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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

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

CanJam Singapore 2019 Show Report – Part 2

By | April 7th, 2019|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , |

This is the second of a two-part feature on the recent CanJam Singapore 2019 show which ran from March 30th to 31st in the Pan Pacific Hotel. You can read up on the first part here which covers purely portable sources and monitors. So with part one out of the way we now revert to […]

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CanJam Singapore 2019 Show Report – Part 1

By | April 5th, 2019|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , |

This is the fourth CanJam event to be held in Singapore and our third time in attendance in a media capacity. It is also our second time sponsoring this fantastic show and it turned out to be the most feature-packed show to date with a ton of new product launches. This report is the first […]

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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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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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