Sunday, 18 May 2014

Micro Seiki MR-622 Turntable

This is one of my greatest prize possessions, well for turntables.  The Micro Seiki MR-622 is a fabulous turntable, and definitely has been one of my favourite tables that I had the pleasure of owning.

Everything about this turntable screams quality.  Even the 45rpm adapter seemed to be milled aluminum.  It has adjustable feet, a side pocket for accessories
, a nice heavy die cast platter and even the top part of the plinth is cast.  All wrapped in a beautiful smoked dustcover and real wood sides.

The Micro Seiki MR-622 is a fully manual, 2-speed, direct drive turntable.  This means, it's low maintenance and high reliability as there is less moving parts within the turntable.  It's just a huge motor, speed controls and Micro Seiki MA-202 tone arm, placed in a overly built plinth just like what one would expect from Micro Seiki.

The MA-202 tone arm is a S-shaped tone arm with excellent tracking ability.  It has an adjustable counterweight and the tone arm pipe is filled with damping material to reduce vibration.

It is in excellent shape, however there is a bit of stress cracks on one side of the dustcover near the hinges.  That is the only flaw it has.

This is a fantastic deck and will out perform anything in it's price range and above, until the next tier of turntables.  I wouldn't call this an entry level turntable, but will punch above any new entry level turntables.

It is mounted with a beautiful Micro Acoustic 2002e cartridge and the combination of the MR-622 and the MA-2002e is sensational.

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Sony STR-7055 Receiver

One of the most elegant looking receivers from the 1970s, well at least from the ones I've come across.  It reminds you from a simpler time, which I know nothing about because...well, you can use your imagination on that.

The Sony STR-7055 is just a step down from the TOTL STR-7065, that is has less power outputs, and a few less features like no speaker "C' for a third pair of speakers.  But, everything else is pretty much the same.

I quite enjoy this unit.  It has a nice sound signature, albeit, I was a bit shocked as I had generalized thought about the sound signature of 70s.  But,surprisingly, it was very nice.  A bit on the warm side but, very clean and transparent.  Not the most dynamic sound signature but, very smooth.  Sony did make some real nice stuff and well engineered gear.

Modestly rated at 35wpc into 8ohms, it can fill a room nicely with music.  Actually, one of my favorite feature of the receiver is the Auxiliary input on the front, though it does use 1/4" plug over the more common 1/8" plug that are found on MP3 players.  But, with an adapter it makes plugging various music players easy, instead of crawling at the back of the receiver with RCA plugs.

This is a beautiful looking receiver and would make a great addition to any collection or be great receiver for anyone looking for quality gear.

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Technics SA-5570 Receiver

We've haven't had that many Technics receivers or amplifiers before and while this wasn't their biggest receiver during the receiver wars of the 70s, this is a huge beast of a receiver, especially in dimensions i.e. the width, it doesn't even sit properly/flushed on my stereo stand!  Something that I didn't for see when the unit was dropped off to me for it's photo session.

I do admit, it has that Technic's sound signature that many love, it's not overly bright and forward and it's not mushy or "warm" as other people may call it.  Actually, it almost reminds me of the big Rotel amplifiers.  It's farily neutral in sound presentation which makes it flexible in speaker choices.  I actually found it matches well with brigher sounding speakers like Sound Dynamic or JBL.

It's rated at 85wpc into 8ohms which is a large amount of power to drive even the most inefficient speakers.  Not to mention, it does have a very clean look to it.

Not as collectable as compared to the other brand names but, I know I would gladly take this receiver over some of the lower powered receivers with the fancy blue lights that tend to sell for the same price or more.  Weird...But, I digress.  This is a very nice receiver.

The Technics SA-5570 is in excellent shape, that it even still has the sticker on the glass, in French.  This leads me to believe this receiver may have come from Quebec, unless St. Boniface electronic stores or other French speaking communities within Canada told the manufacturers that French print was needed.

Either way, if you are looking for a clean looking receiver, that's in excellent shape and want power behind it, then look no further.  This might be the one that you're looking for.

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Harman Kardon T25 Turntable

We've had lots of Harman Kardon products and each one of them are excellent pieces.  However, this little guy has a few tricks up its sleeves.  There's quite a bit of features packed into this tiny compact turntable.  For one, it offers pitch control that many Japanese belt drive turntables don't have and second, there is a tiny set screw at the back of the base of the tone arm that offers a bit of height adjustment for the tone arm.  That means, it has VTA but, it is fairly limited.  But, nonetheless functional.

It has nice clean look with an angled dustcover and the tone arm looks as if it is a stipped down version of the T65, Japanese made of course.  Not to mention, they both use the same headshell.  It is a well made table with a low mass tone arm, which is nice for the Shure Me95ED cartridge mounted on it.

Internally, it is well designed and well layed out.  Unlike the upper end HK turntables, this is not suspended.  But, originally, sat on sprung feet.  However, they have deteriorated over the years and we've replaced them.  Think, Pioneer PL-518 feet, they don't age well.

Aesthetically, it is in nice shape.  Sonically, it sounds really good.  Shure cartridges tend to like the low mass tone arms and the Me95, which is a M95 variant, is a great cartridge.  The best feature of all, and I am sure many would disagree with me, is the fact the arm returns at the end.

This is a very nice 2-speed, belt drive, semi-automatic turntable.  It makes a great starter table, especially if one isn't looking for something large.  The base is slightly larger than 14" x 15".

It also has a nifty strobe disc that sits on the mat.  As always, all our turntables have been completely gone through.

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