove it for proper cleaning. Can you please advise as to how you cleaned this part?
I like your informing site very much and I'm on the hunt for an SE-A100 . Could you give an estimate of what to pay for an 1a example?
Excellent article. I worked for a Sony Hi-Fi distributor from 1978 to 1980 and heard about the development of a "CD player" coming soon. I could not wait. In 1980 I went to work for Sony Corp of America, consumer electronics, RSC,southeast USA. We saw many CDP-101's come in with the STK failures, which was a bit disappointing. I had no trouble with the 101 I owned and eventually purchased a CDP-601ES. I have both still and several other CDP-101's. Love your story!
Hi Adrian @ Susan, I love your collection of amplifiers Technics with big VU meters! Very nice and useful website. I found it with Bing search engine. Greeting from Italy. John
the sony cdp101 is really amazingly performing Rodrigo concierto de Aranjuez (guitar). My sony 101 ( May 1983 ) mint condition. Thank you for everything.
Thank you for manual to SE-A100 my copy is not the best. Soon i hope my lovely amp will work again after 10 years since broken. Ps i have serial no 001 mr Hondas seminar sample :-) and a SU-A200 pre amp.
Thanks a million for all the information you have made available for us Technics lovers all over the globe. I have 3 Technics A3 and one A3 Mk2 in my collection in a few months time I will shear my information to promote more understanding of the beauty of these units. Thanks Clem
Thank you for many hours of reading, I have enjoyed and acted upon several suggestions. I even bought a REL stenntor. Which brings me to a question what mods would you do to the REL to improve it? Thanks again Ian ps Ive worked with BT too, for my sins LOL pps are you still on this mortal coil?
Hi Adrian and Susan, I have the pleasure of owning 2 CX500 Turbo's and 2 CX650 Turbo's, one of each are in great running and ridden condition the other two are mainly for spares although the 650T is almost complete but has a non functioning computer (CPU), I'm trying to find someone who repairs the Turbo computers, mine looks to be in very good condition but does not fire up at all (no LEDs light up)when I plug it into my good 650T, anyone know of a repairer?
I love this page, its presenting old school amps in an interesting and sometimes funny way. While dealing with lot of 3D and HDMI troubles over the last 6 years, I can understand what you have been through with thx standards. Actually I am running a modified Pioneer BDP LX 91. I was surprised how huge the improvement can be while changing just some components inside. Because I do not like manipulating the "raw audio" i use the analog 5.1 output. In comparision always better than digital outputs in my opinion. Actually I am considering going back to non HDMI amplifers like Technics SE-A series. I always loved the VU meters since the day I saw them as a teenager. And here is the point where I was finding your page. MANY Thanks for the details !
Hello Adrian, I hope you don't mind a fellow Brit contacting you out of the blue from over the pond! I stumbled across your site whilst on a quest regarding the Technics SB-M1/M2 speakers. It seems yours is one of a very few with any information on these beasts, you've done a great job with that! I have a pair of M2's that I purchased directly from a Technics rep whilst I was working in trade many years ago. At the time I was told that there were only 6 pairs in the UK and in fact other than at a trade show before I bought mine I have never seen another pair in the flesh! Over the years my circumstances and travels took me around Europe and in all honesty keeping hold of them was difficult, however somehow, despite them being a little worse for ware now I still have them in my possession. Unfortunately a friend who was 'looking after' them for a while has managed to damage one the tweeters and as I am sure you'll be aware they are very rare, more so over here in the UK. My question and plea is thus... 1)I don't suppose you happen to have or know of where I may be able to buy a EAS-3PH10S tweeter? 2)Ideally I'd love to keep them original but if locating a replacement tweeter is not possible (highly likely) do you have any suggestions or experience in changing them out on either the M1 or M2 for something else? The second option makes me cringe but currently I have two large, useless cabinets which used to sound excellent! I'd rather restore than dismantle/break them up but currently the latter is looking more likely :-( Many thanks for your time and I also enjoyed mooching around your site too! Hopefully you'll find time to reply. Kind regards Steve
Hi Adrian, I've got your website a lot of excellent and useful information. Closest to my heart is that Velleman K4000 tube amplifier. The problems also are the same, as well as those excellent good moments of what that great tube sound give to us. The great thing about it is that, in particular, that your amplifier has so long and well documented history. Great work! I bought my amplifier in 1997, I don`t put it together myself, it had already done. The device was only a few months old. Now, I have been taken it apart and put it back together, it`s even better now. It is still my main audio amplifier. Loudspeakers are Focal-JMlab Electra 928 Classic. Lot of happy moments to you! Friendly greetings from Finland Juha
Love reading about the CDP-101. That was my first CD player -- used in 1985. Wish I had kept it, though would be hard pressed to do the maintenance you describe. I was always intrigued by the "accessory connector" which Sony spent money on designing and including, but never using? Have you ever heard of anything working with it, or are there any specs for it in the service manual?
