Author: Mike Chin

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Small Footprint Silent Lab PC

A small footprint silent PC that’s been running in our anechoic chamber is the subject of this article. DIYers could have fun with our design.

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Another Thorens Reborn: TD160

The Thorens TD160 is a poor man’s Linn, and still amazingly popular as the vinyl revival continues. This is the story of a 160 reborn, with many components “borrowed” from the Linn.

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Thorens TD125 + SME 3009 II Fully Restored

The Thorens TD125 is a vintage classic still in demand among vinyl record enthusiasts today. This is the story of one restoration of a 40+ year old turntable, with an SME 3009 II tonearm.

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Two Amp Projects: 8x100W DIY & H/K 770 Restoration

A show-and-tell about two amplifier projects: A DIY custom assembly of an 8x100W class-D amp and the restoration of a classic 1980 Harman/Kardon HK770 dual-mono power amp with complete replacement of all 44 capacitors.

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Linkwitz Orion speakers: 7-yr itch?

Before I could embark on any turntable projects, I had to clean out the garage, and get rid of the parts for a speaker project I started seven years before. It turned into a 4-month job and I ended up with a tidy garage full of tools, and a speaker system better than anything I’ve

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MikeC’s Audio Craft: An Introduction

Most SPCR regulars know that my fascination with everything aural, both music and sound, predates this web site by… a lifetime! This section is meant to showcase the work in audio restoration, design and construction that’s becoming increasingly important to me. This article is an intro, and a quick summary & photos of my fourth

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Logic Supply ML210G-10 Fanless Bay Trail System

A sub-2 liter fanlessly cooled Bay Trail system from Logic Supply courts buyers seeking silent, reliable, maintenance-free computing for kiosks, signage and other industrial/commercial applications. The ML210G-10’s power profile matches its tiny size.

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Quiet Liquid Cooled Gaming PC Build Guide

Our seventh article in this season’s new quiet gaming PC build guide series is our first complete discrete liquid cooled system, featuring the VisionTek CryoVenom R9 290 Limited Edition Graphics Card. This 450W beast gets tamed to a cool, soft purr. POSTCRIPTS added on pump acoustics — 15th and 27th of Jan.

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New 92mm-fan Tower Coolers from Noctua

A new heatsink from Noctua is always worth more than a cursory glance, as this Austrian brand has become one of the most consistent producers of high performance CPU coolers in the past decade. The latest is a trio of tower models featuring a new 92mm fan, models obviously meant to replace the previous NH-U9B

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Journey to a Silent MicroATX Gamer

Another new quiet gaming PC build guide, this time featuring a Zotac GTX 970 in the unusual Corsair Air 240 MicroATX case. It is a journey, complete with scientific side trips to explore airflow impedance and its effects on cooling and noise.

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