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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

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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C.L.E.A.R. 834L: The Rejuvenation of an Esoteric Audio Research classic (Part 2)

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

C.L.E.A.R. 834L: The Rejuvenation of an Esoteric Audio Research classic

Part 2, by Steve Graham

Modifying or rebuilding anything, be it a piece of classic stereo equipment or, perhaps, a classic car, will involve many value judgements and personal decisions.  Some subtle, some not.  No two audiophiles, or classic car buffs, departing from the same point, will finish in the same place.  Be that as it may, this is my take on a cost-effective rejuvenation.

I think I might have solved the mystery of the “two 12AU7 and one 12AX7” tubes that I noted in Part 1, had been installed in this unit. … Read the full article

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Well-Rounded Sound’s MM2, MM6 Speakers, and MX BL Amp/DAC: An Education in Budget High Fidelity

By | April 12th, 2019|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Review by Jon Eben Field

I have to admit that I’m a sucker for low budget gear. Or perhaps I should add a caveat here and say, “I’m a sucker for low budget gear that sounds good.” Being an audiophile often entails spending a lot of time, energy, and, to be frank, money on high end electronics and speakers in pursuit of the ever elusive perfect sound. I should know. I have long since given up on the mental arithmetic required to evaluate the “value of my current system.” But there is also that other side to audiophile listening that is so dramatically engaging and entrancing: the budget components that, to use a common phrase, punch way above their weight.… Read the full article

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CHE Files: CLEAR/EAR 834L (Or Is It An 834P..?)

By | March 24th, 2019|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Pax Britannia, The C.L.E.A.R. 834L shoulder to shoulder with another famous Brit
The C/H/E Files (Classic/Heritage/Exotic): The C.L.E.A.R. 834L: Rescuing an Audio Classic

Steve Graham rejuvenates a neglected EAR preamp.

Part 1 of a 2-part series.

Those familiar with the EAR-Yoshino marque will wonder if the C.L.E.A.R. 834L pictured above is a real EAR component.  The answer is yes, basically. But first:

Most audiophiles have heard of Esoteric Audio Research (EAR), the British hifi and recording equipment manufacturer.  Like so many equipment manufacturers in the specialist audio field, EAR is built on the vision of one man, Tim de Paravicini.  … Read the full article

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She’s Your Man: Something Profoundly Different From Lana Del Rey

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

Does Lana Del Rey Now Occupy A Seat Near Leonard Cohen In The Tower Of Song? Reviewing Two Tunes From Lana’s Upcoming Album, Norman Fucking Rockwell.

Music Review by Noam Bronstein

Hope Is A Dangerous Thing For A Woman Like Me by Lana Del Rey (2019, Single) Play in Spotify  Play in Youtube

Mariners Apartment Complex by Lana Del Rey (2019, single)  Play in Spotify  Play in Youtube

Music: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Sound: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

NB: This review should be read after listening to the two new LDR singles (links above).… Read the full article

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Next Coherent Audio Meet is Mar.3 in Hamilton

By | February 17th, 2019|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , |

Coherent Audio and Corby’s Audio are inviting all the locals to come out to the Hamilton & Area Audio Meet on March 3. It will again be held at 33 Bowen Restaurant in Hamilton. The hours are from noon until 5pm. Food will be provided throughout the afternoon, a cash bar will be available.

This presentation will feature the Coherent Reference 15 speakers, Allnic electronics and cables, and an Acoustic Signature analog front end with Charisma cartridge.

For more information please email:

[email protected] or
[email protected]

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Financial interest disclosure: Although I have no part or role in this Meet, I have also recently  become a Coherent dealer (since 1-Nov-2018).… Read the full article

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Wall Of Sound Turns 5!

By | February 11th, 2019|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , |

Well, it was right about five years ago this week, that I decided to start this little review site. We’re still a modest affair, but I’m proud of the well over 200 articles we’ve posted. They represent a lot of effort, dedication, and fun.

So I’d like to say thanks. Thanks to the readers who stop by occasionally, or who bookmark us, or (best of all) who sign up for updates. On average of late, that’s about 1000-1200 of you every day.… Read the full article

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New Music Review: Delta Raga, By The Indo-Canadian Slide Project

By | February 6th, 2019|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Music Review by Noam Bronstein

Writing reviews can be a tedious task, but it’s a pleasure and an honour to write about this unique music project, which came together last year in what must have been a massive effort. It was spearheaded and organized by my friend and neighbour, Michael Oesch. Michael is a fine musician, a songwriter, and a recording engineer – he has a very cool studio in his house, and owns his own digital media company. He also seems to have more instruments than any musician I’ve met.… Read the full article

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