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Bozak MB-80 Speakers

These are one of my favourite bookshelf speakers. I've had them for almost a decade and recently I did a small refurb on them, replacing the 22uf electrolytic with new Mundorf electrolytic (Poly caps I had were too big) and new black grill cloth versus the faded brown. Plus a re-oiling of the blond oak veneer. They sounded better than they were before. A lot more livelier on the top end.  Originally, I thought the Audax tweeters were struggling a bit and I wasn't too sure if it was the ferrofluid or the cap. Took a gamble and hoped it was the cap and it paid off. Story time: When I first auditioned them, wayyyy back in Winnipeg. I had a very interesting A/B comparison with a pair of Rogers LS3/A. I can't remember which version it was nor the power source. But, it did give me an opportunity to listen to a pair of LS3/A. The Rogers and Bozak were very distinct from one another. That the Bozak were a lot flatter in sound signature and the Rogers had a more more mid bass bump (
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Old Photos

I was recently browsing through my old folders and found quite a few pictures of pieces that we've sold but never posted. I might take this opportunity to go through them and post the less grainy ones! While I can't comment on them in detail, I will certainly do my best!

Pioneer SX-636 Receiver

This midrange receiver was one of the last few vintage pieces I've bought in Winnipeg. While by it only put out 25wpc into 8ohm, it was adequate to power my little Bozak MB80. This combination served me well during my transition to the interior BC.  It was more than adequate for my previous living space and even my current living conditions. Granted the Bozak prefer more power.   It was recapped by the previous owner, IIRC all the caps were replaced. That was the extent of the "restoration." It sounded very good for what it was. This Pioneer was on the middle to warm side of things of the sound signature. It was pleasant, wasn't mushy or overly "tubey" sounding but, not as dynamic or transparent as others.  Middle-ground stuff. Tuner was nice, it was able to grab signal in my condo without an antenna and sounded pretty decent. No qualms about the tuner. Everything worked as it should. Overall, I had zero issues with this unit. However, I was not a huge fan o

Belles DMM Preamplifier

One of the more interesting preamplifiers I've had in my main system. I had it for years and kept it around, even hauling it to another province. I've only had a handful of active preamplifiers and I've always liked the Belles DMM that I had. I only stopped using it when in my current step up there was not enough steps in the volume potentiometer. It goes from soft to too loud in a single step. Had to use the "mute" function which was a 20dB attenuation to make it work. It was a nice basic preamplifier with all the basic features one needed. It has a phono input, tone controls, bypass switch, 2x tape input and 2x auxiliary input (thought one is "tuner"). It also came with a moving coil phono input in their DMC model. This one is unique because it is labeled as a DMC but, does not have the internal switch for a moving coil. It is a DMM that has a DMC faceplate. Why? Absolutely no idea. But, it was a very nice sounding unit. Class A, if that means somethin

Technics SL-1600mkii Turntable

Ever since I've started into the audio hobby, I've always wanted a Technics SL-1600mkii. I've had two of them before and every single time I sell one, I always want to get another one. Why? They are such nice tables. I know there are better tables out there, such as those with electronic damping arms (JVC, Denon, Sony) or even pure manual transcription base tables (like the SP-10/15/20/25 and their lovely EPA-250 arms and such). But, I've always liked Technics as a brand. They've always made solid turntable, especially their direct drives.  The SL-1600mkii seems to be an amalgamation of different school of thought. While weighty at 10kgs, it employs a suspended platter and arm (albeit, unlike a Thorens), fully automatic with a well damped platter. There are other suspended direct drive turntables (Pioneer) but, the overall reliability of them isn't as high as the Technics.  Built quality is always good on them, though they have a weakness with the nylon-type gea

PSB Avante

If people have forgotten, Canadians make great speakers. Here are one of the original designs that came out during the early to mid 1970s that started to use the NRC anechoic chamber. PSB like many others Canadian brands (the most famous would be Energy with either Energy 22 line) had access to this wonderful camber to create/design their speakers. These PSB Avante speakers are one of the originals that came out of the NRC during that time. From what I've been told, there is actually a pair in the museum. There are quite a bit of information about the NRC and the man behind the scene DR. Floyd Toole who help many Canadian brands make their mark on the audio scene. Potentially, it is possible Paul himself may have help built these speakers as Paul's father was a cabinet maker, and these cabs are well made with nice bevel fronts and very nice real wood veneer (walnut?).  What makes these speakers unique are the black silicone blobs on the woofer. Why? I guess paper cones had diff

What a crazy year!

 It's been a crazy year! Things have certainly changed over the past year. Sadly, I am no longer in Winnipeg as I had to move to British Columbia. Though, I am not overly active, I still hope I can write up on some gear that I hauled to BC with me or stuff I find. Though, my new living arrangements has shrunk since moving. Currently, I am in the process of refurbing a pair of original PSB Avante. These are the first generations that had silicone goop aka caulking as both an adhesive/gasket and to add mass to the woofers. They are also done up in wood veneer unlike the later generations. My refurb consist of new grill cloth, new poly cap in the crossover and new speaker binding post. I will also be refurbing a pair of another speakers after the PSB. Though, it will be a slow process as I have other things that I must do. 

Technics SL-D2 Turntable

From a vintage turntable point of view, I personally think Technics (primarily their direct drive models) are some of the best built vintage turntables available. They have excellent motors (even their slim line p-mount turntables are very good), well made, and extremely easy to service. For the most parts, they do not require much, some oil as per the service manual and simple cleaning and adjustments of the controls. Some negatives of these series of turntables are the hinges, well not really the hinges, they are robust. It is the plastic tabs on the dustcover that insert to the hinges. Those tend to break. There are remedies all over Audiokarma if you're looking for some. Another sore stop is the mat. The Technics mats are generally great mats but, for some off reason I've noticed they become hard (frisbee hard) and start to leech out oil which makes cleaning an awful mess. Thankfully, this Technics SL-D2 was in great condition. But, needed a few items. The mat had s

Mirage Omni Series

One of the last series of speakers that were made by Mirage that were available in Canada (or at least in Winnipeg). I originally bought these for my parents however, they never used them and even left them here in Winnipeg when they moved out of province! I've only listened to these speakers maybe a handful of times and once at Visions Electronics. When they were being demonstrated for a sale I was very impressed on how beautiful they sounded. I was running them with a Crown D-75 power amplifier and Belles preamplifier. They were very immersive sounding, I guess the "omni" part were correct, while they were not as direct sounding or a sharp sounding as other speakers they were excellent for what they were designed for. This was one of the reason why I bought them in the first place, for my parents to use them in a home theater setup. Truth be told, I do have a soft spot for API speakers, even though this was made during the Gentec era. I love Canadian speakers, per