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Tri-Art Audio Pebbles TA-1 Turntable Review


Analog Sources | Turn Tables

Jack Roberts

Some may think it’s odd for me to be reviewing such an inexpensive turntable. Last Christmas I was looking for a turntable for my 29-year-old daughter-in-law who wanted an inexpensive turntable for her Christmas present. After she got her turntable, I’ve had a lot of people her age looking for entry level tables. So, I […]

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The Beatnik Remembers HP


Beatnik's Journey | The Columns

Jack Roberts

As we come to the end of 2014, to me the biggest story in the audio community this year is that “HP” is no longer with us. I’m not one who sees HP as the founder of “High-end Audio” but he surely brought my generation to understand a kind of sound our stereo systems could […]

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Raven Audio Shadow Reference Preamplifier Review


Preamplifier

Jack Roberts

Raven Audio is a new and unique company as far as I know in that the electronics are designed in Korea and built in Texas. Dave Thomson and SE Han are the men behind Raven Audio. SE Han designs all of the circuits for Raven Audio. Raven Audio builds all the products in the tiny […]

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2014 Christmas LPs Review: Willie Nelson, The Vince Guaraldi Trio , Bing Crosby, Elf, Mahalia Jackson, Ernie Ford


Music | Various | Vinyl

Jack Roberts

Christmas LPs I’ve Been Listening to this Time of Year. Willie Nelson Pretty Paper Tracks: Side A: 1. Pretty Paper 2. White Christmas 3. Winter Wonderland 4. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer 5. Jingle Bells 6. Here Comes Santa Claus Side B: 7. Blue Christmas 8. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town 9. Frosty The Snowman […]

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D’Agostino Master Audio Systems Momentum Integrated Amplifier Review


Amplification | Integrated Amplifiers | Solid State

Greg Petan

This had been a pretty sleepy summer. I spent more time with my two boys for which I am eternally grateful but I feel I have lost a bit of my edge in the process. Daddy brain they call it. The thought of getting clever and deep in the audio realm seemed a touch out […]

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exaSound Audio Design e22 DAC Review


DACs | Digital Sources

Doug Schroeder

The exaSound Audio Design e22 is the company’s third generation USB DSD256 DAC with preamp compatibility for headphones and audio systems. Improvements over the previous e20 include a 82fs Femto-Master-Clock, a headphone amplifier twice as powerful, lowered noise and distortion levels, a 12V Trigger Output, USB 2.0 input, and heavy duty RCA connectors. In addition […]

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Sonorus Audio ProximitySub Controller


Commentaries

Fred Crowder

A Unique Audiophile Learning Experience – What exactly is the Sonorus Audio ProximitySub Controller? The older I get, the more resistant I become to change. Sometimes it takes a collision with something that your belief system cannot explain to cause you to re-examine those beliefs. For me this was occasioned by my recent visit to the […]

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Teac UD-501 USB D/A Converter Review


DACs | Digital Sources

Paul Mah

  More zeros and ones I have had the pleasure of auditioning and reviewing several good sounding digital-to-analog converters this year, ranging in price from a low of $189 (iFi-audio Nano iDSD, iFi-audio Micro iDAC, $299, iFi-audio Micro iTube/Pre-amplifier, $299) to a high of $1,790 (B.M.C. PureDAC). I can now include the $849 Teac UD-501 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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


Classical | Jazz | Music | Various | Vinyl
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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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


DACs | Digital Sources
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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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


Jazz | Music | Various | Vinyl

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