As if to prove that cost-effective manufacturing still exists outside of Guangzhou, Canada's Coincident has launched a fabulous all-tube integrated amp, the Dynamo 34SE, with -- get this -- a price of $1299. That's what you'd expect to pay for a tube amp made in China, not Ontario. Even more of a shock was the initial price: had you ordered one at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, it would have been yours for $999.
There must be a catch, you're thinking. True, the tubes are "foreign," and I suspect the sockets and terminals are imported. There's no cage, so Europe would probably deny it CE approval (which is about as meaningful as a positive criticism from Simon Cowell). But my friend and fellow half-sour-pickle maven "Yossel" Blume assures me that everything else is Canadian. Too bad it doesn't say "Eh?" when you switch it on.
It's a chunky little bugger, the 8.5" x 11" footprint and a weight of 22 pounds telling you that this is no flea-weight novelty tube amp with a lone valve. Indeed, its tube line-up is impressive: two EL34s in single-ended triode mode, delivering 8Wpc, with one 6SL7 input/driver tube per channel and an autobias circuit with a single, shared 5U4 GB rectifier tube.
That alone is a hundred bucks worth of glass. Add into the mix a mirror-finish stainless-steel chassis with .25"-thick brushed-aluminum front and back panels, and you'll see that there are no cosmetic giveaways as to its price. Inside, all is hard-wired and the socketry is what I call "mock WBT," but even there you'll find no compromise: Coincident fitted three binding posts per channel to provide a choice of 4-ohm or 8-ohm connections.
Also at the back is a single pair of gold-plated phono sockets for a line-level source, and an IEC three-pin receptacle for the AC cable. Conveniently, the unit operates at 115V/230V. The quasi-minimalism isn't just a way of keeping costs down: it defines the Dynamo's charm. On the left-hand side, there's an on/off rocker switch. At the front, an LED to indicate power on and a 1/4" headphone socket. Between the tubes at the front, a rotary volume control. That's everything.
What you're looking at, then, is a single-source, all-tube integrated amp with a headphone socket that mutes the outputs, so it's also a helluva serious headphone amplifier. If you're really short of cash but have other sources to accommodate, you can expand it with any inexpensive preamp, or dig out an old passive preamp. Feed it with a computer via an HRT or other pocket-money DAC, or insert a CD player straight in, and you have a wonderful solution for the audiophile on a budget.
No, it's not perfect, and the sample I have has an audible hum in one channel that I'll find a way to eradicate, but despite that, I'm loving it. Source of choice at present is Fidelia on the Mac, feeding NAD's astounding D 1050 DAC, which endows the Coincident with five digital inputs. And while the Dynamo manfully drives my old Spendor LS3/5As to ideal levels on my desktop, the ear-opener is its way with my headphones du jour. No, make that headphones de l'année.
Coincident Speaker Technology, NEW AMPs | avshowrooms.com
Rocky Mountain Audio Fest by Key Kim | Stereo Times
The Coincident Speaker Technology room sounded very good once again. I was very impressed with the sound of the Coincident Technology Dynamo 34SE Stereo Integrated amplifier but STARTLED at the Introductory asking price ($999). This little bugger boasts a single SE (EL34) 8-watt tube alongside a 6SL7 input/driver tube and 5U4 GB rectifier tube - all hardwired I'm told. For those on a beer budget, but who demand performance and high-quality look no further. The Dynamo 34SE's drove the Super Victory II loudspeakers ($9,999/pair) far better than their price would have suggested. The sound was stunningly vivid, detailed and most importantly musical.
The Favorites | Stereomojo.com
Let's get back to earth a little bit. A lot of new stuff from Coincident. Speakers are the new Super Victory II, Natural Ash finish $9,999 pair.
ee the little amp on top right? That's what was driving the Super Vics to enormous levels.
(They're very sensitive/efficient) It's called the Dynamo 34SE Stereo integrated with 8 watts per channel $999.
Here's a closer look:
For $11,000, you can have an outstanding, extremely musical system. Just add a source.
But make sure it does DSD....
This is the new Turbo 845SE at only $5,999. Notice the same mirror polished finish that graces all Coincident amps, even the little tyke.
This is said to be a state of the art stereo integrated single ended triode amplifier. It is constructed as true dual mono. The only shared component between the two channels is the chassis. The Turbo was created for those who do not want to compromise quality or performance but are limited to space which preclude mono amps and a separate preamp. The Turbo also serves as a state of the art headphone amp. A convenient front panel headphone jack is included. Output impedance is a standard 300 ohms.
The Turbo has an enormous power supply and generates 28 watts per channel which means it can power optimally most sensibly designed speakers. Ultimate transparency, purity and flat frequency response are the sonic result.
Single Ended 845 Output-
28 watts per channel
Pure Dual Mono
All hard wired
6N copper Japanese Steel proprietary power and output transformers
6EM7 input tube,
3 RCA inputs
Discrete Resistor volume control
Voltage selectable 115V/230V
AC ground lift
Remote control volume- mute.
Frequency response: 20 hz- 20khz - flat
Sensitivity: 1V for full output
Input impedance: 100 K ohms
S/N Ratio- 90 db
Weight; 100 lbs
And look folks:
It comes with a remote! This was always a disappointment to me,
the lack of a remote. But here it is! Yay.
Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2013: Part 4 | The Absolute Sound
With its bright mirror-like finishes Coincident Technology shined with a pair of single ended integrated amps (Pictured above) that should appeal to all sorts of budgets. Classic in appearance both of these beauties should garner even further attention thanks to the built-in headphone amps. The Turbo 845SE ($5999) is a true dual mono design built around the 300B driver tube. Output is 28Wpc and includes a remote control. At the other end of the scale and certainly one of the cutest amps at the show was the Dynamo 34SE ($999-not a misprint!) Single-ended 8Wpc, this little hard-wired EL34 based integrated is destined to steal the hearts of desktop and headphone lovers alike.
RMAF 2013 Coverage I | A Unique Audiophile Experience
The Coincident Speaker Technology room was sounding really good. Coincident was playing their Secret Victory II with two amps. First they used the Turbo 845SE integrated. I believe this may be one of the best valued super-tube amp out there. They were also showing their new little 8 watt SET the Dynamo 34SE that has an introductory price of $999.00. I was shocked by how good it sounded.
RMAF 2013| Enjoythemusicom.com - Show Report
Enjoy the Music.comBlue Note Award earning Coincident Technology Turbo 845 SE tube amp was here at RMAF 2013. This unit produces 28 wpc stereo and uses a 6EM7 for input and 300B for driver. Each channel takes advantage of the 845 for output.
The Desk | stereodesk.com - NY Show Report
One of the best sounds I heard all day was in the Audio Loft / Coincident Speaker Room. My listening notes say, 'Meaty, down to bone sucking tasty. Not what I'm used to hearing from ceramic drivers, but the synergy between speaker and electronics was obviously engineered to a T." As you may have seen in the second part of this show report, my interest was also peeked by the the new Dynamo SE34, which for a cool grand gets you an SET el34 integrated along with what should be an excellent headphone amp. The turntable was the excellent VPI Classic 4, with an HRX 12.7 tonearm and a Dynavector DRT XV-1t cartridge. The rest was all Coincident. Thomas Krauss and Israel Blume were perfect hosts. Israel was a wealth of information on his view of driving a headphone, dismissing some of the myths around impedance and sensitivity. Evie Rein was out front, the spirit of greet and sweet.
The New York Audio Show 2013 Part 2...HeadPhonia!!
Coincident, whose room proper had one of the best sounds of show, (wait for the next installment) had this little gem. The Coincident Dynamo SE34. As you've guessed, it's an SET EL34 integrated, that soon will be sporting a headphone output. I had a great discussion with,(or was given a class) by Israel Blume, and it was most informative. The Dynamo will be a very reasonable $999...not bad for nice tube integrated that should do a stellar job with most cans.
The Audio Loft, Coincident Speaker Technology | YouTube
NY Audio Show: Coincident Statement Phono Preamplifier Looks as Good as It Sounded | Analog Planet by Michael Fremer
Does this look like a $5999 phono preamplifier? It looks far more costly to me. Canadian manufacturer Coincident Technology sells this new two-box tube-based phono preamp direct to consumers for $5999. The unit features a 100 watt power amplifier sized power supply and uses 2 12AX7s per channel in a point-to-point wired circuit.
High quality step up transformers help the unit produce 66dB of gain. RIAA is zero feedback passive. Quality components (polystyrene caps in the RIAA circuit, Teflon film and foil coupling caps) are used throughout.
And as an added extra, the Statement features a line input and dual mono volume pots, making it also a full function preamplifier.
