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Upcoming Review: NAD 50.2 Digital Music Player

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

Upcoming Review by Steve Graham

And now, for something completely different –  The NAD 50.2 Digital Music Player

In a complete about-face from the LP groove I’ve been in lately, a NAD 50.2 Digital Music Player has taken up residence in my system.  Before you analogists start sending off nastygrams to my long-suffering editor, please note that no records or turntables were damaged, abused or displaced during this process.

My ancient, but well-loved, Cambridge 840C CD player has been getting creakier by the day.  Read the full article

Data Privacy Statement 5/25/18

By | May 25th, 2018|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , |

Posted by Noam Bronstein

Boring housekeeping stuff, no audio content. Today, the European Union implemented G.D.P.R., their new data privacy internet regulations. This is to protect all EU users and customers from improper collection and use of their personal data.

Just to cover our butts, I’d like to make the following points about our business model, since Wall of Sound does have readers in the EU.

WoS is a free service, we have never collected personal information about our audience. Actually our only paying ‘customers’ are the nice vendors that pay us for advertising space.… Read the full article

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Ortofon Quintet Red Vs. Quintet Bronze Comparison Review

By | May 15th, 2018|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , |

Comparison review By Steve Graham

Ortofon vs Ortofon…

Quintet Red vs Quintet Bronze…

Low Output Moving Coil vs Low Output Moving Coil…

Elliptical Stylus vs Fine Line Stylus

The Quintet Red

The Quintet Bronze, though it looks more orange to me

I’m a long-time Stereophile subscriber, but there are times when I feel like an even poorer relation than usual, while reading the monthly exploits of Messrs. Fremer, Dudley and Reichert.  In the April 2018 issue, the analogue trio reviewed moving coil cartridges costing from US $999 to $16,000. … Read the full article

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DIY Tube Phono Stage Build, Needing a Sponsor

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

The TubeCAD Tetra phono stage prototype

Attention: Tube-Loving, Vinyl-Spinning, but DIY-averse Wall of Sounders!

A Proposed Phono Preamp project, by Steve Graham

Our first foray into DIY tubing was a success, judging by the over 22,000(!) views across all sections of the project.  A few people actually took the plunge and built their own, too.  The two Aikido line stages I built both sold and as far as I know the gentlemen that bought them are happy with their purchases.  At least I haven’t had any complaints, yet.… Read the full article

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Double TT Review: Pro-Ject’s ‘The Classic’ SB Super Pack & Funk Firm’s Flamenca

By | April 15th, 2018|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Double Turntable Review, by Steve Graham

  • Pro-Ject Audio Systems “The Classic” SB Super Pack
  • The Funk Firm Flamenca

Mars and Venus, Cats and Dogs, Tubes and Transistors, Blondes and Brunettes……

In my short career as an audio reviewer, I thought there were two types of reviews that would be hard to write. The review where I disliked a component but didn’t want to crap all over it, and the review where I really, really liked a piece of gear but didn’t want to sound like a shill for the manufacturer.… Read the full article

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Review: ArtistCloner Audio’s Carbon Stage 2 Interconnect and Solitz Speaker Cable

By | March 23rd, 2018|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The following is our first review from Sean Leighland. (Welcome to the team, Sean)

ArtistCloner Audio is a relatively new entrant into the competitive audio design world.  March 2018 will see the company launch several new products at the Montreal Audio Fest, including two well-built and ingenious cable designs: an interconnect named Carbon, and a new Litz and solid-core double conductor loudspeaker cable, called Solitz.

I encountered ArtistCloner’s full suite of equipment at the 2017 Montreal Audio Show.  Everything from the electrical outlet to the Rebel Bookshelf speaker was the creation of its designer in chief, Sylvio Comtois.  … Read the full article

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Review: The Coherent Model 8 – A Speaker For (Real) Life

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

By Noam Bronstein

Dear Reader,

If ever while staring into the horizon,  you happen to sight that vile illness known as audiophilia, rest assured that it will bring you trouble, financial pain, and mental anguish. That much I can guarantee you, with all the cliched certainty of grim death and excessive taxation.

I myself was exposed to this virus at a young age, and despite my (sometimes) determined resistance, immunity has been elusive. I’ve suffered through periodic ‘episodes’ over the years.… Read the full article

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Troubleshooting Phono Amplifier & SUT Noise

By | February 28th, 2018|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , |

By Steve Graham

There are few things more frustrating and potentially challenging than trying to eliminate unwanted noise.  I had intended to pass on some of the knowledge I’d gained setting up the K&K Premium SUT in that review, but ran out of space.  Here then is the promised troubleshooting guide.  Hopefully what I’ve learned can help others.

I know what you’re thinking: Yawn, another boring trip to the land of audio minutiae courtesy of that old geezer at Wall of Sound. … Read the full article

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Tim Returns to review the Tekton Design Lore loudspeaker, a $1000 USD marvel

By | February 26th, 2018|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , |

Gold Star Award for unrivalled value and versatility. The Tekton Design Lore may be the best $1000 USD loudspeaker one can buy.

Recently my kids took over the basement as a playroom. Where would I put my basement-dwelling Magnepan 1.7 and Harbeth Super HL5+ loudspeakers? Upstairs in the living room? My Harbeths couldn’t go in the living room on a permanent basis–too many of my kids’ friends come in and out of the house who might knock them off their stands, and experience had told me that some adult guests would be tempted to use the ordinary-looking speakers as drinks holders.… Read the full article

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K&K Audio Premium MC Phono Step-Up Transformer Review

By | February 23rd, 2018|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The ugly duckling of the analog world gets a chance to morph in to a beautiful swan.

By Steve Graham

Features and prices:

-Uses Swedish Lundahl LL1931 amorphous-core transformers

-Coils wound with high-purity copper

-Two switch-selectable gain settings

-Configurable grounding to minimize hum

-Rhodium-plated Cardas RCA jacks

-Solid silver DH Labs wire (connecting jacks to board)

-Available with Lundahl LL1941 transformers for very low-output cartridges

-Transformers available wound with high-purity solid silver wire ($$$)

-Standard Transformer version: $600 US kit, $650 US assembled

-Transformers wound with silver wire: $1,500 US assembled

http://www.kandkaudio.com/moving-coil-phono-step-up-kits/

Background:

If you’re new to the phonographic experience, i.e.… Read the full article

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