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Bricasti Design Model 1 Series II D/A Converter and M5 Network Player Review


DACs | Digital Sources | Others

Doug Schroeder

  I’m not ready to be called old at 61, but I must admit I am making boneheaded mistakes I presume are associated with age. Such was the situation when I called Damon Gramont, Director of Sales and Marketing for Bricasti Design, to discuss a problem with the review unit of the Model 1 Series […]

Star Wars – The Empire Strikes Back – In Concert, May 2, 2024


Commentaries | The Columns

Constantine Soo

  “Today will be a day long remembered. It has seen the death of Kenobi, and will soon see the end of the Rebellion.” – Darth Vader, Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, 1977. It was on this pretext that the story of the second movie in the original Star Wars trilogy, Star […]

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PureAudioProject Quintet15 with Voxativ AC-X field-coil open-baffle loudspeaker system Review


Floorstanding Speakers | Speakers

Constantine Soo

The hierarchy of large loudspeakers in my experience begins at the top with the Sound Lab Prostat 922 at the Kimber Kable Exhibit at 2008 RMAF, Acapella Audio Arts Excalibur Triolon with its plasma tweeter, colossal midrange horn and a complete woofers column, followed by the Destination Audio Vista horn, the Dynaudio Evidence Master, the […]

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Technics SU-R1000 reference stereo integrated amplifier Review


Amplification | DACs | Digital Sources | Integrated Amplifiers | Solid State

Constantine Soo

A few short years back, some large Japanese global conglomerate poured its vast engineering resources into creating three components; the first, a D/A converter that would be the envy of all, one that decodes all known codecs, and performs at equivalent level as others’ flagship designs. Then it turned its attention to the creation of […]

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Computer Audio Design GC 1.1 & GC3.1 Ground Control external grounding systems Review


Audio Accessories

Fred Crowder

  Several months ago a local dealer, Timbre Audio, hosted an open house featuring the principals of the company Computer Audio Design: Isabel Whitley and Scott Berry. CAD designs and manufactures passive external grounding boxes, among other products. Although I had heard of the company and had even read one or two reviews, I was […]

Andy Grove of Audio Note UK on IO LTD


Analog Sources | Cartridges | Uncategorized

Audio Note UK

Read: Audio Note UK IO Ltd field-coil cartridge system Review   I group audio engineering kung-fu into 3 main categories: Concepts which have a solid theoretical basis. Concepts which have a plausible, but tenuous or inadequately researched theoretical basis. Pure Magic, based on intuition and experimentation! What we are talking about here, the sound of […]

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Audio Note UK IO Limited field-coil cartridge system Review


Analog Sources | Cartridges

Constantine Soo

  There are lots of cartridges out there, a handful of manufacturers being responsible for the vast majority of the technologies and shapes of them. Swapping cartridges in and out of the system to enjoy a slightly different flavor of one’s favorite music is part of the charm of the analog experience. That said, when […]

EMM Labs MTRX monoblock Input Board Upgrade Review


Amplification | Mono Block | Solid State

Fred Crowder

  Have you ever encountered someone who refuses to leave well enough alone?  Almost as soon as my original review of the EMM Labs MTRX amps had been submitted, Ed Meitner began tinkering with the design of the amps’ input boards. In the next five years, three iterations of the boards appeared on my doorstep, […]

May 2018 Sibelius Violin Concerto concert video via Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall app


Commentaries | The Columns

Constantine Soo

Nearly six years ago in May 2018, then 38-year-old Russian violinist Lisa Batiashvili stepped onto the stage in the Berliner Philharmonie to play the Sibelius Violin Concerto with Paavo Jarvi conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker and the rest is history. The Sibelius work is known for its strenuous cadenzas and flowing passages that are incomparable in […]

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Aurender N20 Ultra High Performance digital output network transport Review


Digital Sources | Others

Doug Schroeder

The initial article regarding my search for a new digital front end concluded with a recommendation of the Aurender A20 (see review) as an excellent choice for those wishing to obtain great sound for a streamlined HiFi featuring a digital front end. This past week I spoke with an older industry insider who a couple […]