NY Audio Show: Coincident Gets Deep... | hpsoundings.com by Joey Weiss
The Coincident room was impressive. The practically all-Coincident system consisted of their flagship Dragon MK II amplifiers, the Statement Line and Phono stage, Pure Reference Extreme speakers. Everything was hooked up with Coincident’s Shotgun cables. The source I listened to was the VPI Classic 4 turntable, with the new and beautiful Rosewood finish. Israel Blume, owner and designer, put together a system that grabbed your attention. The sound was huge and pure. With lively dynamics and a real sense of authority, the music effortlessly flowed from the speakers. This system produced, perhaps, the most musically deep sound I experienced at the show.
NY Audio Show 2013 | Audio Loft
The Chester Group's New York Audio Show 2013 |
New to Coincident is their Dynamo SE34 ($999) that uses EL34tubes.Now Iknow what you thinking, this sweet looking honey of an amplifier simply can't have all that great exotic stuff yet still be under a grand. This cutie SET amp is said to belie its 8 watt power rating and according to Coincident any 90dB/W/m sensitive speaker should work. Other tubes that support the EL34 outputs are 6SL7 input/driver tube and 5U4 GB rectifier tube. And there's more! For under agrand you also get hand wiring, a stainless steel mirror finish chassis… all in a 22 lbs package for less than an Alexander Hamilton ($1000 United States Federal Reserve Note).
A Frugal Audiophile At The New York Audio Show | Enjoythemusic.com
Report By Alfred Fredel
Coincident Speaker Technology
This was one of the best sounding booths in the show but hidden away was a little 8-watt gem that really caught my attention. The Dynamo 4SE is a great little high quality integrated amplifier for those who wish to give tubes a go and experience the magic. At $999, it is an absolute "no-brainer".
Coincident Speaker Technology
The RMAF 2012 | AV Showrooms
RMAF 2012 • Hot Product | The Audio Beat
Coincident Speaker Technology's new Total Victory V ($14,999/pair) has amplifier-friendly specs, including a claimed 94dB sensitivity and 14-ohm load, but what's most impressive is its ribbon tweeter, which Coincident designed and manufactures. In place of the common grid, the tweeter uses a circuit board over which mylar is stretched. Israel Blume of Coincident says that the tweeter's sensitivity is even a little higher than that of the speaker. As if to prove the point, he drove the Total Victory Vs with a pair of his Frankenstein M300B monoblocks ($5999/pair), which offer all of 8 watts. Dynamics weren't an issue, and the system sounded wideband and powerful.
RMAF 2012 | Stereomojo
Israel Blume at Coincident has upgraded just about everything he makes.
The speakers are now the Total Victory V, up from the IV's we reviewed at $14,999/pair.
The Frankenstein M300B mono amps are $5,999/pair - still one of our favorite low power (8 watts) amps of all time. The Dragons at 70 mono watts are now $10,999 with a 20% larger power supply and other upgrades and the Statement line stage, again one of the best we've ever tested, is still $5,499 with the improvements. The sound here, as always, was a big standout. Natural, very dynamic and above all, extremely musical. The Coincident sound draws you in rather than playing "at you". We like.
RMAF 2012 Show | Enjoythemusic.com
Coincident Speaker Technology had many of their highly prized tube amplification products plus their smooth and fast sounding speakers too. The sound had wonderfully extended highs and imaging was very impressive. Wish I had more time to listen more, but damn I am running way behind in my schedule as this show has grown into a monster! They have uprated the Total Victory speakers with new aluminum woofers to the same as their highly acclaimed Golden Ear Award winning Pure Reference Extreme.
This is a system by Coincident Technology. New this year were the 70 wpc Dragon Mk II 211 PP Monoblocks ($10,999/pr) and the Total Victory V Speakers ($14,999/pr). The speakers have a ribbon tweeter, D'appolito 7" composite mids and dual 12" aluminum woofers (94 dB and 14 ohms). Also in play was their Statement Linestage ($5,499). I listened to a track with acoustic instruments and the strings simply jumped out of the speakers.
A closeup of the Coincident rack.
RMAF 2012 Show | Stereophile.com
Great Sound, No Coincidence - By Jason Victor Serinus
It was nearing the end of the day of the first day of the show, and I hadn't covered nearly enough exhibits to ensure blogs for every room on floors 4 and 5, plus a number of others that I had agreed to cover. That, I figured, was why I found myself increasingly breathless as I ran from room to room, listening to less and less music before jotting down a few notes and heading out the door.
Then I entered the Coincident Speaker Technology room, heard some gorgeous music, and realized the underlying reason for my near-frantic pace.
Sure, I was running behind, as in "So Many Rooms, So Little Time," but I had also become increasingly dissatisfied with systems that attempt to pass off ordered sound as music. They're not at all the same. Too many systems present notes with relative coherence, but without any of the magic that reaches far beneath the surface and energizes both gut and heart.
All that changed when Israel and Eve Blume began to play Oscar Peterson's We Get Requests on the Esoteric K01 SACD player. Heard through Coincident Speaker Technology's Total Victory V ($14,999/pair), a loudspeaker with an impressive claimed 94dB sensitivity, 14 ohm load, and frequency range of 22 Hz–35kHz, and conveyed through Coincident cabling, Frankenstein M300B monoblock amplifiers ($5999/pair), Dragon Mk.II 211PP monoblock amplifiers ($10,999/pair), and Statement's line stage preamplifier ($5599), Peterson's piano sounded warm, round, full, and exceptionally musical. Yes, volume had to be held in check, because the system had a tendency to overdrive the small room. But what I heard was so captivating and beautiful that I even sat enthralled as Diana Krall, whom I'm told is a superb pianist, held forth on yet one more recording that sounded as if she had taken one too many quaaludes.
If you don't remember quaaludes, either you're too young, or you were too zonked back when to remember much of anything. But that's another story, and one that I happily have no place in other than as observer. The real story is that in the Coincident Speaker Technology room, I was no longer an observer. I was deeply involved . . . with music. Which, ultimately, is the raison d'être for my involvement in the high-end, and the reason I go room-to-room in search of the real thing.
Thanks, Eve and Israel
T.H.E. Show (Newport Beach) 2012 Coverage
June 8, 2012 | The Coincident Speaker Technology Room
Review by Ultra High-End Audio and Home
Coincident Speaker Technology auditioned its Pure Reference Extreme loudspeakers ($26,800/pair) with its own line of electronics.
The Coincident Statement line stage ($5499).
One of a pair of Coincident Dragon MK II 211PP 75 watt monoblock power amplifiers ($10,999/pair).
An Esoteric K-01 SACD player ($21,000) (not shown) was used as the source.
Coincident Speaker Technology plus a great listening session at T.H.E. Show 2012 Newport | AV Showrooms
Robert Harley on Electronics at T.H.E. Show Newport | AVguide
One of the great bargains in tubed amplifiers has to be the Dragon Mk. II 211PP monoblocks from Coincident. The amplifier is a 75Wpc push-pull design (dual 211 output tubes with a 300B driver tube) with a list of design and build features you’d expect to see in an amplifier five times the Dragon’s $10,995-per-pair price. These include all polypropylene caps in the power supply, interstage transformers rather than coupling caps, a massive power supply, a gorgeous mirror-finish stainless-steel chassis, and a Vishay-based stepped attenuator at the input if you want to drive the amplifier directly from a source. The Dragon Mk.II sounded terrific driving Coincident’s 94dB-sensitivity Pure Reference Extreme loudspeakers.
T.H.E. Show 2012 Newport | Silver Sound Award
T.H.E. Show Newport 2012 | Hot Product
While it's not exactly news that Israel Blume of Coincident Speaker Technology also designs electronics, the Mk II version of his Dragon 211-based push-pull monoblock is new. A thousand-dollar increase in price -- to $10,999 per pair -- nets a larger, heavier chassis, dual power transformers, and increased power-supply capacitance.
Not new are the Frankenstein M300B monoblocks, which offer 8 watts each from a single 300B output tube. Israel alternated between these and the Dragon Mk IIs on his Pure Reference Extreme speakers.
Israel has hit upon a near-magic formula for successfully selling both factory direct and through dealers, one that relies on discipline -- and demand for his products that taxes his ability to produce them in sufficient numbers. Fascinating stuff that we hope to cover in some depth in the future.
T.H.E. Show Newport Beach | The Home Entertainment Show 2012
Coincident had a room filled with their gear including the 211PP Dragon MKII amps and Pure Reference Extreme speakers ($10,999 and $26,800 respectively). Great detail and imaging, yet never sounding etched. Such a fine line, yet their products work it very well indeed. The music simply naturally unfolded my notes say. Seen here is Israel Blume with his dazzling girlfriend. Enjoy the Music.com has reviews many pieces from Coincident, so check it out here!
Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2011 Show report | Series One
Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2011 Show report | stereomojo.com
Nothing new from Israel Blume at this show, but his system consisting of the Statement Preamp, Frankenstein monoblocks (both of which we have reviewed) and the recent Pure Reference loudspeakers ($22000/pr) was simply one of the most musical, dynamic presentations in Denver.
Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2011 | Audiophilia
It was especially nice to meet Evie Rein of Coincident Technology. She runs the company for Toronto designer Israel Blume (whos room sounded very good) and was by far the loveliest presenter at the show! All the folks I spoke to mentioned the great vibe and the friendship. It really felt like an audio happening. It was great to be slap in the middle of it all.
RMAF 2011 Report - Loudspeakers Priced at $20,000 and Up | AVguide
Best Sound (under $40k)
Audio Physic Avanteras
Runners-Up: Magico Q1 (on Sunday), Wilson Audio Sashas (with D’Agostino Momentum amp and McGrath tapes), Coincident Speaker Technology Pure Reference Extremes, Von Schweikert VR5 Anniversary (with The Tape Project tapes), Schimmel Voxativ Ampeggio
In Room 449, I heard and was wowed by the $26,800 Coincident Speaker Technology Pure Reference Extremes, three-way floorstanders with Accuton ceramic drivers and side-firing woofers. These speakers had unusually lifelike attack, presence, resolution, and neutrality, with a nice sense of weight and density of tone color, to boot. To me they sounded curiously horn-like without any horn colorations. In other words, they were dynamic as hell, although they tended to be a bit aggressive on a John Lee Hooker cut.
RMAF 2011 Report - Electronics under $15,000 | AVguide
Long those lines, the Coincident Speaker Technology M300B Frankenstein MK II (SET) mono amplifiers ($5999/pair) mated to the CST Pure Reference Extreme speaker (Issue 215) sounded anything but slow and tubby in the bass. The overall sound was open, authoritative, extended, and also quite tactile with plenty of textural substance. If the M300B's 8 watts are not enough power (and they were more than enough for the P. R. Extreme), CST also makes the Dragon 211PP MK II (push/pull) monos based on the 211 output tube. If other 211 push/pull amps are any indication, the Dragon should provide 70 very powerful watts.
Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2010 | Stereo Times
Exercise guru Israel Blume and his lovely workout partner are all smiles compliments of his new line of chromed electronics from Coincident Speaker Technology. On display were his 94dB, Pure Ref Extreme loudspeakers ($26,800 pair), M300B Frankenstein mono amps ($5,600 pair), Statement linestage preamp ($5,499). Digital playback is Esoteric's popular P05/D05 SACD combo. Time didn't permit me to sit and relish in the fine sounds that normally come by way of Blume's setup (but I will be sure to catch up to him at this upcoming 2011 CES). That said, what I heard was impressively dynamic, with lots of presence. I'll be sure to revisit you guys again in January. I'll even be sure to include a few jumping Jacks!
Audiogon Shows| RMAF 2010
Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2010 | Stereomojo
Israel and Evelyn Blume were showing the new Coincident Pure Reference Extreme speakers ($26,000/pr) driven by the M300B Frankenstein MkII mono amps ($5,600/pr) and the Statement Line Stage ($4,999). We were first to review both the mono amps and linestage as well as two pairs of Coincident speakers; all are world-class components and actual bargains in their classes. Once again, even with the new $26,000 speakers whcih are 94db sensitive, the sound here was as good as anything at the show and better than most, including systems north of $100,000. Way north.
Easily the most musical presentation, and easily the best in the $35,000 system category.
Israel also showed the new 2-piece Statement Phono Preamp at $5,499 (top left).
It's on its way to us right now.
TAS at RMAF 2010| the absolute sound
A Power Trip
Coincident Speaker Technology featured the debut of the Pure Reference Extreme loudspeaker, and it sounded fabulous (and at $26,000 it was well out of my category but look for forthcoming review in TAS). However CST also produces some terrific tube electronics, and I was particularly taken by the 8-watt M300B Frankenstein MK II SET monoblocks ($5600/pair), the Statement linestage (with a 41-pound power supply!) at $4999, and the Statement phono preamp, driven by a quartet of 12AX7 tubes with plenty of gain to handle most moving coils ($5499). Driving the 94dB sensitive Pure Ref Extremes, the CST electronics produced the widest, literally wall-to-wall, soundstage I heard at the show. Truly spectacular.
CES 2010 part 7 | Stereomojo
Our Best of Show Awards are based on several criterion. First, the awards are granted to those products we actually heard and saw at either CES or T.H.E Show. There were many products on display but not actually playing, so they would not be eligible. In addition, because there were so many products spread out over so many different locations, it was impossible to see and hear everything, so there may be other very deserving components we did not evaluate. Second, many are based on perceived value with price, design, uniqueness and build quality as major factors. Others donot take price so much into consideration, but are based on pure sonic performance. We also mainly focused (but not exclusively) on products that were new or recently released rather than products that have been on the market for some time, even though they may be superior to those that were newer. Last, we reiterate that evaluating stereo equipment under show conditions is futile at best. One system that sounded great in one room may actually sound not as good in another. one thing we know for sure - everything we have heard over the years at shows always sounds different in our homes and in our systems.
Still, there were certain products that even when all the above factors are taken into consideration, seemed to stand out in one way or the other. Those are the products upon which our awards are bestowed.
Of course, award status does not constitute a recommendation for purchase or not. These are not full reviews and should not be considered as reviews at all.
BEST MEDIUM SIZE SPEAKER VALUE
It turns out that our Best Overall New Product Value is a mid-sized speaker, so we'll save that for later. There were two other speakers in two different price ranges that were outstanding values.
The Coincident Super Victory
Things get tougher here, but the word value is the overriding consideration. These could be large stand mount types or medium floorstanders. Once again, we are constrained by those we actually heard. There were wonderful speakers by Wharfdale, Paradigm and Dynaudio to name just a few. The new Sonist Recital 3 certainly turned our heads and ears.
At $9499 US / pr., the Coincident Super Victory outperforms most other speakers in terms of pure musicality. We reviewed them and gave them several awards, very rare for Stereomojo. Hearing them again at the show truly justified our praise. Listening to these, especially with good tube amplification, is like listening to music wafting from heaven itself - played through these speakers, of course. They were one of the few floorstanding speakers that worked perfectly in one of our very small (10x12) listening rooms, yet were also fine in larger rooms as long as they're not too big. Very amp friendly - we drove them well with as little as 5 wpc. Never grating, easy to listen to for hours, which we did many times. Perfectly balanced with qualities seldom seen or heard in any speaker. They are just extremely satisfying and immersive and bring the music to you instead of you having to listen to them.
Best Value Preamp
COINCIDENT STATEMENT PREAMP
Statement Power Supply
On our review of this preamp, our publisher said, "The Coincident Statement Linestage at $4,995, given its ultra-high level of performance, is a true bargain for those looking for the ultimate in amplifier preamplification. Its transparency and the vitality of its sound ranks it among the very best at any price. Its quality and classy good looks belies its price and could certainly be the last preamp you would ever buy. If you have a high quality system but feel an upgraded preamp is what your system lacks and are looking for something around this price range or even considerably more, you should definitely give this a listen".
That's about as close to an all-out rave as Stereomojo gets. Our experience in Vegas only reinforces that opinion. In fact, the newer version Israel Blume played for us sounds even better than the early model we reviewed, mainly because of the new tube damping isolation system he installed that eliminates its sensitivity to air-borne feedback. we don't know of another two-box (separate power supply) preamp anywhere near this price, and certainly not with the glamorous polished stainless steel casing you see here. Yes, even at $4,995 this is a screaming value.
The following product awards are for "Best of Show". These awards are based more on total sound quality, appearance and performance with much less emphasis on price or overall value, but at Stereomojo, value can never be totally eliminated in our thinking. We also gave more weight to those products debuting at the shows., since the word "new" is part of the equation. You will notice that we are not handing out these important awards for every category. When you get into very high-priced equipment, it is impossible to determine, say, the best overall preamp, when it's in a system with other amps, speakers and players. We think singling out those type of products, particularly since most of the products PLAYING at the show were ultra expensive, is simply an exercise in industry politics or worse. We don't play those games, so the Best of Show honors are just that, products that were clearly the best in their respective categories.
BEST NEW SPEAKER
CES 2010 part 4 | Magazine Audio
Par Marc Philip | Publié : 17 janvier 2010
Restons au Canada, avec un système composé de :
•Super Victory speakers, sensibilité 93 db à 8 oHm : 9499$ la paire,
•Frankenstein M300B, des amplificateurs mono bloc à tubes utilisant des 300B et revendiquant la respectable puissance de 8W par canal : 5699$ la paire,
•Amplificateur monobloc Dragon 211PP, push pull offrant 80W / canal : 8999$ / paire,
•Préamplificateur à tubes (101D) annoncé pour 20 db de gain, entrées et sorties XLR et RCA,
•Préamp phono avec alimentation séparée, équipé de 4 X 12AX7, double potentiomètre de volume,
•Esoteric P05/D05 SACD DAC Transport : 14 995$,
•Tous les câbles utilisés étaient de la gamme Extrême de chez Coincident.
Belle démonstration, simple, sobre, efficace, nous n’avons jamais été déçu par les enceintes de ce fabriquant, c’est toujours une écoute soignée, avec juste ce qu’il faut de détail pour éviter de trop penser aux type d’électroniques en arrière.
