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New Album Releases Project 2020-11-23


New Album Releases Project | The Columns

David Blumenstein

And then there were … Liner Notes A slow week, picking up at the end, just.So I’m going to load up with bullet points, the ones that got me thinking and re-listening, particularly the ones in boldface. Cotatcha Orchestra – Bigbandová elektronika Jonas Kaufmann – It’s Christmas! Mari Kodama & Matt Haimovitz – Mon ami, […]

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Hong Kong: A License to Thrill, Part 1 – From Hong Kong with Love.


Commentaries | The Columns

Richard Austen

Every Day an Audio Show “Hey Richard, will you be attending the California Audio Show in California this summer?” “Sure. Are you going?” I reply. “Yes. I have saved up for the air and hotel and am excited to hear all those brands I read about in the press. The hotel is booked and the […]

Wells Audio Cipher Tube DAC Review


DACs | Digital Sources

Doug Schroeder

  Occasionally I look on YouTube to see what Ken Block of Hoonigan fame is doing. I harbor a fantasy of driving such vehicles, without the degree of risk, of course! The latest video showed him piloting a “hooned” Ford Mustang Mach-E. It’s a ferocious version of the electric car of the same name. I […]

New Album Releases Project 2020-11-16


Commentaries | The Columns

David Blumenstein

And then there were … Liner Notes This week so many BANGERS in both NARP sections, so do take notice and be prepared to take some excursions of both the heart and mind. To say that classical music as we know it in the 20th and 21st centuries couldn’t be the same without Nadia Boulanger […]

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Acoustic Research The AR Turntable (Commentary)


Analog Sources | Commentaries | The Columns | Turn Tables

Byron Baba

My esteemed colleague David Blumenstein at Dagogo found it interesting that I have been using my Acoustic Research “The AR turntable” combined with a Sumiko Premier MMT tonearm for longer than the 36 years I have been married. He asked me to write about my experience with this turntable. The turntable was purchased brand new […]

New Album Releases Project 2020-11-9


New Album Releases Project | The Columns

David Blumenstein

And then there were … Liner Notes *And this week was indeed something: Daniel Barenboim’s latest complete recording of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas & Diabelli Variations is a tour-de-force. As soon as I got my grubby paws on this collection, I had to listen all the way through from absolute start to finish. Elvis Costello’s Hey […]

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Sound Lab Majestic 645 electrostatic panel loudspeakers Review


Floorstanding Speakers | Speakers

Constantine Soo

A few months before the July 2019 California Audio Show, an attendee submitted a question in response to my rallying cry for questions to be directed to Dr. Roger West of Sound Lab at his anticipated seminar. The question was whether Sound Lab panels can be used in small rooms. During the well-attended Sound Lab […]

New Album Releases Project 2020-11-2


New Album Releases Project | The Columns

David Blumenstein

And then there were … Liner Notes: Keith Jarrett’s Budapest Concert is ever so poignant given the latest news regarding his health, strokes, and his present/future as a performer. This concert album is from performances in 2018. Jhene Aiko’s Chilombo has me pleading guilty. This recent Deluxe expanded edition of her 3rd studio album did […]

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iFi ZEN Phono Review


Amplification | Phono

Byron Baba

My publisher, Constantine Soo, suggested I improve on my NAD PP-1 phono stage with a more updated unit. I have resisted the urge to make changes because, after years of experimenting with different components, I finally have my stereo system sounding the way I want. It is very natural and pleasing to me and this […]

New Album Releases Project 2020-10-26


New Album Releases Project | The Columns

David Blumenstein

And then there were … Liner Notes: Found me and/or the industry hitting a wall this past week. Can’t put my finger on it, but not just the quantity, but the quality wasn’t there in abundance. No matter though, as there were indeed some nuggets. Melody Gardot’s Sunset in The Blue, her 5th album, and […]

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Vivid Audio Kaya 90 speakers Review


Floorstanding Speakers | Speakers

Ed Momkus

The setting This is my first review in quite a while. I took an extended break these last two years while orchestrating my transition out of the business I built over the last thirty years, but I never stopped checking out new components. I actually have extensive notes on over a dozen audio products. Unfortunately, […]

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The Now Listen Here Micro-Show


Commentaries | The Columns

David Blumenstein

Author’s note: What follows is a series of interviews with the coordinators and industry participants who collaborated to make the event possible. Others, inside and outside of the industry, should take in the content, using the knowledge gained to consider running micro-shows of their own across the country and around the world.   The Now […]

New Album Releases Project 2020-10-19


New Album Releases Project | The Columns

David Blumenstein

And then there were … Liner Notes: Artemis’ eponymous ARTEMIS is the power debut album from some extraordinary women, whose individual respective musicality boggles the mind and taken as an ensemble, be prepared to have that mind of yours blown. Who comprises Artemis? We’re talking about a jazz supergroup featuring pianist and musical director Renee Rosnes, […]

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BorderPatrol SE-i USB/SPDIF Digital to Analogue Converter Review


DACs | Digital Sources

David Blumenstein

Note: Two years ago, my fellow Dagogo staff member, Doug Schroeder, reviewed an earlier model of the BorderPatrol DAC, the SE, which, unlike the SE-i, did not make use of Jupiter Beeswax film and foil output capacitors. Doug did manage to ask Gary Dews of BorderPatrol several questions relating to the philosophy and design of […]

New Album Releases Project 2020-10-12


New Album Releases Project | The Columns

David Blumenstein

And then there were … Liner Notes: Penguin Café’s Handuls of Night (Explored). Simon Jeffe’s Penguin Café Orchestra’s albums changed my world. And now his son, Arthur, is not only playing his dad’s music as Penguin Café but also new compositions on this album commissioned by Greenpeace to herald the life and times of various […]

