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Audio Blast: Wywires Exogal Umbilical


Cables | Digital Cables

Doug Schroeder

The WyWires Exogal Umbilical is a $199 upgrade I strongly suggest any owner of the Exogal Comet DAC pursue. The upgraded power supply of the Exogal Comet is outboard necessitating an umbilical to supply power to the DAC. Improvement in the quality of power cable is instrumental in the elevation of performance of the Comet. […]

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2016 CES: Day Three


CES

Marc Silver

Today marks the halfway point for the show. I headed back to the Venetian Hotel. My first stop was Rogue Audio. Rogue is a US based tube electronics company that has always built great sounding gear at super competitive prices. But best of all very reliable. They were showing their new RP-1 preamp ($1695) that […]

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Nordost Sort Kones Review


Audio Accessories

Fred Crowder

Most equipment supports, whether cones, small squares of wood, or pucks of visco-elastic material, are referred to as isolation devices; however, this represents a misunderstanding of the problem. While some mechanical energy may originate in the environment, the most harmful energy does not enter from the outside but is instead generated internally by the audio […]

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2016 CES: Day Two


CES | Event Reports

Marc Silver

Morning was cool and clear and I was fully rested and looking forward to what the day would bring at the High End exhibits. I have to admit I really haven’t spent any time looking into Emotiva, probably because they have been a factory direct product line, so my visit with them was rather eye […]

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TriangleART Symphony Turntable Review


Analog Sources | Turn Tables

Jack Roberts

If you have been to any audio shows in the last few years or if you read show reports then you have seen the room with all the bling in it. Even after so many shows when I walk in the TriangleART room I am always overwhelmed by all the chrome; the other thing that […]

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Vapor Audio Joule White 3 Speaker Review


Floorstanding Speakers | Speakers

Doug Schroeder

Before I get on with the show, I would like to acknowledge Pete Schumacher, who is, along with Ryan Scott, a principal of Vapor Audio. I will not be discussing Pete much in this article, as it is largely a recounting of my experience in the build out and purchase of the Joule White 3 […]

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Thales TTT-Slim Turntable and Easy Tonearm Review


Analog Sources | Tone Arms | Turn Tables

Jack Roberts

When I first saw the Thales TTT-Slim Turntable and Easy Tonearm, my first thought was, “my word, a new version of the Garrard Zero 100.” The truth is only the tonearm reminds me of the Zero 100. If you’re not familiar with the Zero 100, it was built in the early 70s. It was advertised […]

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Henry Mancini’s Peter Gunn Music


Music | Vinyl

Jack Roberts

One early January afternoon, Constantine, our publisher, dropped by to spin some tunes. I asked him if he was in the mood for something a little different and got out the four Peter Gunn LPs seen in the Picture. I had no idea if he would like these LPs but before he left he made […]

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2016 CES: Day One


CES | Event Reports

Marc Silver

Morning was slightly overcast and a little rainy in Las Vegas as my companion and I headed over to the Venetian Hotel to start the show. Since we needed to stop by the Consumer Technology Association office at the Sands (which is all connected), we decided to wander the Halls of the Tech Innovations Hall […]

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2016 CES: First Day arrival and CES Key Note Address


CES

Marc Silver

I really shouldn’t complain about the three and a half hour delay getting to Las Vegas — after all we need the rain in California. Even with this latest weather front we are only at about 1/2 the rainfall average for this time of year, but it did play havoc at SFO. I won’t comment […]

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Benchmark Media Systems AHB2 power amplifier Review


Amplification | Solid State

Toby Tingskog

Star Wars attack High End Audio There’s a new actor in the high end audio amplification field – THX.  The company is a technology spin-off from Lucasfilm, which originated the Star Wars movie series. THX has patented a novel amplifier design, THX AAA TechnologyTM and Benchmark Media Systems has turned it into a new power […]

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CI EXPO 2015 Industry Insider Report


CEDIA | Event Reports

Marc Silver

It’s Thursday and the first week of November. Hardly the time of year one would expect a Consumer Electronics Show, yet last month in Texas CEDIA1 (Custom Installation Design and Installation Association) held the CEDIA EXPO, which is one of the big shows for the Custom Installation section of the Audio Industry. The CEDIA Expo […]

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The Beatnik’s “Bongos” or My Three Biggest Surprises of 2015!


Beatnik's Journey | The Columns

Jack Roberts

This last year was one that had three significant surprises from the products that passed through my listening room. The biggest surprise of the year was that there was any amplifier that would make me willing to part with my beloved Wavac EC300B, much less a transistor amp. The next biggest surprise came the way […]

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Christmas Vinyls that Won’t Bore You


Music | Vinyl

Jack Roberts

Let’s be honest, most Christmas music isn’t very interesting musically. This Christmas, I took my seven-year-old granddaughter to see the full Nutcracker Ballet, not the kiddie version where someone narrates the story. About twenty minutes into the performance, she whispers to me, “Papa are there no words?” The good news is, even with no words; […]

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MIT Cables Oracle V1.5 HR speaker interface, Oracle V1.5 XLR and Magnum ZIII power cords Review


Cables | Interconnects | Power Cables | Speaker Cables
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Golden Ear Triton One tower speakers Review


Floorstanding Speakers | Powered Speakers | Speakers

Greg Petan

Over the last 15 years my system has been on an ever-upward trajectory of both performance and unfortunately, price. Needless to say, $50k here, $50k, and we’re talking real money. Along with these expenditures has come a pretty refined level of performance, to the point where I have lost the upgrade bug and have spent […]

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A Pass Labs Experience, Part II: Pass Labs XA200.8 Pure Class A High Current monoblocks Review


