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Advancing Audio Streaming, Part 1: Raspberry Pi 4 as USB Network Audio Transport


Digital Sources | Others

David Snyder

Rewind a bit…if your reaction to the title of this article was, “English, please,” then I should take some time to explain. The rest of you can head on down to the section, “This thing is hot!” If you’re still with me, I’ll discuss the title from right to left, starting with “Transport.” For many […]

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Wells Audio Commander Preamplifier Review


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Doug Schroeder

Years after selling them, I still wonder occasionally how could I have divested my pair of Wells Audio Innamorata amplifiers. At the time it seemed necessary, as I was making a purchase of some speakers. Over time, as I continue to review components, I recall how many gorgeous systems I made with those amps, and […]

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Dynamic Women of Early Jazz and Classic Blues, Part 2 of 2


Jazzed Up | The Columns

Dave Radlauer

Read Dynamic Women of Early Jazz and Classic Blues, Pt 1   Concealed in the shadows of early Jazz and Blues history are dynamic and accomplished women who nurtured, guided and developed the music.  In this column are profiles of Ethel Waters, who was the most popular female singer in America around 1930; accomplished jazz […]

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Audiophile on the Generational Edge, Part 2 of 2: Jessica Sherrick of “Now Listen Here”


Commentaries | The Columns

David Blumenstein

Read Audiophile on the Generational Edge, Part 1: An Interview with Aaron Sherrick of “Now Listen Here” It was mentioned that the Sherricks were not to be split up, and, as such here is her interview providing personal and unique perspectives on the hobby and the industry that is Hi-Fi. DB: Jessica, what is it […]

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AudioSolutions Figaro L speakers Review


Floorstanding Speakers | Speakers

Byron Baba

I am a lifetime member of the Los Angeles Orange County Audio Society and their monthly meetings give the members opportunities to be introduced to some great sounding lesser known audio components. This was the case one Saturday afternoon in March, 2019, when our meeting was held at High End by Oz in Westwood, CA. […]

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Reference Recordings Bruckner Symphony No. 9 FR-733 SACD Review


Classical | Music

Constantine Soo

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Manfred Honeck, conductor I. Feierlich – misterioso 25:06 II. Scherzo – bewegt – lebhaft 10:20 III. Adagio – langsam – feierlich 27:46 Three Other Recordings I. Feierlich – misterioso II. Scherzo – bewegt – lebhaft III. Adagio – langsam – feierlich Abbado (Live at Lucern) 24 bits/48 KHz 26:47 11:03 25:09   […]

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Audiophile on the Generational Edge, Part 1 of 2: An Interview with Aaron Sherrick of “Now Listen Here”


Commentaries | The Columns

David Blumenstein

As Dagogo’s International Correspondent, I have made my way around the world of Hi-Fi figuratively and literally. Whenever I travel, I try my best to attend Hi-Fi shows, visit Hi-Fi and/or record shops to obtain a first-hand look and feel as to what’s going on out there in Hi-Fi world as both a hobbyist and […]

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Audio Blast: SONORE SystemOptique with Signature Rendu SE


Audio Blast | Digital Sources | The Columns

Doug Schroeder

For Dagogo readers still spinning discs or streaming audio through a Mac Mini or similar, this article is for you. It is also for those who have tried various power conditioning devices and found them lacking. If you find it hard to believe that an Ethernet cable can confer a particular sound to an audio […]

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Amplifier Technology


Commentaries | The Columns

Marc Silver

Personal Bias I firmly believe everyone connected to the audio business or who is a HiFi hobbyist has personal biases as they relate to amps, speakers, DACs, turntables or cartridge design.  I most assuredly am not immune to these biases. Although my current primary amplifier is a 200W per channel Arcam Sliding Bias Class “A” […]

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Dynamic Women of Early Jazz and Classic Blues, Part 1 of 2


Jazzed Up | The Columns

Dave Radlauer

Concealed in the shadows of Jazz, Swing and Blues history are dynamic women who nurtured, guided and developed the music.  In this column, several of the most talented and accomplished are profiled: Blanche Calloway — who was the first woman to lead an all-male jazz band — “Empress of the Blues” Bessie Smith; and Ina […]

