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Hana EH moving-coil cartridge Review

By | October 13th, 2018|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

I have been using the Hana EH high output moving coil phono cartridge for the past two years, and I had a chance to meet the man responsible for the Hana cartridge distribution, Mr. Masahiro Shibazaki of Sibatech when I was in Japan last year. His company, Sibatech, was originally contracted to do worldwide export distribution for cartridge manufacturer ExcelSound Corporation, which designs and builds the Hana cartridges. The cartridge would be sold under the brand name Abis Hana. There are four moving coil models available.

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COS Engineering D1 DAC + Pre-Amplifier Review

By | October 11th, 2018|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , , |

Three Taiwanese connoisseurs of sound decided they need to bring some of their perspectives to the world, so they started COS, which stands for “connoisseur of sound”. Evidently they wish anonymity, considering this is the extent of information given about them on the website: “COS Engineering, founded by three close friends serious about audio entertainment, is dedicated to developing gears [sic] of the digital era that render music listening a sheer pleasure. D1, COS Engineering’s first product, made its debut in 2014.”

You know a company is not fooling around when it tucks the electronics inside a cabinet constructed from aerospace grade aluminum alloy!

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Small Green Computer releases the Sonicorbiter OS V2.7

By | October 9th, 2018|Categories: Audio news, Dagogo|

Small Green Computer, manufacturer of the sonicTransporter servers and the series of Sonore Rendu players (microRendu, ultraRendu, Signature Rendu SE) has released its latest operating system, the Sonicorbiter OS V2.7 on October 8, 2018:

‘This release brings several amazing features to the SGC sonicTransporter series servers and Sonore Rendu series players. These updates include Tidal directly on the Sonore Rendu series players and Resilio Sync for the sonicTransporter series servers.

The exciting new features for the SGC sonicTransporter series servers include:

  • Resilio Sync: Resilio Sync gives customers the ability to easily sync their music files on their computer with their sonicTransporter series servers.  
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Interview with Slawa Roschkow of SW1X from England

By | October 5th, 2018|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

Slawa Roschkow/SW1X: Valves/Tubes in the 21st century.

Were it not for my restlessness on one of my many excursions to London, England where I found with myself with free time, idle hands being dangerous, coupled with black diamond level curiosity and that could mean only one thing: GOOGLE. So, there I was searching the Greater London area for up and coming Hi-Fi companies and came upon SW1X, a tube/valve Hi-Fi gear designer and manufacturer

Now, being downright lazy, slothful even, I took it at face value that given the name it would be located in London’s SW1 post code.

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Rogers High Fidelity 65V-1 tube integrated amplifier Review

By | October 3rd, 2018|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , , |

It’s been a while since tube/valve gear made any extended appearance in any of my homes. Nothing against the gear, but what with graduation and traveling and not settling down it just wasn’t practical. This is not to say that in my time I did not possess tube/valve gear from Audio Research and Conrad-Johnson, but those times were indeed fleeting, and with the renewed interest in tube/valve gear by the public I thought it high time, now that I’m more situated,to start taking a look at what’s new.

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Audio Blast: Linn Selekt DSM Network Music Player

By | September 20th, 2018|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , , , |

 Also see the Linn Selekt DSM Press Release of September 18, 2018


Gilad Tiefenbrun, Managing Director of Linn, and Jen Cassidy, Sales and Marketing Director

On September 18, 2018 Linn Products held a press conference in Chicago at the James Hotel in during which GiladTiefenbrun, the Managing Director of Linn, as well as Jen Cassidy, the Sales and Marketing Director, Mechanical Engineer Adrian Choong, and Software Engineer Peter Harrison spoke about the new Linn Selekt DSM network music player.

An introductory description article from Linn, as well as a Technical/Specifications article has been posted on Dagogo, so I will predominantly be discussing the features and experience of hearing the Select DSM.

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Linn launches Selekt DSM Network Player

By | September 20th, 2018|Categories: Audio news, Dagogo|

Also read: Audio Blast of Linn Selekt DSM

Music streaming pioneer, Linn, today announces the launch of Selekt DSM, an all-new Linn network music player that promises to bring the feeling back to digital audio.

Delivering a tactile and beautiful musical experience, Selekt DSM will make any system sound better and help you fall in love with music all over again.

Gilad Tiefenbrun, Linn Managing Director said, ‘We love the clarity of digital music, but we also love the tactility of physical records.

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PMI Belles Aria Preamplifier and Monoblock Amplifiers Review

By | September 17th, 2018|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , , |

It’s all about simplicity, and it is something audiophiles tend to forget. It seems the machinery of industry always wants to push a new feature, another aspect of operational complexity. Our cars are becoming technologically laden, far more so than computers of ten years ago. Phones are ubiquitous with the continual addition of functionality. Bluetooth invisibly conjoins mobile audio devices. Our homes are becoming “smart,” our children questionably so. Why, then, shouldn’t our components and systems for the home two-channel system also become more complex?

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Exogal Interview

By | September 12th, 2018|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: |

Publisher’s note: Doug Schroeder sits down with Jeff Haagenstad and Jim Kinne, two of the four co-founders of Exogal, at 2018 AXPONA and talks about the company’s new product called the Streamer.

Video format: MP4

Duration: 26 minutes

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Siegfried Linkwitz (1935-2018)

By | September 12th, 2018|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

Siegfried Linkwitz
(November 23, 1935 – September 11, 2018)


September 11, 2018 (San Francisco Bay Area): On this day, we have lost an industry giant. Renowned audio industry veteran Siegfried Linkwitz passed away in his Sea Ranch residence on September 11, 2018 after battling prostate cancer at the age of 82. Linkwitz was the co-inventor of the Linkwitz-Riley filter widely adopted by the audio industry.

A San Francisco Bay Area resident, Siegfried Linkwitz attended the California Audio Show more than once, and his LX Mini were exhibited at the show in 2017 to noted repute; it was voted by attendees to receive the Best Value Component Award.

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