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Audio Note UK TT3 turntable system Review


Analog Sources | Cartridges | Tone Arms | Turn Tables

Richard Austen

Vinyl is alive in 2020 and records have made a strong comeback over the last several years. Unlike CD, SACD, or computer audio, I have always felt that turntables require a certain level of mechanical quality to play them back properly.  While on audio forums I would often read that vinyl was better than digital […]

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Commentary: affordable tubes


Amplification | Commentaries | The Columns | Tube

Byron Baba

This quarantine has been difficult and although I do play records a lot during the day, I’ve needed some other things to do audio-wise. So, I have been changing things around in my stereo: swapping cartridges, rolling tubes, and even substituting different electronic components. In this article, I am writing about my experiences and the […]

New Album Releases Project 2020-8-8


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David Blumenstein

Jumping right in, once more into the fray. Mulatu Astatke & Black Jesus Experience’s To Know Without Knowing is a bonafide banger. It has just about everything I could want an album. The music is challenging, and the integration/melding of styles and genres just blew me away. Recently I have been on a world music […]

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Godzilla (2014) and Shin Godzilla (2016) motion picture soundtracks


Music | Soundtracks | Vinyl

Constantine Soo

In 1954, the Japanese audience in Nagoya, Japan attended the premiere of the original black-and-white movie Godzilla (Gojira) by director Ishiro Honda. Toho Studios produced and distributed the movie and is credited with the invention of the modern-day giant monster movie genre. Godzilla is a giant creature born from the radiation fallout of underwater hydrogen […]

New Album Releases Project 2020-8-2


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David Blumenstein

  Real winners this week, I spent a lot of time listening and re-listening to recordings, so let’s dig in. Jennifer Pike’s Elgar and Vaughan Williams. I am such a fan of hers, having attended numerous performances in London and just got lost In the fluidity of the music and the intimacy of the recording. […]

New Album Releases Project 2020-7-25


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David Blumenstein

I get several messages and missive folks with strongly worded suggestions and rants, so this week I open the mailbag and address some of them. I do not earn any money off of NARP. There are no affiliate links to Amazon or any other site unless I post a separate link in a separate post […]

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Top Wing Suzaku coreless straight-flux cartridge Review


Analog Sources | Cartridges

Constantine Soo

When one has a phono stage as powerful and delicate as the Pass Laboratories Xs Phono, he/she is emboldened to expand his cartridge search criteria to include those with ridiculously miniscule outputs. One such example that I came across is the Top Wing Red Sparrow Suzaku at 0.2mV. Who is Top Wing? In 2015, three […]

Wells Audio Cipher DAC – First Impression


DACs | Digital Sources

Doug Schroeder

Another Wells Audio product is in my possession, this time the Cipher tube DAC. It has the characteristic Wells Audio touch: a generous and inviting warmth with ample definition. I am not going to comment extensively on functionality and aesthetics in this first impression article, but will touch on those things in the main review […]

New Album Releases Project 2020-7-18


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David Blumenstein

I was sweating this week out as my as it was just about over before the onset of the deluge. A truly mixed bag and some welcome new releases from old friends and acquaintances: The Pretenders’ Hate for Sale: the vocals and the guitar work so distinctive. For all, you kids of the ’70s and […]

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Esoteric K-01XD SACD player/USB DAC Review


DACs | Digital Sources | Disc Media Players | Transports

Constantine Soo

Disc ripping and music streaming are all the rage, and many audiophiles celebrate the riddance of their own CD collections in transition to hard drive storage. After having accumulated over 2 TB of music files from CD ripping over the span of a decade, I advice Dagogo readers to not throw away your CDs so […]

New Album Releases Project 2020-7-12


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David Blumenstein

As the sheer volume of new releases and re-issues/re-masters abates, I’m not about to sacrifice quality for quantity. I am quickly becoming a fanboy of Hannu Lintu and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra under his baton and leadership. This week two recordings featuring them: Vadim Gluzman, Hannu Lintu, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra – Vasks: Distant […]