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Grover’s Travels: A Swiftian Hi-Fi Experience


Commentaries | The Columns

Grover Neville

Grover Neville: Early 20’s, graduate of Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Professional Musician and Recording Engineer, and, most importantly, an aspiring audiophile. David Blumenstein, Dagogo’s International Correspondent, requested that I author a piece detailing, exploring and examining my experiences in the audio industry. I admit to being simultaneously excited and just a wee bit trepidatious. I […]

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Interviewing Bill Dudleston of Legacy Audio on Legacy Audio Valor speaker system and Wavelet DAC/Preamp/Crossover


Commentaries | Floorstanding Speakers | Speakers | The Columns

Doug Schroeder

The appearance of the Valor Speaker System as a new flagship product for Legacy was especially exciting for me as it incorporated some new design elements that Bill Dudleston had been working on for some time. This was the first time a multi-driver concentric design had been released by Legacy Audio. As Bill is widely […]

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2019 CAS Report by Richard Austen, Part 1


CAS | Event Reports

Richard Austen

I was pleased again to cover the California Audio Show for 2019. The last time I covered the show was 2017 and due to scheduling issues I missed the first day of the show and thus was unable to spend much time in each room. This year I had the opportunity to cover each room. […]

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2019 CAS Report by David Blumenstein, Part 1


CAS | Event Reports

David Blumenstein

The 2019 California Audio Show, “CAS9” as it unfolded, as it was and is destined to be in its past, present and future incarnations. CAS shall always be an intimate affair, not by design, not as artifice, but by its very core principles. It truly is a family affair. All one need do is look […]

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2019 CAS Report by Dave Radlauer


CAS | Event Reports

Dave Radlauer

Zesto Audio shines again in every category.  The sinuous beauty of their industrial design consistently blends yin and yang with dazzling élan. Through Joseph Audio speakers with Tchaikovsky playing from vinyl, Zesto’s glorious electronics display exemplary dynamics.  The overall sound is engaging and enveloping with reliable placement cues and strong ambience retrieval.   Tiny size […]

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2019 CAS Report by Doug Schroeder


CAS | Event Reports

Doug Schroeder

It had been several years since I attended the California Audio Show, as a particular Midwest show has grown quite large and I can attend without having to fly and stay in a hotel. However, Constantine Soo, Publisher of Dagogo.com and the producer of the CAS, was keen on having many of his reviewers present […]

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2019 CAS Report by Byron Baba


CAS | Event Reports

Byron Baba

California Audio Show 2019 Oakland Hilton Airport July 26th through July 28th, 2019 Produced by Dagogo California Audio Show 2019 took place at the Hilton Oakland Airport July 26th through July 28th, 2019 and judging by the packed rooms and hallways it was an astounding success.  I have enjoyed attending many California Audio Shows as […]

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An Hour With Dr. Roger West (A California Audio Show 2019 Experience)


CAS | Event Reports

Doug Schroeder

I was honored by Constantine Soo, Publisher of Dagogo.com, to jointly moderate with him a Q&A seminar with Dr. Roger West of Sound Lab, which has produced distinctive electrostatic speakers since 1978. It was an honor, since the speakers are legendary, and I had the pleasure of reviewing for Dagogo the Ulitmate 545 last year. […]

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In Memoriam: Jeremy Kipnis (1965-2019)


Editorials | The Columns

Constantine Soo

IN MEMORIAM JEREMY KIPNIS 1965 – 2019 The audio industry mourns the passing of Jeremy Kipnis, member of the press for EnjoyTheMusic.com, The High Fidelity Report, Positive Feedback, Theo’s Roundtable and Widescreen Review. Jeremy was also the record producer at Epiphany Recordings Ltd. and CEO at Kipnis Studio Standard. Jeremy is survived by his wife, […]

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CAS9: From Constantine’s Desk


Editorials | The Columns

Constantine Soo

From Constantine’s Desk (Official Directory edition) Dear Attendees and Exhibitors of CAS9, Welcome to the ninth annual California Audio Show! Music is a conduit to the inner beauty of us all. Through music, we connect beyond religions, politics and social divides. Through music, we are all elevated to the apex in human spirituality. Indeed, music […]