Ces gens là savent réaliser de beaux appareils qui jouent de la musique.
Coincident Speaker Technology
19 Strauss Rd
Thornhill, ON L4J 8Z6
Site web du manufacturier : www.coincidentspeaker.com
CES 2010 | stereomojo.com
STEREOMOJO SPECIAL DUAL REPORT
There are a lot of beautiful things in this Coincident Speaker Company room picture, but we think the award atop the left speaker is the best;
Our Stereomojo Best of 2009 Award for the Coincident Super Victory speakers. We have reviewed everything Coincident in this picture, except for Effie, Israel Blume's better half who just deserves a special award herself, as you can see. We just closely inspected her...
On the top shelf is the two-chassis Line Statement preamplifier which is one of the best sounding preamps at any price, much less it's $4,995 going rate. That's why it is our 2009 Linestage of the Year. We guess Israel didn't want to display too many awards... As he demonstrated, after our review he has eliminated the one bugaboo we noted, the tubes sensitivity to feedback. He engineered new mountings that, as he demonstrated, are less prone to feedback than most other preamps on the market - a remarkable improvement. Israel has never been one to exaggerate his product's qualities, so when he tells us that the improved version sounds even better than the early model (a world's first review) we believe him.
On the floor are the mighty Dragon monoblocks that put out over 120 watts of peak power, 80 watts continuous that performs more like 150 watts for $8,999. Not each, but per pair!
Our review is coming soon. Also on display were the incredible The M300B Frankenstein MK II monos we reviewed last year that turned out to be the very best we've heard in a low-powered (8 wpc) SET. Absolutely magical mated to the Super Victory's and a steal at $5,599 per pair. Coincident simply makes some of the most musical audio devices on the planet at prices that are a real bargain.
New at the show is the Coincident Statement Phono preamp. Like the Linestage, it also has a separate power supply (not pictured). The Coincident Statement Phono Preamplifier is a high gain, all tube unit employing the highest quality MC step up transformers to accommodate virtually all moving coil cartridges. Due to employing only 2 all tube gain stages, high gain is achieved with low noise. The RIAA curve is passive, zero feedback utilizing the closest tolerance resistors and polystyrene capacitors to obtain accuracy of less than .1 db deviation from 20hz – 20khz.
The 66 db overall gain coupled with low output impedance and the use of the finest discrete resistor volume pots allows the Statement Phono Preamplifier to be directly connected to an amplifier without the use of a line stage.
There are no circuit boards to deteriorate the signal transfer. Everything in the Statement Phono Preamplifier is hard wired. The separate power supply has enough capacity and energy storage to power a 100 watt amplifier. There are separate transformers for the high voltage and low filaments. Furthermore, the high and low voltage sections have independent choke and large capacity filtering.
The build quality of the Statement Phono is the finest available. It was designed with no cost restraints. It represents an all out assault on the state of the art at only $5,499.
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Israel Blume and Evie are a dynamic duo as Israel designs and builds the award-winning Coincident speakers and amplification devices. No need to tell you too much about those as we have reviewed them within our pages. They did have the new Super Victory speakers ($9500 per pair), which we recently had the World Premiere of within Superior Audio magazine. They are introducing a new Statement linestage and Statement phonostage ($4999
and $5499 respectively), you can check it out on their website.
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The next room had a very familiar sound. In fact, it was the very Coincident Speaker Technology Total Victory IV speakers ($15,000) and Frankenstein MkII Monoblock Amplifiers ($5699) that I had raved about in recent reviews. Actually, the amplifier in use at the time was the Dragon monoblocks ($9000) that employ 211 tubes in push-pull configuration for 80 watts per side. The front end was MSB Platinum transport and DAC. Although the room was in the league of the best I heard at CES, it was not at the high level I experienced in my dedicated music room. Israel Bloom had warned me that there would be a lot of really good sounding rooms at CES, and he was certainly right about that. What I learned from hearing his gear in the hotel room was that the good gets even better at home where everything is gets tricked out and the music has room to breathe. This was a rare opportunity to hear components at a show that I had just reviewed and were fresh in my memory. More commonly we hear the gear at a show and then get to review it. What stood out for me at CES was the honest value and comfortable styling that Coincident delivers in the light of what else is out there.
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Israel Blume, designer of Coincident speaker Technology really has a winner in his latest incarnation called the Total Victory IV ($15k). These 200-lbs. gargantuans sport a large (radiating range) ribbon tweeter in a D'Appolito cofiguration against dual 7" midrange drivers. Additional dual 12" woofers are side-loaded for extra ease and sensitivity (rated at 95 dB!). Driven with Blume's new series amplifiers, the one thing the Total Victory IV eschews is quality sound. And what I most admire about Blume is he isn't the least worried about the stratospheric prices that has afflicted our beloved hobby. I've personally reviewed Coincident loudspeakers and believe, hands down, the Total Victory IV has to be the biggest, baddest and most impressive sounding high-end loudspeaker I've seen for the money. Kudos to you Mr. Blume!
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The Coincident Speaker Technology Total Victory IV is sporting all new drivers, and fewer of them than its predecessor. Fast, energetic, and with terrific immediacy especially on brass and winds, it has a larger ribbon (extending an octave lower) along with twin 7" mid/bass drivers and a pair of 12" side-firing subs. Response is flat to 22Hz according to designer Israel Blume. After the impressive demo, I don’t
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Not Italian, but definitely hot are the Stereomojo 2008 Product of the Yearwinners
from Israel Blume at Coincident. Out of the thousands of products atCES, we presented only FIVE Products of the Year Awards. Pictured here are the Total Victory IV models which are the next model up from the Super Victory's we reviewed and on which we bestowed our "Best Speaker Value" award for speakers over $5,000. If you combine them with the 300B Frankenstein monoblocks pictured on the shelf top (our world's first review is coming soon), you have one of the most musically rewarding systems at any price. The Coincident's are extremely efficient and may be one of the most tube friendly speakers on the planet. We drove them with 5 watts very easily. We may have to come up with a new award for that combo - Best Speaker/Amp Combo from the Same Company. But then the same pair of Total Victory's you see here is coming to us directly from Vegas, so we may have to withhold judgment.
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Israel Blume of Coincident Speaker Technology without a doubt had the Best Girlfriend in the show (below). Israel now sells his own line of 300B SET and 211 push-pull amplifiers. A recording I'd never heard before of Elvis Presley singing "Fever" was stunning through Israel's Pure Reference loudspeaker. This room attracted quite a crowd.
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Coincident Technology: Israel Blume found a great way
to get people into his Coincident Technology room: have an attractive and quite pleasant young lady greet you at the door.
The young lady was a ravishing redhead named Eve Ren but let’s be honest, she wasn’t the only reason to stop in this room. Blume was demonstrating a Coincident Technology system featuring a pair of Pure Reference loudspeakers ($22,000/pr) being driven by his own Dragon 211PP and M300B Frankenstein mono amps. An Audio Aero CD player was the front end source.
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Hard to resist entering a room that has a stunning redhead outside inviting people in, but we're glad we did. The sound in the coincident room was wonderfully musical, no edge or glare - pure. The speakers are the no-compromise Pure Reference at only $22,000/pr. Pretty cheap for a top of the line big box. The Pure References can be easily driven to concert hall levels by low powered tube amplifiers (3 watts or more) because they possess the 5 requirements which make this possible:
1. High sensitivity (94 db @1m-1 w).
2. Uniform high impedance modulus (flat 8 ohms).
3. Total absence of any hard phase angles (meaning they are absolutely phase coherent electrically).
4. Very tight bass tuning (which makes it easier for low damping factor- high output impedance amplifiers like SETs to control the woofers).
5. Simple first order crossovers which do not rob amplifier power or reduce speaker sensitivity.
Oh yeah. The speakers were the Pure Reference with 94dB sensitivity and a price of $22,000 - Israel's statement speaker.Like we said at the beginning of this report, it is impossible to critically evaluate a system under show conditions, but we can say this; this system was one of the most memorable of all we heard. First, the big speakers completely disappeared in the rather small room with no apparent, special room treatment. What remained was exactly what the speaker moniker describes - it was pure, and it was reference quality. Israel told us he puts much emphasis on soundstage and imaging in his designs and that is exactly what we heard.The sound was immersive and enveloping. It drew us in and held us captive. Mesmerizing. Captivating. Full range and full scale and linear. At around $30k, this system was far from the most expensive - other systems we heard were north of $250,000, but none was significantly better than this for us.I got to spend some time talking to Mr. Blume and I came away knowing this guy "gets it" and knows his stuff. He also has a consuming passion for music and audio. In short, he made some new fans. Thanks, Israel.
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The Coincident M300B Frankenstein MK II mono amplifiers were playing. We didn't even know Coincident made amps. Israel Blume told us he's been making speakers for 15 years and amps now for about year. "I can't make the amps fast enough. They are continually back ordered."
