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CAS Exhibitor Profile: Unisinger Speakers


CAS Exhibitor Profiles | The Columns

Dagogo Staff

Respondent: Rong Zhang, Unisinger Inc., Room 5231.   What’s the “elevator speech” description of your company?    Unisinger’s mission is to provide artistically designed and affordably priced natural, balanced sounding high performance loudspeakers with Venturi Effect technology for improved aerodynamic and acoustic characteristics. What makes your company and products special – how do they stand […]

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Brendan Jan Walsh/Mr Van Walsh: Two Sides of the Same Cello


Commentaries | The Columns

David Blumenstein

Brendan Jan Walsh is anything but conventional. I met him here in Columbus, Ohio of all places at what was billed as a Classical Music Rave. On that alone I made a bee-line for the event, not knowing anything about him, but mindful of my past raving, this had to be experienced. Yes, there were […]

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REDGUM Articulata Integrated Amplifier Review


Amplification | Integrated Amplifiers

Doug Schroeder

Everything’s venomous in Australia. Well, not everything, just a lot of things; snakes, spiders, jellyfish. I recall reading in the book In A Sunburned Country, by Bill Bryson, how in 1967 Prime Minster Harold Holt, a man very comfortable in the water, went for a swim with family and friends during high tide at Cheviot […]

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CAS Exhibitor Profile: AIX Media Group


CAS Exhibitor Profiles | The Columns

Dagogo Staff

Respondent: Mark Waldrep, AIX Media Group, Outer Booth #1   What’s the “elevator speech” description of your company?    AIX Records specializes in the production of new high-resolution albums (96/24) mixed in surround and stereo and available on disc or downloads. Company founder and Chief Engineer Mark Waldrep has also written a book call Music […]

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Remembering Buck Clayton (2018)


Jazzed Up | The Columns

Dave Radlauer

Swing Era Trumpeter Buck Clayton Swing era trumpet player Buck Clayton (1911-1991) is best known for his role in the early success of Count Basie and his Orchestra and his sensitive accompaniment for Billie Holiday’s records. Clayton was the son of a tuba-playing minister, and yet because he had some Native-American blood his mother called […]

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Caprice Audio MOSAIC Preview


Audio Accessories | David Blumenstein Previews | The Columns

David Blumenstein

A Passive Low Noise Filter Designed to Open Up A System To know me is to suffer my eccentricities. It is my nature to be both a skeptic and a cynic of the highest order, so imagine how I must be feeling now when something which originally caught my eye at an Hi-Fi show as […]

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XRCD24 Dvorak/Jacqueline Du Pre: Cello Concerto & “Silent Woods,” Adagio for Cello & Orchestra


Classical | Music

Constantine Soo

(Recorded on November 11, 1970 in the Medinah Temple, Chicago) Jacqueline Du Pre, cello Chicago Symphony Orchestra Daniel Barenboim, conductor Selections: Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904) Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op.104 1. 1st Movement: Allegro 2. 2nd Movement: Adagio ma non troppo 3. 3rd Movement: Finale: Allegro Moderato 4. Silent Woods, Op.68   The story of […]

Commentary

Vincent Belanger: Hi-Fi Cellist of Audio Note


Commentaries | The Columns

David Blumenstein

Vincent Belanger was named official musical ambassador of Audio Note UK as of February 1st, 2016. Two years and some months onward, I am curious not only as to what this position entails and how it came to be. To get down to the matter, I interviewed Vincent to find the answers to the questions and more, hopefully. […]

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Musical Release – January, February, 2018


Commentaries | The Columns

David Blumenstein

I love gear, music and people. I don’t like the prospect of growing old. I know it is an inevitability, but that doesn’t mean I have to accept it without reservation. Over the years I have attended many a hi-fi show as both attendee and journalist and participated in more hi-fi related online groups than […]

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Mundorf MA30 Anniversary SilverGold speaker Review


Bookshelf Speakers | Speakers

Ray Seda

The Mundorf speaker is available as a package of parts and detailed plans for constructing the speaker boxes, not actually meant to be sold assembled. I’m sure many of our readers have heard of the West German company Mundorf in the context of highly regarded speaker crossover parts, such as capacitors, coils, resistors, complete crossover […]

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CAS Exhibitor Profile: Audio Note UK


