The absolute legend of Pewex gets lampized in free and capitalist
Poland (dont ask what that means)
Yep. those who remember Pewex and the good old days under communism, -
at that time it was THE player to desire, thoughts of donating one
kidney to get it, were not uncommon.
Now she is here, like a girlfriend from primary school - after so many
years - old, miserable and undesired. This was an easy catch, 5o Zlotys
on Polish auction, equivalent of one bottle of wine.
Hating communism any everything related to it, even the childhood
desires (in hifi that is) I automatiocally hate Technics to no end. It
reminds me of misery and pittyful time.
But am I right about it? Is it really EVERYTHING HI-End should be not ?
Is it a symbol of garbage production for naive peopole who only read
specs and THD figures of 0,0000....
My technics is one of their highest models. They never pretended to be
hi-end. They made cheap, no nonsens gear. What is inside - matches the
The laser and pickup and tracking mechanism is loosely based on Sony's
concept of KSS151A. MAgnetic rails etc. It is MUCH better than I
expected. At the same time - I never saw a mechanism like that - so who
knows - maybe it was made in Matshushita and for Matsushita. Since
Matsushita is a common mother corporation of Technics, Onkyo, National,
Panasonic - they potentially all had acces to this mechanism. But maybe
ONKYO is the only one capable of using it.
I installed the new proper RCA's in place of those EXTREMELY FLIMSY
Above you see a signal stealing point of right channel - from R804 end
closed to DAC (DAC is underneath the PCB)
Above in the red circle is the left channel signal stealing point.
I kept all elements of the "after-dac" circuit which is a HF filter but
I removed all OP-AMPS that are in the analog stage. 5 double OP-AMPS
were mounted on bottom side of the PCB.
The Technics transformer and Lampizator transformer.
Their supply system is now relieved of supplying 5 double opamps.
Probably half of the supply consumption has been removed.
I decided to install one tube - 6SN7GT or russian 6H8C configured in
anode follower triode mode. It is simple and very kosher.
Each half of the tube is a triode, a separate small amplifier.
I used: 200 V of B+ supply, current of 7 mA, RA = 10K/2W, Rk =
500 Ohms, in grids - 300K to ground.
I used a L-Pad signal attenuator . After stealing points I use series
cap of 0,22 uF and then R series 47 K and R parallel to ground 10K and
this leads straight to grids.
These opamps were removed (just twisted with pliers).
Matshushita digital filter with demodulator.
Above is the famous DAC from Matsushita - similar to many great players
like NAD, Kenwood 4090, etc. In this Technics player this DAC is used
not without purpose. It is an excellent dac by any standard. It sounds
so good, it is too good in fact. I feel stupid to tell you the truth
because this crappy player is not supposed to be in ther top league of
Burr Brown machines and so on. But it is. After lampization - it gives
many players famous highenders a run for their money. I am not able to
criticize one single aspect of the Technics sound - I like it all the
HERE is the datasheet
Add a fact that the mechanism is smooth and reads everything, the
player is almost perfect technically - I mean - what the hell.
If I was an owner of a new MBL or Burmeister system and someone played
me theLampized Technics - I woul d be seriously depressed.
I can only imagine this player with full oscon job and superclock
As you see, there is plenty od free space inside. In case of another
holocaust I could hide here an entire family.
Bottom line: despite shitty brand connotations, Technics is an
excellent player, visually really OK, ergonomically perfect, reading
everything without problems and after lampization - sounding like
everybody get out. I seriously recommend it to everyone. Buy it
while it is so cheap. FORGET the piano finish Marantz players.