Israel also makes the Dragon (we love these dramatic names) 211PP monoblocks. They feature a 6EM7 super tube for input, 300B Driver Tube (no pentode tubes used in this DHT design), Dual 211 output tubes in a push pull configuration to produce 80 wpc. "They sound more like 150 wpc because of the huge power reserves of the 211's", says Mr. Blume. He also uses Alps volume pots so they can be used sans preamp. $8999 Cdn/pr. includes freight. He was running the $13,000 Audio Aero SACD player direct.
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Coincident Pure Reference Loudspeakers.
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Coincident Speaker Technology featured their own Dragon 211PP and M300B Frankenstein monoblock amplifiers.
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In the Coincident room they used an Audio Aero Prestige SACD player, and of course the room was wired with Coincident Extreme cables.
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Coincident Speaker Technology had their Pure Reference ($22,000) that is easy to drive with a near flat 8 Ohm load and 94.dB/W/m sensitivity. Single-ended triode friendly territory! It uses ceramic technology for both the tweeter and midrange, with a pair of 12-inch Nomex cone woofer. Frequency response is a true and real 20Hz to 27kHz.
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Coincident Speaker Technology was jamming out with their way cool Total Eclipse II ($8,999) large floorstanding unit. And hey look kids; there is Israel who is the owner and chief designer standing proudly with his new baby. This is an update of the original version, which was a TAS Golden Ear award winner. Now it has been improved in many ways including extender feet with large spikes, Extreme series copper internal wiring, crossover changes, and further development in port tuning.
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Israel Blume, designer behind Coincident Loudspeakers, is quite the happy chap these days representing the Manley Tube Flag of Audiophiles with his newest affordable loudspeaker in the Total Eclipse II ($8,999). Yours truly reviewed Blume's original Eclipse back in 2000 and was quite impressed not only by the wonderful sonics that came via this 94 dB/14 Ohm stress-free design, but also its real-world price tag.
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Coincident Speaker Technology's Israel Blume exhibited with the Manley Lab folks. Here he declared total victory with the Total Victory II ($12,999/pair), an updated version of the speaker originally reviewed in The Absolute Sound. Sensitivity is stated as 97dB/W/m with a nominal impedance of 10 ohms; highly suitable specs for low-power SET drive.
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------------------------------- And now on to my Seven Sensational Systems—my picks for top sound at the show:
The Best Glued-to-the-Couch Sound among the Sensational 7 Systems was provided in spades by EveAnna Manley of Manley Laboratories and Israel Blume of Coincident Speaker Technology. EveAnna was using her Steelhead phono preamp, the Wave DAC/Preamp, and Snapper monoblock amps to run Israel's Super Eclipse speakers, in a dramatically lit room.
Sources were a VPI TNT HR-X turntable and a SimAudio Nova CD transport, and cables were all from Coincident. It was chills-down-the-spine time in this room, and the reproduction of Stan's recording of Tom Loncaric was phenomenal, to the point that Stan simply didn't want to leave. This year, more than ever, made me want to get this system into my own listening room for comparison. Bravo.
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One of my favorite sounds was caught in the Coincident Speaker Technology/ Manley Audiolabs room. Listening to the Super Eclipse III speakers with the Manley Snapper amplifiers and Steelhead phono section was a real aural treat. My hats off to Israel Blume and EveAnna Manley for a very musical and enjoyable set up. This was another room I returned to several times.
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Coincident Loudspeakers was displaying the very same
speaker that I had just finished auditioning. What
happened was, when I finished with my audition I sent
the speakers to Manley, who then took them to Vegas.
Israel Bloom relies on Manley tube electronics to
get the best from his speakers and I can see why.
As you'll see in the review, the Super Eclipse has
a room filling sound that is ultra rich in textures
and tones. This is an emotional sounding speaker that
is capable of capturing the soul of a recording -
but it does so best with tubes. The best speaker that
I have heard from Coincident yet.
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Coincident Speaker Technology teamed (once again) with Manley Labs to unveil the new Super Eclipse III ($5999), a floorstander with a D'Appolito mid-tweeter section and side-firing woofers. The sound was bold, tuneful, and detailed with Manley's tube gear: the $7300 Steelhead phono preamp (TAS' 2004 Preamp of the Year), $7500 Wave DAC, and $4500 Snapper amps. A VPI TNT-HRX turntable ($10,000) and Simaudio Nova transport ($4000) provided the tunes, while Coincident cables tied it all together. By the way, given the presence of EveAnna Manley, every audiophile's dream babe and all-around great gal, this was also the most fun room at the show. Wayne Garcia's Best of Show - Greatest Values: Coincident Super Eclipse III.
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Eveanna Manley showed off her new remote-controlled Prawn line stage (ca $6000), matching it with the new Super Eclipse Series III loudspeakers ($5999/pair) from Coincident Speaker Technology. Lively, engaging sound and good company are reliably on display in the Manley Labs/Coincident room.
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It is a conspiracy I tell ya'! Manley Labs and Coincident
loudspeakers are in cahoots! This is the seventh year
running for these two companies sharing a room. This
year's setup includes the Manley Labs Steelhead phono
and Snapper amplifiers while the loudspeakers are
the Coincidence Super Eclipse III. So how did it reproduce
music? This rooms rocks along and like previous years,
is always a welcome relief.
Electronics Show 2005
Manley Labs with Coincident Speaker Technology. Really
good sound, really good people. Manley gets it.
Hi-Fi+ Le Festival Son et Image de Montréal 2004
Israel Blume of Coincident Speaker Technology was getting some good sounds with a small speaker system in a room located across the street at the Sheraton Four Points. Coincident has seen many favourable reviews in North American magazines. They can be located at http://www.coincidentspeaker.com. I will be contacting Israel in the future to see what we can line up since we both live in Toronto.
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Coincident Speaker Technology had the Series II version
of their floor-standing Partial Eclipse ($4500 Cdn/pr.),
now completely revised from the original model: new
tweeter (a special version of the famous Revelator),
midrange and woofer, with corresponding crossover
changes. With a very useful 92 db sensitivity, the
Partial Eclipse Series II sounded first- rate driven
by Coincident's MP 300B amplifier ($5200 Cdn.)
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encountered my friend Israel Blume at the cocktail
party the night before, I knew just what to expect
when I entered his Coincident Speaker Technology room.
Again, this year, there was the bare bones room with
electricity coming right out of the wall into the
components. Using the same out of production CD player
and preamplifier as last year, he managed to borrow
a couple of his beautiful 18 watt tube monoblocks
from a customer - they sell so fast that he never
has any in stock - at $4,000/pr US. The cabling, of
course, is his, too. I had the good fortune to sample
his reasonably priced CST 1 speaker cable during some
reviews last summer and found them very synergistic
with my Partial Eclipses. The treat, this year, was
having an opportunity to compare the Partial Eclipse
(now, $3,500 US) with the newer Super Eclipse ($6K US), which uses the same drivers, but doubles up on
the mid-range and side-firing woofer.
With the extra drivers, the Supers need a somewhat
larger cabinet, but both have the same excellent wood
veneering and style that fits so well into virtually
any environment. Using a familiar CD, it took me all
of three seconds to lock in on the familiar sound
of the Partial Eclipses, which still grace my home
with music. Switching over to the Super Eclipse while
the music continued to play, the result was stunning.
Israel asked me if I would like a pair for review.
I said I can do that in two words: Mo' Better! Or
is that only one and a half? Anyhow, save the shipping
costs, Israel. With the same sonic signature as the
Partials, the Super Eclipse is more than twice the
loudspeaker at less than twice the price. Everything
gets better - dynamics, transparency, fullness, bass,
soundstaging, smoothness, even the treble. And in
a parting perception, I noticed the loudspeakers were not even on their brass spikes! Of course those beautiful
monoblocks might have been contributing something,
Coincident Speaker Technology was using owner Israel
Blume's personal Alchemist Forsetti APD33A drive and
APD34A DAC to show off the Coincident MP300B single-ended
monoblock amplifiers ($3,999 USD/pair) that powered
the Coincident 3-way Partial Eclipse Series 2 speakers.
($3,500 USD/pair). I have never heard the Barenaked
Ladies ! sound so present in their recording "Hello
City" as I did in that room. Their first CD has
a lot of vocal information that not every system captures.
Not only did the realistic mid-range that one expects
of a single-ended 300B amplifier come through the
Coincident loudspeakers, the bass and horn harmonics
were so true that the room came alive. Similarly for
Lorna Hunt's recording, playing when we first entered
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Manley Labs is always good for something new in vacuum
tubes, and did not disappoint. The new (approximately)
$3500 Prawn linestage was on static display, while
LPs were channeled through the $7300 Steelhead phonostage
and CDs through the $7500 Wave linestage/DAC- all
played back through Israel Blume's latest effort,
the 100db/watt-sensitive Coincident Speaker Technology
Grand Victory. The sound was open and clear, with
great midrange and midbass rightness and plenty of
dynamic gusto. These two manufacturers always seem
to put together a great sound at the show, though
for some reason the LP sound wasn't up to the digital
Manley Labs CES 2004 Gallery
Once again we exhibited with Manley Labs.