I have Quad ESL 63 with Gradient SW 63 Subwoofers and active crossover from Gradient specially made for Quad! Gradient is equipped with TWO peerless speakers 12" size in each box~!Subs are made like natural extension and stand for ESL 63 !They are two subs !Everything i needed from Quad and could not have,now with Gradient I have!Strong bass and beautiful upper mid and high tones !Speakers are driven with TWO amplifiers !TWO Quad 606 !For ESL 63 Quad 606 is running regular 8 ohms and 145w !But for Gradient same Quad 606 must work on 4 ohms to deliver amount of nearly 240W to work properly!This is wining combination and i will never change it !Also it work with Quad 66 Control unit(preamp) and Quad 67 CD player and FM4 Tuner ! But I also must admit that I have still a pair of Quad ESl 57 and very rare Gradient SW 57 also custom made for Quad to be like stand for 57 !Inside are also TWO peerless speakers but 8" in one !Thats mean they are 4 of them in two subs!The other system is equipped with Quad 303 amp for upper ESL 57 and one Quad 606 for Gradient SW 57 also on 4 ohms to deliver approximate 240 !Quad 66 Control Unit Quad 67CD and FM3 Tuner are in the complete !Al this is in ONE large room !Sound wonderful best sound ever i have !I heaved also before QUAD II monobloks from 1960 refreshed and 22 preamp!valve GE KT 66 witch I replaced with Golden Lion KT66 brand new !It worked beautiful!Shame i did not save Quad II/22 with me!I used also Yves Cochet AL-2 with two EL34 and preamp P3 with Quad 63 ! Welleman K4040 also and preamp 8020 !Now I have in the original state Russian Priboi UM-405 Valve amplifier with 4 6R3S !2X50W and it works perfectly !
I heaved Velleman K4040 and preamp 8020 sounds great !sold it but now I regret!looking for new one !Hope it will be soon !Look at my page on FB https://www.facebook.com/pages/Velleman-Valve-Amplifier-K4040/157612304310208!
Hi Adrian, The only thing I have to say is "what a great and wonderful website"! I enjoy it every time I come back for any of the subjects. But this is my first feedback and I'm back for the audio section. The outstanding specific information of those legendary audio, keeps my hopes up in locating a SE-A3 or SE-A3MKII. Which I had the pleasure to enjoy in a friends home. Keep up the great work, info coming and the website up. Thank you and regards, Antonio
My heart bleeds for your loss. I have a pair of beyond-wonderful ESL63s, purchased new approx. 1984, which i cherish and would never wish to replace. I shall take extra care of them in view of your own disastrous experience. Perhaps some day yours will resurface - unscathed, with much luck.
I found many of my SE-A3, service manual, schematic etc. from your site that very useful for me. Thank you very much.
Hello Adrian, Love your site!!! I'm been offered an Technics SL-P10, but I have no clue what's it's worth. Can you help in this matter? Thanks a lot for your answer in advance, Friendly greetings from the Netherlands, Ton Godden
Hi, Found your page looking for parts for some old Panadonic Web Cams. You guys look like you have lots of FUN!!! Love all your toys, many common interest!!!
very informative, thank you
Thanks for all the info on the Pioneer IR Format! I will use this information to create a remote control board so I can control my PD-F1007 from across the room. I might even integrate it using RS-232 so I can do it from within software. However I think an implementation using an ATmega644 or similar will be easier, and I like hardware more anyway :) Thanks for the great info! By the way, for those curious, I got my PD-F1007 for $8 CDN at a thrift store... eight bucks!! Keep an eye out, and you're likely to pick one up as well!
In an A-B listening test the Sony CDP101 just had the edge over the Technics, sounding a little more solid and was about £200 cheaper in the shop. Another one to consider at the time (maybe a little bit later) was the Pioneer PD1 which if I remember rightly had Burr Brown DACs and sounded very lovely, it looked a bit like the Technics with a similar disc loading system but was very expensive! Thanks for the nostalgia!
Wonderfull and very informing site. Keep up the good work
Saw your site some years ago looking at Technics SE-A70 links.
Dear all, I own a technics SE-A100 amplifier and SU-A200 pre-amplifier and SLP-990 CD player and RS-B100 dbx Stereo Cassette Deck and SH-8066 Equalizer, al in working condition. (Original first owner! and willing to sell....if anyone really wants to nurisch my babies). The lights for the VU meters of the amplifier are partially defect. Does anyone know what part no. they are and if they still can be ordered somewhere? Appreciate your help, Best regards, Eric Geutjes
SaudaÃ§Ãµes. Sempre tive um grande interesse por aparelhos de audio, principalmente amplificadores, receivers e caixas acÃºsticas vintage; e minha marca predileta Ã© Technics. Estes equipamentos sÃ£o difÃceis de conseguir aqui no Brasil, alem de muito caros. Mesmo assim consegui adquirir alguns bons exemplares: SU7700, SA500, SA5550, RS615, SUV60 ... Finalmente gostaria de parabeniza-lo pelo seu excelente trabalho em manter vivo o fascinante mundo do audio de alta qualidade.
