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Audio Note M10 Signature Preamplifier Review


Preamplifier

Fred Crowder

Arrival and Set-up No matter how hard you try, receiving new gear is always problematic, particularly interfacing with the shipper. Some months ago, I contacted Audio Note (U.K.) about the possibility of getting an Audio Note M10 Signature for review. Later, I received an email from Audio Note (U.K.) that they had completed a review […]

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Straight Wire Audio System Evaluation Process Review


Cables

David Snyder

If you spend any amount of time in on-line audio forums, you’ll quickly realize that there are some things you just don’t talk about. One of them is the use of cables in high-performance playback systems. Sure, they’re necessary; however, opinions on how or even if different cables can differ in sound quality are all […]

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Streamers – A Comparison


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Marc Silver

A view from the retail mainstream Streaming is quickly becoming the next big thing in audio these days. My intent in writing this article is to give a brief description of each of the major players in today’s market. There are three approaches to streaming. The first is from those companies whose products are compatible […]

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My Dad’s 16-Foot Wide Speaker, 1965


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Dave Radlauer

The following is a tale of my dad’s remarkable home brew hi-fi project and a unique audio artifact. It’s also homage to a father who was a tinkerer and audio pioneer who implanted in my siblings and me a deep regard for music and lived a do-it-yourself life. Hi-fi in the Fifties My Dad was a […]

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OPPO Digital Sonica DAC Review


DACs | Digital Sources | Stream Music Services

Jack Roberts

  OPPO Digital of Menlo Park, California continues to amaze me with the build quality and sound performance of their products, for ridiculously inexpensive prices. From their very first DVD players, their products have been overachievers and they’ve caught everyone off guard with how good the audio sections of the players sound. Want to know […]

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View from the 34th Floor


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Kent English

Sitting on the plane coming home from a great audio weekend in Chicago, namely Axpona 2017… and with too much to digest at the moment, so I digress! Earlier this year another CES come and gone. CTA (nee CEA) promoted the 2017 Las Vegas show as the most expansive ever, boasting 2.5 million square feet […]

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CAS7 Exhibitor Profile: EXOGAL


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Dagogo Staff

Publisher’s note: This is a part of a series of pre-CAS7 articles we have prepared for our readers. Enjoy! Questionnaire created by Dan Rubin, copy editor. Respondent: Jeff Haagenstad, EXOGAL.   What’s the “elevator speech” description of your company? EXOGAL was created to bring audiophile products to customers in totally new demographic groups. These are […]

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CAS7 Exhibitor Profile: Genesis Advanced Technologies


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Dagogo Staff

Publisher’s note: This is a part of a series of pre-CAS7 articles we have prepared for our readers. Enjoy! Questionnaire created by Dan Rubin, copy editor. Respondent: Gary Leonard Koh, Genesis Advanced Technologies.   What’s the “elevator speech” description of your company? Genesis makes high-end luxury equipment for music-loving families.   What makes your company […]

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Wells Audio Majestic integrated amplifier Review


Amplification | Integrated Amplifiers | Solid State

Constantine Soo

Jeff Wells used to own a retail shop named Audible Arts in Campbell, CA, about fifty miles southeast of San Francisco. As brick-and-mortar audio stores withered in the onslaught of online commerce, Jeff capitalized on his retail experience and formed Wells Audio, a manufacturer of amplifiers. (See the 2015 Dagogo interview with Jeff.) After developing […]

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Esoteric Grandioso C1 Line Stage Preamplifier and Grandioso M1 monoblocks Review


Amplification | Mono Block | Preamplifier | Solid State

Ed Momkus

Emotion in a Silver Jewel Box Many months ago I was asked about reviewing the Esoteric Grandioso C1 preamp and M1 monoblocks. I had just started to remodel my home, including the listening room, so the review had to wait. I was about 3 weeks away from being done with the project when Scott Sefton […]

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CAS7 Exhibitor Profile: Bricasti Design