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CAS Exhibitor Profile: Aurender


CAS Exhibitor Profiles | Digital Sources | Music Servers | The Columns

Dagogo Staff

Respondent: John-Paul Lizars, Aurender America, Boardroom 2, Boardroom 1, Room 5109, 2019 California Audio Show.   What’s the “elevator speech” description of your company? Aurender builds music servers of uncompromised sound quality with a superior user experience. By developing both the control application and the hardware, Aurender delivers exceptional stability, reliability and predictability of operation. […]

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CAS Exhibitor Profile: Marchand Electronics


Amplification | CAS Exhibitor Profiles | The Columns | Tube

Dagogo Staff

Respondent: Phil Marchand, Marchand Electronics, Room 5218, 2019 California Audio Show. What’s the “elevator speech” description of your company? Marchand Electronics is Phil’s hobby that got out of hand. His main interest is designing analog electronics for audio.   What makes your company and products special – how do they stand out from the pack? […]

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Audio Blast: Umbilical Upgrade for Exogal Comet


Audio Accessories | Audio Blast | The Columns

Doug Schroeder

Readers who own the Exogal Comet have some very good options recently. I have written previously of the sensitivity of the Comet DAC and the Ion PowerDAC to power cords. Earlier today I swapped power cords on both units for an effective sea change in sound quality associated with running the Legacy Audio Whisper DSW […]

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Visiting Margules Audio


Factory Tour

Byron Baba

Margules Audio While vacationing in Mexico City with my wife Martha, I had the opportunity to visit Margules Audio, one of the premier manufacturers of fine audio equipment. This is a family owned business run by a tight knit family.Julian Margules is the president and chief audio designer while his wife Laura is the business […]

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James P. Johnson: Forgotten Musical Genius


Jazzed Up | The Columns

Dave Radlauer

In this award-winning production, the life, music and career of early Jazz piano player James P. Johnson are explored with musical examples and audio clips from the radio series, Jazz Rhythm. Actor Peter Coyote reads from Johnson’s recollections and Mark Borowsky expertly traces his career, sharing insights gleaned from a lifetime studying this overlooked American […]

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EMM Labs PRE stereo preamplifier Review


Amplification | Solid State

Fred Crowder

About this time last year, I received what EMM Labs referred to as the Reference PRE. The only identification that appears on the preamp are the letters PRE, which I find a bit confusing, given that the earlier design was called the PRE2. While I really did not expect drastic improvements from the PRE over […]

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Duke Ellington Orchestra Live


Jazzed Up | The Columns

Dave Radlauer

  Location recordings, live broadcasts and transcriptions of Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra 1940-63 reveal performances distinctively different from their studio sound.  This column presents music from dances, live shows and the legendary 1940 Fargo, North Dakota concert.  Freshly restored broadcast tapes from Duke’s Birthday Sessions recorded in Portland 1953-54 are also heard.   Heat […]

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Mirroring the Industry: Weekends come in all sizes and shapes


Commentaries | The Columns

David Blumenstein

Long weekends…really long weekends. It comes as no surprise. Their hype and advance marketing make their impending … a foregone conclusion. For the attendee it is a chance to get away, embrace the hobby, and marvel/revel in all that is on offer for 3 days. For the industry: manufacturers, distributors, dealers and members of the […]

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Manufacturer Update: Figure 5 (June 16, 2019)

Design Notes 3: Sound Lab “The Complete White Paper”


Design Notes | The Columns

Dagogo Staff

Publisher’s note: Every product comes with an Owner’s Manual to familiarize the customer with its operations. These documents are often written in a dry style and to the point. But once in a while, we come across vast sections in Manual that reads like a smooth presentation of ideas and juicy description of brilliant technologies, […]

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Audio Blast: Exogal Ion PowerDAC with HyperDrive Upgrade


Amplification | Audio Blast | DACs | Digital | Digital Sources | The Columns

Doug Schroeder

Also read Doug’s Exogal Comet DAC Review (2015) and Exogal Ion PowerDAC Review (2016) When my Dutch friend and ski instructor, Marty, taught me downhill skiing I was quite intense and asked him to take me to successively more challenging slopes. Starting at age 27, in three brief seasons I went from novice to skiing […]


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