Interesting article about the M1's, I have owned a pair of SB-4's since '87 and have found them pretty reliable, although I did have to get the left one rebuilt in the early nineties (I used to max them out pretty regularly) - I now have them set up with a Denon AVR 1907 7.1 amp coupled with Celestion and Eltax satellites, they are a bit bass light so I run them with a REL Q50, this is entertaining but I want more so I am either looking to up-scale the Technics or add a larger sub, perhaps a second-hand Stadium III; or perhaps both. I have to say those M2's look like a pretty good option and if they ever come up, I'm interested :-)
A long way from late nights in Bishops Stortford
Hi...I too have the Pioneer 919!!! It is the best!!! Unfortuately, Pioneer has decided since 2007 not to make them anymore!! I am hesitant to buy a used one...bnecause usually when someone is selling one--something is wrong with it!! Due to Sandy my basement was destroyed (but not my 919--which was on the first floor) so I am looking for another 919 for my basement! I run on a treadmill and an eliptical trainer...so I want some entertainment. I have 120 laser discs!!! Nice to meet you!
Congrats on your website, truly enjoyable. any Technics se a1 for sale? or similar items? thank you.
Hi There, Great site! Your Technics audio gear is impressive. I have a Technics system based around a pair of SEA3000 amps and SB-M1000 speakers. I agree that Japanese High End Audio is much under-rated here in the US. I came here to Florida from Ireland 15 months ago, brought all my audio equipment too. Brian
Hi Adrian. Hope you and Susan are well and having a great year so far.I am still looking for a SE-A3MK2 if you know where one is ot have one for sale.Please contact me if you have any info. Thanks ..Larry email@example.com
Arrived via the AXE10 and then the picture of team at Ericsson. Can not remember if our paths crossed, but the faces - in fact the actual picture - look familiar. In the town myself now and site was redeveloped a few years ago to include driving test centre, Premier Inn and Beefeater Inn... a poor trade for the original engineering skills and knowledge (and thought you needed a non-audio guest book entry as well). Cheers, David
Hello Adrian and Susan! What a magnificent surprise finding this site!!! My name is Rodolfo but my friends call me Fito. My dad used to own 1 of the first 3 pairs of the Technics SB M1 monitors that came to Puerto Rico and let me tell you as you know that they sound just amazing!!!! He also had the exotic pre and power that you own to drive them. What great memories i have listening Jean Michel Jarre, Fresh Aire, GRP records on a SOTA turntable with an Eminent Technology tonearm going to the Technics pre. This High End Gear, made in the mighty 1980's was not only the equal sonically to much of the great stuff made in USA, in some cases it even surpassed them in performance and costruction. It's a great shame that Technics cease to import these great Audio gear and eventually that legendary Matsushita division eliminated. I also have the great pleasure of having listened to a pair of Quads some time ago and they are definitely keepers!!! Jaw Dropping Glorious Sound!! Keep up the great work and fantastic enthusiasm amigos!!
I like the idea of toroidal opt with tubes(gizmo was right). I am rebuilding my system and will be using an Audio Research LS3 line stage.
I'd love to hear that Velleman/Quad combo someday. I've been tempted several times to try a tube amp. If you're ever in Orlando I invite you to come listen to my setup. I have a Marantz CD-63SE, a diy "passive buffered" line pre-amp, a diy Erno Borbely dc100 mosfet amp, and rare JSE Model 1 "Infinite Slope" speakers (highly modded). Very revealing, spacious and dynamic.
There are still few of us who appreciate well made older gear, and are not buying new just because it is "new". You helped me to save my SONY CDP-501es. Hat down to your effort and help in preserving what should not be lost or forgotten...
Hi I have an old SU A4 Mk2 Pre Amp and matching SE-A3 Mk2 that need attention. Can you let me know of a good place to go in England (Ascot) for repair / parts. Also what would be a good pair of speakers to match?
Hi, I have an original SL-P10 that I bought new way back when. It is in very good condition but no longer plays. Sure would like to get it working again but I suppose that is unlikely. Nice web site! Regards, Ed Long
I had this very same Sony CD player I bought back in 1983 when I was stationed in Japan. It worked great, till I came back to the states. I bought a new Carver Tl-3300, and sold the Sony to a friend at work back in 1990.