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Aaudio Imports at Dana Point, CA


Spotlight | System Profiles

Constantine Soo

The Southern California city of Dana Point is a sleepy beach front community of villas, mansions and a beautiful harbor of luxury boats, sixty-four miles south of Los Angeles, right off I-5. Aaudio Imports, the venerable importer of Wilson Benesch speakers from the UK and Ypsilon electronics from Greece, among other notable brands, has moved […]

New Album Releases Project 2020-10-4


New Album Releases Project | The Columns

David Blumenstein

Wild and Woolly are the words to come to mind as I pen these liner notes: How can I say NO to the SHATNER? This album of his entitled The Blues will become a classic. If for nothing else, in 20 years, his version of Sunshine for Your Love will be covered by The Family […]

New Album Releases Project 2020-9-26


New Album Releases Project | The Columns

David Blumenstein

It was/is my intention with NARP to not only shine a light on new music, release and re-issues/re-masters (R, R & M), but to introduce a rather eclectic mix of music to members of the New Album Releases Project (NARP). Members have asked why I focus so much on re-issues/re-masters, and I’ve had to explain […]

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Pro-Ject Audio Systems X1 turntable with Sumiko Olympia cartridge Review


Analog Sources | Turn Tables

Byron Baba

“Vinyl is making a comeback.” I hear or read this statement all the time. When anyone says this to me, I always reply, “To me it never left.” I must have missed something because I have been playing records continuously since I was a teenager, especially for the past 20 years. I have been using […]

New Album Releases Project 2020-9-20


New Album Releases Project | The Columns

David Blumenstein

Refreshing to see so much new music out there. There was a lull over the summer but not now. I’m going to bullet point the MUST-LISTEN recordings of the New Releases: Matt Berry: Phantom Birds Mary Hopkin: Another Road Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets: Live At The Roundhouse The Dream Syndicate: The Universe Inside Diego […]

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Historically Significant Phono Cartridges, Part 3: Denon, ADC, Micro Acoustics, Koetsu, Stanton, Dynavector, Decca, Ortofon


Analog Sources | Cartridges | Commentaries | The Columns

New Album Releases Project 2020-9-12


New Album Releases Project | The Columns

David Blumenstein

This week’s New Releases shines the spotlight brightly on Classical music, a bumper crop indeed. For those of you dis-inclined do take note of new albums by The Flaming Lips, The Pineapple Thief, Afel Boucom, Chick Corea and Terje Rypdal. And, in the Re-Issues, Re-Masters & Miscellany category:  Earth Wind and Fire, Marvin Gaye, Fleetwood […]

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Aurender N100SC caching music server and streamer Review


Digital Sources | Music Servers | Others

Constantine Soo

There are days when I need to refresh my listening habits and switch to the analog system headed by the Clearaudio Master Innovation turntable and the Top Wing Suzaku coreless cartridge, before playing music on the SACD player again, vice versa. Prior to receiving the Aurender, hard-disk and Tidal music listening meant connecting a USB […]

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Swingin’ with Casa Loma Orchestra


Jazzed Up | The Columns

Dave Radlauer

Casa Loma Orchestra set the highest standards for excellent musicianship, superb arranging, collective spirit, classy presentation, romanticism and hard-driving dance rhythms.  At the outset of the Swing Era, before 1936 and until the rise of Benny Goodman, Casa Loma was the premier popular orchestra playing hot jazz, sweet tunes, riff-based head arrangements and fully written […]

New Album Releases Project 2020-9-6


New Album Releases Project | The Columns

David Blumenstein

There ought to be a law against this much quality music being made available. The pandemic is damned, as so many artists are not using that as an excuse to hold back. Back to the front as it were, the Re-Issues, Re-Masters & Miscellany Re-Issues bats 1,000 this week. It has gone from strength to […]

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Top Wing Seiryu Blue Dragon coreless straight-flux cartridge Review


Analog Sources | Cartridges

Fred Crowder

Introduction Until twelve weeks ago, my reference cartridge for the last three years has been a Lyra Atlas SL with which I have been extremely happy. In fact, I could not have imagined replacing it with anything but another Lyra cartridge; however, fate intervened, perhaps to punish me for my hubris. My Atlas began to […]

New Album Releases Project 2020-8-30


New Album Releases Project | The Columns

David Blumenstein

‘Where do I begin to tell the story of how great a week could be’.  To say it represents and embarrassment of riches would be an understatement. I’m hard-pressed to single out one recording, the banger which stands out in a particular week, but I have to say that Gregory Porter’s latest on Blue Note: […]

New Album Releases Project 2020-8-23


New Album Releases Project | The Columns

David Blumenstein

The list is short this week but not for want of trying. Nothing struck a chord in the way of Re-Issues and Re-Masters so this week we shall only be having New Releases. Thank t.he heavens for Bebel Gilberto’s Agora. I have been a huge fan ever since her debut and her Tanto Tempo is […]

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Credo EV Reference 900 speakers Review


Floorstanding Speakers | Speakers

David Blumenstein

On more than a few occasions I have been asked to name my favorite actors and while my preference for certain thespians over others doesn’t manage to raise eyebrows, sparking discussion, my opinion surely does. I like the roles actors play to be memorable and for the actors themselves to be not so much. Case […]

New Album Releases Project 2020-8-16


New Album Releases Project | The Columns

David Blumenstein

This weekend has been somewhat of a blur. I took a mini-vacation at my sister’s home and went 72 hours without access to my music, systems, computers and most of all my sanity. It was a necessary break. A few online interactions in online music and audio forums had me thinking long and hard about […]


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