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Lyn Stanley, Sarah McLachlan, Sonny Rollins Quintet, Billy Joel, Led Zeppelin Record Reviews

Jazz | Music | Various | Vinyl
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Essence of Music CD Treatment Review

Audio Accessories | Disc Treatment

Jack Roberts

I met Dr. Robert Spence at the 2013 California Audio Show. He had come out with Rick Schultz of High Fidelity Cables. This was the first time I had heard of Essence of Music. The Essence of Music is a product designed to reduce laser read errors, caused by bi-refraction, and the jitter caused by […]

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BMC PureVOX Speakers Review

Floorstanding Speakers | Speakers

Doug Schroeder

Having enjoyed a taste of the BMC Pureline products such as the PureDAC and PureUSB1 Cable, I was primed to accept an invitation from Brian Ackerman of Aaudio Imports, the North American distributor for BMC, to review the PureVOX speaker. He unabashedly made some claims of outstanding performance of this floor standing monitor speaker, and […]

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MIT Cables Home Theater Series HTS1S speaker cable, HTS1XLR balanced interconnect

Cables | Interconnects | Speaker Cables

Constantine Soo

MIT Cables’ $37k Oracle V1.3HR speaker cables have been in my system for over a year, and I acclimated to its exceptionally dynamic and luxuriously refined musical presentation on day one. Currently, the MIT Cables in my system consists of the $26,999 Oracle Matrix Super HD 120 speaker cables, the $21,999 Oracle MA-X SHD XLR […]

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Artisan Fidelity Garrard 301 Statement Review

Analog Sources | Turn Tables

Jack Roberts

Artisan Fidelity is the result of a 22-year pursuit by Christopher Thornton to find higher fidelity sound for the home. He says it has simply been a labor of love. On his website he lists his title as Designer / Artist and I think that is a fair description. His love of music and audio has […]


47 Labs 4735 Midnight Blue CD Player Review

Digital Sources | Disc Media Players

Jack Roberts

The Sakura Systems website provides the following technical description: “In conventional CD players, or CD transport~DAC combination, with multi-bit DAC chip, the original I²S signal is converted to S/PDIF format at the transport circuit, then converted back again to I²S at the receiver of the DAC section. For 4735 CD player, Junji Kimura created a […]


Skogrand Cables SC/SCI/SCJ Tchaikovsky system review

Cables | Interconnects | Speaker Cables

Joseph Ki Cheong Ming

Publisher’s note: Knut Skogrand of Skogrand Cables has provided Dagogo with a detailed review on the company’s new Tchaikovsky line of cables by Mr. Joseph Ki Cheong Ming, one of the company’s customers.  Mr. Ming is a member of the Analogue Fellowship, LS3/5A club main man, inventor of the Ki method, architect and a seasoned […]


Biasing of Tubes: Part 1

Roger Modjeski | The Columns

Roger Modjeski

Publisher’s note: Music Reference is a tube amplifier brand that many audiophiles swear by. Founded by Roger Modjeski in 1980, the company introduced high-power amplifiers that were among the most musical and powerful and cost-effective in the industry, receiving some of the most coveted industry accolades. But perhaps the most appreciated aspects of Modjeski’s power […]


47 Labs Lens II Speaker Review

Bookshelf Speakers | Speakers

Jack Roberts

I find 47 Labs to be such an interesting company. At times I am tempted to get rid of all my ultra expensive and big gear and just listen to one of their little systems, as they are so musically satisfying. While I have always considered myself to be in KISS (KeepItSimpleStupid) high-end audio camp, […]

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EnKlein David Interconnect and T-Rex Power Cord Review

Cables | Interconnects | Power Cables

Ray Seda

A couple of years ago, I was introduced to the world of Enklein. At the time, after many hours of evaluation and break-in, I concluded that, though not ideal in every respect, the EnKlein “Zephyr” and “Taurus Reference” were a combination of interconnect and cable that clearly yielded improvement in my reference system. As it […]


Sonus faber Venere 3.0 Floorstanding Speaker Review

Floorstanding Speakers | Speakers

Ed Momkus

I’ve got to start this review with an apology. I’ve had the Sonus faber Venere 3.0s in my home in various locations now for over 5 months and should have completed this review three months ago. In fact, I was mostly done with the review back in May. However, one thing led to another, and […]


Rogers High Fidelity PA-1A Phono Preamp Review

Amplification | Phono

Greg Petan

The phono preamp is not the sexiest component in the system, at least as far I’m concerned. A little bit of a front-end component, kind of a middle of the pack component, it suffers from a touch of an identity crisis. But make no mistake about it – a miss matched or an inferior component […]


Harry Belafonte, Jimmy Smith, Best of Cream, Louis Armstrong & The All Stars, Vinyl Record Reviews

Classical | Jazz | Music | Various | Vinyl

Beatnik’s Pet Peeves Number Two “That Would Sound Good on any System”

