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New Album Releases Project 2021-2-2


New Album Releases Project | The Columns

David Blumenstein

And then there were … Liner Notes Too many bangers without any clangers makes my commentary superfluous. That’s a nice way of saying life caught up with me and in order to get NARP out this week, I’m taking a mulligan. Better late than never the list is chock full of surprises. Yet another history […]

New Album Releases Project 2021-1-26


New Album Releases Project | The Columns

David Blumenstein

And then there were … Liner Notes   This week’s Re-Issues, Re-Masters & Miscellany is a true history lesson in so many ways. Dawn Upshaw – Caroline Shaw: Narrow Sea. If you don’t know me by now, well, I’m such a fanboy of Caroline Shaw, and no recordings with which she’s involved will ever miss […]

New Album Releases Project 2021-1-18


New Album Releases Project | The Columns

David Blumenstein

And then there were … Liner Notes What the … Talk about a full-house. I did not see this onslaught coming this week. Armel Dupas’ Organ Trio is comprised of Armel Dupas on piano, organ, Kenny Ruby: bass, synths, Mathieu Penot: drums, synths. You’ll be hearing a lot more about this trio as time progresses, and […]

Denafrips Avatar CD Transport – First Look


Digital Sources | Transports

Dan Rubin

Publisher’s note: As an international publication, Dagogo cares about its readers, including the occasional and the lifelong audiophile consumer. While we are passionate about reviewing products from all over the world, we also seek to provide an important tool of consumer protection by listing information on the official distributorship representation of the manufacturer. In the […]

New Album Releases Project 2021-1-11


New Album Releases Project | The Columns

David Blumenstein

And then there were … Liner Notes I’m taking advantage of the Miscellany in Re-Issues, Re-Masters & Miscellany to champion and bring light to the work of one Eleanor Bindman. It is no secret that Bach’s Cello Suites for Solo Cello are some of my favorite pieces of music, and over the years I have […]

New Album Releases Project 2021-1-4


New Album Releases Project | The Columns

David Blumenstein

  And then there were … Liner Notes. Short and sweet. At the intersection of week 52 and week 1 of any 2 years in sequence, one is should not be expecting anything resembling a pot-of-gold, so there’s just not so much out there from which to cherry-pick. Jean Michel Jarre’s Welcome To The Other […]

Inakustik Reference LS 4004 Air Speaker Cable, Reference Digital 2404 Air Coax cable and Reference High Speed USB cable Review


Cables | Digital Cables | Speaker Cables

Ed Momkus

Synopsis for those who hate to read The Inakustik Reference LS 4004 Air, Reference Digital 2404 Air, and Reference High Speed USB are all not only among the best audiophile cables I’ve heard, they are also among the best values in high-end components that I’ve encountered in the last several years. I have no compunction […]

New Album Releases Project 2020-12-28


New Album Releases Project | The Columns

David Blumenstein

  And then there were … Liner Notes Christmas week leading into New Year is not the most fertile ground for new album releases and re-issues/re-masters for that matter. To put the latter into perspective, this week, that portion of NARP is comprised of albums by Bonnie Raitt, Dr. John, and Swans. Tell me now, […]

New Album Releases Project 2020-12-21


New Album Releases Project | The Columns

David Blumenstein

And then there were … Liner Notes This close to Christmas, there’s just no way I was not going to have a festive holiday album on the list. It was SLIM pickings this week, but Jamie Cullum’s The Pianoman at Christmas did manage to grab my attention. Jamie, far better known across the pond, has […]

Historically Significant Phono Cartridges, Part 4: Sumiko


Commentaries | The Columns

Marc Silver

For some time I have been wanting to take a look back at Sumiko as a topic in my series (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) on phono cartridges. I go way back with Sumiko, to 1976 and its early days with founder David Fletcher. I believe most of my readers are familiar with Sumiko […]

New Album Releases Project 2020-12-14


New Album Releases Project | The Columns

David Blumenstein

And then there were … Liner Notes Christian Löffler’s – Parallels – Shellac Reworks of Beethoven is the answer. The question: Where is the intersection of EDM and Classical Music? This past weekend Deutsche Grammophon presented Löffler’sParallels in its entirety as an EP. There will be a full-length album including tracks from other composers. I […]

New Album Releases Project 2020-12-7


New Album Releases Project | The Columns

David Blumenstein

And then there were … Liner Notes   From the start I knew this was going to be a banner week with releases from: Cats In Space’s Atlantis Girls In Airports’ Dive Mica Paris’s Gospel Silje Nergaard’s Hamar Railway Station Tenderlonious’ Ragas from Lahore – Improvisations with Jaubi VOS’ Charlatan   And then the unexpected: […]

Stranger Times Indeed: From Stranger Records to Stranger High Fidelity


Commentaries | The Columns

David Blumenstein

Audiophiles maintain a not-so hushed reverence for recording engineers, producers, and independent record label owners. Deep down they harbor a desire to lay claim to being one, if not all, of the above. So, imagine my surprise when I learn that Cameron Jenkins, who is indeed all of the above as well as a classically […]

Stage III Proteus power cable Review


Cables | Power Cables

Fred Crowder

Introduction This review is unique in any number of ways. Normally, a reviewer contacts a manufacturer or distributor to request a review sample, which is then either returned to the manufacturer or purchased at the end of the review period. In most instances, it works well for all parties, except when the reviewer requests changes […]

New Album Releases Project 2020-11-30


New Album Releases Project | The Columns

David Blumenstein

And then there were … Liner Notes Short & Suite this week. Not seeing the need to wax on and …   New Releases Alexandra Conunova– Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni Australian Art Orchestra – Sometimes Home Can Grow Stranger Than Space Cecilia Bartoli – Queen of Baroque Daniel Barenboim, Kian Soltani & Michael Barenboim – […]

Rogers LS 3/5a Classic mini-monitors Review


Bookshelf Speakers | Speakers

Constantine Soo

The product category of mini-monitors is arguably the most visible among all too many audiophiles, at times generating equal portions of excitement and disappointment. We can stack equipment to save space but we cannot hide big speakers, so bookshelf speakers are often the first if not the only choice for many readers. Dagogo readers have […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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, […]

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 […]


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