Benchmark Media AHB2 THX AAA stereo amplifiers Review


Amplification | Mono Block | Solid State

Constantine Soo

  Benchmark Media is known for its small-footprint digital-to-analog converters such as the discontinued DAC2 and current-production DAC3 series, as well as analog-to-digital converters. The AHB2 bridgeable stereo amplifier, a pair of which being the subject of this review, was first introduced in the fall of 2014, and was the topic of a recent discussion […]

CAS11 Tickets and Prize


2024 Califorina Audio Show

Constantine Soo

TICKETS & PRIZES To purchase tickets: 1. Select “Quantity”; 2. Click “Buy Now”.   Each ticket qualifies as one entry. No maximum ticket limit. All tickets eligible to win. Winning ticket to be drawn at 1pm on Sunday, 7/21/2024 at the CAS Registrar. Winner need not be present to win, and will be notified of […]

2024 California Audio Show – Rooms


2024 Califorina Audio Show | Rooms

Dagogo Staff

ROOMS 15 Rooms maximum (7/15) Updated: 5/6/2024 Lobby (2/3) Pavilion: Audio Vision San Francisco Platinum Ballroom: Audio Vision San Francisco Available: Gold Ballroom.   11th Floor (2/6) Parlor Suite 1107: Sound Lab, MA Recordings. Room 1120: Audience AV. Available: 1108, 1112, 1116, 1124.   12th Floor (3/5) Room 1211 Parlor Suite: Gestalt Audio / Wolf […]

Nelson Pass Interview 2023


Commentaries | The Columns

Marc Silver

This past September I had the opportunity to attend the Nelson Pass Amp and Speaker Camp, which is held each year in Sebastopol, California. The camp has been going on for some years and has grown in popularity. This was my first time and I found it to be a fun day out. I don’t […]

2023 California Audio Show – Constantine Soo reports


2023 California Audio Show | CAS

Constantine Soo

CAS10 (2023) Show Report CALIFORNIA AUDIO SHOW 2023 Hilton Garden Inn,  Emeryville, CA September 22nd through the 24th, 2023 Produced by Dagogo   Exhibitors at this year’s California Audio Show, held from September 22 through 24 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Emeryville, CA, showcased extraordinary electronics and speakers to the San Francisco Bay Area audiophiles. […]

Interview with singer, pianist Fiona Joy Hawkins and singer, violinist Rebecca Daniel at 2023 CAS


2023 California Audio Show | Commentaries | The Columns

2023 California Audio Show – Byron Baba reports


2023 California Audio Show | CAS | Event Reports

Byron Baba

CALIFORNIA AUDIO SHOW 2023 Hilton Garden Inn,  Emeryville, CA September 22nd through the 24th, 2023 Produced by Dagogo   California Audio Show is back, taking place September 22nd through September  24th, 2023.  I have  attended a number of California Audio Show as both an attendee and writing for dagogo.com going all the way back to […]

2023 California Audio Show – Audio Note UK systems details


2023 California Audio Show

Aurender A20 reference analog output network player Review


DACs | Digital Sources | Music Servers

Doug Schroeder

Lately I am experiencing a renaissance of system building regarding the source. I have turned my attention to streaming and file playback devices and have noticed the progress Aurender is making. Many fine HiFi shops carry it. After a positive experience at AXPONA, where no less than 20 units from the company were in use, […]

2023 California Audio Show – Voxativ Acoustic Technologies system details


2023 California Audio Show

Dagogo Staff

Voxativ Acoustic Technologies system details Room: 12th Floor, Room 1218 System details: Voxativ Ampeggio (2023 15th anniversary edition) full-range loudspeaker system. 12,900 USD per pair. Voxativ T211 SET integrated amplifier. 23,900 USD. Weiss Audio DAC502 (Qubuz hi-res streaming) Voxativ cable system and rack Acoustic Science Corp. IsoThermal Tube Traps

2023 California Audio Show – Technics / AudioVision SF system details


2023 California Audio Show

Dagogo Staff

Technics / AudioVision SF system details Room: 12th Floor, Room 1215 System details: Technics SR-U1000 digital integrated amplifier Technics SL-1200G-S turntable with Clearaudio Virtuoso V2 moving-magnet cartridge Technics SL-G700M2 Network SACD player Rogers LS 3/5a Classic 15 ohms bookshelf speakers Harmonic Resolution System Isolation Nordost Heimdall2 cable system Quadraspire Sunoko Vent Shelf/Isolation Acoustic Science Corp. […]

