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Review: Codia LP Stabilizers – Ebony 300g and 600g

By | January 31st, 2019|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Codia LP Stabilizer Ebony 600
Codia Acoustic Design LP Stabilizers
Ebony 300 & Ebony 600

by Steve Graham

Let me poke the hornet’s nest once again with my contention that money would be better spent on music, be it recordings or concerts, than Hi-Fi equipment.  Does that mean I think the Codia LP Stabilizers aren’t effective?  No, it doesn’t.  They definitely have, in my estimation and in my system, a positive effect on the sound of reproduced music.  Does this mean I follow my own advice? … Read the full article

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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

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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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Thales Simplicity II Tonearm Review

By | December 16th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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On March 27th, 1983, the New York Times published an article titled “Sound; Tonearms: Is Linear Better?”. The article read like a technical paper, more sophisticated than some of today’s articles found in Audiophile magazines. Without too much introduction, the article jumped right into contrasting the pros and cons between tangential versus pivoted tonearms as if it was normal kitchen table talk. But when Sony released the first commercial CD player in 1982, the sale of turntable equipment dwindled in popularity together with vinyl, and the article was the last time mainstream media provided technical coverage on turntable technology.… Read the full article

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CAF 2018: The Conion C-100F Boombox Rocks the Washington D.C. Hilton Lobby

By | November 30th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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(pictured behind) Gary Gill – principle face, personality, and show-runner of Capital Audiofest

The Conion C-100F is a Japanese made Stereo 4-band FM/AM Tuner, Double Cassette Recorder Boombox. At nearly 30” wide, 16” tall, 8” deep and weighing 22lbs, this is a boombox of gargantuan size, with booming sonics, and dripping with deliciously gaudy ‘80s swag.

Produced in the early 1980’s by a sub-company of the Coney Onkyo Corporation of Japan, the C-100F has been seen on (or in) everything from album covers, to music videos, and more recently — clothing.… 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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RMAF 2018: Jeff Rowland Design Group and the Ultimate Phono Pre for Multiple Tonearms

By | November 15th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

Lucien Pichette of the Jeff Rowland Design Group is an old friend of ours. He grew up in Montrose, Colorado, where Colleen and I lived for a few years, and I used to drive past his boyhood home nearly every day. I was happy to visit with him in the Rowland room at the 2018 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest and talk about Colorado, but I kept getting distracted by the beautiful shiny faceplates of the gear in the room.

If you’ve ever seen a Rowland product, you know exactly what I mean—even though this was just a static display of the current Rowland models, attendees were wandering in, mesmerized by these shimmering amplifiers and preamplifiers.… 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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DIY All-Tube Phono Stage Project, Part 3: Metal Working For Dummies

By | October 21st, 2018|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , , , |

DIY All-Tube Phono Preamp Project

Part 3, Metal-Working for Dummies

By Steve Graham, chief dummy

Working with fire and steel?  Would you believe alcohol and aluminum?  Bonus points to those who can name the 80’s pop group that issued the album shown above.  No cheating searching the title online.

Before we start torturing some metal: If you are sitting on the fence, wondering whether or not to build one of these for the following reasons:

  1. You think this preamp won’t have enough gain because it uses a 6DJ8 for the first stage (a 12AT7 is used for the second stage): Most line stages have plenty of gain so it takes some of the gain burden off of the phono stage. 
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VPI Player Review | The Millennial Audiophile

By | October 20th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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VPI re-imagines the turntable, and creates a new product category with the Player

When I speak about record collecting with the under thirty-five crowd, initially many of them see vinyl as a low-fi medium, much like cassette tapes, and 8-tracks. This impression was created by dusty hand-me-down turntables, and record collections of which most have unkempt and dirty grooves. Along with many of the new records purchased during the “2008 vinyl resurgence” being played on these un-serviced thrift-store turntables, many more will find their way to the affordable shopping-mall Crosley suitcase models.… Read the full article

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