Hi Adrian. I hope all is well your way.I am still looking for a SE-A3MK2 to make my system complete.If you get another for sale please let me know....Thanks Larry...firstname.lastname@example.org phone 304-887-0292
Hi Adrian, Great to see and read the site thats building nicely! My love of the great Technics brand started in the late eighties at the age of 18, i bought my first new Technics amplifier, the £450.00 SU-V90D which along with (all Technics, dont have model numbers to hand) two tape decks, a tuner, a graphic, a turntable, a CD player and a large pair of vintage Wharfedale E70's are still working well in my office today! However I am also the very proud owner of a Technics SE-A100 and SU-A200 but an even prouder owner of a Technics SE-A1! The SE-A100/SU-A200 are an incredible combo, very clean and reliable, beautifully engineered with more importantly a very detailed sound. The SE-A1 is just on another level out there, even after 35 years it still impresses, its weight 51kg, its size 550mm x 450mm x 250mm, its massive yet beautiful VU meters and its many engineered tactile controls behind a simple door finishing off a very clean look. However what amazes is the sound (as it should), so dynamic, so controlled, I'm hearing sounds not heard before on tracks, a true testement to the original design and I imagine very little betters it today. Its patented class A + design also serves as a room heater! I'm happy to supply pics or info to anyone interested and still looking for that SU-A2! :-) Toby
I used to drool over the Technics gear from about 79 onwards and had the Technics fold out catalogue on my wall with the ultimate system i think it was 33,000 UK pounds and consisted of the SP10 mk3 The RS-1800 reel to reel the RS-m95, the SB-f1000 Loudspeakers with a 18 inch bass unit and horn mid and tweeter ! and i think the power amplifier was a SA-E2 or one but i remember them quoting 300 watts per channel in class A. I now collect technics and other classic pieces i have a new in its box Technics sp 10 mk11 which came from ABC in Australia and a Mint Technics RS-1700 Which i have recapped with Black Gate caps throughout i am currently restoring two Technics RS 1500 Two Track decks. I always wanted the Technics SA-E3 or the the SA-E2 i might contact you to buy ! My auntie lives in Australia and so did my parents back in the late 1960's it is great to see you enjoying life and enjoying what you do ! Take care and let me know if you have any interesting Gear to trade of sell.
Hi, I enjoyed looking at your web site a great deal, thank you! Since I was about 13 (1966) I have loved Quad equipment after seeing a pair of '57's with an FM2 Tuner, 22 valve control unit and II valve power amps on permanent working display in the Science Museum in Kensington.They were there as an example of - A - Superb British Electronic engineering and FM stereo. B The Ultimate in sound reproduction. After 30 odd years as a professional viola player with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, I finally acquired a similar set up, and love them. I am about to move on up to 63's and a Quad 909 with a specially modified 34 control unit (burr brown op amps and all new electrolytic's, phono. input converted to an extra line in) These mods and both sets of amps were done for me by the amazing guys at http://www.onethingaudio.net/ One Thing Audio in Coventry who still supply panels and a complete restoration service for both types of speaker. Long live Quad!! Yours sincerely Julian Robinson
Hi Mr. Adrian! I was looking for informations about IR Protocol to operate Pioneer equipment and thanks to your explanations in this site, I think I have found my mistake on decoding the IR commands from a handset control. I was able to understand I was waiting for a longer pulse-widths and then my decode routine always timed out.(I have not tested yet, but I'm sure about it) Thanks for your so detailed informations in this site! Best regards, Thomas Eusebio Vieira Jaraguá do Sul, Santa Catarina, Brazil
I came in on to Your sites, but I'am a little embarassed- You're very outgoing, receptive... It's very different from Poland- where I'am live. I'am 46 old engineer in electronics and mechanics. I'm working in service of Marantz/ Yamaha/ Krell/ Audio Analog and a few more. Huge work, and I still get paid peanuts... But let's live, I'am happy of every next day. Very best to You and Your family and friends, Robert Kos Warsaw, Poland
Hey! I'm living in Belgium. I'm 51 years old and I have 2 JBL SVA 2100 since 1996. I'm using it in my home cinema room since already 16 years and it works very well !
After years of being sidelined, our guestbook is back and is now hopefully spam and webbot proof! Hope so see more of those comments from all around the world! Thank's for looking! /Adrian..
we realy liked your art aunty sue especily the one of me when i was lickle amd ancle adrian i like the pics of me and izzy the site it tottaly wicked!!!!!!!
Hi! I was reading your Technics SL P1000 CD Player page and found it very interesting that you are fond of these old Technics CD players. Your page is informative as it is a little difficult to get info about these old CDPs. I have a 1959 Admiral Super 20 console radio (all tube), and have had numerous CDPs attatched to it, but nothing Ive tried sounds as good as my Technics SL P500. This CDP has a warm analog sound unlike the cold flat sound of other CDPs Ive tried. Ive veiwed the guts of the SL P500 and everything in there is fairly hi end. Gold plated RCA jacks, carrier has rubber spring loaded tray, and all the play modes of the SL P1000. The pickup sled, laser pickup, and linear motor also look identical to your pics of the SL P1000s. All chips are Technics proprietary except the BB PCM54HP DAC chip (only one), and the op amps. Also noticed the bright blue resin encapsulated daughter boards labaled Technics (with a TDK trademark logo) AL077L 5D and AL077R 5D. Differant unit design for each channel. Even the capacitors in the analog sections are high quality, looks like copper foil in a clear hard shell, tantilums maybe. Man, newer CDPs are just junk in comparison. Im interested in upgrading the two dual op amp chips, a AN6552 (4558 eqivalant), and M5238. Maybe even the AN6914 dual comparator chip. The PCM54HP DAC chip could be upgraded to PCM54KP for less noise. Any thoughts or suggestions. If interested I could take some pics and send them. Anyway, I didnt even know what I had until I saw your SL P1000 page and was motivated by it to take the top off of my SL P500. Thanks for sharing info on your vintage Technics!
