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HiFi Thoughts, November, 2019

By | November 21st, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

The Musings of one David Michael Blumenstein, audiophile, bon-vivant, world-traveler

Some of my perspectives on the industry, any one or all of which I can expound upon in person:

  • December 7th, 1941, a day that shall live in infamy, but not the only day that the Japanese hit our shores. July 1st, 1979, Sony introduced the Walkman in America and so much changed. In just about 4 months we will ‘celebrate” its 40th anniversary, a biblical one of sorts, as it marks 40 years that the Hi-Fi industry has been lost in the desert.
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Magnepan LRS speakers Review

By | November 18th, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

Magnepan-LRS

When I worked as a Certified Public Accountant, I would return to my office tired and stressed after a long day spent at a client’s office. The best way for me to relax was to listen to my office stereo playing music. I installed a stereo system featuring a pair of Magnepan MMG (Mini Magnepans) speakers in 1997, which cost me $500 for the pair. My co-workers would listen and say those are great sounding so they must be some really expensive audiophile speakers.

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Audio MusiKraft announces new Nitro Series Cartridges

By | November 10th, 2019|Categories: Audio news, Dagogo|Tags: , |

The World’s First and Only «Tunable» and «Customizable» phono cartridge

Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec (November 9, 2019): Audio MusiKraft announces today the audiophile market entry of its improved cartridges. The new Nitro series is up to now our most advanced models. The complete kits are offered in two (2) motor versions (Nitro 1 and Nitro 2) and in four (4) shell (body) alloys to choose from. Each kit includes an improved generator, three (3) pre-selected optimal tonewoods (chosen by us) for you to cover a large musical and sonic spectrum, and it now comes standard with the damping oil treatment, all the necessary voicing, and installation tools in a newly designed wooden jewel box.

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Audio Note UK 4300E output tube

By | November 8th, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

Introduction – Audio Note U.K. re-thinks the venerable Western Electric 300B

Many of you will be familiar with Audio Note (U.K.) and their plethora of tubed products. While these products, at least for me, represent the pinnacle of what can be achieved through thoughtful design and scrupulous choice of parts for their sonics when cost is not a concern, I have always had a concern when it comes to sourcing tubes. This is particularly the case with respect to the tubes utilized in my Audio Note Balanced Kegon amplifiers: a 5U4G rectifier, a VT-25 input, and two 300B output tubes.

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Reign of the Mini-Monitors II: Paradigm Premier 200B

By | November 1st, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

My first encounter with Paradigm was in 1992, about ten years after the company made its start just outside of Toronto, Canada. I wanted an inexpensive but decent sounding pair of bookshelf speakers for a second system that would go in a bonus room office above the garage. So I did what audiophiles usually did in the previous century, I got in my car and drove down to my local audio shop. Sam and Ed of Audio Solutions were always ready to greet me when I walked through the doors.

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2019 Dagogo Holiday Stocking Stuffers

By | November 1st, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , , |

Pangea DS-400 Speaker Stands $199.00 Fern & Roby Black Anodized LP Weight $49.99 Schiit Mani phono stage $129.00 Parasound Zphono phono stage $199.00 WayBasics extra large record storage cube $23.95 Audio-Technica AT-VM95E Dual Moving Magnet Turntable Cartridge $49.00 Audio-Technica AT-VM95C Dual Moving Magnet Turntable Cartridge $29.00 Meze 99 Neo Headphones (Silver Black) $199.00 SuperSliders 4713995K/N Reusable Felt Furniture Movers for Hardwood Floors (4 pieces) $8.99 Diversitech Rubber/Cork Anti-Vibration Pad, 3" x 3" x 7/8" (4 pieces) $2.52 GE WX17X10001DS Anti-Vibration Pads (4 pieces) $21.32 Schiit Fulla 2 D to A Converter and Headphone Amplifier - DAC/Amp $119.00 Sleeve City Diskeeper™ 2.0 Antistatic Record Sleeves (50 Pack) $10.49 Riverstone Audio Record-Level Turntable Stylus Tracking Force Gauge $28.95 iBasso DC02 USB DAC/Headphone Amplifier $75.00 TINHIFI P1 Planar Diaphragm HiFi Audiophile In-ear Earphone IEMs $169.00 HiBy R3 Portable HiFi Digtal Audio Player (High Resolution) $199.00

Publisher’s note: The Reviewer used all listed equipment and is not affiliated with the manufacturing or retail segments of the industry.

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Sanders Sound Magtech Mono Amplifiers Review

By | October 23rd, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , , |

The opportunity to review Roger Sanders’ products practically came overnight when a local audiophile called and said his demo period was over and Roger had agreed the Magtech Mono Amplifiers could be hauled to my place. An extended listening proved them worthy of public comment.

This is a somewhat abbreviated article in which I forego the peripheral accouterments of a review in favor of a leaner approach. I normally discuss much of the designer/manufacturer’s background and philosophy. I also typically build several systems with various configurations.

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Audio Note UK AN-E/SPx AlNiCo Loudspeakers Review

By | October 17th, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

I will start this review with a big dose of reality.

The Audio Note AN-E/SPx AlNiCo speakers are clearly not for most readers reading this review. This is a two-way loudspeaker with an 1-inch silk dome tweeter and an 8-inch woofer. It isn’t ten feet tall, doesn’t have beryllium or diamond or electrostatic tweeters, nor is it made with 300-lb steel bracing or other rocket ship materials. One look at these speakers and another look at their price will put the AN-E/SPx AlNiCo in the land of crazy no matter what I say about them.

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Soaring with Bunny Berigan

By | October 17th, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

Jazz trumpet player Bunny Berigan in Spring of 1938 with bassist Hank Wayland, tenor saxophonist Georgie Auld and trumpeter Steve Lipkins.

“It was a tight little band, just a family of bad little boys,
with Bunny the worst of all . . . Oh it was a mad ball.”  

— Trombonist Ray Conniff recalling the Berigan Orchestra

Bunny Berigan http://www.jazzhotbigstep.com/5018.html (1908-1942) was best known for his hit recording of “I Can’t Get Started” on which he sang and played trumpet.  He was one of the first to play the horn equally well from the top to bottom of its range. 

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Wyred 4 Sound mINT integrated amplifier Review

By | October 2nd, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , , |

I have always enjoyed attending the California Audio Show and feel it is worth the drive to Northern California to attend as much as I can. This year I had the opportunity to listen to a number of products that are not sold by my local retailers or are available only direct from the manufacturer. One company with a direct-to-consumer sales model is Wyred 4 Sound, based in the Central California city of Atascadero near San Luis Obispo. The owner, E.J.

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