Beatnik's Journey | The Columns

Jack Roberts

I don’t know how many times I have heard people say this about vocal recordings, especially those that are accompanied by a solo instrument or a small ensemble. They want you to put on something with a bigger, louder, more complex sound. Yes, I admit I have heard plenty of systems that sound pretty good […]


iFi-audio Nano Series – iDSD DAC Review: Part III

DACs | Digital Sources

Paul Mah

This is the third and last part of my iFi-audio Micro and Nano components review. I realized when I was partitioning this massive review into three parts, that not everyone would read all the parts since, for instance, some may not be interested in a tube buffer/preamp like the iTube discussed in Part I. So, […]


Lawrence Audio Double Bass Speakers Review

Floorstanding Speakers | Speakers

Laurence A. Borden

First Impressions are Sometimes Wrong A few years ago I was at an audio show (RMAF, if memory serves), and I wandered into a room featuring a speaker with which I was not familiar.   The speaker, as I learned, was from Lawrence Audio, and it was certainly pleasing to the eye. Unfortunately, there was (to […]


Simon Mears Audio Ucello 3-Way Horn Loudspeaker Review

Floorstanding Speakers | Speakers

Kevin Fiske , , ,

Oh my. How horn speakers polarize opinion within the audiophile community. They are rather like Marmite, the iconic British savoury spread consumed by devotees on toast or buttered bread. For equally as many though, Marmite is almost literally the spawn of the devil. English speaker designer and maker Simon Mears – and it’s my bad that […]


Audio Blast: B.M.C. PureDAC and PureUSB1 Active USB Cable

DACs | Digital Sources

KEF LS-50 Bookshelf Speaker Review

Bookshelf Speakers | Speakers

Richard Austen

The KEF LS-50 is fast becoming one of the most talked about speakers around, and I suppose it’s time for a reviewer at Dagogo to talk about them. Residing in Hong Kong I live in an apartment that is well suited to the KEF LS-50. Well suited means small if you missed it. The LS-50 […]


A Second Visit to the Home of the Infamous Encinitas Jim

Commentaries | The Columns

Fred Crowder

Rather than retracing ground previously covered in “A Visit to the Home of the Infamous Encinitas Jim” (Dagogo, April 2014), I refer you to that original article. Subsequent to my initial listening sessions in January 2014, there have been three changes to the system, which, in combination, have had an almost transformative effect on the […]


An Interview with Daniel Khesin of Polymer Audio Research

Laurence A. Borden Interviews | The Columns

Laurence A. Borden

Laurence Borden: Dan, welcome to dagogo. Please begin by telling us a bit about your background, including your introduction to audio. Daniel Khesin: Thanks Larry, I am very excited to share our story and to be included in your coverage. I have been in the audio industry in one form or another for nearly 20 […]


Cecile Mclorin Salvant, Phil Woods Quartet, Townes Van Zandt, Ella and Louis Record Reviews

Jazz | Music | Various | Vinyl

The Beatnik’s 2014 California Audio Show Reports, The Two Best Vintage Sounding Rooms

CAS | Event Reports

The Beatnik’s 2014 California Audio Show Reports The Best Room Combining Vintage and Modern Sound

CAS | Event Reports

Beatnik’s 2014 California Audio Show Turntable Eye Candy

Analog Sources | Cartridges | CAS | Event Reports | Tone Arms | Turn Tables

The Beatnik’s 2014 California Audio Show Reports The Two Best Modern Sounding Rooms

Beatnik's Journey | CAS | Event Reports | The Columns

The Beatnik’s 2014 California Audio Show Reports

Beatnik's Journey | CAS | Event Reports | The Columns

Jack Roberts

This year I want to cover the show a little differently. I’ll post some pictures and my usual turntable eye candy pictures. I’ll also give you an article about my six favorite rooms divided into the two best modern sounding rooms, the two best vintage sounding rooms, and the two best rooms that bridged the […]


Fritz Accuton 6 Two Way Compact Bookshelf Speaker Review

Bookshelf Speakers | Speakers

Jack Roberts , ,

At the 2013 California Audio Show I had the pleasure of serving on a panel discussion where attendees were invited to ask audio writers question. On the panel was Jason Victor Serinus of Stereophile, Neil Gader The Absolute Sound, Michael Mercer of Positive Feedback, and myself. One of the questions we were asked was what […]

World Premiere Review

Melody Valve MN845 Monoblock Power Amplifier Review

Amplification | Tube

Ray Seda

Earlier this summer I first wrote about the wonderful Melody Valve P2688 vacuum tube line stage. As I had mentioned, accompanying the P2688 on the long journey to South Florida was a pair of Melody Valve MN845 vacuum tube Monoblock power amplifiers. These amplifiers are really something to behold. To my eyes, they are stunningly […]


TEAC PD-501 Digital Player Review

Digital Sources | Disc Media Players

Jack Roberts

System set-up and listening I used two systems for this review: my personal reference system which consists of David Slagle’s Silver Remote Autoformer, a Wavac EC-300B SET amplifier driving the Teresonic Ingenium XR speakers, with DX4 silver drivers. Cabling in the system was entirely from High Fidelity Cables. The second system was my digital/video system, […]

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