Acoustic Energy AE100² bookshelf speakers Review


Bookshelf Speakers | Speakers

Byron Baba

I needed a small pair of desktop speakers after I downsized my office back in 1999, so after a little research, I found one of the many user review sites that gave a $300 per pair of speakers called the Acoustic Energy Aegis One a unanimous 5 out of 5 rating on all reviews. I […]

2023 California Audio Show – A.R.T., Bricasti Design, Sound Lab system details


2023 California Audio Show | Exhibitors

Dagogo Staff

  A.R.T., Bricasti Design, Sound Lab system details Room: Lobby Silver Ballroom Music system: Acoustic Science Corp. IsoThermal Tube Traps Audio Reference Technology Sensor Haute Couture Mains (2). $42,600; $21,300 each. Sensor Haute Couture XLR (2 pairs). $52,600; $26,300 per pair. Analyst EVO speaker cables in spade termination. $20,200 per pair. Analyst EVO power cables […]

Clarisys Audio Minuet planar ribbon speaker system Review


Floorstanding Speakers | Speakers

Doug Schroeder

  Flashback moments There was a time years ago when I acquired a vintage Apogee panel speaker. It was the smaller model, the Caliper, which greatly eased the process of moving it downstairs into my listening room. I finally had my opportunity to hear the magic of a true planar ribbon (hereafter ribbon) speaker! Life […]

Clarisys Audio Interview


Commentaries | Floorstanding Speakers | Speakers | The Columns

Doug Schroeder

  Doug Schroeder interviews Florian Wiegand of Clarisys Audio. This is a companion piece to the upcoming Clarisys Audio Minuet planar ribbon speaker system Review. 1. What is the story behind Clarisys Audio? How did the company begin? It appears it is an attempt to resurrect and improve upon Apogee Audio. Please clarify. The company […]

Bricasti Design M21 dual-mono DSD, Ladder and Delta Sigma DAC Review


DACs | Digital Sources

Constantine Soo

Also read: Q&A – Bricasti Design M21 DAC. Since reviewing the Audio Note UK Fifth Force/Fifth Element DAC system and the Esoteric K-01XD SACD player/USB DAC in Summer 2020, I have auditioned half a dozen more DACs ranging from sub-$1,000 to over $20,000. Many of them relied on the ESS Technology Sabre Pro chipsets but […]

2023 California Audio Show – SYSTEM DETAILS


2023 California Audio Show

Dagogo Staff

SYSTEM DETAILS (back to MAIN page) Lobby Pavilion Lobby Platinum Ballroom 12th Floor: Parlor Suite 1211 Room 1215 (Two days only for this Exhibit: Fri, 9/22 and Sat, 9/23) Room 1222, 1223   Updated: 9/20/23

2023 California Audio Show – EQUIPMENT LIST


2023 California Audio Show

Dagogo Staff

EQUIPMENT LIST (back to MAIN page) A Aaudio Imports. Lobby Pavilion Audio Note UK. Room 1222, 1223 Audio Realignment Technologies. Lobby Pavilion Audio Reference Technology. Lobby Silver Ballroom. B Bricasti Design. Lobby Silver Ballroom G Gestalt Audio Design. Room 1211 H HB Design. Lobby Pavilion P Pink Faun. Lobby Pavilion Pranawire cable system. Room 1211 […]

2023 California Audio Show – Lotus Group system details


2023 California Audio Show

Dagogo Staff

Lotus Group system details Room: 12th Floor Parlor Room 1211 System details: Electronics from SW1X of England SW1X cable system SW1X DAC IV Special SW1X Level III Balanced Phono Stage SW1X Titan DHT SET integrated amplifier SW1X VDT IV Special Digital Source Wolf von Langa London field-coil loudspeakers, $59,995/pair – full-range field-coil two-way dipole main […]

Q&A: Bricasti Design M21 DAC


Commentaries | DACs | Digital Sources

Constantine Soo

Bricasti Design CEO Brian Zolner opens up on the company’s flagship product, the M21 dual-mono DSD DAC. As I am about to publish my findings on the Bricasti Design M21 DSD DAC, the complexity of the $21k DAC is such that Brian Zolner, CEO of the company, and I conducted many correspondences on the subject. […]


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