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QUICK UPDATE

CHANGE OF BUSINESS HOURS DUE TO COVID19

Unfortunately due to Covid19 we have now come to the point where we are having to reduce our hours. We will not be opening Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday for the foreseeable future. We will open Friday, Saturday & Sunday only 10am to 6pm.

Please check this website or social media pages for further updates re opening & closing times.

UP-COMING EVENTS, RECORD FAIRS OR SPECIAL OFFERS

 

If you’re aware of any other up-coming events that would interest our followers, let us know….

DIGGIN’SYDNEY IS LIVE AGAIN TBA !

A comprehensive guide to where all the vinyl shops are in Sydney – a must for the vinyl collector, whether new or used, singles or LPs.

The website launched on 20th April 2013 (www.digginsydney.com), TBA of new version for 2020, but we still have 2019 version available in store – participating Record Stores already have the handy guide maps – available free! You can also download the map & key from that site.

 


 

HOW TO CONNECT-UP YOUR CLASSIC STEREO SYSTEM

Your turntable connects into the ‘Phono’ inputs of the amplifier using the red’n’white RCA cables usually hardwired into the turntable – if the Tt has female RCAs at the rear, you’ll need male-to-male cables of about 1m long which we have in-stock. The red plug is right, the white(or sometimes black) is the left side. If there’s another small single wire or terminal, it’ll be the earth (or ground) wire which also needs to be attached to the Gnd terminal on the rear of the amp.

If there’s any hum coming from your Tt, this earth wire should eliminate it.

Next, the amp needs to be connected to the speakers. On the rear of the amp, there’ll be 1 or 2 pairs of speaker terminals – if you only have 1 pair of speakers, use speaker system 1 (or ‘A’). They’ll be labelled ‘Left’ & ‘Right’ for the appropriate speaker, with ‘+’ and ‘-‘ and red is always positive which goes to the positive (red) terminal on the speaker.

Quality speaker cable identifies (with a stripe or lettering or something!) one side of the cable so you know which is positive at the other end. These terminals at both the amp & speaker can be thumb nail screws, spring clips, or maybe ‘Banana’ plugs which also facilitate a screw down type – it’s essential that there is no chance of a ‘short’ across these speaker wires, either at the amp or speakers as it’ll blow the amp & that can be costly. Make sure they are attached firmly with no renegade bits of wire hanging out – once attached, give ’em a gentle tug to ensure they won’t fall out & have a final check before powering up the amp. If you can’t see properly, as these connections are often in dark corners, get a torch!

HINT: if wrapping exposed copper cable around screw type terminals, twist the copper strands together to eliminate ‘renegade’ bits sticking out & curve these ends clockwise around the terminals, so when the screw is tightened clockwise, it grabs the wire, rather than throwing it out.

So, it’s time to power up the amp, but first, check all the facia controls – speaker switches should be off, volume down, Loudness off, tone controls to flat, Tape monitors off – in other words, everything off!

Then, turn on the power, wait a few seconds, turn on the speaker switch, wait another couple of seconds, & bring up the volume gently to see if there’s any hum, which can highlight any wiring problems. Next, volume back down, put a record the Tt, select ‘Phono’ on the amp, & gently bring the volume. Use the Balance control to ensure you have both channels, then investigate the tone controls to your preference.

If there are any issues (drop-out, scratchy controls……) work the switches & knobs, as we all need a massage some times to get going again. A different source (like an iPod) into an ‘Aux’ input can help with trouble shooting.

 

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BANANA PLUGS – for amplifiers or Speaker boxes

If your amp or speakers accommodate banana plugs, the sockets will look like this:

 

Speaker terminalsBanana                      

 

Usually, these types of terminals will also allow for bare-wire connection, the red/black covers un-screw. Note that the sockets in the right pic has a little black cap covering the whole – these just pop-out to expose the socket for the banana plug.

Banana plugs look like this:

 

Note that they are colour coded.

These are just a sample of what is available – we stock stock sets of 4 from AU$33 per set.


 

PHONO PRE-AMPLIFIERS

Whilst all our classic amps have ‘Phono’ inputs for turntables, the same can’t be said for modern amps.

Lots of audio manufacturers dropped ‘phono’ inputs on amplifiers in the 90’s – they thought vinyl had gone away……….silly them!

Consequently, we get lots of enquiries on how to connect turntables to amps that have nothing more than ‘Aux’ inputs, even on Home Theatre Receivers.

Yes, there’s an easy fix.

It’s called a ‘Phono Pre-Amplifier’ – a little powered unit that equalizes & boosts turntable output via the standard RCA sockets from the turntable for input into any ‘Aux’ input of any amplifier. Typically, this is what they look like:

 

The turntable RCAs plug into the ‘in’ side & the ‘out’ RCAs plug into any “aux’ input of any amplifier.