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Dagogo Staff

Publisher’s note: This is a part of a series of pre-CAS7 articles we have prepared for our readers. Enjoy! Questionnaire created by Dan Rubin, copy editor. Respondent: Brian Zolner, Bricasti Design.   What’s the “elevator speech” description of your company? We make some of the finest modern audio products, all made in the USA at […]

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Tales from the Golden Age, Chapter 1


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Kent English

The memories of many past audio shows still ever so faintly echoing, “AXPONA” and the Dagogo presented “CA Audio Show” looming, this seems the perfect time for thoughtful reflection on who we are, what we’ve come from and were we might be heading and where we might alternately choose to be going, together! And at […]

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Quad 2812 electrostatic speaker Review


Floorstanding Speakers | Speakers

Constantine Soo

I have been a member of the superblastophile group all my life, turning up the volume to reap as much dynamic realism and low-level details as possible. Whether it was with the Tannoy Churchill Wideband in 2003, the Tannoy Westminster Royal SE or as recent as the Magnepan 3.7i, high listening volume was the norm […]

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CAS7 Exhibitor Profile: Volti Audio


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Dagogo Staff

Publisher’s note: This is a part of a series of pre-CAS7 articles we have prepared for our readers. Enjoy! Questionnaire created by Dan Rubin, copy editor. Respondent: Greg Roberts, Volti Audio.   What’s the “elevator speech” description of your company? “I wouldn’t have guessed that they were horn speakers if they hadn’t told me”   […]

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Audioengine HD3 wireless speakers Review


Bookshelf Speakers | Computer Speakers | Powered Speakers | Speakers

Jack Roberts

In June, I reviewed the surprising Audioengine HD6 powered speakers. Playing a Bluetooth device through the HD6 speaker is the best sound I know of for the money. No, it isn’t quite truly high-end, but it sure is satisfying for a price most people can afford. I’ve personally owned a pair of Audioengine A2 powered […]

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2017 CES Report, Part 2


CES | Event Reports

Marc Silver

Photos by: Jeff Dunson Also see Part 1.   I broke the show report up into two parts, but the rooms I visited are not in any order. Earthquake Sound, for example, was displaying at the South Hall while Rogue Audio was at the Venetian Tower. The order I chose to write about rooms in […]

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CAS7 Exhibitor Profile: Pass Laboratories


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Dagogo Staff

Publisher’s note: This is a part of a series of pre-CAS7 articles we have prepared for our readers. Enjoy! Questionnaire created by Dan Rubin, copy editor. Respondent: Kent English, North American Sales/Worldwide Technical Support, Pass Laboratories.   What’s the “elevator speech” description of your company? Pass Laboratories builds products that invite you to listen; we […]

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Legacy Audio V Speaker System Review, Part 2


Floorstanding Speakers | Powered Speakers | Speakers

Doug Schroeder

Click here for Part 1 of the Legacy Audio V Speaker System Review VARIABLE Key to the success of the V is the new Wavelet Processor. Wisely, Legacy left behind the generic Xilica processor for a new component dedicated for use with its speakers. The Wavelet now performs a suite of functions, including control preamp, […]

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Legacy Audio V Speaker System Review, Part 1


Floorstanding Speakers | Powered Speakers | Speakers

Doug Schroeder

  Introduction: This review is massive, the longest I have written, eclipsing the article I wrote seven years ago about the Legacy Audio Helix speaker. The first half of this review will contain much technical information on the extreme performance of the V Speaker System in its entirety, while the second half will focus on […]

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CAS7 Exhibitor Profile: Zu Audio


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Dagogo Staff

Publisher’s note: This is part of a series of pre-CAS7 articles we have prepared for our readers highlighting some of the show’s Exhibitors. Enjoy! Questionnaire created by Dan Rubin, copy editor. Respondent: Sean Casey of Zu Audio.   What’s the “elevator speech” description of your company? Zu Audio designs and makes things, cool stuff that […]