CAS Exhibitor Profiles | The Columns

Dagogo Staff

  Respondent: Martin Grennall, Audio Note, Room 5226.   What’s the “elevator speech” description of your company?    “Audio Note (UK) is Europe’s largest and most established manufacturer of ultra performance high fidelity equipment”. What makes your company and products special – how do they stand out from the pack?    No other audio company invests as […]

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Divas, Jazz and Harlem-on-the-Seine, Paris 1924-39, Part 2 of 2


Jazzed Up | The Columns

Dave Radlauer

Read Part 1 Part 2: Eugene Bullard, Florence Embry Jones, Willie Lewis Valaida Snow and Bill Coleman This is the continuing story of how the Montmartre section of Paris was transformed into a booming Harlem-style Jazz district between the World Wars. Jazz arrived in Paris with the wild success of Josephine Baker in the mid-1920s. […]

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Analog Survey, Part 1: TriangleArt Master Reference turntable system Review


Analog Sources | Cartridges | Tone Arms | Turn Tables

Constantine Soo

The digital revolution of the 1980s that spawned the digital audio compact disc was catalyzed partly by new advancements in transistor miniaturization. Integrated circuits had finally emerged and empowered innovators to fit a laser generating and reading system along with the necessary codec circuits into a small box. The promise of this revolutionary digital audio […]

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2018 CES


CES | Event Reports

Marc Silver

Text: Marc Silver Photography: Jeff Dunston   January 9, 2018: Today started out gloomy cold and rainy as I drove to the Sacramento International Airport for a 7:30 am flight to attend the 2018 CES in Las Vegas. This normally short flight turned into a half day of boredom and sitting. Though I have to […]

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Audio Blast: Three new cables from two cable makers


Audio Blast | Cables | Digital Cables | Interconnects | Speaker Cables | The Columns

Doug Schroeder

Over the past two years my go-to cables have been from Clarity Cable and TEO Audio, makers of the Liquid Cables. I have put together literally dozens of systems using these brands, from full looms of one brand to mixtures of both. Most of the time I use them in combination to improve the performance […]

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CAS Exhibitor Profile: Destination Audio


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Dagogo Staff

  Respondent: Arthur Smuck, Destination Audio, Boardroom 3.   What’s the “elevator speech” description of your company? Destination Audio makes the world’s finest horn loudspeakers and single-ended triode high fidelity equipment. We are the destination for lovers of music who admire beautiful design and require the highest quality craftsmanship.   What makes your company and […]

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Lyra Atlas SL 0.25mV moving coil phono cartridge Review


Analog Sources | Cartridges

Fred Crowder

Lyra builds approximately 400 Etna and Atlas cartridges a year, with all final assembly and voicing done by a single individual; consequently, it is not unusual to wait for several months after placing an order before one’s cartridge is delivered. The cartridge I ordered, the Atlas SL, differs from the normal Lyra Atlas in having […]

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Reference Recordings Saint-Saens Symphony No. 3 “Organ”


Classical | Music | Vinyl

Constantine Soo

Michael Stern, conductor Kansas City Symphony Jan Kraybill, organ   Side A 1.       Adadio – Allegro moderato (10:18) 2.       Poco adagio (9:43) Side B 1.       Allegro moderato – Presto (7:25) 2.       Maestoso – Allegro (8:01)   We’re living in the wake of the great vinyl generation of the 70s when labels poured their resources into […]

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Benchmark Audio DAC3 DX and AHB2 amplifiers Review


Amplification | DACs | Digital Sources

Doug Schroeder

“In a class of its own” HiFi enthusiasts know their classes of solid state amps, the most commonly used ones being Class A behemoths that tend to run hot, Class A/B solid state designs that tend to run cooler and often yielding more watts per dollar, and Class D, or Switching (chip) amps, which are […]

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Divas, Jazz and Harlem-on-the-Seine, Paris 1924-39, Part 1 of 2


Jazz | Jazzed Up | Music

Dave Radlauer

Publisher’s note/warning: This article depicts French nightlife of the 1920s and contains one semi-nude image of personality of note on page 1.   Part 1: Josephine Baker, Ada Bricktop Smith, Alberta Hunter and Friends Here’s a once-upon-a-time story almost too outrageous to be true — how the Montmartre section of Paris was transformed into a […]

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Pass Laboratories Xs Phono Review