If this little pre-amp takes an aux input that you are already using, we also stock a phono pre-amp that also has an aux input built-in, so you in fact increase the number of inputs as well! Have a look at this link (by copy/paste) to our product listing:

http://www.classic-hifi.net/range-products/?product_id=1331

For those of you who are struggling to hear a decent reproduction of your vinyl, it will be dawning of a new era! It’ll make your records sound awesome!

From as little as $88 for the entry level unit, they are worth every cent.

Of course, there are many higher end versions & without going berserk (they can go up to the $1000’s) the ProJect Pre-amps which we stock, carry our recommendation for those who want that little bit more from their vinyl.

The ‘Phono Box II’ is the next step up (at $249) with MM/MC capability for those who might want to investigate the world moving coil cartridges at some stage

Next, there’s the ‘Phono Box USB’ ($279) with all of the above plus a USB output for direct connection to a computer:

Finally, in the Project range there’s the 2x valve version ‘Tube Box’ ($599) to engender that beautiful warmth that only valves can:

Over and above, we stock the likes of Creek, Musical Fidelity, Ortofon, QED.

DAC (DIGITAL to ANALOG CONVERTER) INTO A 70s AMP!

Yes, it can be! And very successfully too…….

An optical cable from any digital source (CD transport or optical out from a higher end CD player, even Toslink from a computer) into a DAC, then RCA cables into the Aux-in of any amplifier will by-pass the often inferior built-in mini DACs in those sources.

We at Classic HiFi use Mac computers, and did you know that embedded behind the audio out mini-headphone socket on modern Macs is an optical sender! Available through electronic parts specialists are the ‘look-a-like’ Toslink headphone mini-jacks to deliver the optical signal to a DAC – you should hear iTunes through a dedicated DAC, especially high bit rate files – it’ll blow you away!

And all this technology is compatible with 70s-80s classic audio equipment from CLASSIC HI FI

TRANSFERRING VINYL & CASSETTE TO A COMPUTER HARD-DRIVE

If you want to convert your vinyl, CD or tape collection onto a computer hard drive at higher quality levels, we can assist with advice. Don’t think for a moment you need a USB turntable – they are very shoddy turntables & really all you need is a cable from your amp headphone socket to the audio ‘in’  of your computer and any source through the amp (phono, tape, tuner etc) is transferred to the computer via the headphone cable. All you need is some software called ‘Audacity’ to manage the process – it’s a free download from the net that works on PC or Mac. Believe us, anybody can use it!

Here’s a link:

iPHONE OR iPAD AS A REMOTE CONTROL FOR YOUR 70s AMPLIFIER – OH YES!

There’s a free App from  Apple on your iPhone or iPad called ‘REMOTE’ that wirelessly syncs with iTunes with full function capabilities (including displaying the album artwork on the iPhone screen). If your computer audio-out (headphone mini-jack) is connected to your 70s amp Aux-input you have full control over iTunes from your lounge chair.

And don’t forget about  ‘Air Tunes’ – Airport Express (just plug it into any 240v power socket) can wirelessly receive iTunes music anywhere in the house, and the audio-out mini-jack from the Express connects to your classic amp Aux-in and you’ve got your whole iTunes library – all controlled wirelessly by your iPhone or iPad.

How good is that!

Here’s what the ‘Remote’ icon looks like in the ‘App store’.

DISCLOSURES

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PLEASE NOTE OUR TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE

  • Our stock has been selectively acquired by Classic HiFi, tested extensively & serviced where necessary.
  • All stock are genuinely original, used, quality components from decades past and are offered for sale as inspected by you – you cannot expect them to be in new condition.
  • All our products carry our 3 month warranty, but coverage does not extend to mis-use, in-appropriate connections, or consumables such as amplifier facia globes, valve tubes and turntable styli or belts.
  • You are encouraged to audition in-store, as exchanges are only agreed to within the first 2 weeks after purchase for major faults undetected by our servicing regime. If repair cannot be completed within a reasonable time a refund is available on production of our Tax Invoice issued to you at the time purchase.
  • We encourage you to attend to your own installations as we assist in-store with set-up advice.
  • If you require shipping, you understand that whilst we do our best to pack, and that we cannot be held responsible for items damaged in-transit.
  • A minimum deposit of 20% is required to reserve stock for you, and the maximum term for payment in full is 3 months. After 3 months, uncollected goods will be returned to stock and deposit funds will be held as a store credit for 12 months.
  • Any order cancellations prior to delivery or collection, incur a 20% fee, levied against the gross price.