NEO Classic 300B amps drove the Grand Victory's, with
a front end consisting of Manley Wave DAC and VPI
HRX turntable. All cables were Coincident.
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Coincident had their Grand Victory ($9,500 per pair)
was specifically designed for low wattage tube amplifiers.
This 100dB/W/m design presents a virtually flat 8-ohm
load with a frequency response from 30Hz to 45kHz.
They are a hefty 250 lbs each, so bring a friend during
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de Montréal 2003Coverage
by Rick Becker -----------------
Blume of Coincident Speaker Technology recognized
me with a rare smile when I finally found his
room. I had reviewed his Partial Eclipse Series II
model last summer, and have been using them as my
reference ever since. He was demonstrating his newly
updated Super Eclipse that basically uses the same
drivers from the Partials installed in the Super Eclipse
cabinet. The new Super is a little taller and a little
deeper than my Partials, using a D'Appolito configuration
of tweeter and two midrange drivers, and two side
mounted 8" woofers. In the modest size hotel
room, it had a familiar sound, but greater transparency
than I had been able to realize in my own system.
I figured it must be the lively, bare-bones hotel
room, or Israel's penchant for tube amplifiers. Speaking
of which, his Coincident tube amplifiers were nowhere
to be seen this year. He had sold out of them, and
the new shipment from China was overdue. Small wonder,
from what I heard last year. But fear not, he had
cobbled up a system with a discontinued gold and silver
Alchemist CD player, pre-amplifier, and a pair of
Antique Sound Labs Hurricane tube monoblocks running
at 100 wpc in triode mode. With his high efficiency,
tube-friendly speakers, the amplifier was way overkill.
The glass Golden Ear award from The Absolute Sound
atop one of the speakers kind of said it all.
Israel was kind enough to share some feedback he received
from people who had read my review of the Partials.
This, along with the arrival of a pair of Manley Mahi
monoblocks, and the loan of some Coincident speaker
cables, will lead to an enlightening follow-up review
in the near future. Stay tuned to this station.
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2003 CES and T.H.E. SHOW
EveAnna Manley of Manley Laboratories, with Israel
Blume of Coincident Speaker Technology set
up a room that sounded great as always. The Manley
Steelhead phono preamp, Wave preamp/DAC, and Snapper
monoblocks were powering a pair of Coincident Total
Victory loudspeakers. The sound in this room, from
a company that exhibits the Best Ability to Combine
Pro and High-End Hardware was live, coherent, dynamic,
integrated top-to-bottom, enjoyable, and fun.
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EveAnna Manley took time along with Coincident's Israel
Blume to smile for our camera. Driven with an all-out assault of Manley electronics driving a pair
of Coincident Total Victory loudspeakers ($11,500),
the sound was cohesive and as open as that relatively
small room could allow. Still, the soundstage capability
of the Total Victory eclipsed front wall and seemed
to come from a bigger and wider venue listening to
a variety of CD's I brought personally along. Needless
to say there's something special going on between
Manley and Coincident products. Synergy indeed.
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2003 CES and T.H.E. SHOW
EveAnna Manley of Manley Laboratories, with Israel
Blume of Coincident Speaker Technology set up a room that sounded great as always. The Manley Steelhead
phono preamp, Wave preamp/DAC, and Snapper monoblocks
were powering a pair of Coincident Total Victory loudspeakers.
The sound in this room, from a company that exhibits
the Best Ability to Combine Pro and High-End Hardware was live, coherent, dynamic, integrated top-to-bottom,
enjoyable, and fun.
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suspect Israel Blume remembered me from the New York
show last year. He was much more reserved and let
his new Victory model speak for itself. I was so impressed
with this room I made sure I came back for a second
visit. The system was comprised of a Wadia CD player
feeding his MP-300B monoblocks with two 300B tubes
giving 18 watts. This was the first public showing
of these $3,495/pr USD monoblocks, which are a further
development of his SIP-300B stereo integrated amp,
which sells for only $2,395 USD. I'm sure the cables
were his own as well. The Coincident Loudspeaker Technology
Victory, at 97dB sensitivity, was born to be driven
by tubes, but only down to about 36Hz in order to
keep its size under control, and its price down to
$4,599 USD/pr. I played the drum cut from the Burmester
3 CD and this system was absolutely tight. Timbre was accurate, the sense of space was easily reproduced,
and all at a very loud level, albeit in one of the
smaller hotel rooms. The loudspeakers did not want
for power from these Asian built amps. I thought about
asking for a review pair, but when I got home and
read the rave review in his handout, reprinted with
permission from AVguide.com, there was nothing more
that needed to be said. If you need lower bass, or
have a large room, you will just have to up the ante upwards of $11,500 USD for his larger Total Victory
model. Did I mention that the woodwork was gorgeous
and the dynamics and transparency were outstanding?
Be sure and check these out at the New York show if
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2002 - Volume 8, No.3
And Israel Blume of Coincident Speaker Technology
was showing his new $11,500 Total Victory that, in
spite of its complex appearance, maintains 97dB sensitivity
and a 10-ohm nominal load. Playing LPs and using Manley
electronics helped to show how good this speaker can
Festival Son et Image de Montréal 2002 Canadian Audio Report
Coincident Speaker Technology has been doing well
with their latest high-sensitivity speakers; they
now have matching amps: the SIP300B integrated (Cdn.$3749)
and MP300B monoblock (Cdn.$5499/pair). Crisp, dynamic
sound was the hallmark of Coincident's Victory loudspeakers
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Canadian loudspeaker manufacturer, Coincident Speaker
Technology, has decided to join the pack of high-end
manufacturers offering a complete system to its customers
with the introduction of its 18-watt 300B-based MP300B
monoblocks ($3,495 per pair USD) and its own line
The MP300Bs were used along with a Wadia CD player
to drive a pair of the 97dB efficient Coincident Victory
($4,499 USD) four-way loudspeakers. The Victory was
finished in a lovely real cherry veneer (hey, just
quoting the designer folks!) and I was quite impressed
by their immediacy and sense of pace. If you are looking
for a full-range floor-stander to try with a single-ended
amplifier, this is one worth considering
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Best Merger of Audiophile and Pro-Audio Sensibilities
was much in evidence at Manley Laboratories (www.manleylabs.com).
The ever upbeat and take-no-prisoners EveAnna Manley
was showing off the highly acclaimed Manley Steelhead
phono preamp, which has an incredible array of useful
features right on the front panel, and the usual high
build quality. EveAnna was also featuring an upgraded
Wave Preamp/DAC (with a new 24/96 board), and the
new Snapper 100 W monoblock. These were powering a
pair of Coincident Total Victory loudspeakers from
Israel Blume. (Hey, the solar astronomer here... me...
wants to know what happened to the Total Eclipse speakers
from last year. Have they been overshadowed by a newer
model?) There were many, many other Manley products
on static display, including the new entry-level Shrimp
preamp, along with veritable heaps of vacuum tubes that looked like they were recovering from a big party
the previous night. The sound of this system was thoroughly
enjoyable, relaxed, musical, dynamic, and F*U*N. The
LP reproduction was phenomenal. The CD reproduction
really floated my boat as well. It was one of the
very few rooms where I just wanted to sit and listen.
My hat's off to EveAnna (not that she ever takes hers
off) for taking the helm of this company and running
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Cost no Object Loudspeakers - Pushing the Limits The
Absolute Sound - April / May 2002 - Jonathan Valin
I was also greatly impressed by the $11,500 Coincident
Speaker Technology " Total Victory ", (yeah,
I know), powered by Manley electronics. Soundstaging
was superb; timbres gorgeous.
Best - of - show for around ten grand.
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Coincident Speaker Technology brought along their
new Total Victory (11,500)-a serious statement speaker
featuring the ribbon tweeter Coincident debuted in
the smaller Victory, and four side-mounted 8"
woofers per cabinet. The Total Victory-a full range
speaker in the true sense of the term-sports a tube
friendly nominal impedance of 10 ohms, and partnered
perfectly with the new Manley Labs Snapper 100W tube
monoblocks, even taking into account EveAnna Manley's
penchant for ear -and speaker- busting volumes. Manley
and Coincident's Israel Blume were justifiably proud
of their new audio babies.
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Coincident has been steadily building a rep for fine
loudspeakers. I have the Victory for audition and
the review should be forthcoming in the next issue.
In Vegas, Coincident was showing the Total Victory.
It's basically a Victory with more bass power. Immediately
I could tell the difference in the bass. In the mids
and highs the speakers sounded dead similiar. In the
bass the Total Victory may have been the Total Package.
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Lust in Las Vegas: Day Two Greg
further into the burgeoning campus, I looked up Israel
Blume and EveAnna Manley, who were exhibiting together.
