(Update: 13th of August 2018.)

Just a day after I finally finished repairing TCD-3014A, I got a beautiful present from Mr. Branko Nojkovic, a genius designer of audio amplifiers. It is a Tandberg TCD-3034, beautiful two header.

It doesn’t work, which is something I expected after several years not being used, but I will make him young boy again ­čÖé

Stay tuned.

(Update: 29th of June 2018.)

Several weeks of work done by myself and a great HiFi service guru Misa Lukic started to give positive results. This Tandberg TCD-3014 is 90% finished, I plan to order rollers and chase some ghost still left in it.

The sound is extraordinary and this is a very respectable machine.

(Update: 18th of April 2018.)

The Dragon arrived. I bought it from a passionate cassette deck collector.

(Update: 17th of April 2018.)

I have finally ended test of modified Onkyo TA2570.

I also bought beautiful Technics RS-M88… here underneath Revox B215.

I was delivered in a huge box, I mean really huge. HiFi manufacturers use such boxes to transport amplifiers which weight 30 kilos or more…


M88 looks beautiful and is in good cosmetical shape. It was serviced quite a few times, which is normal for it’s age.

However, I have to do detailed check on it. The idler is bad, the roller is old and also bad, and the right channel is louder than left. This multiplies using phones amp, where both channels have audible distortion, left even more than right. Interestingly, phones output is ended with two impedance transformers, never seen this on the deck.



I performed a quick measure of this device, and left chanel is mostly 1.5 dB below right, having THD of 2.6% while right has only 0.6% using Rec Pause mode. Peak meter doesn’t actually show this, whil VU meters would show it easily.

So, I will have to start working on this little beast.

(Update: 26th of February 2018)

I have finished testing Pioneer CT-A9, a new deck in my collection. But, the primary task was modifying Onkyo TA-2570 cassette deck… so stay tuned, new article is coming soon :).

Just some parts replaced in TA2570…

TA-2570 on test:

(Update: 10th of February 2017)

Although I have several decks tested and reviews in preparation, I started writing about some other HiFi devices…

Stay tuned.

(Update: 31st of October 2016)

Dual C844 and Sony TC-K666ES on test:

I also started fixing┬áSansui D550M: dirty and full of dust, which normal after 35 years or so…

But, I will make a real beauty out of it…


(Update: 26th of August 2016)

Four machines, pictured this morning:

Top to bottom:

NAD 6100

Aiwa AD-F850

Onkyo TA2360, silver

Pioneer CT-A9, the legend.

First of all I checked how each one of them is working – functions, overall sound, frequency response, W&F etc. Two of them needed capstan motor replaced┬á(NAD 6100 and Onkyo TA2360). I noticed, during last few months, increased need for replacement of capstan motors, although these decks had small working hours. I think these┬ácapstan DC motors are aging or┬ádeck were kept in ON/STOP mode during long time in which the capstan┬ámotor was working.

The fight of dinosaurus and tiger… Which one is playing better: new or old components?

(Update: 20th of March 2016)

I started a little project over two months ago: I began to buy quality but cheap 2nd HiFi components from local Serbian market to show that it is possible to make a very decent quality HiFi system for a small amount of money.

I called it “Poor Man HiFi” and posts will be published approx. once a week, so far only in Serbian.

I invested, time, energy and money in this and I must admit that I am a little tired…


(Update: 24th of December 2014)

Lot of work these days, not so much spare time but I didn’t give up working on this little site.

Many thanks for the help to Nune and Tamara, making design changes!!!

I always like to think that Hitachi in Japan was in audio terms similar to Telefunken in Europe.

These are two beautiful Hitachi machines – which one would You choose?

(Update: 9th of September 2014)

This is a pretty rare Uher machine and arguably the best they made… pretty interesting. It was broken, fixed and after several hours of use broke again… will fix it and continue testing….

I was waiting for fifteen years for my friend Voja to decide to sell his cassette beast: Lux 5K50M.

This really is a monster, looking even much better in reality than on these pictures. Beautiful machine. I will have to make a group test of it together with the best decks in my collection (Nak CR7, Teac Z6000, Studer 721 etc.).

WAY Cables supplied me with some interesting power cables:


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