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Coming Soon: Sun Valley SV-Pre1616d Tube Preamp Kit

By | November 14th, 2019|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , |

Coming Soon: Sun Valley SV-Pre1616d

All Tube Line Stage Kit Review

by Steve Graham

Long promised and almost ready for prime time.  A Japanese line stage kit from, would you believe it, Toyota?  It’s true. Toyota, the vehicle manufacturer, also dabbles in tube audio kits.  Sun Valley is distributed in North America by our old friend Victor Kung. https://www.vkmusic.ca/

I snagged this delightfully retro-looking kit from Victor, aka the busiest man in audio, and will be assembling it from the Japanese instructions. Read the full article

Coming This Winter: an EL84 DIY Amplifier Build

By | November 1st, 2019|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , , |

Bored yet, Miss K?

Or, “Solder Slingin’ Steve Rides Again”

By Steve Graham

Can success breed success?  Like the efficacious DIY Phono Stage from 2018I’m going have another go at a DIY project. This time it will be an EL84 push-pull integrated/power amplifier.  

The build will start with the Simple Push Pull board available from Tubelab.com. Of course, buying a board is the easy part.  A chassis, tubes, transformers, jacks, speaker terminals, resistors, capacitors and all the other bits are needed.Read the full article

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ArteLuthe’s La Piccola: A Monitor Speaker that Refuses to Act like One

By | October 5th, 2019|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

My experience with ArteLuthe speakers began when I reviewed the Vivace Mini, a combined effort between Robert Gaboury of Arteluthe and Frank Ng of Triode Labs and Finale Audio. The Vivace Mini is a single driver horn-loaded speaker that defied my expectations of what could be accomplished with a tiny high efficiency driver. My review of that speaker is available here. I also had an opportunity to listen to Gaboury’s Cadenza speakers, which combine the elegance of a horn tweeter and a large woofer in quite spectacular fashion.… Read the full article

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Reminder: Only Two Chances Left To Hear Rhitom Sarkar In Toronto

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

Rhitom Sarkar (at right), and Sonesh Chattlani, in Waterford, ON (7-Sep.2019)
Last Chance and Not To Be Missed!

As I posted at the end of August, Hindustani Slide Guitar master Rhitom Sarkar has been here on a return visit from Kolkota – performing a series of concerts in the Greater Toronto Area. My son and I saw him play in Waterford on Sept.7th, and my wife and I were at the performance on the 14th at Govinda’s in Toronto. Both performances were amazing, with Rhitom’s mohan veena accompanied by the talented and affable Toronto tabla player, Sonesh Chattlani.… Read the full article

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Review: Finalé Audio F-7189 II Integrated Amplifier

By | September 16th, 2019|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , |

The curtain goes up on a new Finalé amplifier.
Finalé Audio F-7189 II Integrated Amplifier: Watch out old Dynacos, there’s a new EL84 amp in town.
Review by Steve Graham

Did Finalé Audio just pick the model number for their revised EL84 amplifier out of the air?  Not quite.  If you know your tube history – yeah, I know, yawn – a 7189 tube is an obscure, uprated EL84, one that could be run harder and therefore output a bit more power. … Read the full article

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Indo Canadian Slide Project – Upcoming Tour Dates!

By | August 28th, 2019|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Great news from our friend Michael Oesch: Hindustani Slide Guitar master Rhitom Sarkar is returning to Canada for a series of exciting shows here in Southern Ontario next month (Sept)! Below are some details. I hope some of our readers can make it and/or let a local friend or two know about it.

For those who missed it – here’s my review of the wonderful ICSP album: click to open.

Sept.2019 Tour Schedule so far:

September 6th – Indo Canadian Slide Project performs live at Market Hall in Peterborough.… Read the full article

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Last Call to Bid On Steve Graham’s Latest SUT/All-Tube Phono Stage For A Great Cause

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

ICYMI – In Case You Missed It

Steve’s “NFP” or Not-For-Profit Phono is a great opportunity to own a high end phono stage at a reasonable price – with all the proceeds going to charity.

The catch is that Steve only built one, and when it’s gone….it’s gone.

All the details can be found here:

https://wallofsound.ca/audioreviews/analog/nfp-not-for-profit-tube-mm-mc-phono-stage-built-tested-reviewed-and-it-can-be-yours/

Thanks for your support, and happy bidding!

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NFP (Not-For-Profit) Tube MM/MC Phono Stage – Built, Tested, Reviewed. And It Can Be Yours

By | July 14th, 2019|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Perky Tubes Protrude
Not-For-Profit MM/MC Phono Stage

The DIY bug has bitten Steve Graham, again.  And he gets in a bit deeper than he bargained for, again.

Warning: This will get a bit wordy.  Vinylphiles and/or tubephiles probably won’t mind.  Digiphiles won’t likely be reading this, but they are most welcome to.

Have you ever noticed the almost carnal look on the face of a tube-loving audiophile when he, it’s always a he, first claps eyes on an attractive tube amp? … Read the full article

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Review: Tortuga Audio’s LDR3.V25 Passive Preamp And TPB.V1 Tube Preamp Buffer

By | June 7th, 2019|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Review by Noam Bronstein

Transparency – if there ever was an overused word in home hi-fi circles, this one might take top prize. But I’ve noticed a decline in its usage over the years, too. As electronics (and speakers) have improved over time, transparency has become a basic expectation: the days of euphonic and unresolving components is largely a thing of the past. In high-end circles, harmonic distortions today tend to be more a facet of room interactions, poor recordings, and other factors that aren’t in the equipment manufacturer’s control.… Read the full article

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Two Upcoming Tube Fest Articles

By | May 4th, 2019|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Desire In Glass

Two Upcoming Tube Fests

by Steve Graham

Tube Fest No. 1

A friend and I decided to sell off the majority of our collections of vintage and classic European tubes.  Part of the process was educating our customers about the intertwined and labyrinthian nature of tube production in this golden age of tube making.  It occurred to me that a primer on a pair of the most popular small-signal tubes would be of use.  A soon to be posted article will be an introduction to the minutia of the 6DJ8/ECC88 and 12AX7/ECC83 tubes produced in Europe and Great Britain. … Read the full article

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