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Mark Levinson ML-11

ML-11: One evening, I had the system fired up, and smoke started streaming from my ML-11 power amp! Shut it down immediately. Looked inside, noticed that one film capacitor had obviously failed, MLAS kindly sent a replacement (I didn't want to ship the amp) and I had no further problems.

Crown D75: Output devices must've blown, taking out a cheap speaker I had connected. Didn't know how to fix at the time, so I ended up trading it for something.


ADS L400 mini-speakers done up in walnut: Gorgeous design with matching pedestal stands. Never quite warmed up to the sonics, but might like to revisit this someday.

Pretty much every inexpensive no-name Chinese mini amp I have tried to date, (save for my Dayton/Sonic Impact, which is pretty good): At best, a good basis for a "project". At worst, a paperweight. Unstable, noisy, lots of EMI, you name it, I've encountered it. Hated to let the last of the mini tube amps go as it looked like a little bit of work could correct it's problems, but it required a silly amount of disassembly to perform even the most basic of circuit changes, with a PC board which had been soldered up in situ.

Ultimately, pretty much every belt-driven turntable I owned also disappointed. Some pricey, highly-regarded models had lousy pitch stability. I'd have done better with a mid- to high-end quartz-locked Technics, which is unfussy and has great pitch stability.

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