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DIY All-Tube Phono Project Wrapup: Feedback from our patron Adrian

By | January 19th, 2019|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , |

By Steve Graham

The Tubecad Tetra DIY phono stage finds a home.

Steve,

Just a quick update.  I’m really pleased with the phono stage!  It has exceeded my expectations.  I have had the chance to listen to it for a few days.  Tonality and dynamics are excellent with the detail I like. Soundstage is wide and deep. In a word, the sound is ‘big’.  It certainly has the tube ‘naturalness’ I love. It is the best phono stage I have had the pleasure of hearing in any of my systems.  Read the full article

Digital Music Player Reviews: Part 2, The Lumin D1, Plus….Umm, Bonus Content!

By | January 9th, 2019|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Digital Music Player Reviews: Part 2, plus….

Another installment in the C/H/E series, a My Audio Life special and my wife gets her first stereo system in over fourty years.

The Lumin D1

As already mentioned in my Holiday gift guide, the Lumin D1 digital music player is not a current product.  So why review it, you ask?  Well…..this isn’t a review, exactly.  Stay with me and I’ll get to it in due course.

My Audio Life: Season Finale

‘What ifs?’ are one of the things most people like to mentally tease themselves with, on occasion. Read the full article

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Digital Music Player Reviews: Part 1, The NAD 50.2 Digital Music Player

By | December 20th, 2018|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , , |

Digital Music Player Review: Part 1

The NAD 50.2

I’ve been having fun, well, cheap thrills actually, playing with the web radio capabilities of the NAD 50.2.  It comes with the TuneIn app preloaded, and music by region, country, genre, and on occasion even sexual orientation can be selected.  The thing that amazes me the most is the prevalence of English language pop music.  In many countries where English is not the first language, announcers speak in their native tongue but play the likes of Beyoncé, Drake and Taylor Swift, among others. … Read the full article

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Hi-fi Holiday Gift Guide 2018 Edition (Part 2)

By | November 29th, 2018|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , |

Noam’s Picks for the Season

What follows is an eclectic mix of mostly unrelated stuff that either interests me, and/or that I think would interest WoS readers. Most of my suggestions this year fall well below the $200 mark. So break out your wallet, and make some audiophile loved one happy this holiday season. (I’m just kidding, audiophiles are never happy)

Vincent Bélanger – Audio Note Music CD’s and LP’s. $20 – $60 CAD. By now the gifted cellist Vincent Bélanger is a staple on the audio show scene, but if you’ve not had the pleasure of hearing his recordings on the Audio Note Music label, I have to say, they are excellent.… Read the full article

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Hi-Fi Holiday Gift Guide 2018 Edition (Part 1)

By | November 19th, 2018|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Holiday Gift Guide, 2018 – Hi-Fi Stocking Stuffers and Gifts, Part 1: Steve’s Picks

By Steve Graham

Beteran KZ ATE Dynamic Balanced Armature IEMs.  $23 CDN

Hey Miss K, put those cheap and cheerful IEM’s in the box.  I already gave you a pair.  Santa Steve knows who’s been naughty.

These are super-fun earphones and so much better than anything that comes standard with most portable electronics.  I’ve already given seven pairs to friends and family in the last six months.  … Read the full article

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DIY Tube Phono Project Part 5: Circuit Board – Chassis Integration

By | November 16th, 2018|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , |

The finished WOS – Tubecad Tetra Phono Project…..and friends

DIY All-Tube Phono Preamp Project

Part 5, Circuit Board–Chassis Integration

The Finish Line

By Steve Graham

This is it. We wrap it all up here. I hope I’ve enticed a few people to give this project a try. Yes, there have been many long attachments detailing the build procedure, but it’s the pictures that take up a lot of space. If you tackle this project, just take it step by step. Scrolling down to the attachment links below will get you to the finish line.… Read the full article

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There’s Something Special in The Beatles (White Album) 50th Anniversary Reissues

By | November 12th, 2018|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , |

As the albums in The Beatles’ catalog reach their 50th anniversaries, we’re seeing some interesting ‘deluxe edition’ reissue packages rolling out from the vaults of EMI’s Abbey Road Studio. The latest is The Beatles (‘White Album’), which came out around this time in 1968.

This double LP came barely a year after Sgt.Pepper, and the work on it started right on the heels of the lads’ trip to India to study meditation with their guru, the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. In fact, many of the songs that make up the White Album were written or conceived during that month in India.… Read the full article

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Review: Finale Audio F-7591 Power Amplifier

By | November 11th, 2018|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , |

Review: Finale Audio’s F-7591 Power Amplifier

by Steve Graham

I didn’t get to spend as much time with this amplifier as I’d have liked to.  I simultaneously had in-house the Spendor D7’s, the Shindo Aurièges and the Finale F-7591 you see here.  I was so entranced by the first two, that the poor Finale was somewhat neglected.  I know, me of all people, neglecting a tube amp!  In my defence, the kind person loaning this gear wanted a fairly quick turnaround of 2 weeks, 3 max. … Read the full article

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Review: The Spendor D7 Loudspeakers

By | November 4th, 2018|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , |

Review: Spendor D7 Loudspeakers

“Slim Fast”

by Steve Graham

Loudspeakers are sometimes tough to wrap your ears around.  Switching from one speaker to another often requires a re-orienting, or more precisely, a re-tuning of one’s audio sensibilities.  The traits of one speaker versus another are often immediate and jarring.  Changing amps or source components can, unless something is seriously amiss, require concentration to perceive differences.

So it was with the Spendor D7, compared to my PSB T8 speakers. But it didn’t take long to realize that the Spendors were something special. … Read the full article

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DIY All-Tube Phono Stage Project: Part 4, Assembling The Circuit Boards

By | November 2nd, 2018|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , |

DIY All Tube Phono Preamp Project

Part 4, Assembling the Circuit Boards

By Steve Graham

What’s your kryptonite?  Chances are if you’re reading this it’s the warm glow of tubes.  Welcome to my club.

No more preamble, straight to work.  Open and save the attachments below, detailing the assembly of the three(!) circuit boards.  Three?  You’ll see.

The power switch instructions also lists the tools needed for the remainder of the assembly documents.

Link to: Attachment Power Switch PCB Assembly, PDF

Link to: Attachment Amplifier PCB Assembly Standard 6DJ8 Version Part 1, PDF

Link to: Attachment Amplifier PCB Assembly Alternate 12AT7 Version Part 1, PDF

Link to: Attachment Amplifier PCB Assembly All Versions Part 2, PDF

Link to: Attachment Power Supply PCB Assembly, PDF

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