Amplification | Mono Block | Solid State

Constantine Soo

Read A Pass Labs Experience, Part 1 For the past five years I have used the Pass Labs XA100.5 monoblocks on various loudspeaker systems, and have come to rely on their beautiful, refined tonalities and their ability to exert dominance over all loudspeakers I put to them. Confidence in its control over various loudspeakers and […]

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A Pass Labs Experience


Commentaries | The Columns

Constantine Soo

In late September of 2015, I visited Nelson Pass at his Sea Ranch residence and he was busy designing new prototypes. Nelson is exploring new directions in circuit topologies continuously, for both Pass Labs and his hobbyist company, First Watt, which he founded in 1998. When asked First Watt’s purpose of being, Nelson answered that […]

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Audion Silver Night 300B Special Edition Stereo Amplifier Review


Amplification | Tube

Jack Roberts

Audion is a name in Audio that many people have heard of, though most haven’t heard their amps. The company was established in 1987 by David Chessell and Erik Anderson. The concept for Audion in those early days was to allow people to get an insight into audiophile high end without sacrificing their home or […]

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PrimaLuna DiaLogue Premium Preamplifier Review


Preamplifier

Paul Mah

Santa came early this year After wrapping up my review of the PrimaLuna DiaLogue Premium HP power amplifier and my subsequent purchase of the loaner, I emailed importer Kevin Deal to discuss the merits of using the KT150 output tube in PrimaLuna amplifiers. While I like the KT120 mentioned in the review, I feel there […]

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EMM Labs MTRX monoblock amplifiers Review


Amplification | Mono Block | Solid State

Fred Crowder

Do you find yourself absolutely in love with the midrange purity and three-dimensional soundstage that are the hallmark of low power, single-ended triode designs, but wishing for more power or more extension at the frequency extremes or even a lower noise floor? If so, then you may want to consider Ed Meitner’s newest creation, the […]

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Verastarr Grand Illusion 2 power cord & Nemesis USB cable Review


Cables | Digital Cables | Power Cables

Doug Schroeder

Flat conductor audio cables have a certain mystique, and for that reason in 2007 I reviewed Magnan Cables, which I found to be quite pleasant. The awkward but smooth sounding cables were winsome by their ability to tame gear having less than state-of-the-art sound quality. Now in 2015, I find myself once again working with […]

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Audience ClairAudient 1+1 V2 and V2+ loudspeakers Review


Bookshelf Speakers | Speakers

Jack Roberts

I reviewed the Audience ClairAudient 1+1 loudspeakers, now called V1, in June this year. Just after I returned the speakers, John McDonald of Audience called and said there were two updated version of the Audience ClairAudient 1+1, namely the V2 and V2+. I have heard both and each is a major improvement over the originals […]

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Reissues: Gershwin, Simon & Garfunkel, Dee Dee’s Feathers, Jazz Goes To College


Music | Vinyl

Jack Roberts

Gershwin Rhapsody In Blue & An American In Paris, 200g Limited Edition Vinyl 33 1/3rpm Pressed at Quality Record Pressings Plated by Gary Salstrom Mastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound Earl Wild, piano on “Rhapsody In Blue” Boston Pops Orchestra on “An American In Paris” Arthur Fiedler, conductor on “An American In Paris”   […]

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Exogal Comet DAC Review


DACs | Digital Sources

Doug Schroeder

Exo-galaxy When I first heard the name “Exogal,” I associated it with the host of Marvel Comic superheroes being made into movies. It seems the list of characters that haven’t been immortalized in film is growing thin, as evidenced by the recent addition of Ant Man. Exogal conjured in my mind some waif in an […]

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The Beatnik on the Best Way to Play LPs


Beatnik's Journey

Jack Roberts

The absolute best for the best price isn’t something we talk about much in the audio world. We talk a lot about the best real world priced or bargain priced equipment. I don’t see much written about how to get the very cutting edge state-of-the-art for the best price. So, I would like to share […]

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Audio Reference Technology Room Tuning Cones and L.F.E.


Audio Accessories | Room Accoustics

Jack Roberts

Audio Reference Technology (A.R.T.) was founded by Luigi Basagni in 1983 in Firenze, Italy. According to Basagni, realizing that there were myriad external factors that interfere with the transmission of audio signals, their main purpose was to pursue a way to get “the real sound” from audio systems. A.R.T. is not a big company, with […]

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2015 California Audio Show, Part 5


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Ray Seda

Finally, after two very frustrating years of poor planning and an airport stranding courtesy of Jet Blue Airlines, I actually made it back to the California Audio Show.   ASC First and foremost, I would like to begin my report by saying that many rooms sounded really fantastic. One really good reason for this high […]

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Laurence Borden interviews Paul Kaplan of Waveform Fidelity Cables


Laurence A. Borden Interviews | The Columns

Laurence A. Borden

    Laurence Borden interviews Paul Kaplan of Waveform Fidelity Cables (formerly Kaplan Cables) Laurence Borden: Paul, welcome to Dagogo. Please begin by telling us about your background. Paul Kaplan: My formal education was in mathematics and physics. Over a career spanning 40 years, I have applied quantitative techniques in a variety of settings and […]

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Esoteric K-01X Super Audio CD/CD Player Review


Digital Sources | Disc Media Players

Greg Petan

Esoteric K-01X-The Silver Disc lives on! How we consume recorded music has been evolving steadily over the last 40 years. From analog records and tapes to the CD and now coming into its own, wireless streaming, from which I have found great success in the form of the Krell Connect streamer. While it is true […]


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