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CAS7 Exhibitor Profile – Margules Group


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Dagogo Staff

Publisher’s note: This is a part of a series of pre-CAS7 articles we have prepared for our readers. Enjoy! Questionnaire created by Dan Rubin, copy editor. Respondent: Carlos Smith of Margules Group.   What’s the “elevator speech” description of your company? Margules is truly passionate about music and its faithful reproduction in your private setting. We have a successful, […]

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CAS7 Exhibitor Profile: Marihart Audio / Margules Group


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Dagogo Staff

Publisher’s note: This is the first of a series of pre-CAS7 articles we have prepared for our readers highlighting some of the show’s Exhibitors. Enjoy! Questionnaire created by Dan Rubin, copy editor. Respondent: David Marihart of Marihart Audio (dealership)   What’s the “elevator speech” description of your company? Music reaches the very depth of our […]

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Hartvig TT turntable, Ikeda tonearm and MC cartridge Review


Analog Sources | Cartridges | Tone Arms | Turn Tables

Constantine Soo

Turntable design can be as much a fashion statement as that of sports cars and watches. By far, the turntable is the only component next to the loudspeaker that offers its designer considerable freedom in exercising artistic licenses. One extremity of such creative freedom comes in the form of turntables complete in their own five-foot […]

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DS Audio DS Master1 Optical Phono Cartridge and Preamp/Equalizer Review


Analog Sources | Cartridges

Jack Roberts

Back in April of 2016, I reviewed the DS Audio DS-W1 Optical Phono Cartridge and its matching preamp/equalizer. The DS-W1 preamp/equalizer I reviewed was the first to have built-in RIAA equalization. This cartridge and preamp, when used from the RIAA output, has been in my reference system ever since that review. If you are interested […]

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2017 CES Report, Part 1


CES | Event Reports

Marc Silver

Photos by: Jeff Dunson 2017 marked the 50th anniversary for CES, which is quite impressive. It was also an eye opener for me as I realized that I have attended almost all of them. The show has evolved a lot over the years as the CE industry has evolved – now featuring displays of drones, […]

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Mergers within the Audio Industry


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Marc Silver

I have been seeing an interesting phenomenon in the Audio Industry over the last 10 years. That is the merger or acquisition of one or several audio brands with another group of brands. The most recent is Sound United acquiring D+M Group as of March 1, 2017. The transaction is complete and now the unification […]

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LP Reviews: Hilary Hahn, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Ray Charles


Classical | Jazz | Music | Vinyl

Jack Roberts

I’ve had some distractions the last few months from writing about audio and music. Those distractions include my real work, trying to get ready for an addition to the house, holidays and eye problems. Still, I want to try to get back in the saddle. So, I’m going to start by sharing with you a […]

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10,000 guitars’ wailin’


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Kent English

With all due respect and great admiration for the very talented Nils Lofgren…. “Keith Don’t Go!” Seriously I’ve loved Nils’ Acoustic sets, and after many years of audio shows in which another cut and another album unfairly lands in the purgatory of opening cords that just saps a guy’s enthusiasm. One more spectacular piece of […]

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PureAudioProject Trio15 Voxativ open baffle speakers Review


Floorstanding Speakers | Speakers

Doug Schroeder

Publisher’s note: Also read Doug’s February, 2016 PureAudioProject Trio15TB Review.   Some time ago, after I had a chance to do some critical listening to the PureAudioProject Trio15 Voxativ, the company asked me to comment on the sound. I wrote: “I have been blindsided by the beauty of the Trio15 Voxativ. I didn’t expect this […]

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Rebuilding My Music Room, Part 2


Commentaries | Spotlight | System Profiles | The Columns

Ed Momkus

Also read: Rebuilding My Music Room, Part 1 This is the second of a 2-part article describing the process and results of rebuilding my music room. The first part described the goals I had when I started. This part will describe issues that arose during the process, the choices I made, several unexpected problems and […]


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