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  1. Then the best connection is a captive power lead. It's what is used on the amp I use.
  2. Yes, you can accomplish this by simply connecting the TAPE OUT from your phono equipped amplifier to the AUX in. Tone controls on the phono equipped amplifier will not function when so connected.
  3. I've already acknowledged that IEC leads are ubiquitous. Doesn't make them the best choice. Just the cheapest, easily available one. As for availability, here's what I found after 30 seconds of searching: https://au.element14.com/neutrik/nkpf-sr-a-5/pwr-cord-main-skt-schuko-plug/dp/2543797?MER=bn_level5_5NP_EngagementRecSingleItem_1 https://au.element14.com/neutrik/nkfca-15-0/lead-powercon-1-5m/dp/3886232?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI2Irauaeu4AIVlg4rCh3t_wDpEAQYASABEgL2ufD_BwE&gross_price=true&mckv=snkbgIbge_dc|pcrid|59148083448|pkw||pmt||slid||product|3886232
  4. The Neutrik Powercon™ is far from non-standard. They are used in a vast array of professional and scientific equipment, because they are high quality and completely and properly specified. IEC connectors and not. Well, not quite. Since the Neutrik Powercon™ uses wiping contacts and constant pressure, it's longevity and contact reliability, accompanied by full specifications on insertions, it is a superior choice to IEC connectors over the long term. That said, IF the IEC connector is never or rarely unplugged, then it will likely be a reasonable choice. Sound-wise, a new IEC con
  5. Another amplifier was promoted in this group at about the same time as yours. It uses the vastly superior Neutrik Powercon™ mains connector. I mistakenly thought it was your product. I am sorry for the confusion. If you wish to know why the Powercon™ is superior to all IEC connectors, examine the specs: https://www.neutrik.com/en/products/audio/powercon As to what is horrible about IEC connectors, well, pretty much everything. They are not locking. They are not wiping contacts. They are not fully and completely specified (such as insertion num
  6. Oops. You are correct. I was thinking of those Herschel Audio amps.
  7. The ONLY way to service an amp like that is to: * Obtain a service manual, or schematic. * Using the usual suite of test equipment (multimeters, signal generator, oscilloscope, etc) trace the fault to the faulty component/s and replace them. It is impossible to advise you further, with much more data. Photos are not that useful. I believe Biema are distributed by Altronics. That should be your first phone call on Monday.
  8. This kind of mechanism can be a bugger to work on. I can't provide specific advice, because I really need to have it in front of me (as would most techs). Suffice to say there is either an 'assist' motor, or the mech is driven from the main flywheel. You need to obtain a service manual and sit down and examine how the mech operates. Then it will become clear how to fix it. Sorry it's a vague answer, but it's the best I can do.
  9. Wow! Very impressive. Also, kudos on avoiding those horrible IEC mains connectors.
  10. LOL. I just had a vision of that scene in Dumb and Dumber.
  11. The Model 500 pre-dates Marantz cassette decks. So, probably none. I used mine with a Marantz SD9000 and, after that, a Nakamichi 1000ZXL.
  12. Good quality = Good current ability and load invariance. An example might be: 100 Watts @ 8 Ohms 170 Watts @ 4 Ohms 250 Watts @ 2 Ohms Provided you have the requisite test equipment and knowledge to re-design your speakers, yes. The Behringer is a reasonable, low cost solution.
  13. The real key is to use an electronic crossover, in order to reduce the demands on your amplifier. It's not 'power' per se that is your problem, it is all about Voltage. Your suggested method will not achieve much. Unless you happen to be using poor quality amplifiers. If that is the case, then a small improvement may be noted.
  14. I actually like them but I do reckon that each and every cable I've tried acts as a tone control. Well, it is true that cables MAY act as tone controls, some provide less frequency response alterations than others. IME, the cable that offers the least alterations to frequency response is the Goertz MI-1. By comparison all other cables will affect the frequency response to some degree. That said, it is important to recall that the major contributors are the impedance characteristic of the speaker and the length of the speaker cable. Short cables and/or 'easy' speaker loads will be far
  15. I have been involved in and conducted a number of DBTs. I can attest to the fact that your conclusion is incorrect. I have NEVER said such a thing.
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