I have seen just a part of your website, the one concerning HiFi devices that you have, but even not all from it. However, the influence of you opinion on SLP1000 was essential to me. Your critics made me to choose this one partical model among several that I could choose from recently. So I bought that unit because you said such nice words about it. And now that I am using it, I can only thank you for that. An amplifier that is connected to is Technics SUV900, but I need to buy new speakers. The only issue I have quite rarely is that it does not recognize few of the inserted CDs. But that can probably be easy to deal with. Thank you!
Hello from Grandma, I am looking at your webpage at the Cambridge Library where I am learning to use the internet. Mum and David are both well and so am I. Sending you all my love and best wishes to you both.
Adrian, I am fascinated with this website and will read every word of every link. Ellie
oh man! those fish and chips really look yummy! been craving for those since the last time i went to australia! would you happen to know the recipe for the batter and how to make those yummy looking fries as well? i've tried frying my own fries but they didn'y come out like the ones i had in australia...they were fat fries but they were super soft on the inside but has a little bite to it on the outside! and how about the sauce...would you know the recipe for that too? anyway...that's it for now! hope to hear from you! nice website by the way! :) cheers!
Hi, my name is Jacky PICCA from France. I'm very enjoy the Technics' amplifiers and I use a SU A4 MKII since 1988 !!! I used a SE A5 MKII since 1988 to 2000 !!! A very good amplifier and so nice ! I bought a SEA3 on 1995 but I due sail it some time after (that was certainly my biggest error of my life !!!). I'm searching a SE A3 MKII for my HC system. I just bought a SU A4 by Ebay to complete a hypothetic SE A3 MKII. Actually I use 3 Nad 208 THX and a Nad S200 to the LFE way. All speakers are based on Audax Professionnal speakers and Fostex (Like JBL for specs), with 97/98 dB of efficiency. Boxes are seem the Altec Lansing system (Onken / Jensen) with 8 holes beside the 15' loudspeaker. It's very impressive look and system for your Hi-Fi material. Congratulations, Best regards,
Hello my name is gene. I live in woodbridge va, about 1 hour drive from you. i have a problem I bought a technics se a3 I always wanted one from the day they were made.well it need to be service. any info about parts, were to get them. I love this unit I have jbl L 250 and a custom pair of jbl speaker I built. thank you very much. gene minniefield. my email adress email@example.com
Hi Love your site...very informative. I own a SE-A5, I purchased it in the late 80's my only regret is that I didn't buy two. Like in your case one of my transistor failed but was quickly repaired by a panasonic tech. I have a few power amps from solid state to tube but I have to admit that the SE-A5 will remain my favourite. So if you or anyone else want to sell one of these unit pls email me.
hi there ....first time i want u to excuse mi bad english .... i like your comments about technics amplifier SE-A5 ...and thanks to u i was able to fix mi technics SE-A5....well thats it !....so talk to u next time.....and one more thing : do you have a pasion for technics product ?
Hi Adrian Jim Pettit visiting from over the pond. Rob has just called in with Joyce to show me their Harley. Mentioned your site. Here I am. How are you both doing? Nice to see you are doing well. Must have been all that expert guidance you got in your early years. Rob and I were remembering your trip to Stone on the course that finished a day early, remember that? Drop me a line when you read this. Jim
I have a pair of DV-F727 players and was delighted to read about your findings on similarities between the DV-F727 and DV-F07. I immediately opened up my slave unit and looked over the various pcbs. I located a connector with the designation CN107 on the pcb that appears to have the surround sound decoder circuitry. The same signals look as if they also go to the pads for CN106, but the connector is missing. I think it's the right angle equivalent of CN107. CN107 is a vertical, 7 pin, 1mm FFC/FPC type connector. Luckily, the silkscreen next to the connector lists the pinout: TX, RX, DTR, CTS, 5v, GND, and NC. I'm guessing that these signals are TTL, but I haven't verified it with any measurements yet. If they turn out to be TTL, I'll be designing a tiny pcb which draws power from the connector and provides RS232 communications to a panel mount female DB9 connector for the back of the unit. I can send you some pictures if you're interested in my little hack. Wish me luck and thanks for the serial port info!
