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Upcoming Review: RJM Audio VSPS 400 Phono Stage

By | November 26th, 2017|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , |

Steve Graham digs deeper into LP grooves with a Canadian phono board.

Richard Murdey is a Canadian originally from Newfoundland and Labrador.  The audiophile bug bit him early on courtesy of his Dad, but Richard discovered DIY while doing his PhD at the university of British Columbia.  He lives in Japan with his family and does post-doctoral work at Kyoto University, exploring solid state physics and physical chemistry.  Specifically, he studies the conductivity and photoconductivity of molecular semiconductors.  (WOW!)  Through his Phonoclone website, Richard promotes some of his DIY ideas on topics ranging from phono amps, line and headphone amp design, D to A converters, and interconnect cables. … Read the full article

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Review: Unity Audio Inner Soul Towers

By | November 23rd, 2017|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Unity Audio Inner Soul Towers

Review by Colin Mckay

The speaker being reviewed today is not about the latest exotic offering that only a small sector of the audiophile community would be interested in. Indeed, we often see speakers with small full range drivers categorized into market niches like “need a speaker that your flea-powered single ended amplifier can drive? Look no further!” Now, these Inner Soul Towers do fit that category perfectly. But, if this review was pigeonholed like that, I would be doing a great disservice to Omer Humayun, founder and owner of Unity Audio.… Read the full article

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Steve’s Upcoming Turntable Reviews

By | November 17th, 2017|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , |

Steve Graham looks forward to getting his groove back with two turntables. (and a microphone?)

Funk Firm Flamenca

Pro-Ject The Classic SB SuperPack

Feast or famine, or rather famine or feast – recently Noam and I were lamenting the fact that I had no decent analogue source.  Then all of a sudden two turntables appeared on the horizon steaming straight for me.

The Funk Firm (link) from the UK is one of those small British manufacturers that brings to mind men in flat caps, riding bicycles to work in the rain and stopping for a pint of warm brown ale on the way home to eggs, chips and beans for “tea”. … Read the full article

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Audioquest’s Anti-Static Record Brush Reviewed

By | November 16th, 2017|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , , |

Audioquest Anti-Static Record Brush

A Mini-Skinny Review, by Steve Graham

*Festive Season Alert: Makes a good, inexpensive gift!

If you’ve been following my latest exploits with digital music, you’ll have noticed I’ve dipped a toe back into LP playback after an absence of many years, make that decades.  I was an early adopter of CD’s.  Yeah, I know, a lot of the early ones sounded lousy, and to this day many current releases leave a lot to be desired.  But in 1984 I was so sick of poor quality LP pressings that I jumped ship. … Read the full article

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Output Tube Biasing, An Introduction – Part 2

By | November 15th, 2017|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , |


Divas of the Power Tube World: L to R, NOS GE USA 7581A, NOS Philips Holland EL34 circa 1956, Russian ‘Winged C’ 6550, Russian Genalex KT77, NOS RCA (probably Tung-Sol) 6550

By Steve Graham

One thing to clarify from Part 1: when we speak of power dissipation, this is not the power output available to the speaker.  Tubes are inefficient creatures; the output power will always be significantly less than the tube(s) will dissipate, i.e. consume.  Think of dissipation as absorbed power, not all of it can be transferred to the speaker, the same way not all power produced by an automotive engine is transferred to the wheels.… Read the full article

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Elekit TU-8600, Part 2: Building the Kit, and the Lundahl upgrade

By | November 14th, 2017|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In Part 1 of this series, I covered (mainly) the Elekit TU-8600’s performance. That amp came to me fully assembled, as a “Rev.2 prototype”. And in my mind, I’d thought (hoped?) that I’d be able to buy and keep that amp. That didn’t happen. Elekit/VK needed it back, and Victor sent me a brand new kit. So I ended up starting where everyone else would start. Time to fire up the old soldering iron!

What I’ll cover in this part will be the build process, and the upgrade to the Lundahl output transformers.… Read the full article

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Schiit JIL Update: Hear it for yourself!  Hi-Res files uploaded

By | November 3rd, 2017|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , , |

By Steve Graham

I don’t want this piece to be a teaser, but I’ve been having trouble coming to grips with the performance of the JIL.  It’s not that the JIL bad, quite the contrary: I can’t seem to make it stumble.  To put it simply, I haven’t been able to challenge it sufficiently, to find its limits.  That’s really a roundabout way of saying that all of my analogue sources are, well, crap.  I’m sure you know what I wanted to say there, but we’ve almost beaten that joke to death, right?… Read the full article

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My Audio Life, Part 8

By | October 27th, 2017|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , |

My Audio Life (Part 8)

By Steve Graham

Tube Amp Rescue (extended mix)

A warning to those with short attention spans: This installment of My Audio Life is a bit, correction, make that very long-winded.  There are some nice pictures though, and a true story about a certain audio scribe that almost didn’t survive a social encounter.  Oh, and I talk about tube amps a bit too.

Does everyone remember the Thunderbirds of International Rescue fame?  These are to adult eyes cheesy but mostly harmless kids TV programs from the 1960’s. … Read the full article

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TAVES Show 2017, a mini-report

By | October 17th, 2017|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , |

Another year, another venue for TAVES. This time it was the Toronto Congress Center near the airport. The good news is that the show seems to be thriving – it was big, with a lot of different genres of technology to appeal to a lot of folks. It was even adjacent to the RV show this time, so it was even bigger. This is good news for TAVES’ as far as its long term viability.

VK Music featured kit gear by Elekit, Sparkler and Sun Valley.

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Upcoming Review: Shiit JIL Analog to Digital Converter

By | September 28th, 2017|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , , |

(P)review…Shiit does A to D in a big way: That’s an LP jacket covering the JIL!

By Steve Graham

If you look at my bio page, it’s apparent that I’m not exactly in the first flush of youth. But that doesn’t mean I’m not open to trying something new. As long as I’ve dithered over it for an inordinate amount of time, of course.

There are a bunch of 25-year-old analogue tapes (cluttering up a closet) that I want to archive before serious deterioration sets it.… Read the full article

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