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W.C. Handy Remembers


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Dave Radlauer

The music, words and voice of W.C. Handy reveal a passion for music, the Blues and African American culture.  He dedicated his life to the proposition that the Blues are a legitimate and vital musical form in an era when that idea was rejected or ridiculed.  And he was one of the earliest folklorists gathering […]

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Pass Laboratories XA200.8 pure Class A monoblock amplifiers Review, Part 3 – Conclusion


Amplification | Mono Block | Solid State

Doug Schroeder

Read Part 1 and Part 2 With premium program material The greatest joy of an extreme system is not salvaging poor recordings, it is exulting in superb recordings. Experiencing “you are there” moments, as though planted in front of an artist, is one of the biggest thrills of the high-end experience. In design and execution […]

New Album Releases Project 2020-7-5


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David Blumenstein

Always nice for there to be welcome blasts from the past and the familiar to drop albums in these special times. Shout-outs to: Willie Nelson’s First Rose of Spring Paul Weller’s On Sunset James Blunt’s Once Upon A Mind   Say what you want about James Blunt, and I’ve said my fair share, but to […]

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Audio Note UK Fifth Element/Fifth Force DAC Review


DACs | Digital Sources

Constantine Soo

Whether you are a tone-phile or a resolution-phile determines if an Audio Note UK DAC is right for you. While Dagogo is about providing “A unique audiophile experience,” Audio Note UK is about being “Music’s Finest Conductor.” Audio Note UK owner Peter Qvortrup’s relentless drive to uphold Audio Note UK’s motto involves development of custom […]

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Pass Laboratories XA200.8 pure Class A monoblock amplifiers Review, Part 2


Amplification | Mono Block | Solid State

Doug Schroeder

Read Part 1 Critical importance of the amplifier to a system I tried various configurations of equipment to gain an understanding of what the XA200.8 was contributing. Here is one example of a streamlined system intended to have the XA200.8 play a dominant role: Small Green Computer AP i7 4T Roon Server ($2,855) and SONORE […]

New Album Releases Project 2020-6-27


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David Blumenstein

This week came up and bit me in the … I wasn’t expecting  it to pick up at the end of the week, so let’s tuck in: Kansas Smitty’s Things Happened Here dropped yesterday on the 26th. I watched the album launch on YouTube and then proceeded to the band’s Bandcamp page to purchase and […]

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EMM Labs DA2 V2 Update Review


DACs | Digital Sources

Fred Crowder

Introduction If you are like me and have been in this hobby for an extended period, you have encountered manufacturers who for whatever reason seem to update their equipment frequently. Inevitably, your existing piece of equipment 1) cannot be updated and 2) has suffered a significant loss to its resale value. This seems particularly true […]

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Pro-Ject Audio Jukebox E Bluetooth integrated turntable system Review


Analog Sources | Digital Sources | Integrated Amplifiers | Others | Turn Tables

Constantine Soo

After reviewing the ultra-high-end Clearaudio Master Innovation turntable system, a curious product came to my attention: a $499 turntable, albeit made by another large corporation, Pro-Ject Audio. Austria-based turntable manufacturer Pro-Ject Audio has twelve series of turntables, which range from the $400 Hard Rock Café Primary turntable in the Artist Series to the $14,000 Signature […]

New Album Releases Project 2020-6-21


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David Blumenstein

Late start this week. My mind and focus were taken up with forces greater than I could muster the energy and resources. Blame Canada. An oldie, but a goodie #SouthPark. So some tantalizing must-listens: Blundetto’s Good Good Thing Airelle Dombasie and Nicolas Ker’s Empire Giancarlo Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony taking on Kernis’ Color Wheel […]

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Pass Laboratories XA200.8 pure Class A monoblock amplifiers Review, Part 1