Adrian, Been cruising around your site a bit. Impressive collection of toys & electronics! It's a wonder you get any work done. Livin' la vida loca... Cheers, Gary
Hello, I got a Technics SL-P10 from a musician for free because it didn't work as it should (skipping, drop outs, not loading disks). I opened it and lubricated some parts, not knowing anything about this player. This helped, and I could try playing some CD's. Without expecting anything I connected the player to my HiFi set. And I was very surprised how this player outperformed my modern CD player. And finally I didn't want to miss it anymore. But, the problem with skipping was not solved. Now gross distortion occurred. I planned on buying another player via ebay (Studer, Revox), but then I searched the internet. But I was very lucky: I found your site, and with the adjustment guide I was really able to fix my player. It was not easy, only adjusting focus didn't help. I constructed my amplifer myself, so I own an oscilloscope (and frequency generator). With these tools I did some adjustments, and now my player works fine. Thank you for putting this manual in the internet. It saved my SL-P10! Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Greetings from Fuestenfeldbruck (near Munich) from Germany Erhard
I really like the information you gave on the Technics SE amps and the Marantz (this one I have considered, but no thanks now). I do have a Technics SE TX 100 that I'm seeking information on and I wonder if you can help me (ie; wattage, rms, ect....)? I'll greatly appreciate your assistance.
Thanks to Adrian and his wonderful website on SE-A5 which got me interested in Technics vintage audio, I was lucky to find a SE-A5/SU-A6 and SE-A5mk2/SU-A6mk2 both in mint condition. I have to say I am enjoying them in every aspect: sound quality, looks. I really do recommend them! Greetings from Turkey. P.S. Now I am on the lookout for SE-A3mk2/SE-A4mk2 (220v version) if anyone wants to sell.
Hey, i'm from Holland, I think your site is great! I have also a Technics amp the SE-A2000/SU-C2000. It's just a pitty its works not proppelbly anymore, the sound quillity is at his return. But i know that the sound is beautiful!!! I think to let it repair, but i wonder is it worth it???
this is really a great effort by u to provide students with some real useful information and stuff. i thank u on the behalf of all those students who are working on 8051 controller. this project will definately prove to be helpful for us. once again thanx...... good bye n take care
Hi Adrian & Susan, I live in Rome and three weeks ago I bought the rare items of Technics se-a100 and su-a200. They are as new but without user manual. This is the reason of my internet search and why I found your interesting site. I hope to meet thanks to you somebody able to propose me the technics user manual of theese items (and perhaps their test ad the right speakers for them...). Finally, thanks again for your website and its precious service. Best Regards Vito Rome (Italy)
Wow...all I need to know about my K4000! Great site with loads of useful links. Thanks Hopefully I will now be able to get rid of the annoying mains hum
Hi Adrian Thanks you I found your site with full enough information about Technics A5. In fact it's not easy to find information of an old model in net. I caught sight of this A5 yesterday in the street market and interested by its vintage appearance. Just after reading your comments, I was back there and took it without hesitation. I works well with the Onkyo 6ohms-90dB, sounds thick, deep, warm and clear although its inside looks older than yours. I am going to clean it, so can you share some experiences? How to clean, what kind of solvent to use, in which parts need special attention when cleaning...? I am really a dull in electronics so I hope to receive your kind instruction. As this one was produced for Japan domestic market (AC 100V), there are some little defferences. I will take some photos then send you and ask for your comment. (tell me how to send you photo?) Thank you for sharing information with averybody. I am glad to join the common pleasure of this A5 with all of you. Nguyen Quang- Vietnam
Ihave a SEA3MKII, and use it it with a pair of JBL L250ti's with Audio Research SP8 Pre-Amp. The Technics has a fat sound, and the SP8 has a forward quality. Together they sound good. JBL wanted to compete with the RS1's from Infinity and are the best speakers they ever made. The only thing with the Technics is, one of the power meters works/and doesn't work depending on the phase of the moon, or something! It's a amp…from the time when audio equipment like 427 Cheve's rulled!
Adrian, congratulation for sl-p10´s page. Sincerely Ricardo Mondaca from Chile
Hi Adrian, just picked up your website now - great stuff. Regarding the SE-a3, i have had one for over 20 years (I used to be the product manager for Technics in south Africa) and I would be reticent to swap it with most the product on the market today. Its an absolute beauty and a work horse of note. you enquired about using it with a vintage speaker set, I have mine setup with a pair of Kef RS-105.4 and they work exceptionally well together. Depending upon your musical tastes you may however find the very low bass a little thin (the mid bass is superb - controlled and tight) , in any case if necessary you could always add a sub woofer. Hope this helps - Regards Larry Aronson - Johannesburg
I had a great time on your site. It was fun and packed with information. I am puzzled by Panasonic and the bizarre marketing of the Technics line in America. I haven't the time today to see Susan's art, but I will return!
Hello, very nice site - the technics stuff is incredible - i have a combo SEA100/SUA200 , but i have a problem with the control amp - i burned an input IC - UPD6364CA - and i can not find it anywhere on the net ! i'm thinking to buy a similar Technics preamp which uses the same IC - do you have any idea ? thx a lot for your anticipated answer ! CHRIS.