Coincident Speaker Technologies was showing the new
Total Victory ($11500), a very detailed and dynamic
loudspeaker. The Total Victory is a deeper, taller
version of the standard Victory ($4599). It is comprised
of a highly sensitive Kapton film isodynamic planar
tweeter and two 3" low-mass, fabric midrange
domes in a D'Apollito alignment. Two treated paper
6.5" woofers do all the low frequency work in
the Victory. In the new Total Victory, the 6.5"
woofers are relieved of the lowest registers, those
duties being handled by four 8" woofers per cabinet.
The result? One tremendously detailed and lifelike
speaker with some serious SLAM!
Manley Labs electronics were fronted with both digital
and analog, which was routed to the Steelhead phono
preamplifier ($7200). All signals were then routed
to the Wave 24/96 DAC/Preamp Combo ($7500). The Wave
fed the new 100 Wpc Manley Snapper monoblocks ($4250/pair).
The Snapper is a fully balanced, ultra-linear amplifier
utilizing a true 19 section output transformer that
took over 3 months and 18 prototypes to develop. I
can say that the results were worth it. Israel was
kind enough to put on a couple of old standards, James
Newton Howard & Friends [Sheffield Lab 23] and
John Klemmer's Touch [MFSL 1-006]. I have heard both
of these records on literally hundreds of systems
over the years, and I know them intimately. Though
I will apologize for the titles, I will not apologize
for the sonics. The Grand Victory/Manley combination
was superb. Outrageous bloom, excellent resolve and
Also in the Manley Labs room is the Coincident Speaker
Technology model Total Victory ($11,500) nine-driver
loudspeaker. There are four 8"heavy-duty paper
treated woofers, two 6.5" midbass drivers, two
3"fabric dome midrange and a single Isodynamic
planar ribbon tweeter. Frequency response is rated
from 26Hz to 40kHz with a high 97 dB/w/m sensitivity
(10 ohm load). This is a very low wattage triode friendly
design! Seen to the right is the 100-watt monoblock
Manley Labs Snapper amplifier ($4,250 per pair) that
uses four EL34 output tubes.
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In the Coincident Speaker Technology room I had an
interesting chat with Israel Blume, who apparently
didn't recognize me from the Montreal show, and didn't
notice my press pass. This fine line of speakers is
gradually moving up the food chain. I heard very nice
music from their14 ohm Total Eclipse model that replaces
the Millennium at $8,000. Shown in silent display
was their Victory model for $4,599 with 97dB efficiency
and 14 ohm impedance. Talk about tube friendly? Check
them out for some reasonably priced cables,too.
Oct/2001 Home Entertainment 2001 Show
Israel Blume of Coincident Speaker Technology demonstrated
his new flagship loudspeaker, the Total Eclipse ($7999),
which proved warm, dynamic, and ultra- efficient (94db).
Employing a first order crossover network, a D'Appolito
driver configuration on a slender front baffle, and
mirror-imaged, side-firing 10" woofers, the Total
Eclipse provided a warm, relaxed presentation with
The $ensible $ound Issue 87 Home Entertainment 2001 Show
Coincident Speaker Technology - Coincident of Canada
is an old friend for me-I reviewed their Troubador
Grand several years ago and was interested to see
that their line is now based on very different technology.
But it turns out that it's basically a new way to
achieve the same goal: the old speakers used coaxial
drivers for time alignment; the new ones use a D'Appolito
arrangement. They were showing the $8,000 Total Eclipse,
which includes two 10" woofers mounted on the
side of the cabinet, two 6.5" midranges in a
D'Appolito arrangement at the top of the front panel
around the 1" Scanspeak Revelator tweeter. Putting
the woofers on the side allows the cabinet to be thin
(9"), which somewhat disguises the bulk of its
height (52") and depth (22"). Sound was
very good: tight bass, lots of presence, very dynamic,
very natural sounding. This was the best sound so
far, but very expensive.
Designer Israel Blume suggested that the $3,000 Partial
Eclipse, a smaller version with only one woofer and
one midrange driver, would produce a similiar sound
at a more $ensible price. For those with a different
taste, Coincident also makes the UHS series of ultra
high sensitivity speakers designed for single -ended
triode tube amps.
Home Entertainment 2001 (Stereophile show) Best in Show
----------------- Robert Deutsch: In any case, the following were
some of my favorites:
Coincident Speaker Technology/Aero: Coincident's
room was next to the one that Stereophile Guide to
Home Theater editor Tom Norton and I shared, and sometime
around 5am of HE 2001's first day I was awakened by
music from next door . (Tom's sleep was protected
by his trusty earplugs.) I was annoyed by having my
sleep disturbed, but couldn't help noticing that the
music actually sounded very nice. The main speaker
being demoed was the flagship Total Eclipse, which
sounded even better when I listened to it in the Coincident
The Absolute Sound from Beautiful Gear-Photo essay
Coverage of the Home Entertainment 2001 Show
August/September 2001-issue 131
Stereophile CES 2001 Show Report Loudspeakers under $4000/pr
I saw two trends in this humble price range. First,
it is the rare manufacturer that is not expeditiously
tailoring its line to the needs of home theater and
multichannel, even if that firm's full-range speakers
are suitable for two-channel music. Second, there
is a continuing trickle-down of advanced technology
from the top-of-the-line models into this highly competetive
midprice market. Stalwarts like Coincident ...showed
models representative of both trends.
Shown: Coincidents's Israel Blume attends to his
Partial Eclipse, with the Total Eclipse standing tall
next to it.
of Home Theater and High Fidelity CES 2001 Show Report
Earlier we showed you the Manley Neo-Classic 300B
amplifiers. Shown at right, is a complete system context.
Included in the shot are the Coincident Total Eclipse
and Eclipse loudspeakers, the new Manley Steelhead
phono stage (1mm, 2mc inputs and fully tweakable to
get the last bit of performance from your cartridge)
and the Manley Wave DAC/preamplifier.
SoundStage! CES 2001 Show Report
Coincident Speaker Technology Played the Total Eclipse
(left, $7999 per pair, and Partial Eclipse ($2995.
per pair), at various times in its room.
Enjoy the Music CES 2001 Show Report
In the Manley Labs room were the wonderful Coincident
Speaker Technology Total Eclipse ($7,999, leftmost
loudspeaker) and Partial Eclipse ($2,999). The Total
Eclipse is 94 dB/w/m sensitive and presents a mere
14 ohm load so tube heads will love it! Frequency
response is 24 Hz to 30 kHz. The Partial Eclipse is
91 dB/w/ sensitive with a flat 8 ohm load. Frequency
is 30 Hz to 22 kHz. The tweeter and midrange drivers
are completely sealed within their own compartment.
The side-firing woofers help to reduce the front width
of the cabinet to enhance the imaging capabilities.
Enjoy the Music CES 2000 Show Report Jan 5 - 9, 2000
-------------------- The Best Sound from a Fleaweight Amp was to be
found in the Manley Laboratories room. EveAnna Manley
put together a knockout system, centered around the
Manley 300B Retro amps, and a pair of Coincident Technology
Eclipse loudspeakers from Israel Blume. Coincident
is a Canadian company that is new to me, although
they have been in business since 1988. This system
simultaneously produced slam and delicacy, with nearly
perfect tonal balance, outstanding transient response,
and excellent harmonic structure. This was one of
the systems that I most wanted to take home and play
with. The beautiful Stingray integrated amp was in
the room, but not playing when I was there. (It's
certainly a major contender for an incredibly musical
second system.) But where, oh where, EveAnna, was
the lava lamp?? Are you so busy with the day-to-day
operations of the company that you're starting to forget what's really important? Snap out of it!!
Enjoy the Music Hi-Fi '99 Chicago May 12 - 16, 1999
------------------------ The guys at Coincident Speaker Technology have
been hard at work and were showing their new
Super Eclipse ($4,995 US shown here) speaker.
With a D'Appolito-type design, the 1" titanium
tweeter is flanked above and below with a 5"
polypropylene midrange (upgradeable to magnesium as
shown here). Two side-mounted 8" paper-treated
cone woofers assist in the lower frequency reproduction.
Frequency response is claimed as 28 Hz to 35kHz.
They were using the Manley Labs 18 watts 300B triode
amplifier which were really putting out the sound
power. Sensitivity of these speakers is 92 db/w/m
with a easy-to-drive 14 ohm load. Single-ended tube
lovers take note!
Soundstage Hi-Fi '99 Chicago May 12 -16, 1999
Coincident Speaker Technology's new Super Eclipse
loudspeakers ($4,995/pair) had those sitting head-on
wondering how the speakers delivered such deep and
powerful bass with just 4" drivers.
Bound For Sound - 12/99 HiFi '99 Show Report
---------------------------- Coincident Technology opened some eyes with the
introduction of its Millennium loudspeaker in Las
Vegas. The price for the Millennium is fairly steep
however, in line with the cost of constructing a speaker
of its sophistication, but steeper than many can afford.