Amplification | Mono Block | Solid State

Doug Schroeder

Why review the XA200.8 Two years ago, I made a decision that changed my audiophile life. I went to a big box home improvement store where I spied some furniture dollies, and a chill ran down my spine. I was ill prepared should I review some big, immensely heavy amplifiers, ones well past 100 pounds. […]

New Album Releases Project 2020-6-13


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David Blumenstein

Yes, we’re quarantined. Yes, we’re locked down. No, that does not give you a reason, a rationale, an excuse to trod out some introspective navel-gazing shallow attempt at impressing with your depth, or in this case lack thereof. Lady Gaga’s SHALLOW notwithstanding, no artist/musician/composer gets a pass on NARP. There are NO free rides. No […]

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Clearaudio Master Innovation turntable system Review


Analog Sources | Tone Arms | Turn Tables

Constantine Soo

After reviewing three high-end turntable systems by boutique shops, one from Europe and two from the U.S., I wanted to find out how the big boys such as Clearaudio are doing it. Clearaudio GmbH was founded by Peter Suchy in 1978 and is known for its pioneering, original designs. The company’s first product in 1978 […]

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The King – Original score from the Netflix film


Music | Soundtracks

Constantine Soo

Publisher’s note: Spoiler alert. The brilliance of today’s film producers is thoroughly demonstrated in the 2019 Netflix Original movie, The King. Except for a few passing scenes during the Battle of Agincourt, camera movements are fluidic and never disruptive, well composed and choreographed, and eminently enjoyable to watch. Director David Michod is to be praised […]

New Album Releases Project 2020-6-6


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David Blumenstein

We need music now more than ever for reasons I don’t have to go in to. And for anyone who needs to have the explained, perhaps, quite possibly, music is NOT for you. What an odd assortment and as for the ReIssues and ReMaster section of the list not a clinker in the bunch:  Sinatra […]

New Album Releases Project 2020-5-30


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David Blumenstein

We need music now more than ever for reasons I don’t have to go in to. And for anyone who needs to have the explained, perhaps, quite possibly, music is NOT for you. Having overseen this project for 2+ years I keep my eyes on the frequency and volume of releases. And this week stands […]

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Pro-Ject Records Richard Strauss Don Juan, Tod und Verklarung, Also Sprach Zarathustra 180g Import 2LP Review


Classical | Music | Vinyl

Constantine Soo

Press Release: Pro-Ject Records releases the Vienna Philharmonic and Herbert von Karajan LP Tracks: Side A: Don Juan, Op. 20 Side B: Tod und Verklarung, Op. 24 Side C & D: Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 (1-7) Prelude (Sonnenaufgang) Von den Hinterweltlern Von der grossen Sehnsucht Von den Freuden und Leidenschaften Das Grablied Von der […]

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Book Review: Better Days Will Come Again – The Life of Arthur Briggs by Travis Atria


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Dave Radlauer

Better Days Will Come Again: The Life of Arthur Briggs – Jazz Genius of Harlem, Paris and a Nazi Prison Camp By Travis Atria Chicago Review Press (2020), bibliography and index, 60 photos, 300+ pages. Arthur Briggs (1901-1991) was considered the premier Jazz trumpet player of Europe between the two world wars. Living in France […]

New Album Releases Project 2020-5-24


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David Blumenstein

Releases this week picked up steam towards the latter half, which is good news for all of us. I was getting worried there. A good friend of mine released an album on Bandcamp: Ars Divina Metaphysical Experience – Fill The Ocean -> http://arsdivina.bandcamp.com/album/fill-the-ocean And it was really nice to see/hear Carly Rae Jepsen’s Dedicated Side […]

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Esoteric Grieg “Peer Gynt” Excerpts SACD


Classical | Music

Constantine Soo

In 1983 at the height of digital recording craze, Philips issued a digital recording of Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt incidental music to the 1867 play by the composer’s countryman, Henrik Ibsen. Philips had also started marketing its first-generation CD100 CD player the same year. Two elements of this recording stood out instantly at […]


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