Buying our Roetl Rx 1603 was such a great pleasure in the first stage of our journey wanting a vintage piece to satisfy our listening to music.....we wanted to bring this unique piece of equipment back to life. After much research we decided Mr John Sampson was the man to use his expertise on such a delicate piece.... From customer service to taking this on dedication and experience you could not put a price on it! All we can say is we also had the dedication to travel many miles to get the result we got. Excellent and more can not thank him enough! #musicman thanks Mark & Alison
Repair and Upgrade
Excellent service and good communication. Meridian have declared this
product obsolete so no longer support it. I cannot recommend JS Audio Repairs enough. Thank you.
The best value in HiFi today.
What do you do if you own a fantastic 1998 Stereophile Class A CD Player that won't play discs anymore? You take it to John Sampson. Straight away, John knew the entire laser mechanism needed to be replaced. He also suggested upgrading the Meridian as he could wring out even better performance with "more of everything". Hard to believe, but I took the pIunge! A few weeks later, and after going through the burn in process for nearly two weeks, I am sitting here gobsmacked. There is indeed more depth, width, height. My most important HiFi sonic parameters met. The soundstage is immense and even more spatial. Stereo imaging is laser-like and instrument seperation is now first class. And wow, fuller, bigger but more controlled bass. John further promised to add some "sparkle" to the ultra smooth presentation. And yes there's a lovely luminous high frequency sparkle there now. Smooth as silk still though, no digital nasties at all. It's all very analogue sounding. Which is how I like my music. I am getting an emotional response from every genre I am playing...and that's what ultimately this gear is about.
So my verdict is I am a truly happy customer. And its still burning in. It will get better and better as the new capacitors and components form fully. With this in mind, do be patient as the sound will change for the better and for the worst over a few weeks. Suddenly, bang! you will hear the gear come alive.
I am now finding I am listening as much to the Meridian as my analogue front end - a Nottingham Analogue Ace Spacedeck. That, for me, says everything.
And the cost is truly minimal in relation to the massive sonic return. As I said: the best value in HiFi today! John, I will be bringing my Musical Fidelity A5 integrated in soon for an upgrade too. I don't even want to imagine what miracles you will work on that.
In July 2017 my pre amp had failed after many years of faithful service. Only problem it is in Barbados. Anyway I travelled and brought it with me. I met with JS and agreed have to the upgrade that he recommended. Its now February and a few months of running in, I truly say the upgrade has brought a new level musicality and openness to my music. I have played all my favourites and I am thoroughly pleased with the subtle improvements that I am experiencing. Thank you JS, one day you might have to upgrade my XA-200's but due to their weight I'll have to wait for them to fail.
Great service again
I’ve used John before, some five years ago, when I wasn’t entirely satisfied with the performance of my amplifier. He both repaired and upgraded it and the improvement was dramatic.
Cut to just December just gone. Following redecorating I foolishly left a set of speaker leads in a short circuit position, so that when I switched on my amplifier it blew in a big way. I contacted John to see what he could do and, cutting a long story short, I ended up delivering both my amplifier and CD player to his workshop. I decided that I may as well get the CD upgraded, not that there was anything wrong with it, together with getting the amplifier repaired, plus a little more upgrading.
Was it expensive? Well yes, in one way but, on the other hand, if you run with equipment at this level of investment, it’s a pity to spoil it by skimping on second best. And John doesn’t know what second best means. Well he does, but only because he showed me the difference between his work and some of the shoddy stuff he has to repair. With John you don’t get fake customer service, or surveys asking ‘how did we do?’, just leave it with him, agree a reasonable date for return, and that’s what you get.
As far as improvements are concerned, the system is still bedding in. The CD is starting to really come into its own, and I’m picking up detail on CDs I hadn’t heard before. I’m looking forward to a lot of years with this system.