Israel Blume, sensitive to the plight of many audiophiles,
introduced the new Eclipse($3995). With an impedance
of 14 ohms and sensitivity of 92db,the Eclipse seems
a sure match for many tube based systems. The speakers
in Chicago were driven by Manley electronics. The
major difference between the Eclipse and Millennium
looks to be the efficiencies gained by using single
cabinets for the mids and bass instead of the two
with the Millennium. Detailing and dynamics were in
absolute abundance, and the imaging was stunning in
Israel Blume (left) of Coincident Speaker Technology
and Max Kreifeldt of cable manufacturer Silver
Audiophilia Room of the Day CES '99 Hosted by Coincident Speaker Technology and WireWorld.
---------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Coincident Speaker Technology Millennium loudspeaker
(US$6995.00), Manley 300B monoblock amplifiers (US$5300.00),
California Audio Labs CL-25 CD player (US$2495.00)
and Wireworld Gold Eclipse cables. Israel Blume, designer
of the Milleniums, has a winner on his hands. The
speakers have superb tonal qualities and play with
amazing dynamics. The Millenniums made beautiful
music (from within a magnificently finished cabinet)
in great accord with the Manley monoblocks. This seems
to be a marriage made in audio heaven. The CAL CD
player and Wireword cable helped things along nicely.
Congratulations to all concerned.
Positive Feedback CES '99 Show Report #1
-------------------------------- The Wireworld room was of course featuring the
Gold Eclipse III and the Comparator. I have frequently
been impressed by systems wired with Wireworld wire.
This system included the $6,995/pair Millennium speaker
from Coincident Speaker Technology which has a nominal
impedance of 14 ohms (with a minimum of 10 ohms and
a maximum of 16 ohms), a sensitivity of 92 dB, and
a frequency response of 28 Hz to 35 kHz. Here is a
speaker ready for the 7 watt SET and the low powered
OTL amps. It was powered by a pair of the Manley SE/PP
300B "Retro" triode mono blocks which can
be switched back and forth from paralleled single
ended to push-pull while the music is playing. They
also have adjustable negative feedback. The DAC was
a CAL Alpha with tubed output, and the overall sound
of the system seemed very good, very immediate, and
had good bass. Unfortunately there was quite a large
and noisy crowd in the room, so I didn't get the best
listen, and time ran out before I made it back for
Secrets of Home Theater & High
Fidelity CES '99 Show Report
---------------------------- Attention tube lovers! Israel Blume, the ambitious
and very talented designer of the Coincident Speaker
Technology line, took advantage of CES '99 to debut
a speaker system with YOU in mind. The new Eclipse,
shown on the right, is a direct descendent of their
flagship Millennium loudspeaker, but it checks in
at a price tag of just $3,995/pair, in a gorgeous
Cherrywood veneer. Imagine the wild tube audio thoughts
running through my head when Israel informed me that
the Eclipse has an impedance of 14 Ohms and is 92
dB efficient! (Tube amplifiers love high impedance,
high efficiency speakers.) Frequency response reaches
all the way down to 28 Hz by using dual, side-mounted
8" long-throw woofers. Folks, I heard these speakers
driven by the 18 wpc Manley 300B amps with the new
Cal Audio Labs CL-20 CD player at the source, and
the sound was stunning. It was more powerful and dynamic,
yet so sweet and open sounding, than it had any right
to be. And get this -- they weren't even fully broken
in yet! A shipping error had delayed their arrival
at CES, and Israel had just set them up a few hours
before I arrived. I must get to know this company
because their entire lineup of speakers are designed
to be compatible with low-to-modestly powered tube
equipment (and they do just fine on solid state too,
I've heard). Congrats to Israel on some of the finest
sound I heard at the Show.
Belgrade, Yugoslavia October 23-25, 1998 First Yugoslavian Audio Exhibit
Sretenovic, the distributor of Coincident Speaker
Technology, was awarded room of the show for
overall excellence of sound at the First Yugoslavian
Audio Exhibit. On display was the Coincident
Conquests being driven by Cary SE 572 amps.
'98 Standout Room Report
Our writers pick their favorite rooms from CES '98 John Upton chooses:
Coincident / Atma-Sphere
Tube amplifier lovers on a speaker budget should definitely
consider checking out Coincident Speaker Technology's
"Super Conquest" floorstanders. With a stated
efficiency of 91 dB/W, bass performance reaching down
into the mid 20Hz range, and an easy 8 ohm load, the
Super Conquests would appear to be a ideal partner for
all but the most anemic tube-based power amps. What
makes the Super Conquests truly stand out in my mind,
however, is their ability to deliver the full range,
tube-friendly sonic goods at a price of just $2,499.
Powered by Atma-Sphere's much heralded M-60 Mark II
OTL mono block amplifiers ($3,795/pair), the Coincident
/ Atma-Sphere system projected a superbly listenable
sound that was detailed, extended, and complete.
Soundstage WCES - Las Vegas - '98
------------------------------- Canada's Coincident Speaker Technology and well-known
OTL-amplifier manufacturer Atma-sphere shared a room.
This was an analog-only room, not a CD to be found.
Israel Blume, president of Coincident, brought his
new $2,495 Super Conquest full-range floorstanding
speakers. Doug Schneider currently has these loudspeakers
in for review. Rather than mass loading the
speaker, Blume chose to deal with resonances via cabinet
design. Source components were a modified Empire turntable
(circa late 60s), SME 5 tonearm and Grado cartridge.
The preamp was Ralph Karsten's $3,800 Atma-sphere
MP3, and amplifiers were Atma-sphere M60 MkII OTL
monoblocks, also priced at $3,800 (per pair).
Stereophile, April 1997 WCES - Las Vegas '97
----------------------------- Another floorstanding speaker offering a lot for
the dollar is the new Conquest ($1495) from Coincident Speaker Technology. These simple
but attractive two-ways have a 92dB sensitivity so
you single-ended guys can dig 'em. They sound great,
with a deep, well-focused soundstage. Perhaps it's
no coincidence that Coincident was using only vinyl
in their room.
The Absolute Sound WCES - Las Vegas - '97
------------------------------- Ralph Karsten demoed redesigned, retro Atma Sphere
M-60 MK II OTL amps ($3290/pr.) with approximately
one ohm output impedance. The system included Israel
Blume's Coincident Conquest ($1495/pr.), Atma
Sphere preamp and way more retro gear - an ancient
Empire turntable with an SME V speakers arm and Benz
cartridge. GREAT DEMO!
Soundstage "CONQUISTADOR" FESTIVAL DU SON ET DE L'IMAGE '97 March 7-9, 1997
Local Montreal high-end dealer Codell Audio had a
great room centering on the Coincident Speaker Technolgy
Conquest ($1995) driven by Golden Tube SE-40 amplifier,
the Golden Tube SEP-1 preamp, and the Rotel 990 CD
player. I recently gave the Conquest a very favourable
review here on SoundStage! where I commented on the
use of the Conquest with low powered amps. I'm overjoyed
to say that, judging by the sound in the Codell room,
my hunch that the Conquest would be a perfect match
for an amp like the SE-40 was right. The sound was
liquid and squeeky clean. An excellent setup that
was surely some of the finest sound of the show.
(JS) This room had some of the best mids and highs
of the show, and the overall sound was terrific. It
was my first chance to hear the Rotel 990 (We have a
review on this somewhere don,t we?) and it was well
matched with the other components. This is another example
of how equipment matching can make moderately priced
equipment compete with the big boys.
Soundstage, October 1996 Canadian Consumer Electronics Exposition 1996 Report
------------------------------------------------------------------------- Now, up to the second floor where I happened upon
Israel Blume of Coincident Speaker Technology.
As you may or may not be aware, I reviewed his new
sub-$1000CDN loudspeaker called the Triumph (full
review found elsewhere on Soundstage! and well worth
checking out). The Triumph produces great sound that
belies it's low-low asking price.. In this room Israel
was showing the Triumph with a low-priced Jolida integrated
tube amp and Alchemist Cd-player. This system produced
a wonderfully detailed and smooth sound that had many
shocked when they checked out the sticker prices.
Israel was also showing a new design in the $3000
range called the Grand Master that uses their patented
AWE (Assymetrical Wall Enclosure) construction. Previously,
I had only seen Coincident's speakers in their basic
black which is, well... black. I was shocked to see
the quality of their optional veneer finishes- very,
very sharp! Look for great things from this upstart Canadian company. I hauled home with a beautifully
finished pair of their Troubadour loudspeakers for
Stereophile, December 1996 Canadian Consumer's Electronics Exposition 1996
------------------------------------------------------------------ At the much more modest price of $995 was the
Triumph, from Coincident Speaker Technology. It's
your basic two-way, with a first-order crossover and
hardwood MDF cabinet. Set up in a system costing less
than $3000 (NAD 514 CD player, JoLida integrated amp,
WireWorld cables), the Triumph had a lively, attractive