Awesome CX650T page. I have 2) 500T's and 2) 650T's. Are you in the U.S? Pete
Happy birthday to me and happy birthday to adrian-kingston.com! So this site has been up for a year now since my last birthday and it took me 43 years to get to this point! If you are reluctant to start your own site because it feels like the weight of the world to get going, I say just do 1 page at a time! Thanks to all of the visitors from around the globe that have signed this guestbook and given feedback, and also to the many more who have passed through quietly! It looks like web surfers mostly like to search for things they already know about to find out more and to comment on what they see. Thanks especially to the home theatre & audio guys out there and I can see quite clearly that more feedback comes from pages that have good things to say about their subject matter. Sorry to those who have come here and found that I have had bad things to say about what they think is great, but I just tell it like it is from where I'm looking! You are welcome to tell me I'm wrong & why! I plan to update several existing pages this year and add as many more as I have time for. Happy surfing and see you around the net! /Adrian..
Hi, Just googled myself and happened upon your web site. Nice to see that Adrian Kingston is something to be reckoned with. Am a Bandmaster in the United Kingdom. Good luck with your adventures. Adrian Kingston
At last a man who has my taste in music and creation. My name is George and i am writtingn from Greece.I am an electronics student and a fan of velleman kits. I haven't though ever tried a kit in this scale of money and i have a little thoughts i want to share with you..firstly let me describe my system.I just bought a pair of Klipsch rf15 speakers(love the tones the horns can produce) along with a Cambridge audio azur 640c cd player.As for my amp not much to say here...A "cheap" a/v amp that they say works fine.The Yamaha rx-V650.The system is not the hi-fi of my life ofcourse. It is a simple system to hear decent music.But i am thinking on building the K4040 kit...I want to create!I want to experience the tubes...I want to fix it on my own and be responsible for everything :) .Should i do it? should i wait to get more money to buy (eg the primaluna tube amp?) or others in the same price range(about 1600$ = 1300euros) ? or should i built the velleman one? for about 1100 euros? What is your suggestion? and my main question...the K4040 also needs another purchase or built kit...a good preamp so i can control the volume :) velleman has such kits but expensive too...what should i do? the preamp in the k4040 may work just fine but how am i going to control the volume? any ideas? Thanks a lot...and congratulations on your site....loved the analysis of your k4000 an the photos :)Waitting to hear from you dear Adrian, Regards, George.
Hallo, through seachring the Web about the Seleco SVT 180 I found your homepage here. First of all! Very good and very explicit. If only I had the possibilties you have for a home cinema setup. Now the reason why I'm writing is the Seleco SVT 180. I might have the chance to get hold onto one for good money. Even though I know you have reached a much higher level of quality with the Sharp Beamers, do you think the Seleco is a good choice for some DVD watching and gaming? One thing your report about all the diffrent type of projectors showed quite clearly. You didn't seem to have trouble with the Seleco, but you g´had plnety of trouble with the Sharps for a long time. I'd be pleased if you could give me your opinion about the Seleco. Is the quality of the pictures shown so very much worse then of those newer high priced beamer? Thanks in advance for an answer. Greetings Joe Siegert, Germany
Greetings - I've heard more good than bad about the Velleman amps. But because of your article on the K4000, I've decided to order the K4040 (after all these years). I love playing my records. Last year I built a phone preamp using four 12ax7's and sounds great. I have a pair of Spendor S5e. Now I need the tube amp - so the K4040 is on order. I've heard that the cyro treated valve art and the TAD EL34's sound out of this world. Maybe I'll order a set and let you know how they sound. Best Regards, Werner
just read your page on the Velleman K4000 amp. I've been using one of these for years and always looking for upgrades etc. What a great amp and congrats on a fine website. Would love a set of those rings though when I can afford it. I use the amp with some reconditioned IMF ALS40's and a Marantz CD. Great sound at a good price I think.
I have the 1800's also, and I really like them for that in your face, hard hitting sound. Unfortunately I think I damaged one of the tweeters,(possibly a curious 3 year old poked something in there) there is no sound at all coming from one of the tweeters. Any ideas how I can test the problem, and/or repair it. Thanks
Hi Adrian, Nice article on the velleman K4000. Good to see that there are other people around that enjoy the velleman as much as I do. Just a quick question. I notice that your amp includes an extra circuit board that I don't have. I can only assume that it is a "soft start" circuit. Would you be kind enough to give me details so I can incorporate a soft start circuit into mine? Cheers George
Keep me informed about the progress of your program for using a PC to control the Pioneer PD-F100. I have one that was given to me without a remote, and I'd be interested in beta testing if it could be made to work with the IR interface. If you could make the program truly universal, you'd have a successful product.
hello my name is adrian kingston too i live in australia but my back ground is mauritian and irish
Hi! I recently found a like-new Sony CDP-101 in a bazaar, even the cd cleaning cloth was still in its sealed plastic bag! I'd like to get to know the electronics a little better but I failed to get more detailed info. Perhaps the service manual would help. Which brings me to my question: Do you have a service manual? If so, could you please look up the information about the CX270097 DAC chip?
lots of big boys toys, where are Sue's toys ?