Amplification | Phono

Constantine Soo

  The Pass Laboratory Xs Phono arrived after I have wrapped up my review of the Hartvig TT turntable system with the Ikeda IT-345CR1 tonearm and the 9TT moving-coil cartridge. The phono stage at that time was the Pass Labs XP-25, a $10,600, two-chassis phono stage that raised the splendor of vinyl playback to such […]

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LP Review: Anne Bisson “Blue Mind” remastered RTI audiophile pressing


Jazz | Music | Vinyl

Constantine Soo

33rpm 180gram vinyl HQ Pressing Fidelio Music Inc. FALP025 45rpm 2-LP set Test Pressing Record Technology Inc. CAM5-4109, January 4, 2017 Remastering engineer: Bernie Grundman www.recordtech.com Side A: 1. Little Black Lake 4:09 2. Soothing Your Soul 3:30 3. Hoping Love Will Last 4:31 4. Dragonfly 3:25 5. Do What You Please 3:09 Side B: […]

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Addendum to EMM Labs TX2 and DA2 Review: V2 Firmware update


DACs | Digital Sources

Fred Crowder

EMM Labs firmware update to DA2 digital to analog converter Read the EMM Labs TX2 and DA2 Review. DA2 V2 Firmware Update Details: More than a year in development, the DA2’s DSP engine has been completely updated. The updated DA2 now has a newly redesigned digital signal path that is built from the ground up […]

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Pass Laboratories Xs Phono – Technical background by Wayne Colburn, Designer


Amplification | Phono

Wayne Colburn

Publisher’s note: In my upcoming Pass Laboratories Xs Phono preamplifier Review, I provide brief technical description of the unit for readers’ benefit. But no writing by me or any other reviewers can surpass insights and the sense of adventure directly from the pen of the phono stage’s own designer, Wayne Colburn. Hence, instead of quoting […]

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Arnie Nudell (1937-2017)


Commentaries | The Columns

Constantine Soo

A star of the audio industry has fallen. Arnie Nudell passed away from complications of pnuemonia and his family put him to rest on Monday, November 20, 2017, according to an account by Bill Leebens on his Facebook page. Generations of burgeoning audiophiles grew up reading about Arnie’s pioneering accomplishments, from his tenure at Infinity […]

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Stage III Concepts A.S.P. Proteus power cable Review


Cables | Power Cables

Ed Momkus

It’s not Just a PC – It’s A Component Let’s start with some perspective. The Stage III power cords, especially the Proteus, the subject of this review, and its siblings at the top of the Stage III pantheon, are not for the faint of heart. We’re not talking about any other power cords that purport […]

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Jordi Savall and the Music of Versailles


Classical | Music

Dave Radlauer

Les Grandes Eaux Musicales De Versailles, Le Concert des Nations, Alia Vox AV9842, 2004 L’Orchestre De Louis XIII, 1601-1643, Alia Vox AV9824, 2002 Jean-Baptiste Lully, L’Orchestra Du Roi Soleil, Alia Vox AV9807, 1999 Jean-Philippe Rameau, L’Orchestra De Louis XV, Alia Vox AVSA9882, 2011 Dagogo readers fascinated by the Versailles cable television drama series will be […]

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Audio Blast: Ethernet Cables and XLR “Y” Adapters Survey


Audio Blast | Cables | Digital Cables | The Columns

Doug Schroeder

Ethernet: a family of computer networking technologies commonly used in local area networks (LAN), metropolitan area networks (MAN) and wide area networks (WAN). It was commercially introduced in 1980 and first standardized in 1983 as IEEE 802.3, and has since been refined to support higher bit rates and longer link distances. Over time, Ethernet has […]

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CAS7 Richard Austen Reports, Final


CAS | Event Reports

Richard Austen

The final part of my show report reveals the final two awards nomination, namely “Best System Performance” and the “Ultimate Cost No Object Design.” Both recipients come from the same room which were in Boardroom V. Since it is difficult to separate the components here I will say that CD sounded better here than anywhere […]

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CAS7 Richard Austen Reports, Part 5


CAS | Event Reports

Richard Austen

Entering Boardroom 3, I found my choice for “Best Industrial Design” in the Whammerdyne Truth 2a3 amplifier and Best Value in PureAudioProject loudspeakers. This is a large, 69lb $25,000 amplifier that puts out 4.2 watts per channel. Cables were handled by Verastarr cables leading to the very impressive PureAudioProject Quintet 15 Horn1, each speaker utilizes […]


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