My aging Pure Legato II Hi-Fi started playing up a while ago, giving me its own equivalent of the Blue Screen Of Death: it’s LCD panel, lighting up of its own volition and then refusing to do anything whatsoever.
A factory reset brought it back to its senses, but it didn’t last long and it died again, last week.
I was going to try re-installing the firmware, but Mrs M wanted a quick fix, as she can’t do her ironing without loud music.
Very loud music.
It worked brilliantly… out of one speaker.
The other speaker was quieter than a church mouse with slippers on.
Hmmm… I’m sure it was all working fine when I put it away, all those years ago.
I took the lid off and had a poke around inside. There was nothing obviously wrong, that I could see and so I squirted some switch cleaner onto the switches and pots and gave them a twiddle… wouldn’t do any harm. But still, the left channel refused to make any kind of sound.
And then I noticed the output fuses. I removed and checked them both, only to find that they were intact.
But, when I put them back in, both speakers suddenly sprang into life! I’d fixed it! Yay, me.
I tried wiggling the fuse-holders to see if there was a dodgy joint, but I couldn’t replicate the fault. Maybe it was just some oxidation on the fuse holder blades, I don’t know, but either way it was working, so I put it all back together and fitted it inside the cabinet.
For good measure, I replaced the speakers with something a bit oomphier: a set of Tannoy Revolution R1s.
OK, it took several hours to get it all up and running properly, but Mrs M is happy: she doesn’t care that the sound quality is better than the old one, or that the treble attack is that much faster; she’s just pleased that it’s that bit louder than before.