You did a wonderful job about those technics amps. I'm currently owning two se a5 mk2 and bought today a se-a100+su-a200 for about $250... I'm also looking for a se-a3, never saw one in Switzerland ... Best regards Christopher
Adrian, I really liked your idea of publishing some information about Technics' amps and Sony CD101 Cd player. I created an online museum dedicated to Technics, Argentina's first one of its kind. If you want to visit it, the url is http://www.technicsaudio.com.ar Your website was very helpful to me, because I could learn more about the SE-A5 (for me, the best one). Good luck !
Adrian, A very fantastic page of real collections, I am keen to get some of these classic amps eg SE-A5Mk2, but certainly it appears that few people that own them understand their value both in terms of cost & perfomance. I would like to own one! Regards, Sam
Hi, I have got a SU-C909U PRE-AMP and SU-909S POWER AMP combination. I want to know if the SE-A5 / A3 power amps will be compatible. Was there a Pre-Amp these were originally sold with? My power amp does offer the option of attatching further power amps. However, mine was built 99/2000. What is the best power amp that Technics did? Thanks, Olly.
Adrian I forgot to mention that I live in the UK Essex
Hi Adrian what a great site, I stumbled across it yesterday when i was looking for info about my slp1000 (your site seems to be the only mention of it on the Internet) that i bought for £15 !!! on Satuday at our Local Cash converter Store ( AND THEY MADE A PROFIT ON IT!!!) I think I have a bargain ??!! But not as good as my mate's, some one gave him a faulty SE A3 a few years ago to repair and then didn't want it back!! If you ever need some info about reparing your SE A3 he's your man. What a great place to live, you really have made it Bob
hi. i got to your site froma listing on Ebay. actually, some guy is selling an amp like yours. do you guys know each other? are you interested in selling one of your technics amps?
I never sign these guestbooks but I will make an exception here...... Your site is a real treat with loads of cool info and personal insight with regards to the various gear that you employ and plenty of "eye candy" I am available for adoption as the son you never knew you had!!!!!!!!!!then I could play with your gear and be happy before I die :-) You also live in a very beautiful part of the country and I enjoyed the pretty pics of your surroundings, you are also blessed with a wonderful wife who allows you to play with as many toys as you like!!!! Cheers, Joe D. Delavan, WI
Hi Adrian, Found your page from a link on eBay. Great work, but I was wondering how you find the time to.....all his? Regards, John
I have searched and searched for comparison information for DVD vs. LD and with the model LD player you own in mind. My DLP really shows shortcomings which I have been hoping is the LD player I own. Without an answer I was not willing to invest in more LD electronics. Thanks so much. I admire your system and it brings back memories of my Infinty IRS system that I owned in Aspen pre home theater. I found your site via a vintage audio gear site and a link to your Technic Amps.
Hello Sue and Adrian. I like your website and art.
Thank you for providing the broken gear fix information for the KX-HCM10.
Adrian, Thanks for the link - I'll add one to your page tomorrow. Great amps
aren't they! I remember drooling on the catalogs back then. Besides obvious
sound qualities, I believe Technics was the only manufacturer able to design
super-sized meters that remained elegant :-)
cheers and a happy new year to you
Hi, my name is Ricardo frm Chile Congratulation for SE-A5 PAGE. I have this power amplifier and other top of line Technics componet. Please send me your e-mail for send pictures.
Hello,peeps! Just had another look at your site, and it's still lookin' good! Lots of love, Anni xxxx
We give thanks to Graham and Trudy, without them we would not have found your web site! Great photos.
Susan and Adrian -
It was good to see you guys yesterday. Looks like the renovation is really going to make your house a great place to wake-up. This website is fun.
This is Isobel I have enjoyed looking at your website and I miss you both love from isobel xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.
TO aunty sue and uncle adrian seen my picture on your website and isobels where
is our appearance fee?
we screamed the house down when we saw it are you missing the fish and chips????
Loads of love kathryn and isobel
What... no html formatting???? Graham.
Hello to you both! I guess Fr**ntpage deleting my previous entry was Microsoft's way of letting me know that I wasn't going to be the first person to leave a note. <p> <p> Having had the website tour, I guess we really ought to drop by and see the real thing. Obviously I'm already thinking what bizarre circumstances will conspire against us, but its going to be hard to top getting struck by lightning, and I'm certainly not going to buy another house any time soon. :)<p> <p> All the best to you both.<p> Graham & Trudy
Your web-site's FAB!! You've added loads more to it since I last looked. It's a great way to stay in touch...All my love to you both, Anni xxx
It's only me testing this thing! /Adrian..
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