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Wells Audio Commander Preamplifier Review

By | September 16th, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: |

Years after selling them, I still wonder occasionally how could I have divested my pair of Wells Audio Innamorata amplifiers. At the time it seemed necessary, as I was making a purchase of some speakers. Over time, as I continue to review components, I recall how many gorgeous systems I made with those amps, and I find it hard to avoid self-recrimination.

It came as no surprise, then, that when Jeff Wells contacted me in order to fulfill a years-old promise, he had my attention.

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Dynamic Women of Early Jazz and Classic Blues, Part 2 of 2

By | September 5th, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

Read Dynamic Women of Early Jazz and Classic Blues, Pt 1

Concealed in the shadows of early Jazz and Blues history are dynamic and accomplished women who nurtured, guided and developed the music.  In this column are profiles of Ethel Waters, who was the most popular female singer in America around 1930; accomplished jazz violinist Ginger Smock and the vaudeville trouper Sophie Tucker who was known as “The Original Red Hot Mama.”  Also featured are the tough and independent “Mother of the Blues”Ma Rainey and Mary Lou Williams–a composer, arranger, bandleader and Jazz giant who became a bold modernist.

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Audiophile on the Generational Edge, Part 2 of 2: Jessica Sherrick of “Now Listen Here”

By | September 3rd, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

Read Audiophile on the Generational Edge, Part 1: An Interview with Aaron Sherrick of “Now Listen Here”

It was mentioned that the Sherricks were not to be split up, and, as such here is her interview providing personal and unique perspectives on the hobby and the industry that is Hi-Fi.

Jessica sizing up the …McIntosh

DB: Jessica, what is it that attracted you as a woman and a millennial to Hi-Fi as a hobby and now as a profession?

JS: My father started me on the journey by his instilling in me my love for adventure and fearlessness in the face of technology.

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AudioSolutions Figaro L speakers Review

By | August 30th, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

I am a lifetime member of the Los Angeles Orange County Audio Society and their monthly meetings give the members opportunities to be introduced to some great sounding lesser known audio components. This was the case one Saturday afternoon in March, 2019, when our meeting was held at High End by Oz in Westwood, CA. The owner of the store, Mr. Ozan Turan (Oz), was a gracious host and played some beautiful music through a pair of speakers made by a company from Vilnius, Lithuania called AudioSolutions.

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Reference Recordings Bruckner Symphony No. 9 FR-733 SACD Review

By | August 28th, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Manfred Honeck, conductor

I. Feierlich – misterioso 25:06
II. Scherzo – bewegt – lebhaft 10:20
III. Adagio – langsam – feierlich 27:46

 

Three Other Recordings

I.

Feierlich –
misterioso

II.

Scherzo –
bewegt – lebhaft

III.

Adagio –
langsam – feierlich

Abbado (Live at Lucern) 24 bits/48 KHz 26:47 11:03 25:09
       
Bruno Walter CD from 1959 recording 23:55 11:34 23:15
       
Karajan 1976 Deutsche Grammophon vinyl 24:42 10:34 25:46

Anton Bruckner (1824-1896) meant for his symphonies as a personal testament and tribute to God.

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Audiophiles on the Generational Edge, Part 1 of 2

By | August 27th, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

As Dagogo’s International Correspondent, I have made my way around the world of Hi-Fi figuratively and literally. Whenever I travel, I try my best to attend Hi-Fi shows, visit Hi-Fi and/or record shops to obtain a first-hand look and feel as to what’s going on out there in Hi-Fi world as both a hobbyist and an analyst.

Over the years I have recognized the growing generation chasm in the realm of Hi-Fi. It is global and not something that can be tied to a particular culture or geography.

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T+A PA 1100 E Integrated Amp with DAC now shipping

By | August 23rd, 2019|Categories: Audio news, Dagogo|Tags: , , , |

Herford, Germany-based T+A is introducing the PA 1100 E, an integrated amplifier with DAC.

According to the company, the PA 1100 E “has both analog and digital inputs and converts digital audio signals into analog signals of the highest quality via the high-resolution and extremely linear 32-bit D/A converter. The PA 1100 E can decode DSD signals (up to DSD 256) and PCM signals (up to 32 / 384), while providing the exceptional power and refinement the E series has become known for.”

The PA 1100 E can be ordered with optional HDMI input / outputs that enable high performance 2 channel amplification / integration into any video display.

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MartinLogan Announces Seven new Motion Series loudspeakers

By | August 22nd, 2019|Categories: Audio news, Dagogo|Tags: |

Available October 2019, the Motion Series features seven new models, including two floorstanding, two bookshelf, and two center channel speakers. 

Lawrence, Kansas, United States – August 20, 2019 – MartinLogan is pleased to announce seven new Motion® Series loudspeakers for music or home cinemas. Since its introduction, the Motion Series has garnered acclaim for its performance and value. When it came time to introduce a new generation of the Motion Series, MartinLogan decided not to mess with a good thing. The new line of modern, multi-application speakers utilizes the same benchmark-performance technology as previous generations of the Motion Series, updated with a modern and stylish new design.

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Audio Blast: SONORE SystemOptique with Signature Rendu SE

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

For Dagogo readers still spinning discs or streaming audio through a Mac Mini or similar, this article is for you. It is also for those who have tried various power conditioning devices and found them lacking. If you find it hard to believe that an Ethernet cable can confer a particular sound to an audio system, this article is also for you.

The state of digital audio is developing at an incredible pace. It is breathtaking how much the standard of quality has risen over the past five years in terms of both file playback and streaming audio.

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Amplifier Technology

By | August 20th, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

Personal Bias

I firmly believe everyone connected to the audio business or who is a HiFi hobbyist has personal biases as they relate to amps, speakers, DACs, turntables or cartridge design.  I most assuredly am not immune to these biases.

Although my current primary amplifier is a 200W per channel Arcam Sliding Bias Class “A” integrated amp (or what Arcam calls Class “G”), my personal preference is a Single-Ended Triode Tube amp. However, my choice of Arcam comes down to what works well with my primary speakers.

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