Category Archives: Electronics

1951 EMC 211 Service Tube Tester Refurbish

From Rain City Audio: I don’t often work on test equipment, but sometimes I take a tube tester or similar for service. This one in particular is a 1951 EMC Model 211 tube tester, a quick and simple emissions tester … Continue reading

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Bose® 901 Series II #114658 Repair

From Rain City Audio: This Bose® 901 Series II Active Equalizer, #114658, just came through the shop for repair. It had stopped performing the proper equalizer functions, and so was time for an overhaul. Inside, it looks like the smaller … Continue reading

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Bad Caps in Everything

I just had a bit of a scare with my Audio Precision analyzer. The 2004-era Dell OptiPlex GX270 which drives the AP hardware decided it would refuse to power up – just flashing the “ON” light for a fraction of … Continue reading

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Bose® 901 Series II #71033 Overhaul

From Rain City Audio: This Bose® 901 Series II Active Equalizer, #71033, came into the shop for an overhaul recently. It was showing some signs of age, in this case, a bad left channel. Nothing Rain City Audio can’t fix! This … Continue reading

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1967 Sony TFM-116L Transistor Radio Repair

From Rain City Audio: This cute little Sony 11-transistor portable AM/FM radio, the TFM-116L, recently came through the shop. It’s owner purchased it new back in 1967 while he was stationed overseas with the armed forces, and had been listening … Continue reading

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Bose® 901 Series IV Active Equalizer #509052

From Rain City Audio: This Bose® 901 Series IV Active Equalizer, #509052, was just purchased and sent to Rain City Audio for an overhaul. This unit was originally a 220V model but had already been converted to 110V on a … Continue reading

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Phase Linear 2000 Upgrade and Overhaul

From the Rain City Audio Repair Blog: I recently got to work on another Phase Linear 2000 pre-amp. These well regarded components are a fantastic part of any stereo system with their high output rating, multitude of inputs and outputs, … Continue reading

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AUX in Volvo Stock Head Unit Radios

Dangerous Prototypes shares an article detailing how Karl Hagström hacked an aux input to his 2007 Volvo V70 stock stereo. Why, why, why isn’t there an AUX input on my car stereo from 2007? Yes 2007 was before the big … Continue reading

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DBX SFX-10

I saw this interesting set of speakers on Craigslist, but they sold quickly before I could investigate. They’re the DBX SFX-10s. There’s a very interesting article about their design in the May 1990 issue of The BAS Speaker, the publication … Continue reading

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Bose® 901 Series II Active Equalizer #66380 Repair

From Rain City Audio: This Bose® 901 Series II Active Equalizer #66380 came through for an overhaul just recently. The owner in California reported that he got these from his father, and the equalizer was sending only the right channel … Continue reading

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