Author Archives: Matal

About Matal

Hand made HiFi, photos, a friends poetry.

Box Construction Jig Design

My next job is to build the boombox cabinet (or box).  It will be made from 6 and 12mm MDF and I need to make sure that when glued together, all the sides are exactly perpendicular and not leaning over … Continue reading

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CS4397/8 – A DAC Good Enough to Include?

I am a big fan of people with a passion for what they do, being enthusiastic about it and doing their best to do it well.  One such person I have come across is Lukasz Fikus who runs a family business … Continue reading

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Chinese eBay HiFi Scam

Whilst looking for a used CD player on eBay, I found an amazing deal; a stunning and expensive CD player for a ridiculous ‘Buy It Now price’ – a deal too good to be true?  I was immediately sceptical so … Continue reading

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Pioneer SX-5580 Broken Pot / Switch Shaft Repair / Fix

The Pioneer SX-5580 I am renovating was not looked after very well at some point, surprising considering how prestigious a piece of equipment it is and how much it would have cost.  One of the problems was some bent volume … Continue reading

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HighResAudio / MQA Wars Continue on HiFiPlus

HighResAudio are to stop offering MQA encoded files. Here is a link to an article on HiFi Plus: http://hifiplus.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=7c2c6adc5d8e2ef6eb0c411f0&id=5a140ac6f2&e=792bccbd1a

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Dry Solder Joints

Some parts in a power amp stage get very hot.  The output transistors of course but also some of the resistors in the output stage.  After years and decades of getting very hot and then cooling and running through this … Continue reading

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Pioneer SX-5580 Power Amp Module

Here are some photos of the power amplifier module.  As you can see, it’s big.  But then it would be at 120 watts per channel RMS. This is before cleaning and changing of the electrolytic capacitors.  Given heat, electricity (generating … Continue reading

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