Tuesday, 5 December 2017

EDS 10M MKii Turntable

I know, it's been a long time since I posted anything regarding stereo gear. However, these past few months people were either contacting us via email or previous customers were recommending us to their friends who were looking for gear and sending me text messages to help them out. So, I felt obligated in doing so. It is truly amazing to still help people out there get into vinyl or get a better turntable, speakers, etc.

We've sold quite a bit of gear and I am sorry we couldn't post anything about them. However, I was recruited out of "retirement" to help this holiday season. After servicing and repairing a few turntables, I thought this EDS would be a piece of cake. Since, I would have to care for it and handle the customer care aspect, I thought this would make a nice post.

These EDS turntables are quite common in Canada. EDS was a distributor out from the West Coast of Canada, if I recall correctly. They imported Japanese made gear and re-badged them as EDS. I know we have had a few EDS turntables in the past. These are pretty basic turntables of the era, being a pure manual belt driven turntable. However, they are well put together. Despite their look, they are well made and in some aspect better than some tables from the 1980s. As well, the single AC motor with a separate tonearm for manual control is pretty much today's standard in turntables. The basic formula hasn't changed for the past 40 years or so, and yes, they still use the fishing line and weight as an anti-skate.

So, let's run some basic specifications: the EDS 10M MKii is a 2 speed, belt driven manual turntable. Most likely, it uses a 4 pole synchronous motor. Manual, meaning that the user has to use the cue arm to lift and drop the tonearm at the beginning and at the end of the record. There is no automatic return.

These were most likely manufactured by the Japanese company CEC (Chou Denki Co. Ltd.), who are still manufacturing audio electronics. They have made turntables  for various other Japanese companies such as Hitachi, Marantz, Realistic, Sanyo, etc. And, provided various electronic parts for these companies. Hence, why I am quite familiar with these turntables.

Overall condition, it's in pretty good shape. Dust cover has a few scratches but, can be polished. Service included: a new belt was installed, cue arm was re-damped and bearing and motor was cleaned and lubricated. The cartridge is a ADC QLM 34MKiii cartridge, stylus was examined, and cleaned. Suspension was tested and it runs and sounds great! Diamond is still sharp. I do enjoy these old ADC cartridges.


Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Our Love Affair With Digital Is Over

From the New York Times:


Which makes this a neat segway! I know Audiolesswpg has been dormant for quite some time. However, we still get people emailing us about gear. So, for this coming Christmas, we've decided to get some gear ready for the festive season.

I will dust off my workbench and start working on some turntables that the other guys still have. So, for a certain time period, we're back! Keep an eye out for our ads on the local Kijiji website.

If I get a chance, I'll do some more write up on my own personal gear that I've kept.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Technics SL-1600mkii Turntable

This is one of my favourite turntables of all time. I know it's not the best turntable (belt, idler or direct drive) out there nor, it is the best automatic turntable. Some people prefer the Sony PS-X75 or higher end Sony, Denons, JVC, Nakamichi etc..and the list can go on but, I've always loved this table. I guess my fondness of Technics turntables and the aesthetics of it.

Let's not forget Technics is one of the few makers of direct drive turntables and yes I am aware what happened some years back when they stopped producing the SL-1200mk2 and now they're making higher end turntables that looked to be similar specifications of their broadcasting line of the 80s. Regardless, the SL-1600mkii is a very good turntable.

It is well built machine and packed full of features It has the same motor and tone arm as the SL-1200mkii, a cast plinth with the usual heavy platter. The platter is suspended and the automation is via photo sensors. Not to mention a nifty stylus light. In addition, it can take similar upgrades like the KAB USA tonearm damper trough. Like always, it has the 2 speed direct drive, quartz locked motor that many love.

It does have it's Achilles' heel, the automatic lead in and return mechanism. It is done via a rubber belt and motor. The belt can always be replaced however, the plastics gears are the weak link. They can break and render the automation useless. However, I think creative people have been using a 3D printer to manufacture these parts, just like the SL-1300mkii to SL-1500mkii. Take that as a grain of salt as I am only basing that off memory.

Definitely, this is one of my favourite tables that I've had, in fact, this is my second one as I had some remorse when I let my first one go. But, I think I might hold on to this one.



Technics SL-D3 Turntable

Well, it certainly has been awhile since I last posted a page on our blog. Stuff keeps moving in and out and life keeps getting busier. However, I do have some pictures to unload!

Technics direct drive turntables are one of the most reliable turntables made and some of the easiest to service. To some it's nothing spectacular but, for those wanting a quality turntable for not a lot of coin, these turntables are some of the best out there. They are plentiful, reliable and for majority of people out there, they do the job well. The SL-D3 is the fully automatic version of their "SL-DX" line up. The SL-D1 is a pure manual table and the SL-D2 is their semi-automatic (automatic return).

Does the increase of automation make the turntable more complex? Not really, just a few more extra things to adjust, test and poke around inside but, like anything their other siblings, a breeze to go through.

A quick run down of the some features, it's a 2 speed direct drive with 33/45rpm, with automatic lead in and return for 7", 10" and 12" records with repeat feature up to 6 times. Like majority of Technics turntables they are well made with a good motor, good tone arm and I have equipped this SL-D3 with a Shure M95 cartridge with an aftermarket Jico stylus. So, it does sound quite nice.

Now, what I don't like about "these" turntables and many would probably agree is the hinge-system. They tend to break if one is not careful but, I remember seeing a decent fix-solution on Audiokarma one were to break. So, all is not lost.

As for this guy, this one found it's new home as a Christmas gift)

Some quick specifications: